Leamington Music

The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments

Jon Banks santouri, gothic harp, percussion
Alison McGillivray violone, viola bastarda
Jon Nicholls sound designer and composer
Clare Salaman tromba marina, nyckelharpa
Joy Smith gothic bray harp, triple harp
Terence Wilton Actor

Sound House A unique concert devised by Clare Salaman exploring the aural illusions that so intrigued Francis Bacon and his contemporaries, with fresh interpretations of 17th century music linked to each other by newly composed pieces by Jon Nicholls, played on unusual and historically appropriate instruments.

“What the Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments have concocted in ‘Sound House’ is a wondrous journey through a realm of unimaginable sonic possibilities; travel with them, and I guarantee that you will never think of sound in the same way again.” Early Music Today

“Seated in the centre of the room, with listeners all around them, the quintet of players segued from one piece to another, from crisp Renaissance dance to jagged electronic improvisation, blending into their performance readings from Bacon’s writings and even explanations of the music and instruments we were hearing. It was thoroughly seductive, as informative as it was entertaining (and sometimes simply baffling), and the Society’s performances were eager, enthusiastic and lithe throughout. Best of all, it wore its evident scholarship very lightly – Sound House never felt puffed up its own cleverness, clever though it certainly was. Instead, it was simply captivating, in its own musical and philosophical terms.” The Arts Desk

“Anyone who has experienced an SSAI performance can testify as to the impressive visual and aural spectacle that they produce, and their vibrant, carefree virtuosity was as enthralling as ever.” Early Music Today

“The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments has forged a reputation for being one of our finest exponents of early music. They enchant and amaze in equal measure.” The Musician

“Anyone who has experienced an SSAI performance can testify as to the impressive visual and aural spectacle that they produce, and their vibrant, carefree virtuosity was as enthralling as ever.” Early Music Today

“There can be no more satisfying and diverting performers of early music than the Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments.” The Arts Diary

www.strangeandancientinstruments.com
Video trailer

Tuesday 14 February at 7.30pm at St Mary’s Church, Warwick, CV34 4AR


Book your Tickets

Tickets £20.00 and £18.00 reserved central nave
£15.00 unreserved rear nave
£13.00 unreserved sides
Tickets for children and students £1.00
Book online at www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk,
by telephone on 01926 334418
or in person at Box Office, Leamington Town Hall, Parade, Leamington CV32 4AT. Open Monday 10am–5pm, Tuesday to Saturday 10am–2pm.

About Leamington Music

Leamington Music is a registered charity number 1117723 that was launched in July 2006 and aims to maintain Leamington and district as a musical centre dedicated to promoting excellent music.

Music-making at an international level like this can only be put on and sustained by the generosity of our supporters and if you would like to be involved in ensuring that Leamington Music continues to flourish please join the Friends of Leamington Music or contact us directly.

Contact Us

Richard Phillips 01926 497000 richard@leamingtonmusic.org

Veronica Phillips veronica@leamingtonmusic.org


Leamington Music reserves the right to make changes in artists or programmes if this becomes necessary.