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A broadside ballad for the 21st century

Artists: Aldeburgh Young Musicians, The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments

Series: Aldeburgh Young Musicians, Clare Salaman, Jon Banks, Vivien Ellis

Ideas explored: developing new work, old music reimagined

Exploring Early Music at Snape Maltings

Over the week 21-25 October 2019, 15 members of Aldeburgh Young Musicians collaborated with members of The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments to explore a diverse palette of music and sound. Exploring 15th century English dances, melodies from the Middle East, consort tunes and traditional ballads, AYMs were able to gain a comprehensive insight into this vibrant and diverse world which has fundamentally influenced the music we engage with today.

For this residency, AYMs worked alongside professional musicians Clare Salaman, Jon Banks, Vivien Ellis and AYM alumni Imogen Ridge. Supplementing the diverse instrumentation of the AYMs, including violins, electric guitars, flutes and piano, the artists brought along period instruments such as trumpet marines, the hurdy gurdy, nyckelharpa and santouri.