MEDIAEVAL BAEBES BEGAN WHEN A GROUP OF FRIENDS BROKE INTO A CEMETERY AND SANG TOGETHER, CLAD IN FLOWING WHITE GOWNS AND CROWNS OF IVY

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Conceptualised by Katharine Blake, formerly of Miranda Sex Garden, the group was formed in 1996. Sourcing lyrics from mediaeval and romantic texts and setting them to original scores using mediaeval and folk instruments, whilst singing in an array of obscure and ancient languages, the Baebes offer a beguiling musical beauty and ethereal talent. The choice of mediaeval texts are mythological, philosophical and dark in topic, meditating upon the inevitability of death, the pointlessness of material possessions, the agony of unrequited love or the dangers of vinous hallucinations.

Most recently Medieval Baebes were nominated for two Emmy's & won the Royal Television Society award for Best Titles alongside composer Martin Phipps for the soundtrack for ITV's (& PBS's) Victoria series (2017).  The group has had three albums top the classical charts and contributed to the soundtrack of the BBC's of The Virgin Queen production, which resulted in an Ivor Novello Award 2007.

The Mediaeval Baebes haunting classical vocals have led them to tour the world, including UK, United States, Canada, Asia and Europe, in venues ranging from castles and caves to cathedrals & Glastonbury. They have toured with Jools Holland and played at the Royal Albert Hall, Carnglaze Caverns in Cornwall, Jersey Opera House, Tewkesbury Abbey, supported Michael Flatley in Hyde Park, and performed at the legendary Lilith Fayre.

Upcoming album:

- An anthology of nursery rhymes celebrating the duality of the childlike & fantastical and the dark & twisted - to be released mid-2018

 
  KATHARINE   Katharine Blake is mainly known for her work with the Mediaeval Baebes of which she is the founder member, main composer, arranger, musical director and producer. After attending The Purcell School of Music, Katharine’s first musical venture, Miranda Sex Garden were discovered whilst busking Elizabethan madrigals and would later transmute into an avant-garde gothic rock band. Katharine has worked with Nick Cave, Michael Nyman and John Cale as well as releasing a solo album and collaborating with Nick Marsh as the producer of his solo album and in their joint musical adventure “From the Deep”.

KATHARINE

Katharine Blake is mainly known for her work with the Mediaeval Baebes of which she is the founder member, main composer, arranger, musical director and producer. After attending The Purcell School of Music, Katharine’s first musical venture, Miranda Sex Garden were discovered whilst busking Elizabethan madrigals and would later transmute into an avant-garde gothic rock band. Katharine has worked with Nick Cave, Michael Nyman and John Cale as well as releasing a solo album and collaborating with Nick Marsh as the producer of his solo album and in their joint musical adventure “From the Deep”.

   JOSEPHINE   Has been enjoying her time with the Mediaeval Baebes since 2012. She is a foot percussionist, international Ceilidh / barn dance caller, actress & voice over artist. She resides in a tiny boat on the canals of London enjoying her mediaeval lifestyle and is a skilled archer. 

 JOSEPHINE

Has been enjoying her time with the Mediaeval Baebes since 2012. She is a foot percussionist, international Ceilidh / barn dance caller, actress & voice over artist. She resides in a tiny boat on the canals of London enjoying her mediaeval lifestyle and is a skilled archer. 

  SOPHIE   Is a Scottish singer and songwriter. She was awarded vocal and choral scholarships to St Andrews University, where she studied philosophy. Sophie joined the band in 2014, playing violin/viola and now Mediaeval fiddle, as well as singing. She also performs and records both her own songs and traditional Scots and Gaelic songs, and has collaborated with musicians from many backgrounds in Scotland, Paris and London.

SOPHIE

Is a Scottish singer and songwriter. She was awarded vocal and choral scholarships to St Andrews University, where she studied philosophy. Sophie joined the band in 2014, playing violin/viola and now Mediaeval fiddle, as well as singing. She also performs and records both her own songs and traditional Scots and Gaelic songs, and has collaborated with musicians from many backgrounds in Scotland, Paris and London.

  MARIE   Marie Findley is a founding member of the Mediaeval Baebes. She studied Performing Arts at De Montfort University and went on to become an underground filmmaker, a film critic and comedy script writer. Her singing sketch for Smack the Pony, which was based on her time in the Baebes, was ranked number 22, in Channel 4’s Funniest Sketches Ever. Marie has also been Ken Russell’s leading lady in The Fall of The Louse of Usher. In addition, she has written for Ant & Dec and the Chuckle Brothers, and even got to pen the immortal words “to me, to you”.  She is currently part of another musical collective called The Aperitif, where she collaborates with former Mediaeval Baebes Ruth Galloway and Melanie Garside on obscure easy listening covers and TV soundtracks.

MARIE

Marie Findley is a founding member of the Mediaeval Baebes. She studied Performing Arts at De Montfort University and went on to become an underground filmmaker, a film critic and comedy script writer. Her singing sketch for Smack the Pony, which was based on her time in the Baebes, was ranked number 22, in Channel 4’s Funniest Sketches Ever. Marie has also been Ken Russell’s leading lady in The Fall of The Louse of Usher. In addition, she has written for Ant & Dec and the Chuckle Brothers, and even got to pen the immortal words “to me, to you”.

She is currently part of another musical collective called The Aperitif, where she collaborates with former Mediaeval Baebes Ruth Galloway and Melanie Garside on obscure easy listening covers and TV soundtracks.

  SOPHÆA   Sophia is a classically trained high soprano. She was a choral scholar at Queens’ College Cambridge for three years, releasing albums “For the Wings of a Dove” & “And Comes the Day”. She has sung under Sir David Willcocks, Ralph Allwood, Morten Lauridsen, Eric Whitacre and Sir Roger Norrington.  Sophia is also a singer of contemporary music and has sung and recorded with Bastille, Amber Run, Imogen Heap, Andrea Bocelli, and Public Service Broadcasting amongst others. She has been singing with the Baebes since 2016.

SOPHÆA

Sophia is a classically trained high soprano. She was a choral scholar at Queens’ College Cambridge for three years, releasing albums “For the Wings of a Dove” & “And Comes the Day”. She has sung under Sir David Willcocks, Ralph Allwood, Morten Lauridsen, Eric Whitacre and Sir Roger Norrington.

Sophia is also a singer of contemporary music and has sung and recorded with Bastille, Amber Run, Imogen Heap, Andrea Bocelli, and Public Service Broadcasting amongst others. She has been singing with the Baebes since 2016.

  KATHLEEN   Kathleen trained as a cellist on the Historical Performance course at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She has since enjoyed a varied career as a freelance orchestral and session musician, focusing on period instrument performance. Her work has encompassed many different genres, including a Bollywood film soundtrack, playing live on BBC Radio 3, and filming for a recent Burberry commercial.  Kathleen was delighted to join the Baebes as a viola da gamba player and vocalist in 2017.

KATHLEEN

Kathleen trained as a cellist on the Historical Performance course at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She has since enjoyed a varied career as a freelance orchestral and session musician, focusing on period instrument performance. Her work has encompassed many different genres, including a Bollywood film soundtrack, playing live on BBC Radio 3, and filming for a recent Burberry commercial.

Kathleen was delighted to join the Baebes as a viola da gamba player and vocalist in 2017.

  ANNA    Anna has been singing with the Babes since 2017. She studied composition at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she was awarded the Edmund Rubbra Prize. When not donning a flower crown, she works as a director, writer and producer of opera and theatre and creates large-scale site-specific music events for nightclubs, warehouses, cathedrals and forests. She was nominated for a New British Music Theatre award in 2016 for her work in new opera and has worked alongside companies including Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North, British Youth Opera, National Youth Music Theatre and London Symphony Orchestra.   

ANNA

Anna has been singing with the Babes since 2017. She studied composition at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she was awarded the Edmund Rubbra Prize. When not donning a flower crown, she works as a director, writer and producer of opera and theatre and creates large-scale site-specific music events for nightclubs, warehouses, cathedrals and forests. She was nominated for a New British Music Theatre award in 2016 for her work in new opera and has worked alongside companies including Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North, British Youth Opera, National Youth Music Theatre and London Symphony Orchestra.