Mediaeval Baebes return to BRT Sunday

Mediaeval Baebes return to BRT Sunday

CUMBERLAND - Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St., will present an evening of medieval songs and poetry featuring the United Kingdom's Mediaeval Baebes on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m.

Six talented women of Mediaeval Baebes breathe renewed life into the rich texts of medieval songs and poetry and their hauntingly beautiful music captures the imagination and devotion of modern audiences. They are the UK's number one selling classical vocal group, and in 19 years they have placed three albums into the top of the UK classical charts and performed before enthusiastic audiences in the UK, Canada, Europe and the U.S. Yet their music defies any traditional classification and people of all ages, backgrounds and musical tastes become fans of the Baebes.

Originally formed in 1996, the all-female Mediaeval Baebes lineup has evolved over the years and currently consists of musical director Katharine Blake, Emily Ovenden, Esther Dee, Sarah Kayte Foster, Clare Edmondson, and Josephine Ravenheart. The Baebes sing in a variety of medieval languages including French, Spanish, English, Italian, Gaelic, and Swedish. Their original music evokes an earlier time, but is accessible to a modern audience as the medieval themes of nature, the life cycle, love and longing are as relevant in 2013 as they were in 1413. Pulling lyrics from medieval texts and setting them to original scores using medieval and classical instruments, the Baebes offer a sound that is unique. Their first album, "Salva Nos," became Virgin Classics' fastest selling debut album. Their 1998 follow-up, "Worldes Blysse," blazed to number one in the classical charts and their contribution to the BBC production of "The Virgin Queen" (composed by Martin Phipps) resulted in a 2007 Ivor Novello award for best television soundtrack.

Their most recent studio album 'The Huntress' takes a fresher contemporary direction while retaining the ethereal beauty of the Baebes' historical and musical influences.

Admission is $28 in advance and $32 on the day of show. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. For reservations or information call, 401-725-9272.