Belinda Sykes & JOGLARESA

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"Thrilling and haunting" The Times

Front cover Classical Music Magazine
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"ground-breaking ensemble of cultural nomads ... blown away by their charm and originality…" The Scotsman




A Yuletide selection:

"Magic and menace" Hilary Finch, The Times

"never a dull moment… brilliantly off-kilter"
BBC Music Magazine

"Joglaresa continues to delight and surprise"
Classical Music Magazine

Early music's 'bit of rough' - this rebellious London-based medieval/folk ensemble pushes, and often transcends, the limits of what is thought of as early music.... Joglaresa embodies the boldness and improvisatory chutzpah that gets straight to the heart of medieval music.

Directed by Belinda Sykes (soloist at The Royal Albert and Carnegie Halls) Joglaresa comprises outstanding classical, world, folk and jazz musicians - a sound that is at once traditional and contemporary - combining intoxicating elements of Medieval, Middle Eastern and Celtic musics, they create a unique London sound that is both extrovert and intimate.

"carnival-like exuberance ... enjoyable and virtuosic" fROOTS

Just as distinctions between composer and performer were ever blurred, Joglaresa performers are always composing, improvising and arranging.

"Joglaresa's imaginative use of improvisation creates an exciting air of authenticity... compulsive rhythmic energy... luxuriantly ornamental solos" The Telegraph

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2019, 2020 projects:

Boogie Knights

The Virgin Queen (spoken word & song)

A Medieval Easter (Easter 2020)

Sing We Yule (Xmas 2019)

Venus Envy

Bring Us Good Ale (Xmas 2020)

Front Cover ensemble for Classical Music Magazine

Joglaresa Early Music Today

Read the full article Medieval Rebels Come of Age