Passamezzo is dedicated to the performance of Early Music in an accessible, educational and historically informed context. Our name 'Passamezzo' comes from the sixteenth century ground (a series of chords) of this name. A passamezzo might take the form of a simple song or dance - Greensleeves is the most well known example of this form - but could also become a courtly dance or an exhibition piece, with virtuosic and showy divisions played upon it.
We give frequent public music performances and have played in museums, barns, palaces, concert halls, theatres, gardens, stately homes and ruins throughout the country.
We can provide music for television, radio, theatre and film, and are willing to research, compose or arrange original material.
Our first cd Gallimaufry was recorded at the archeological site of the Rose Theatre in February 2005 – the first recording ever to take place in that venue. Our Christmas cd, Christmas Music in Shakespeare's England was recorded in 2006 and An Excellent Medley in 2009.
In Summer 2010 we collaborated with REEP to create a programme of 16th and 17th Century music, words and song for Summer and the Harvest In Peascod Time We recorded a second seasonal programme To Shorten Winter's Sadness (music, words and song for Christmas and Winter) in 2011 and will be touring this programe in December 2012.
Many of our concerts are performed by candlelight and are sponsored by Prices' Candles.