Belinda Sykes & JOGLARESA

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Yesterday morning, 16th November 2021, our beloved bandleader Belinda Sykes passed away peacefully. We can't adequately put into words the impact that Belinda has had on all of our lives both musically and personally. Belinda was a force of nature with an almost unparalleled wealth of knowledge and a great friend and mentor to us all. We will miss her dearly, but we know her legacy and her music will live on for many years to come. Her incredible voice and musicianship brought so much joy to so many.

Our thoughts are with her wonderful family at this time.


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"Thrilling and haunting" The Times

Front cover Classical Music Magazine
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Boogie Knights - the Pandemic Plague Party CD - has landed!

Joglaresa Boogie Knights




"Unhinged" The Arts Desk

"never a dull moment…
brilliantly off-kilter

BBC Music Magazine

"ground-breaking ensemble of cultural nomads ... blown away by their charm and originality…"
The Scotsman

"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



Front Cover ensemble for Classical Music Magazine

Joglaresa Early Music Today

Read the full article Medieval Rebels Come of Age


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