Here we are, at St. Michael and All Angels, Walthamstow! That's Mark Caudle in the middle, playing treble. When I first started playing on period instruments, over 40 years ago, Mark was the first baroque cellist I worked with. We have kind of grown up together in early music.
Between Mark and me is Louise Jameson, also playing treble. Louise hides her light under a bushel; not only London's top dog orchestral administrator, Louise is a fine playing musician too. Ilana Cravitz started the London Klezmer Quartet and wrote a book about klezmer violin playing. Ilana is playing tenor, on Mark's left. We all bow down to Reiko Ichise (on the right), Goddess of the Viol. Reiko is playing tenor viol too.
PHOTO Paul Tucker
This is a clip of us rehearsing in St. Michael and All Angel's in Walthamstow - filmed by Chris Hartland. Chris is mainly known as a very talented oboist and recorder player!
We just returned from playing our programme "Madigral, Dance and Fantasy" in the Festival Musica de Bunyola (Mallorca); the concerts take place in a really lovely hall created from a former slaughterhouse - an inspired and lasting contribution to his community by Tomeu Quetgles, whose vision it was; Tomeu has devoted 34 years to running this festival. I'm hoping colleagues don't start calling London Viols the Slaughterhouse Five!