We are Pellingmans' Saraband: Jacob Heringman, lutes and Susanna Pell, viol. Our latest CD is devoted to circular music of a particular time and place: a vivid glimpse of sixteenth and seventeenth-century domestic music making. The programme includes ingenious rounds by Ravenscroft, lute songs by Campion, Lanier and others, and instrumental solos and duos in a fascinating virtuoso exploration of the popular chord progressions (or “grounds”) of the day.
The title takes its name from a set of variations by Thomas Robinson in imitation of a set of bells. The sound of bells is emblematic of circular music and this theme recurs throughout the disc.
This repertoire has huge appeal (excuse the pun!) and a timelessness born from its link with a continuous musical tradition spanning the history of music and musical genres.
The CD has been recorded and we'd hoped to release it several months ago (hence the reference to 2015 in our video), but production was interrupted due to lack of funds. The superb sound on the disc was created by our friend and colleague Adrian Hunter who is one of the very best producer/engineers and who has worked on many Gramophone award-winning discs.
Please visit our website www.pellingman.co.uk to listen to a sneak preview sound sampler. You can also find out more about us there.
The venue for the recording was the beautiful St. Agatha's Church, Easby, near our hometown of Richmond, where we also recorded our first duo CD, Division Musick.
We hope to raise £3000 with your generous help. This money will be used to pay for artwork (the cover image, pictured above, is a print by artist Christopher Moss), booklet design (by Andy Thursfield), printing, pressing and promotion. If we're lucky enough to exceed our target we'll use the extra funds towards the already considerable recording expenses we've incurred.
We hope very much to release Twenty waies upon the bels in September. If you feel you can help us achieve this with a contribution, however small, we would be very grateful. We hope you will be tempted by the rewards we are offering. Thank you for your support and for helping us bring this wonderful music to light.