Talented musicians perform songs of Renaissance Europe

Haywards Heath Methodist Church plays host to the talented young musicians of K’antu Ensemble on Saturday, November 16.

This concert is one of a number they are giving across the UK to promote their critically acclaimed debut CD Gusto, which has been featured on BBC Radio 3 and in Early Music Today Magazine.

The name K’antu refers to an ancient Peruvian style of music and dance and the ensemble fuses many world and folk music elements to create their distinctive sound.

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The seven piece ensemble, directed by Ruth Hopkins, comprises talented multi-instrumentalists and singers from across Europe and features Haywards Heath’s prize-winning young professional recorder player, Michelle Holloway.

Michelle’s musical talents were nurtured while attending Great Walstead School and Warden Park School and she immersed herself in the amateur dramatics scene of the town.

She now works professionally as a recorder player in the UK and Europe after graduating from Birmingham Conservatoire with a high first class honours.

The concert, Songs and Dances of Renaissance Europe, which won Best Small Classical Ensemble Performance Award at Buxton during their summer tour, will feature music from England, Spain, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.

Everyone sings as well as playing historical instruments, which include the archlute, viola da gamba, baroque guitar and violin, as well as recorders of all shapes and sizes.

People can buy their CD after the concert.

The show starts at 7.30pm at Haywards Heath Methodist Church, Perrymount Road.

Tickets cost £8 on the door with £5 concessions. Call the box office on 0121 247 6317.

Visit www.kantu-ensemble.co.uk.