RE-ENACTMENT

As a child I loved ‘dressing up’ (like most children) and fantasised about being a knight in armour. So when the opportunity came to ‘dress up’ for serious historical re-enactment I took very little persuasion. Little did I know what it would lead to – and how much pleasure it would bring me.

One perfect day…

One perfect day…

Rosemary and I have passed any number of memorable (and - mostly - happy) days as participants in Kentwell Hall’s Tudor Re-creations. But one day, in particular, stands out. The year - on this occasion - was 1600: a gift to gentry, like me, who enjoy performing music....

Out of phase is good

Out of phase is good

What makes for a good marriage? Here’s one suggestion: it helps if the partners don’t both panic at the same time. And Rosemary and I got to test that very early on. Almost at the beginning, in fact. We’d already developed something a little more than simple...

Getting the measure

Getting the measure

 There’s a saying among re-enactors that we don’t wear costumes. We wear clothes. Because a good re-enactor does more than act out a role. They actively take on a persona. And - ironically - that persona is often closer to the real ‘them’ than the face they would...

Music opens the gate…

Music opens the gate…

While I was still living in Watford I had the very great pleasure of meeting a man called Colin Prior, who shared my passion for early music. And who, unwittingly, would change the whole course of my life… Colin had started a recorder consort - the Gade Consort -...

Alive to the past

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