Welcome To Malvern Minstrelsy
Malvern Minstrelsy presents a range of early woodwind instruments based on surviving historical models and period iconography. These instruments bring to life the music of the Middle Ages and the Early Renaissance.
Malvern Minstrelsy recorders are made to exacting standards, benifitting from more than thirty years experience creating historical wind instruments. The instruments are scaled A440
All tabor pipes that I make are English pattern with major scale. Pitches that I currently make are high d/c/b flat, middle g/f, low D, and low G with a crook, after the drawing of Praetorius. Some of these are for sale in the shop, the larger ones, please contact me.
I make two models of medieval recorders. The Dordrecht instruments are based on an original that was excavated from the moat of a castle in the city of Dordrecht. It can be dated to before the destruction of the castle in about 1420. I have replaced a possible windcap and foot section, both of which are missing. The original is soprano pitch, the alto is conjectural.
The Tartu instruments are based on an original found in the city of Tartu in Estonia. The wood has been carbon dated to about 1350. The original has a leading note of e natural in sopranino pitch, but the instruments that I have derived from it have a modern scale with larger fingerholes, but retaining the deep voicing and short labium of the original.
I am planning to attend the following exhibitions in 2023/24
Blackheath Early Music Festival, 9-12 November, https://lifem.org/
Resonanzen, 20/21st January, Vienna.
PLEASE NOTE THAT, DUE TO BREXIT REGULATIONS, INSTRUMENTS AT EUROPEAN EXHIBITIONS ARE FOR DEMONSTRATION ONLY
Wonderful baroque three hole pipe performance with Trio Dangan using my G pipe in plumwood