Leah Stuttard

Leah Stuttard is a medieval harpist, singer, composer, arranger and musicologist. She works globally with well known ensembles such as Hesperion XXI and Micrologus. In August 2019 she appeared on BBC Radio 4 talking to Roderick Williams about songs and singers in medieval Britain. Brighton Early Music Festival 2019 commissioned her to direct their last night medieval extravaganza, 'The Feast of Fools'.

Wool Merchant and the Harp: or learning the harp 15th century style

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  • Price: £8.00
  • Date: Sun, Apr 07, 2013
  • Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Venue: Edinburgh
  • Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
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George Cely, an adolescent apprentice in the wool trade, wrote details of his music and dance lessons in an accounting booklet in the late 15th century. By a lucky twist of fate following a legal process, this document is preserved in the National Archive in London. Three pages detail payments George made to Thomas Rede, ‘harpar’. He noted how much he paid to learn 26 dances on the harp and wrote down the names of some songs Thomas taught him.  He also gives us some valuable information about bray harps and their maintenance. This workshop explores the little we know about what harpists played in the age of the Wars of the Roses.