Magna Carta Suite

by Peter Sinclair on August 21, 2015

Alex Hutton is a British composer/player with a different take on piano-trio jazz. The Magna Carta Suite, inspired by a walk through the Windsor woodlands, features classically pure double bassist Yuri Goloubev and exciting drummer Asaf Sirkis, plus occasional vocals, baroque flute and cor anglais. Flute whispers and Goloubev’s beautiful bowed sound weave through the gently ringing Old Yew; The Barons resembles an Avishai Cohen anthem; The Fog of War moves from a Scriabin-inspired tiptoe to a punchy vamp; and musician/poet Neil Sparkes recaps the whole storyline in two dramatic spoken passages at the close.

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Curry Mallet celebrations

by Peter Sinclair on July 2, 2015

Curry Mallet in Somerset, one of our smallest member villages, has done tremendous work organising and planning its events for June 2015. They’ve just posted a short film of what they’ve done – an achievement in itself!

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The Ballad of the Magna Carta

June 23, 2015

You may have heard this in the British Library exhibition. A cantata for narrator and bass soloists, SATB chorus and orchestra, first performed February 4, 1940, New York, CBS Radio, Burgess Meredith, narrator, Mark Warnow Orchestra, Mark Warnow, conductor. Music by Kurt Weill, text by Maxwell Anderson.

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Day 3: Lance sets off from Stansted Mountfitchet

June 22, 2015
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Day 1: Lance sets off from Curry Mallet

June 20, 2015

Lance Allan starts his epic tour of all the Magna Carta barons villages and towns today, Saturday 20 June. We’ll try and capture his journey as he departs from each one and keep a record in an event page…

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Stansted Mountfitchet at Mansion House

June 7, 2015

Stansted Mountfitchet was represented at the Magna Carta Barons reception at Mansion House on 12 May. The photograph shows its representative signing a unique memorial of the event, courtesy of the Herts and Essex Observer. Read more here… Stansted has its new website now at www.stanstedmagnacartaevents.co.uk.

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Mansion House Reception, Tuesday 12 May 2015

June 4, 2015

Over two hundred representatives from our Magna Carta Barons’ villages and towns attended a fine lunchtime reception hosted by The Lord Mayor of London at the Mansion House on 12 May. The event took place to mark the 800th anniversary of the entry of the baronial army into London on Sunday 17 May 1215. Alderman […]

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Walkern Magna Carta Fair, 27-28 June

June 1, 2015

Come and join us in Walkern, Herts, for our Magna Carta Fair and Re-enactment – a weekend of 13th century fun, 27-28 June 2015. With financial support from Heritage Lottery Fund, more than 200 volunteers have engaged in a variety of activities and events, uncovering a wealth of talent. New organisations and friendships have formed […]

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The Lord Mayor’s Reception, 12 May 2015

May 18, 2015

Over three hundred people attended a lunchtime reception hosted by the Lord Mayor of the City of London at Mansion House on Tuesday 12 May. This historic event marked the 800th anniversary of the baronial army entering London on 17 May 1215, which brought John and the barons to Runnymede and the sealing of Magna […]

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Pleshey’s medieval weekend

May 18, 2015

Pleshey had a great success with their weekend of activities in Geoffrey de Mandeville’s castle bailey on 9-10 May. The rain kept away and many visitors were attracted to enjoy battle re-enactments, falconry displays, check out the stalls – and drink them dry of Magna Carta ale! Courtesy of Essex Chronicle. Read more: http://www.essexchronicle.co.uk/Barons-basket-making-battles-draw-crowd/story-26494667-detail/story.html#ixzz3aUTcgm1h

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