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Acord: Big Foot Bertha and the Minstrel King

November 11, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

$10 – $20
Big-Foot Bertha & the Minstrel King
Part of a series of Sunday morning concerts of medieval music, readings and images, this Sunday concert centres on Big Foot Bertha, the mother of Charlemagne, and it is still a mystery as to why she acquired this unusual sobriquet. Also in the story is the King of the Minstrels, Adenet le Roi who wrote a fanciful story of B F Bertha.
Adenet le Roi was no ordinary minstrel. His epic poems, including Berte aus Grans Piés, Les Enfances Ogier and Cleomadès, abound in colourful details, and he engaged with a web of trouvères, minstrels and patrons in Flanders and from France and England.

“When the words come, they are merely empty shells without the music. They live as they are sung, for the words are the body and the music the spirit.” Hildegard von Bingen

Margaret Arnold : alto, organetto
Richard Excell : vielles, rebec, psaltery, gemshorn
Jerzy Kozlowski : bass
Sue Tweg : reader, alto
Carol Williams : harp, vielle, rebec, voice
Kathleen Syme Library, 251 Faraday St, Carlton
Sundays November 11, 11 am – 12 noon
Tickets: $20 & $10 (at door)
Enquiries: +61 425 702 700


November 11, 2023
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
$10 – $20
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Kathleen Syme Library and Communiy Centre
251 Faraday St
Carlton, 3053, Victoria 3134 Australia
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