Renaissance trio Mascherata - trained between them at Oxford, Cambridge, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Royal Academy of Music and the Schola Cantorum at Basel - specialize in the intimate music of Renaissance Venice and Spain. Our versatility (kaleidoscopic permutations of recorders, voices, Renaissance harp, recitation, percussion and any number of plucked instruments: lute, theorbo, guitars, vihuela...) means we have the capacity to weave dazzling tapestries of colour, repertorial possibility and texture.
Formed in early 2010 for a concert in Venice, our first programme, Musica per una serata veneziana, took as its starting point the arrival of Henri III of France into Venice in 1574. Recent programmes have been focussed on Spanish music: spagnoletto themes, Valderrábano and Mudarra on vihuela and harp, and strummed villancicos aplenty.
We have run an educational concert at Lake Garda; given the evening concert at a conference on Renaissance music at Oxford University, at which two of us presented papers; improvised at Kensington Palace; performed extensively under the auspices of Oxford's Bate Collection and given a recital for Wenner recorders at the Greenwich International Early Music exhibition.
Mascherata were also finalists at the International Early Music Competition, Middelburg, The Netherlands in 2011.
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