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Heritage musician performs in Padiham's Gawthorpe Hall
2:11pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
IF music is the food of love, then heritage musician Peter Bull has enough on his menu for a medieval banquet.
His extensive knowledge of olde worlde instruments has taken him to the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace.
So Peter felt right at home when he was asked to stage a workshop at Padiham’s historic Gawthorpe Hall on music-making in the 17th century.
For a generation raised on electronic beats and synthesisers, his insights into the hurdy-gurdy, lute, dulcimer and cittern went down a treat.
And he was also able to recount the development of the flute and recorder as part of a four-hour presentation at the National Trust venue.
Rachel Pollitt, Gawthorpe Hall’s museum manager, said: “Peter's popular recitals and talks really brought the hall to life, as this music would have been played here when the building was new during the 1620s and 1630s. We know that a lot of travelling musicians and theatre companies came to the hall to entertain the Shuttleworth family at that time, so visitors were able to enjoy a truly authentic 17th century experience."
Peter is also a member of the group Quodlibet, which has released two CDs of 16th and 17th century music, and he regularly accompanies the soprano Anna Keightley.
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