Syrinx is an ensemble dedicated to the performance of historical wind music. From the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries wind music could be heard everywhere from grand state occasions to the humblest village dance and it is their aim to recreate this impressive tradition. Their repertoire covers the rise of the professional wind band; they perform music from Dufay and Josquin to Handel and Mozart on shawms, dulcians, oboes and bassoons.
Members of the group can be heard playing in many of the world’s leading period orchestras including the Academy of Ancient Music, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, La Stagione Frankfurt, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Concerto Köln, The Sixteen and The Australian Chamber Orchestra.
On a smaller scale they are also active as chamber musicians, appearing with I Fagiolini, Mediva, Les Haulz et les Bas, Blondel, Mandragora, Apollo & Pan, Il Bacio and Concentus VII.
The Sweet Month of May is a celebration of Spring as seen through the eyes of medieval and renaissance lovers, from the humblest goatherd to the noblest of kings. Syrinx presents a foot-tapping array of songs, dances, masques and fantasies, evoking the flavours of long-past May-time revels from the courts, town squares and taverns of a bygone era.
The programme includes music from the Rossi Codex, Reina Codex and Fitzalan Partbooks, and by composers such as Machaut, Ciconia, Dufay, Susato and Gervaise.