Misericordia - Medieval Music

Stephen Tyler:

hurdy gurdy

gothic harp



photo:Trudi Bide

Anne Marie Summers:

bagpipes : recorder

harp : hurdy gurdy

percussion : voice

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The duo Misericordia specialises in the Music and Song of Medieval Britain and Europe.
Anne Marie Summers and Stephen Tyler have been playing and recording together as a duo for over a decade, taking some of the earliest scored music and combining it with the improvisational element of folk music for an exciting and dynamic performance. They are accomplished multi-instrumentalists, and their wide range of instruments allows them many different sound textures to match the different musical traditions of medieval Europe.

A performance by Misericordia will take you from the mesmeric drone-based harmonies of their trademark combination of bagpipes and hurdy-gurdy, to the harmonically sparser sound of recorder and citole, as well as to softer timbres such as voice and harp.

Misericordia regularly perform at concert venues and early music festivals throughout Britain and Europe and have made various recordings.  Originally formed as a duo, they now work regularly with other instrumentalists and singers for a larger ensemble; all are professional and extremely versatile musicians specialising in early music. 

Workshops are also available in medieval instrumental music, song, and singing for dancing.

Misericordia also appear at churches, castles and halls, heritage sites, storytelling events, historical fairs and other outdoor events throughout the country, complete with medieval clothing and tent.


Misericordia Sample concert programmes:

Passion, Pilgrimage and Plague
Exploring the music and songs of the turbulent fourteenth century,
with guest artists Helen Barber and Terry Mann

English Medieval Music
Focussing on music and song in England from the eleventh to the fifteenth century,
with singer Helen Barber

Coeur de Lion
The Life of Richard the Lionheart in words and music, drawing on twelfth-century songs and texts, and medieval verse romance.
with guest singer and orator Thor Ewing

Love and Death in the Middle Ages
A soundscape of stories and music,
with west-country storyteller Clive Fairweather

Across the Centuries
A highly accessible programme featuring music from the eleventh to the seventeenth centuries performed on a wide variety of authentic instruments
Misericordia in Schools Misericordia in a tent
Special programmes are available for schools Misericordia also appear at outdoor events

Contact Misericordia if you would like to book a performance, order a CD, or just find out more.

Anne Marie Summers also plays with historical duo Squeake's Noyse, with Mandrake! the Medieval Carnival Band, traditional folk band Magpiety, and with Zephyrus - the English Bagpipe Orchestra

Stephen Tyler also plays with Medieval theatrical group The Daughters of Elvin and with Mandrake! the Medieval Carnival Band.

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