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Through the Looking Glass



Through The Looking Glass
Enter into the spectacular 'Speculum Musurgica' to roll back time and hear the music for yourselves!

FRIDAY 26 MAY - SUNDAY 16 JULY 2017
Beverley Minster
9.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Saturday and 12 noon - 5.00pm on Sunday
Admission free

Beverley Early Music Festival and Beverley Minster are delighted to host an international exhibition of illustrated music manuscripts alongside a multi-media installation in celebration of the Festival's 30th anniversary.

Roll back 500 years of history and enter the opulent world of the 16th century through the eyes of Petrus Alamire - musical scribe, composer, singer and producer of some of the most decorated illustrated choirbooks in history.

Collected together by the Alamire Foundation, the music manuscripts are represented in high quality, scaled images. Meet rulers, composers and musicians, and experience the arts and the worldview of the time brought to life through these extraordinary beautiful images.

Visitors are also invited into the media-installation 'Speculum Musurgica' by the Belgian contemporary artist Rudi Knoops to allow you to get "up-close and personal" with the musicians at work.

Younger visitors will be encouraged to pick up a discovery pack to find out about Petrus Alamire's double life as a spy for Henry VIII! Activities will include questions about cracking secret codes, creating bespoke illuminated letters and finding out more about the music preserved within the pages of Alamire's amazing manuscripts.

This exhibition was first mounted in Antwerp Cathedral by the Alamire Foundation, International Centre for the Study of Music in the Low Countries and AMUZ, Flanders Festival-Antwerp (Belgium), and will travel internationally - starting in 2017 at Beverley.