The hurdy-gurdy is one of the oldest instruments of European invention. Both mechanical and expressive, with multiple drone strings, it has an extraordinary sound that is both timeless and musically undefinable. In Stevie’s hands it will take us from her medieval roots to the present as she performs her “Solos for bowed strings” in set II.
For the main, final, set III, Stevie says she wants to construct an exploded, expanded hurdy-gurdy with the band. She says ‘think Leonardo sketches* and estampies of pure timbre’. It will culminate in the premiere of a new Christmas carol ‘Mistura Clamans die Natalis Christi’.**
Stevie has worked closely with the deeply poetic and spiritual music of 12thC Hildegard of Bingen in the last years, and surely we will hear that influence too. Joined by splendid resident band Notes Inégales, I especially can’t wait for the duos between her and our violin, Max Baillie.
Exploding hurdy-gurdy… maybe we won’t have exploding Christmas puddings, but we will offer you a glass of mulled (12thC) wine.
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**A Noisey Christmas Medley