Early Wind Music Performance

. . . 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 Comments comments (3)

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.

See and hear A Great Noyse on Youtube

Posted by Bill Jamieson on September 2, 2011 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (2)

Check out a video of a lovely piece by Thomas Campion, performed by A Great Noyse, with singers Elizabeth MacIsaac and Ian Bullen, at our April Concert, "Music from the Age of Discovery"  Here's the link:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xXRrXdlXbc  

Upcoming Concert - Tielman Susato

Posted by Bill Jamieson on September 1, 2011 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (3)

We are looking forward to presenting a fun programme on the life and music of Tielman Susato (see the "Susato Concert" page on this website for a description). It will be held at the Courtroom of the Maritime Museum of B.C. on Sept. 21.

Ann Fraser will be joining us for this concert, substituting for our dulcian and recorder player extraordinaire, Cuyler Page, who is recovering well from a recent operation. Ann is a talented recorder player and early music performer (and married to A Great Noyse regular, Bob Fraser).

For tickets, drop in at the Maritime Museum of B. C. in Bastion Square, or phone the Museum at 250-385-4222.

See you there!

Music from the Age of Discovery

Posted by Bill Jamieson on March 15, 2011 at 4:06 AM Comments comments (3)

On Wednesday, March 23, A Great Noyse will be presenting the Age of Discovery.

We will be joined by acclaimed Victoria soprano, Elizabeth MacIsaac, and lutenist Darren Smith.

The concert will feature sacred and secular music from the age of the great explorers, performed by voice, lute and on our usual assortment of replca wind instruments.

It will be held in the intriguing historical courtroom in the Maritime Museum of B.C., a real 19th Century courtroom from the early days of Victoria - and still in use periodically as a courtroom today.

See our "Age of Discovery" page on this site for more information.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Concert December 5, 2010

Posted by Bill Jamieson on November 8, 2010 at 11:11 AM Comments comments (3)

Our next concert is scheduled for December 5, 2010 at 8:00 pm. The concert is built around the Flemish composer, arranger and publisher Tielman Susato. Living in Antwerp, Susato was the first significant music publisher in the Netherlands. Similar to the impact of early book publishing, the introduction of larger-scale publishing of music had a profound effect on the musical world. It was responsible for the explosion of printed music in the 16th century and later, and for bringing art music to a wider range of musicians and audiences. And quite aside from his influence as a publisher, Susato wrote and arranged a great volume of tuneful, light-hearted music, much of which is still widely performed today. Join us as we explore the world and music of this great Renaissance figure. Tickets for the concert are $15 apiece and will be available at the door (cash or cheque only, please). You may order tickets in advance by phoning 250-370-1067 or by sending us a message on the "Contact Us" page on this site.

Noyse News

Posted by Bill Jamieson on March 16, 2010 at 1:11 PM Comments comments (2)

We are excited about our new website. It has some pictures of the crew, some samples of our music and member/guest sections.


Feel free to join as a member. We would love to have you as part of our modest online community, whether you are a friend, afficionado or critic (!) We'll make sure you hear the "buzz" about our upcoming concerts and events. We would be very happy to promote your events on our website as well - particularly if it is early-music related.


Or just sign on as a guest to tell us what's on your mind.


Our next concert


We are putting together a concert for the evening of Wednesday, April 21, venue to be announced.


We have always thought we'd like to tour Europe, so we're going on a whirlwind tour - without leaving Vancouver Island. We'll take you around Renaissance Europe with stops in England, the Low Countries, France, Spain, Italy and Germany. An opportunity to hear the different - and similar styles of music being played on wind instruments in 16th Century Europe.



Join up as a member and we will let you know the particulars as soon as they are available.


Or, as they say . . .  Watch this space!