Cancionero - music from the Middle Ages and the Tudor court

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Cancionero was started by Anthony Purnell and the late Stephen Dyer in 1998. Anne Purnell joined them the following year. Other musicians are added if required by the programme.

The regular members are:

Anthony Purnell (voice, woodwind, and strings)

Anne Purnell (voice, recorders, hurdy-gurdy and percussion)

Brian White (voice and percussion)

The Red House in 2017


Castle Bolton in 2016


St. Nicholas, Allington, in 2012

Past and occasional members:

Chris Jeffrey, Bridgett Jeffrey, Guy Saunders, Emily Booth, Adam Johnson, Helen France, Nina di Cara, Helen Johnson, Katharine Head, Kate Sladen, Kathryn Bennetts, Kate Coles and Tim Garside.


A performance of the 13th century song-cycle "Cantigas de Amigo"by Martin Codax filmed at Groombridge in June 2014.



Some feedback from concert promoters -

"For those of us new to Medieval Music performances the evening was a delight and a revelation. Those I spoke to who are already aficionados felt the combination of Cancionero and the Crypt was an absolute treat." Lambeth concert 2005.

".... the wonderful musical entertainment you provided to an enthralled audience at Barming"

"Just to say thank you very much indeed for such a charming display of music and dance. It was delightful and each time a good crowd joined in. Such fun." Penshurst Place 2009.

"Thank you for a most enjoyable concert on Sunday. The audience loved it. The music was a delight, both in choice and execution. What interested me in particular was what fun it was! People must have loved playing and listening to such music. I very much hope we shall see you again." Otham 2013.


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