Blondel gives chatty, entertaining and spirited performances of Medieval and Renaissance wind music on original instruments, in costume or in modern concert dress according to the occasion.
Blondel's past performances include concerts in the Cheltenham Festival (broadcast live by the BBC) Cambridge Early Music, King's Lynn Festival, Beaminster Festival, Leeds International Medieval Congress, the Wimbledon International Music Festival, Barnes Music Festival, Medieval Music in the Dales, Totnes Early Music Society, and the Worcester Early Music Festival.
The Agincourt600 Committee commissioned us to record a CD based around the life of Henry V which is available as a free download.We have provided outdoor entertainment for Hampton Court, Hedingham Castle and as members of the International Guild of Town Pipers Guild in Den Bosch and King's Lynn.
We perform music from 1200-1680 on original instruments.
We have a vast repertoire under our fingers, and are happy to develop tailor-made programmes for specific events. We have a range of pre-existing programmes and set lists:Music from Tudor England Music for Christmas and New Year (medieval and later) Dance music across the ages Spring Music, Spanish music from the age of Columbus.
We can provide historically accurate medieval, renaissance and early baroque music for weddings, parties, feasts and corporate events.
"You are doing a most fantastic job at this event, people just love your music, thanks for being so brilliant, self-sufficient and collaborative"
Eva Koch-Schulte, Creative Programming & Interpretation Producer at Historic Royal Palaces
"An excellent, informative and fascinating concert! Definitely an ensemble I should engage again."
Ambrose Miller, Artistic Director, King's Lynn Festival
"Blondel have been playing at Hedingham Castle for four years, enhancing our Event Days with their superlative medieval music. Beautifully turned out, hard-working and utterly reliable, they are tuneful and intricate, lively and mellow. Blondel are as happy creating wonderfully atmospheric background music as they are performing to a static audience or engaging with our visitors, explaining their instruments and the origins of their music. Great fun, and great musicians."
Simon Orr General manager Hedingham Castle
"the whole evening was fascinating with lively and tender playing when required, in an authentic and authoritative manner on shawms, bagpipes and recorders. Keep us dancing Blondel!"
Andy Tyler, Lynn News
"Brilliant time travel experience - your concert last night at Kings Lynn Festival. Wonderfully varied visually and in sound - strident shawms, the surprisingly sweet sounds of medieval bagpipes blending together, and the soft tones of recorder ensembles. Must book you again myself sometime soon!"
Dawn Wakefield Director Fakenham Classic Music
"The lively music of Renaissance wind band, Blondel, rang out in the Tuesday Market Place"
"visitors got to experience the skill of the medieval archers, the pitch perfect Blondel Renaissance Wind Band, the joy of the Maypole and the beautiful birds of prey"