Hexachordia weekend entrances Blofield

The medieval music group Hexachordia descended on Blofield for the weekend of November 15-17, 2019, linking with the Footprints project and introducing children and adults to the delights of instruments rarely seen nowadays, ranging from the crumhorn to the rauschpfeife.

The three musicians – Tony and Jane Scheuregger and Sarah Doig (right) – visited the school on the Friday and fascinated pupils with their instruments and descriptions of what each one was capable of. On the Saturday they switched to the church for an hour-long introduction for an older audience, combining amazing technique and mixing it with singing and dramatic interludes, all of which were very effective.

On the Sunday afternoon, in a rather warmer church, they presented a full-scale concert which demonstrated more fully their range with voice, viols, recorders, lutes, bagpipes and many other instruments. The audience of about 45 was also rewarded with some home-cooked medieval puddings and pies, as well as mulled wine and plenty of other nibbles provided by the generous Blofield hosts.

The group were welcomed by PHS chair Dr Rob Knee on the Saturday and by Dr David Pilch of Blofield on the Sunday. The Paston link to Blofield is of course through Edward Paston, a musician and composer who had links to William Byrd and Thomas Tallis and whose monument adorns the chancel of the church.