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'.

Medieval Advent music – Piae Cantiones

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  • Price: £15 or £40 for all three workshops
  • Date: Sun, Dec 13, 2020
  • Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Venue: In the comfort of your own home
  • Location: Zoom workshop
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Join me for the third and final time to learn and sing some beautiful medieval music for the Advent season. We’ll do a nice medieval vocal warm up, using medieval pedagogical aids to get us into the mode! I like to use what are known as “intonations”, and particularly the Byzantine ones called “echemata” because they are sung to “nonsense” syllables like “no-ne-no-e-a-ne” or “no-e-a-gis” which get your vowels flowing and the sound nicely ringing.

We’ll delve a bit into the late sixteenth century printed book of songs in Latin, Piae Cantiones. You most likely already know some of the songs that are in there like In dulci jubilo or Personent hodie, but it’s full of little gems, many of which have their roots much further back into the Middle Ages. I’ll talk a bit about some of the interesting little titbits of trivia associated with the collection and then we will learn and sing some together.

One of the ones we’ll do for fun has a very simple little refrain that you can join in with, or we might even learn how to sing it in two parts (I’ll play them both at least!) Puer natus in Bethlehem has a really catchy tune anyway. In addition, I have a real treat in store for you because my friend Agnethe Christensen will provide us with a video version of Puer natus, a special version though that has been transformed by a fascinating folk hymn singing tradition in the Faro Islands. It will blow your mind!