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Robbers, Rebels & Royals Programme copyright Belinda Sykes 2012
Magna Carta 1215 - Celebrate 800yrs of justice and your liberty with Joglaresa

The video above shows Joglaresa's 'chamber music' AND amplified styles - either are bookable - you can have 'classical' acoustic style, or electro-medieval!

Challenging supreme authorities! Overturning Papal Bulls!
Joglaresa represent rebellion in medieval music - we always challenge supreme and arbitrary authority...

With harp, fidel, percussion, bagpipes and voices, Joglaresa perform songs that challenge the supreme authority of kings, criticise the Roman Curia, and which highlight the lives, loves, imprisonment and taxation of ordinary folk (...or barons...) at the time of the Great Charter.

Joglaresa are THE most rebellious medieval ensemble - they have broken down more barriers, and have created more ground-breaking programmes than most! Early Music Today magazine describes and celebrates all these exploits in their January/February 2013 edition.

Thrilling and haunting ... magic and menace
The Times

irresistibly catchy tunes... compulsive rhythmic energyThe Telegraph

Downloadable hi-res jpg from this link (click on the photos. More below)



Belinda Sykes - voice, bagpipes, director
Louise Anna Duggan - dulcimer, percussion
Sianed Jones - fidel, voice
Angela Hicks - voice, harp
Magnus Mehta - percussion, voice


2015 Tour:
Canterbury, City of London Festival, Hemel Hempstead, Southampton, Oxford, Walton on Thames, Beverley Festival, Tudeley, The British Library, Leeds, Nottingham, Brighton Festival of Early Music, Warwick, Sandwich, Leighton Buzzard, Worcester, Basingstoke, Spitalfields Festival.

Education - A Joglaresa trio (or full 5-piece band if you prefer) will teach music workshops using Magna Carta as their theme, and using voice and percussion as the main medium. They have arranged their medieval Magna Carta songs with new English texts for Primary School years: 3 to 6 - imagine 'Horrible Histories' meets medieval minstrelsy... King John died of diarrhoea...! Magna Carta forms part of Key Stage 2 History, National Curriculum.

Workshop possibilities include anything from a one-off day's workshops, to a few schools workshopping then coming together for a concert with Joglaresa. We can take all your pupils in this age group, or just your especially musical ones if you prefer. If you have a school recorder group we can also involve recorder playing (Belinda has taught recorder from primary schools to conservatoires).

Link to Joglaresa's Magna Carta Education Resources

Video of education work - Joglaresa runs fantastic workshops that can be part of a performance programme too:

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Link to the Magna Carta 2015 Committee