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Cantiga perform historic music and dance from Mediaeval, Tudor and English Civil War periods. Dressed in costume and playing authentic instruments of the day, Cantiga are a professional, friendly & unique act suitable for all ages!

Price from £846 + travel

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Set List / Repertoire

As all of our music was written over 400 years ago, listing the original performing artist is a difficult one! Music could include:

- Selections of medieval tunes from the 12th-15th centuries
- Music composed by King Henry VIII such as Pastime with Good Company and Hellas Madame
- Dances from Playfords Dancing Master (1651)
- Selection of pieces by composers such as William Byrd, Michael Praetorius and other Renaissance composers whose names may now be lost ("anon").
- we perform on a variety of instruments too, including bagpips, shawms, recorders, renaissance guitar, crumhorn and more!

5 Customer Reviews

Performance quality: 5 stars
Sound quality: 5 stars
Behaviour: 5 stars
Communication: 5 stars
Audience engagement: 4 stars
Value for money: 5 stars
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Excellent! fabulous! fantastic!

5 stars - Cantiga are Highly Recommended
booked Cantiga for their Wedding in Bristol

“More than expected group went above and beyond expectations. Could not have been more pleased. Excellent - Would book again no doubt, all guests thought they were fantastic - children and adults alike.”

Versatile and just right for the occasion

5 stars - Cantiga are Highly Recommended
booked Cantiga for their event in Oxfordshire

“They had an excellent knowledge of early music and the command of a range of different early instruments. They could play serious as well as light music and were considerably skilled as musicians in their own right.”

Cantiga were excellent.

5 stars - Cantiga are Highly Recommended
booked Cantiga for their event at Shepherd Neame Brewery in Kent

“Cantiga were excellent. They enhanced the event so much and we were so pleased with their effect. We would be definitely recommend them.”

Created a brilliant atmosphere.

5 stars - Cantiga are Highly Recommended
booked Cantiga for their event in Cheshire

“Alive Network made the booking process very easy. The Alive Network coordinator helped find the perfect artists for the evening and the reviews on the website let us feel confident with the booking. Cantiga provided fantastic traditional Tudor music to accompany our corporate dinner, held in a Tudor manor house. With a mix of background music and songs that called for more audience participation, they were excellent at reading the room and created a brilliant atmosphere which everyone enjoyed.”

Cantiga were just what we needed on the stage and out and about!

5 stars - Cantiga are Highly Recommended
booked Cantiga for their event in Kent

“A big thank you from me for performing so wonderfully for us on Saturday. Cantiga were just what we needed on the stage and out and about! Thanks too for being so adaptable and just getting on with it. As you know it was our first time so it helped enormously that you were happy to look after yourselves and especially being so friendly and supportive! We had some excellent comments in our visitor’s book including a few from some Italian visitors praising the music and everyone I spoke to expressed their praise for you all.”


Price from £846 + travel from Worcestershire

Based on 3 members performing 2 x 45 minute sets

  • East Midlands From £847
  • East of England From £847
  • North West From £847
  • South East From £847
  • South West From £847
  • Wales From £847
  • West Midlands From £847
  • North East From £923
  • Yorkshire and the Humber From £923
  • Northern Ireland From £1,077
  • Republic of Ireland From £1,077

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Performance Times

2 x 45 minute sets

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Default lineup: 3 members

Trio includes: Recorders, Crumhorns, Shawms, Bagpipes, Tin Whistle, Rauschpfieffe, Renaissance Guitar, Gittern and Drums.

Full Biography

* Historic music and dance covering medieval, Tudor and English Civil War periods
* Performed in costume on authentic instruments of the day
* Flexible performance style – can wander as minstrels or offer static performances and concerts
* Interactive approach to music – encouraging the audience/guests to take part
* Suitable for all ages
* Public liability insurance through The Musicians Union
* Enhanced CRB status

Cantiga perform historic music and dance from Mediaeval, Tudor and English Civil War periods. With flexible performance styles, the trio can wander around your event as minstrels or can provide static performances and concerts.

With a professional, friendly and interactive approach to all events, Cantiga dress in authentic costume and encourage their audience to take part in their performances!

Members Experience:
Barry – over 30 years experience in the music industry, qualified and experienced trumpeter, conductor, performer and teacher, qualified psychotherapist.

Sue – 14 years experience in the heritage industry as a museum learning professional – teaching children of all ages, experienced multi-instrumentalist and tutor of brass and recorders.

Rod – ex-Head Forester with the National Trust, excitable drummer!

What People Have Said:
"Cantiga are an excellent period musical troupe promoting interactivity, fun and historical atmosphere. I have worked with Sue and Barry for over 4 years and their vast experience and expertise has brought a wealth of benefits to both our period events and formal learning programs. Their versatiliy, creativity and humour guarantees a five star service. I cannot recommend them enough!"
- Kirsty Sherwood, Events Officer, Tamworth Castle

"It's been my pleasure to use Cantiga at the Robin Hood Pageant for many years now. They provide a tireless service and add atmosphere and colour to proceedings. It wouldn't be the same without them."
- Richard Buxton, Events Officer, Nottingham City Council

Previous venues/clients include:
The National Trust
English Heritage
Historic Royal Palaces
Nottingham Castle – Nottingham City Council
Tamworth Castle – Staffordshire Council
The White House, Cheam
Peckforton Castle, Cheshire
St Johns & Market Place Museum, Warwickshire Museum Service
The Commandery – Museums Worcestershire
Worcester Live, Worcester
Cheltenham City Council
Various private wedding clients

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