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Open Weekend: Digitally Reconstructing Tudor Music Manuscripts

  • Venue: Faculty of Music, St Aldates, Oxford, OX1 1DB
  • Start: Sat, 14 May 2016 10:30:00 BST
  • End: Sun, 15 May 2016 16:30:00 BST

‌When the Elizabethan gentleman John Sadler sat down to copy his music partbooks - adorned with elaborate initials, colourful inscriptions and charming pictures of birds, animal and plants - little did he know that he had chosen an overly acidic ink. Over the centuries this ink has burned through the paper leaving his once beautiful partbooks stained, difficult to read and too fragile to be handled. With funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Tudor Partbooks team are digitally reconstructing Sadler's manuscripts to return them to their former glory and a more legible state. Join us at our open weekend to discover more about John Sadler and the process of digitally reconstructing his partbooks. Drop in anytime during the times below to meet our team of volunteer restorers, try your hand at digital reconstruction, hear performances of the music that Sadler copied by viols consorts and choirs, or even have a go at singing from our reconstructed manuscript pages.


Opening times:

Saturday 14 May: 10:30am- 1:00pm

Sunday 15 May: 1:30- 4:30pm


Schedule is here: May 2016

This event is part of the Oxford Early Music Festival.


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