Musical maidens

The Mediaeval Baebes
The Mediaeval Baebes

THE UK’s top-selling vocal ensemble, The Mediaeval Baebes, bring their unique musical talent to Buxton Opera House on Monday December 19, at 7.30pm.

The Mediaeval Baebes’ exquisite storybook opened its pages in 1996, when a group of friends broke into a North London cemetery and sang together, clad in flowing white gowns and crowns of ivy.

Pulling lyrics from mediaeval texts and setting them to original scores using mediaeval and classical instruments, while singing in an impressive array of long forgotten languages, the Baebes offered a unique musical beauty and outstanding talent.

Their choice of texts were dramatic, obscure and dark in topic and remarked upon the inevitability of death, the pointlessness of material possessions, the horror of unrequited love or the dangers of imbibing too much alcohol. Some themes are timeless.

Since then these fair maidens have placed three albums into the top of the UK classical charts and performed before enthusiastic audiences in the UK, United States, Canada and Europe in venues ranging from castles and caves to nightclubs and renaissance fayres.

The Baebes’ contribution to the BBC production of The Virgin Queen, composed by Martin Phipps, resulted in a deserved Ivor Novello award in 2007 for best television soundtrack.

They are delighted to be returning to Buxton Opera House in the run-up to Christmas where they will be performing some favourite songs from their extensive repertoire and showcasing some new material from their forthcoming album due in 2012.

Tickets to see The Mediaeval Baebes, priced £15.50 and £17.50, are available on 0845 127 2190 or visit www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.