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Musique Royale invites listeners to hear a new group, Aureas Voces, Golden Voices, a professional Early Music ensemble based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The ensemble is a collaboration between accomplished young musicians led by Nick Veltmeyer, and the tour will feature soprano, Janelle Lucyk. The program explores the relationship between English song and Nova Scotian song.
The programme for the Musique Royale tour will feature new arrangements an adaptaions of well-loved Nova Scotian folk songs, collected by Helen Creighton. Aureas Voces director Nick Veltmeyer tried to stay true to the songs he learned growing up in Nova Scotia, passed down through family and friends in a living oral culture. Recently, Nick Veltmeyer had the chance to connect with Clary Croft, who continued the work of Helen Creighton. Veltmeyer regards Clary Croft as one of the greatest folk singers the world over, and the single greatest influence on his interpretation of traditional Nova Scotian songs.
The work of presenting traditional folk songs is not just about their beauty, but also about the stories they tell and the lessons we can learn from them. The ballads and songs of Nova Scotia represents a slice of a great oral tradition stretching back hundreds and perhaps thousands of years. This oral tradition recorded the experience of those whose voices are all but silent in the history books. Learning songs about the personal triumphs, struggles, and griefs of those who have gone before lends a vocabulary for processing the difficulties in one’s own life. The Nova Scotian songs will be paired with lute songs, anthems and madrigals from Renaissance England. The pairing was envisioned in order that the performance practices of the traditional folk and early music can inform and complement one another.