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 February 2019, she released a new solo CD, 'Sacred Fragments' and in August 2019 she appeared on BBC Radio 4 talking to Roderick Williams about songs and singers in medieval Britain.

Sacred Fragments

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  • Price: £6-£10
  • Date: Sun, Nov 11, 2018
  • Time: 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Venue: St Andrew's Church Church Lane CO6 1LW
  • Location: Marks Tey Colchester
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Beautiful and meditative music with readings….

 

Scraps of parchment, with the top part of the page ragged and illegible; pages cut in half, folded, the ink all but worn off; slips no more than an inch wide; pages defaced and scribbled on by notaries or other owners; the pieces of parchment that used to form large and important codices of sacred music in medieval England have suffered many undignified fates, stuck into new books as protection, cut up, covered in graffiti. Before these treasuries could be rediscovered in sound, decades of fervent work revealed the delicate connections between this page here and that folio there. This work also exposed how lamentably large the quantity is of what has been lost.

 

Music scribbled in as a cramped afterthought; the odd song here and there; a motet written in upside down; blank staves left without music, just with text; additions long after the book was originally copied; other sacred music comes to us in manuscripts mainly intended for different purposes, collections and miscellanies of texts interesting to that long ago compiler.