Singing historical everyday songs

Sunday 4 March 2018


The course

An opportunity to learn and sing together some of the lovely songs sung by the ordinary people of 500 years ago, to explore the beautiful and remarkably simple harmonies they create, and a chance to learn all about the bagpipes, their origins, how they work, and their importance in rural England at this time. The gentle, mellow tones of hummelchen style bagpipes will be used to accompany some of the singing. No musical knowledge required.

The tutors

Emily Longhurst is a teacher of old English songs, particularly Folk songs and Sea Shanties and the Catches (Rounds) collected during the 1500s – the Freemen’s songs, songs of the ordinary people – and has many opportunities to teach them to groups of adults and children. She has researched, sung and performed songs from the Tudor period and have taught them to all ages at festivals and workshops.

Jez Smith is a Site Interpreter at the Museum.

Participant information

This is an intergenerational workshop. The sessions are priced for two people booking together and the minimum age is 7 years.

The course takes place in an historic building it is advisable to wear warm layers.


£50 for two people, to include tuition, teas and coffees and entry to the Museum. Vegetarian refreshments will be provided, if you have any other dietary requirements please let us know in advance. The Museum café will be open or you can bring a packed lunch.



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