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. . . with a great noyse of mistralsye, trumpets, cornets and shawmes, and great plenty of waxe torches lighted" - masque for Richard II

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Silent Noyse??

Posted by Bill Jamieson on June 18, 2012 at 3:15 AM

Haven't heard too much from the Noyse lately?

Well, actually we have been quite busy. Before Christmas a smaller subset of the Great Noyse (the Lesser Noyse?), including Bill, Cuyler, Ann and our frequent guest soprano, Gwendolyn Jamieson, performed a Christmas benefit concert at the Pemberton Chapel at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, sponsored by the Royal Jubilee School of Nursing Alumni,

In January A Very Modest Noyse, Bill, Ann and Gwendolyn, performed a concert at St. Paul's Esquimalt Historic Naval and Garrison Church, in aid of the preservation of this historic church.

In April, the Great Noyse presented musical hors d'oeurves as part of the pre-performance lecture for two of the Pacific Opera Victoria's performances of Maria Stuarda, playing 16th century music linked with the two rival queens whose story is told in the opera.

And in June, we are once again joining with the Maritime Museum of B.C. to present a musical retelling of the voyage of Sir Francis Drake, around the world.  

Similar to our Susato concert, we have written a partially fictionalized narrative based on what is known of the voyage from contemporary accounts (and incorporating local historian, Sam Bawlf's theory in the book "The Secret Voyage of Sir Francis Drake", that Drake reached the west coast of B.C. on his voyage). The narrative book-ends the musical selections, all from the time of the voyage. For this concert we are being joined by three singers, Paul Broughen, Geoff Espin, and Brian Groos, whom we have dubbed, "Drake's Men". They will play the ship's crew, opposite the Great Noyse, who will protray the professional musicians brought along for the voyage.

For more details, see the separate page on this site called, "The Golden Hinde".

We're looking forward to what promises to be a lively, fun concert.

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