In spite of the threat of wet weather, on Saturday the sky was blue, perfect for an afternoon out at theGold Coast Renaissance Faire. However, I think many people were still cleaning up after the deluge the night before, so it was good to see more interest on Sunday.
The Early Music Qld Consort performed several times each day, including a set with dancers. We presented a program of mixed consort music from the renaissance, played on recorders, crumhorns, cornemuse, cornetto, strings, serpent, and percussion.
Yes, that’s me, a violinist, in the photo playing bass crumhorn! I find it’s good to challenge myself to try new things, and it also helps me to better appreciate the challenges facing my violin students as they endeavour to learn new techniques on their instruments.
As an added bonus, we were entertained by other musicians playing early instruments and/or repertoire – the Mandolins of Brisbane, Joel Woods, Court of Camelot, and the Minstrels of Yore. Add to the mix actors, jugglers and acrobats, fencing and archery, craft and food stalls, in a peaceful oasis by the beach, amongst the skyscrapers of Broadbeach! You will find more photos on facebook – search “Gold Coast Renaissance Faire” or “Early Music Society of Qld”. See you at the next Faire!