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Mediaeval Baebes’ exquisite storybook opened its pages in 1996, when a group of friends
broke into a North London cemetery and sang together, clad in flowing white gowns
and crowns of ivy.
Pulling lyrics from medieval texts and setting them to original scores using mediaeval
and classical instruments, whilst singing in an impressive array of long forgotten
languages, the Baebes offered a unique musical beauty and outstanding talent. Their
choice of mediaeval texts were dramatic, obscure and dark in topic and remarked upon
the inevitability of death, the pointlessness of material possessions, the horror
of unrequited love or the dangers of imbibing too much alcohol. Some themes are
Twelve years later, these fair maidens have placed three albums into the top of the
classical charts and their contribution to the BBC production of The Virgin Queen
(composed by Martin Phipps) resulted in a deserved Ivor Novello award 2007 for best
television soundtrack. Mediaeval Baebes have performed before enthusiastic audiences
in the UK, United States, Canada and Europe in venues ranging from castles and caves
to nightclubs and Renaissance Fayres. 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
Their most recent album ‘Illumination’ takes a fresher contemporary direction whilst
retaining the ethereal beauty of the Baebes’ historical and musical influences.
The group are currently working on the development of their visual performance and
in 2011 you will be able to experience their fairytale whimsy, otherworldly enchantment,
and supernatural allure in a brand new theatrical spectacular, TEMPTATION.
Directed by Micha Bergese, the show will take the audience on a musical journey through
the realms of Heavenly Delights, Worldes Blysse and Paradise Lost..