South West Viols fest II

Coming up – the second South West Viols Fest, in which Henrik Persson and I offer three days of consort playing, solo lessons and masterclasses, in beautiful Culmstock in Devon. Open to viol players of all ages and levels of experience, and also to observers. Hear us in a recital of Forqueray and friends, watch our colleague Lynda Sayce demonstrate her many lutes and enjoy good food, good company, a nice country pub and a visit to the workshop of renowned viol maker Jane Julier.

More details here – there are still some places available!

News for 2019

Coming up in 2019!

The second South West Viols Fest will take place in Culmstock, Devon, 23-26 May 2019. Viol players of all levels are welcome for a weekend of teaching, consort playing, and masterclasses. Plus an exciting tutors’ recital of music by Forqueray, De Caix and Roland Marais. More details can be found through the Blackdowns Early Music website and here via Newe Vialles

A revival of Die Filmerzählerin with actress Serena Wey and Natalie Carducci (violin) – details coming soon here

Concerts in Germany, Swizerland, Spain, the UK… (always assuming they let me travel after ***** Brexit)

CD releases:

Vivaldi-Chédeville, Les Saisons Amusantes – Ensemble Danguy/Tobie Miller. Watch the trailer here

Buxtehude, Membra Jesu Nostri – Newe Vialles/The Choir of Trinity Hall, Cambridge/Andrew Arthur

Music for Kaiser Maximilian – Per Sonat/Sabine Lutzenberger

News of recitals and concerts will be posted here as they appear. In the meantime, happy new year!



a new viol…

… without soundpost and bass bar! It’s a copy of an instrument by Pellegrino, beautifully made by Alessandro Lowenberger in Genoa. I’m thrilled to have this instrument to play – the sound is incredibly clear, not too soft but with a real vocal quality. Since graduating from a masters in medieval and renaissance music six years ago, I’d put off and put off investing in a renaissance viol – despite so much of my playing work actually needing one – as I just couldn’t find a model that really convinced me. Well, now I have, and here it is!


We’re getting to know each other, and the process is very exciting. I’ll post some sound clips when I have some to post. In the meantime, here is my Pellegrino with its siblings:

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As with all the best photos, these were taken by Randall Cook, who introduced me to his own Pellegrino a few years ago and inspired me to order my own!