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Piva is inspired by the professional Waits and Court Bands of the 16th and 17th centuries and specialises in giving lively performances of popular dance music and ballads of the period.

Piva performs in period costume using a range of historically accurate instruments including shawms, bagpipes, hurdy gurdies, curtals, sackbuts, violins and guitar. Their aim is to be faithful to the music and influences of the period whilst adding their own innovative arrangements and interpretations.

Piva is available for concerts, historical shows, festivals and functions.
Piva is inspired by the professional Waits and Court Bands of the 16th and 17th centuries and specialises in giving lively performances of popular dance music and ballads of the period.

Piva is comprised of the following:

Eric Moulder – Director – Shawm, Curtal, Bagpipes, Recorders, Crumhorn
Anne Wride – Violin, Viol, Crumhorn, Recorders, Percussion
Jim Parr—Cornett, Sackbutt, Recorder, Crumhorn, Curtal
Jane Moulder – Bagpipes, Recorders, Crumhorn, Curtal, Percussion
Tony Millyard – Hurdy Gurdies, Recorders, Crumhorn, Curtal, Guitar, Bagpipes

'Measure for Measure'
Using some of the many musical references in Shakespeare's plays as a starting point, we will be exploring the popular dance and ballad repertoire from late 16th century England.  Many of the musical references in the plays are lost on today's audiences, but with music so much part of everyday life, an Elizabethan theatre-goer would have recognised all the musical allusions, jokes and puns.  This programme features pieces which run the gamut from village green to stately court and rowdy tavern to country house.

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