“All I want for Christmas is a sackbut.” ~ Sara Hessel, KMFA Music Director

A review of the Dufay Collective concert – by Sara Hessel, , music director and producer of “Ancient Voices” on Austin’s KMFA 89.5.


…I couldn’t believe my luck when I heard that the UK-based Dufay Collective would be performing in Houston! I’ve been a fan of their spirited performances for years, and have played their excellent recordings on Ancient Voices many times. Their program of 16th- and 17th-century English music was sheer joy to listen to. Vocalist Vivien Ellis seemed to have stepped right out of one of Henry VIII’s Christmas revels with her clarion tone, excellent diction and storyteller’s sense. Especially memorable was an anonymous ballad called “To drive the cold winter away,” and the very moving “Thys endere nyghyt,” gorgeously arranged by director William Lyons. It was fascinating to watch the players switch effortlessly from one instrument to another: Mr. Lyons played flute, recorder, curtal (an ancestor of the bassoon) and bagpipes!…

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Chronicle: Dufay brings music from the past to the present

Dufay brings music from the past to the present

Published 10:46 a.m., Friday, December 9, 2011

England’s Dufay Collective has been exploring Medieval and Renaissance music since 1987. In those years, they’ve released 10 recordings and have performed all over the world, from Morocco to Australia – but never before in Texas.

That will change Sunday when Houston Early Music brings the group to town to present To Drive the Cold Winter Away – Christmas Revelry in Renaissance England at Christ Church Cathedral.

Earlier this week, Dufay Collective artistic director William Lyons spoke from London about his ensemble, the program they’ll present in Houston – and his experiences in the film business.

Q:What can you say about the music you’ll be performing?


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Sunday, Dec. 11: DUFAY COLLECTIVE: Christmas Revelry in Renaissance England

Sunday, December 11, 2011
To Drive the Cold Winter Away – Christmas Revelry in Renaissance England

Christ Church Cathedral, 5:00 p.m.
1117 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77002

Pre-concert talk at 4:15 p.m.
Dufay Collective members

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Houston Early Music presents UK-based Dufay Collective

HOUSTON, TX – October 4, 2011 – Houston Early Music will celebrate the holiday season with a performance by the Dufay Collective on Sunday, December 11. The concert, which will feature Christmas music from Renaissance England, begins at 5 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Avenue, Houston, Texas 77002.

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Program Notes for Ciaramella in A Piper’s Noel

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Program, Notes, and Artist Biographies for A Piper’s Noël

December 13th, 2010


Adam Gilbert, Rotem Gilbert, Doug Milliken; recorder, shawm, bagpipes

Greg Ingles, Erik Schmalz; slide trumpet, sackbut, recorder


Dylan Hostetter, counter tenor; N. Lincoln Hanks; tenor

Joel Nesvadba, baritone; Jinyoung Jang, bass

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Concert Reminder: THE ROSE ENSEMBLE Celebremos el Niño – A Mexican Baroque Christmas

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Coming up on Sunday, Dec. 13

Houston Early Music and The Religion and the Arts Council, Christ Church Cathedral, present:


Celebremos el NiñoA Mexican Baroque Christmas

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Program & Notes: THE ROSE ENSEMBLE Celebremos el Niño

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Celebremos el Niño:

Delights of the Mexican Baroque 

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