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Something that makes Minstrels Gallery unique is the number of instruments we play, at the last count it was around forty but we are always adding to our collection. Even if you book Minstrels Gallery as a duo we still come with the full compliment of instruments. The picture here shows some of the main ones.

Click on an instrument in the photo below for more information.

Crotales & Bells Nakers Lute Racket Lute Vihuela Tabor Timbre Medieval Harp Bowed Psaltery Crotales & Bells Renaissance Flute Bass Recorder Plucked Psaltery Mandora Tabor Shawms Rauschpfeife Crumhorns Mandolin & Cittern Medieval Fiddle Medieval Fiddle Tabor Long Drum Long Drum Long Drum Lincolnshire Pipes Lincolnshire Pipes Tabor Recorders Fife Recorders
Crotales & Bells
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Bells tuned to the pitches of a mode ( a musical scale ) would have been used in the medieval church to augment organum ( an early form of choral singing ) There bright clear tone would be help singers hold pitch whilst adding colour to the sound. Most instruments were not allowed in religious services but bells have always been associated with the life of church and monastery.
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