December 04, 2006

Medieval Christmas at Banqueting House

The Banqueting House, one of the Historic Royal Palaces, is all that remains of Whitehall Palace which was the principal royal residence from 1530 until 1698. Below (courtesy of the HRP website) is one section of the ceilings painted by Sir Peter Paul Rubens.

The AWC arranged for us to enjoy a buffet lunch followed by a medieval Christmas concert performed by the "Dufay Collective". These five musical performers played the vielle, rebec, bagpipes, recorder, flute, simfony, harp and percussion - instruments and music from the medieval times. The soprano had an especially clear voice.

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