Venue: St Mary's Church Hall, High Street, Sandbach, CW11 1HD
Doors open 6.30pm
Sandbach Concert Series
A musical concert with dramatised narrative, exploring the music and life of London in the second half of the seventeenth century: a time which saw two momentous events in English history - the Plague and the Great Fire. With selected entries from Samuel Pepys' famous diary, Hexachordia recreate scenes from his day-to-day life and perform some of the music that inspired him.
6:30pm Doors open
7:00: Spotlight Concert - Music performed by talented young people from Sandbach
7:30 Intermission - Art Exhibition - Refreshments
8:00 Main Concert
Hexachordia is a perfectly-formed trio specialising in music and song from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The individual members of Hexachordia are united both by a love of early music and by a desire to make that music accessible to as wide an audience as possible. Although they concentrate on authentic and technically-accurate performances, they take great care to ensure that this is not at the expense of entertainment. They like to think that their programmes will not only move you, but will also leave you with a smile on your face.
Tony Scheuregger - Tony studied for a music degree in Cambridge where he specialised in composition. Having worked for some time as a classroom music teacher, Tony went on to write music for video and television, including a number of title tracks for Virgin video books and the main TV channels. His interest in early music goes back to the mid 1970s but was re-engaged in the mid 1990s when he formed the costume band Minstrels Gallery with whom he has recorded six CDs. Tony now concentrates on plucked string instruments and has studied lute with the internationally-acclaimed lutenist Jacob Heringman. He recently participated in a masterclass with Dame Emma Kirkby and Jacob Lindberg. Tony has appeared, with his lute, in TV programmes including Jamie Oliver's “Food Fight” and on the BBC World Service in a feature about the Jacobean Theatre with Zoe Wanamaker.
Sarah Doig - Sarah’s musical education started at an early age after she pestered her father, an accomplished pianist and organist, for piano lessons. She later learned the cello and studied the organ under Harrison Oxley at St Edmundsbury Cathedral. Sarah undertook a music degree at Lancaster University, specialising in medieval music under Professor Roger Bray. It was whilst a student that she swapped the cello for the double bass. Sarah’s double bass playing continued during her fifteen years in London where she also sang in a number of chamber choirs. She has since transferred her talents to the viol family, playing treble, tenor, renaissance bass and seven-string baroque instruments. Sarah also owns and plays virginals modelled on Queen Elizabeth the First's own keyboard instrument. Her passion is Elizabethan keyboard music and she has the ambition to record the full two volumes of the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book.
Jane Scheuregger - Jane is a talented multi-instrumentalist and singer. She was Head Chorister of St Edmundsbury Cathedral Choir, achieving a St Cecilia senior choristers’ award. As a student Jane performed at many music festivals and orchestral courses, and played principal bassoon with the Suffolk Symphony Orchestra. Jane has played recorder for most of her life as well as specialising in shawm, crumhorn, bagpipe and curtal for many years with costume band, Minstrels Gallery, which she formed with husband Tony. She is also a fully experienced sound recordist and editor applying her practical music-making skills to the delicate art of digital sound editing. Jane's experience as a choral singer is used to bring a “natural” singing style to her performances with Hexachordia, along with some valuable performance insights gained from masterclass singing with Dame Emma Kirkby. Her special interest is the interpretation of seventeenth century ayres and ballads.