Most recognised for their title track to the renowned ITV series Victoria, the internationally acclaimed Mediaeval Baebes are bringing their MydWynter Tour to Leeds Minster on Thursday 8th December. In a timeless treat of unique musical allure, the show is set to harness the true spirit of Christmas, as traditional folksongs and Christmas carol classics are cleverly combined with arrangements from the new MydWynter Album. But who are the Mediaeval Baebes and what has made their haunting vocal harmonies become so renowned across the globe?
Over 25 years ago, a group of friends clad in flowing white gowns and crowns of ivy broke into a graveyard to sing mediæval songs and make merry. More than a quarter of a century later, the Mediaeval Baebes have released 11 studio albums and won an Ivor Novella Award for their performance on the BBC serialization ‘The Virgin Queen.’ They have also had two Emmy nominations, and have received a Royal Television Society award alongside composer Martin Phipps, for their soundtrack to ITV’s hit period drama ‘Victoria.’
They are one the most successful, female-led, early music and folk ensembles in Europe and have toured with Jools Holland, supported Michael Flatley in Hyde Park, and performed at the The Game of Thrones Festival in Canada. They have appeared as joint guests on a show with Meatloaf and, as a fan and enthusiast, Iggy Pop regularly plays their music in his shows and invited them to perform live for his Radio 6 Christmas Day special.
Their unique, classical vocals have led them to perform in many historically significant venues across the world, embracing castles and caves through to nightclubs and renaissance fayres. Some of their favourites include: Hampton Court Palace; Berkley Castle; The Royal Albert Hall; Chateau de Fontainebleau in France and the Carnglaze Caverns in Cornwall.
Katharine Blake, musical director, composer and producer for the Mediaeval Baebes explained why Leeds Minster will be such a special show. “Our music really comes alive when we sing in churches and cathedrals because it was designed to be sung there. The MydWynter show is a vibrant performance that will be moving, amusing, rousing and spell-binding. Performing in Leeds Minster really will be mediaeval music coming home.”
The Mediaeval Baebes are always accompanied by a dazzling array of exotic and period instruments. The listener is transported through a myriad of ancient and forgotten languages as dance, theatre and ethereal harmonies weave story-telling magic through original settings of mediaeval texts, traditional folk songs, nursery rhymes and Christmas carols. Join the Mediaeval Baebes for this Christmas celebration and prepare to be immersed in glorious merriment.
Tickets are now available from www.mediaevalbaebes.com at a cost of £26.50 each for adults and £11.50 for a child. MydWynter is the 11th Studio album and is due for release on the 25th November 2022.