Pandora’s Box is a trio of hidden delights, combining music of the late medieval and renaissance periods with contemporary composition, improvisation, poetry and physical theater. Weaving a subtle tapestry of words and music, poetry of love and intrigue from the courts, pilgrim routes and cloisters of medieval and renaissance Europe to gritty modern sound worlds. Lift the lid and watch what flies out!
Music from the Chatilly Codex, Hildegard Von Bingen, Ortiz, Monteverdi, Benjamin Britten, John Kenny, Torbjorn Hultmark, Scott Lygate, Peter Cowdrey, Rachel Stott, Susumo Yoshida and many anonymous fellow travelers – exploring the world of folk music encountered along the way, as folk music is a life proof of the past living in the present. Inspired by the legion of anonymous poets, and by Petrarch, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Brian Nisbet and many more. Since 2015 they have also developed a unique soprano, alto tenor & bass trombone quartet with Swedish virtuoso soprano trombone layer Torbjorn Hultmark.
Pandora’s Box has performed throughout the UK and internationally, including the Edinburgh Festival, Galway Early Music Festival Ireland, Setubal Festival Portugal , Cumnock Tryst Scotland, the conservatoires of Zaragoza, Pamplona and Tudela in Spain, and the 2017 International Trombone Festival at Redlands CA in the USA. The ensemble also features as recording artists on John Kenny’s sound track to TNT Theater Co.’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”
Pandora’s Box: Sample Programme:
Emily White Miguel Tantos Sevillano John Kenny
“When I do count the clock that tells the time…..”
Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury Benjamin Britten 1913 – 1976
Realisation for three trombones
Alle Psallite Anon 13th C
For three sackbuts
Fanfare for “Adam” Francis Chagrin 1905 – 1972
For three trombones
O Ignee Spiritus Hildegard von Bingen 1098 – 1179
For alto & tenor sackbuts, baroque violin, voice
Three Poems of Bryan Nisbet Emily White 2011
For trombones, violin, voice and bicycle frame.
- Dastardly Deed
- Spring in an Unreal World
- Dark Awakening
Three Bulgarian 16th Century chants
Realisation for three alto sackbuts
- Reche Mama Da Me Jeni
- Ne Otvrati Litsa Tvoego
- U Radini Gosti Doshli
Pandora’s Treasure No 1:
Improvisation on Shakespeare Sonnet No 12
« When I do count the clock that tell s the time…. »
Alma Corte s’e bella Giovanni Gabrieli 1554 – 1612
Recorder, violin & sackbut
Scylla and Charybdis Rachel Stott 2012
For baroque violin, 2 sackbuts and narration
Three Songs from the Chantilly Codex, for 3 sackbuts 14th C.
- Dieux Gart Guido
- La Harpe de Melodie Jacob de Senleches
- Belle, bon, sage, Baude Cordier
Equale pour trois trombones Susumu Yoshida 2011
When time stood still – a lament for victims of the Fukashima disaster.
Pandora’s Treasure No 2 :
Improvisation on « The Horologists Trade Fair »
« Un tick untock,
Un think unthought.
Into a miasma of blue.
The madelaine remains mundane
Ca c’est pourquoi le temps reste perdu. »