The Elizabethan Session world premiere set for Hatfield House

The Elizabethan Session

The Elizabethan Session - Credit: Archant

A group formed to create music inspired by the Elizabethan era will appear live at Hatfield House later this month.

The Elizabethan Session, a folk super group, will perform at the Old Palace at Hatfield House in Mar

The Elizabethan Session, a folk super group, will perform at the Old Palace at Hatfield House in March - Credit: Archant

The Elizabethan Session is a new music project commissioned by Folk by the Oak – the annual music festival based at Hatfield House, the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth I – and the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS).

Martin Simpson will play Folk by the Oak 2014 in the grounds of Hatfield House as part of the Elizab

Martin Simpson will play Folk by the Oak 2014 in the grounds of Hatfield House as part of the Elizabethan Session - Credit: Archant

Award-winning guitarist Martin Simpson, Nancy Kerr, Folk by the Oak festival patron Jim Moray, Bella Hardy, John Smith, Hannah James, Rachel Newton and early music specialist Emily Askew will premiere the results of their work at The Old Palace, at Hatfield House, on Thursday, March 20, at 7.30pm.

The eight musicians will then perform live at Cecil Sharp House, the London home of EFDSS, on Saturday, March 22.

Tickets cost £16, plus booking fee, and can be booked at at www.folkbytheoak.com/TES.html


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They will then record the material at The Old Palace for a CD release in early summer, and reconvene with a show at Folk by the Oak 2014 on Sunday, July 20.

The Elizabethan Session is being funded by Folk by the Oak and EFDSS, with support from Arts Council England and the PRS for Music Foundation.

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