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15 January 2023: K’Antu @ 3pm

Calstock Arts are thrilled to have musicians from Birmingham’s award-winning early music group, K’antu Ensemble, returning to The Old Chapel. Join us for a performance of historical folk music from across the globe, exploring traditions and folklore behind some of the ensemble’s favourite tunes.

Founded in 2012 by Ruth Hopkins, K’antu Ensemble take their name from an ancient style of Peruvian and Bolivian music and dance. Their colourful and energetic arrangements combine elements of world music with historically informed techniques, bringing early music to new audiences.

Since their last performance at Calstock back in 2017, they have played various venues across the UK, including Birmingham Symphony Hall, Cadogan Hall in London and Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall. Most recently, they have enjoyed leading a range of performances across Birmingham for the 2022 Commonwealth Games Festival.

“A breath of fresh air: early music presented with beguiling virtuosity and inventiveness” Howard Skempton


Ruth Hopkins: Voice – Renaissance Recorders – Baroque Violin
James Akers: Renaissance Lute – Baroque Guitar – Cittern
Tymoteusz Jozwiak: Percussion – Shruti Box


Anon (Traditional): Noël Nouvelet

Comtessa de Dia (c.1175-1212): A Chantar

Anon (Laudario di Cortona, C13th): Piangamo quel crudele

Straloch Lute Book (1627-29): Canaries

Jane Pickering Lute Book (1616): A Scots Tune

Thesaurus Harmonicus (1603): Canaries

John Dowland (c. 1563 – 1626): Fine knacks for ladies

Anon (Traditional):  Although I am a country lass ‘Stingo’

Anon (Traditional): Gloucestershire Wassail


Anon (Traditional): Let all mortal flesh keep silence ‘Picardy’

Robert Johnson (c.1583-1633): Have you seen but the white lily grow?

Anon (A Musicall Banquet, 1610): Vuestros ojos tienen d’amor no sé qué

Santiago de Murcia (1673 – 1739): Payssanos

Santiago de Murcia (1673 – 1739): Cumbees

Henry Tudor (1491 –1547): Pastime with Good Company ‘The Kings Ballad’

John Dowland (c. 1563 – 1626): Can she excuse my wrongs?

Anon (Traditional): Peg o’ Ramsay

Anon (Traditional): Auld Lang Syne

Listen here: K’antu Ensemble: Geamparale – YouTube


£12 advance / £13 on the door. £1 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts


Doors open at 2pm

Performance start at 3pm

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