The Friends’ Musick is a chamber choir whose repertoire spans over 500 years of vocal music, though their performances in 16th century period costume are always popular.
Founded in 1990, and encouraged by the late Sam Wanamaker (founder of Shakespeare`s Globe), the Friends’ Musick were originally involved in numerous events helping to raise funds and public interest in the building of the Globe, culminating in their performances at the opening ‘Festival of Firsts’ attended by HM the Queen in 1997. Since then the choir has performed regularly at St Paul`s Church, Covent Garden, in concerts, often with a Shakespearean theme with actors and instrumentalists, as well as other prestigious venues across London and in south-east England.
An important event in the choir’s calendar is the ever-popular annual Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols by Candlelight at St Paul’s Church, with the Lessons read by guest actors.
There will be a licensed bar or bars for this event under the auspices of a TEN licence from Bromley Council. Refreshments may be purchased during the interval only.
The usual alcohol licensing law applies.
The Mock Tudor Band is a broken consort specialising in music from the 16th to 18th centuries. Our instruments include violins, bass viol, recorders, crumhorns, hautboy, rauschpfeifen and period percussion. We occasionally play short concerts in various venues from churches to pubs! We also run small educational workshops for local primary schools, teaching the children dance, music and period fashions.
Jordan Theis became the Musical Director of The Friends’ Musick in March 2017. He is also the Director of the Imperial War Museum Singers and the Junior Musical Director at St Luke’s Battersea.
He studied music at King`s College, London, where he conducted the King`s College Chorus, stage-directed Handel`s Semele and directed Shakespeare`s All`s Well That Ends Well.
He teaches piano and singing, and works as a freelance accompanist.
He continues to study conducting with Joanna Tomlinson and has participated in masterclasses with Joanna and Neil Ferris.
Other commissions have included building a tin-foil phonograph for the 2016 Camberwell Arts Festival, leading an evening of Baroque drinking songs in a rowdy pub and running a Cockney Knees-Up at the Barbican Music Library.