Tag Archives: Winsome Evans

36TH RUNNYMEDE POP FESTIVAL

Erasmus and Geoff Sirmai at the Runnymede Pop Festival. Pic by Andrew Goodman-Jones
Erasmus and Geoff Sirmai at the Runnymede Pop Festival. Pic by Andrew Goodman-Jones

Outdoor music festivals in Sydney have enjoyed, on average,  a history of eight to ten years. The Renaissance Players presented, by impressive contrast, its staggering 36th ‘Runnymede Pop Festival’ recently. Their tradition of reviving and celebrating early music continued formidably, combining several elements of festival entertainment.

These features included an engagingly bright stage set and an informative, attractively designed program guide for festival goers. The Renaissance Players made a hauntingly effective entrance from the rear of the venue. They were summoned to the stage by ancient woodwind and led by Jessica O’Donoghue’s focussed ‘Sa Sibilla’ chant concerning the Day of Judgement.

Continue reading 36TH RUNNYMEDE POP FESTIVAL

BRITISH BIRDS, BEASTS AND BARDS

Liew Kieck. Pic Wayne Richmond
Liew Kieck performing in the latest Renaissance Players concert. Pic Wayne Richmond

The long history of colourful concerts by The Renaissance Players continues with the definite success of their latest offering, British Birds, Beasts & Bards. Carrying the subtitle of “popular traditions of British music & poetry c. 1300-1977” the equally enthralling and colourful souvenir programme suggests substantial and staggering possibilities.

Director Winsome Evans has ensured a fine blend of vocal and instrumental music fills the British Proms style concert, where many ‘birds’ and ‘beasts’ from the British tradition can be depicted by the Players. Words of a variety of bards are brought to life through the highly entertaining and animated readings of Geoff Sirmai.

Continue reading BRITISH BIRDS, BEASTS AND BARDS