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Sounds from the Past....

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Since around 1970 I have had a fascination in Renaissance, and Medieval Music, or Early Music. I recall buying my first two records from the HMV Shop in Oxford Street, London. Strange to relate I did not think much of the recordings initially...but for some reason, or other I became attracted to them at a later stage of re-listening........

..... The first record was the famous Two Renaissance Dance Bands from David  Munrow, and his Early Music Consort of London. The other offering was Music from the Hundred Years War directed by John Beckett of Musica Reservata fame. The piece that impressed me most was the inspiring arrangement of the Agincourt Carol. In the case of the Renaissance Dance Bands it was Munrow's brilliant interpretation of La Bataille....

Also, I seem to recall having a small record of the TV series of Henry VIII, and His Six Wives which starred Keith Michel as the notorious Monarch. I bought a copy of it at an exhibition of the costumes used in the drama. They we…