Chamber trio promise Elizabethan spectacle

MALVERN Fringe promises an unforgettable evening of Elizabethan music and spectacle starring the unique sound of Pantagruel.

Based in Germany but with multi-national membership, Pantagruel is a trio specialising in 16th Century chamber music.

It was formed in 2002 and has been delighting audiences across Europe with its performances.

Over the last few years, the group has forged a reputation as one of the most exciting and innovative early music ensembles around today.

Says one admirer: "The sweet and pure voice of Scottish soprano Hannah Morrison will captivate admirers of Loreena McKennitt, or Dead Can Dance, and the flamboyant virtuosic playing of Dominik Schneider and Mark Wheeler on citterns, gitterns, lutes and flutes will stir the hearts of rock, classical or gothic listener alike. The latter may recognise Mark Wheeler as guitarist with German Gothic-Rock pioneers Love Like Blood."

Hannah Morrison is the daughter of Scottish and Icelandic musicians who studied with soprano Barbara Schlick at the Musikhochschule in Maastricht.

Dominik Schneider, who plays flute, gittern and also sings, began to play every instrument he could get his hands on at an early age, but finally ended up studying the recorder at the Folkwang Musikhochschule in Essen.

Mark Wheeler, who plays lute, cittern and gittern, discovered his passion for plucked string instruments while listening to Led Zeppelin. His lute studies with Nigel North at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, have been complemented by master classes with Jakob Lindberg and Julian Bream.

The Malvern concert is on Sunday, January 28, at 7.30pm, at the Grove, 4 Avenue Road. Also appearing will be Malvern's own Nonimus Minstrels.

Tickets are £8 on 01684 563313.

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