LIFEM | 9-12 November 2022


The Renaissance Collective

Friday 11th November 2022, 7.30pm

St. Michael & All Angels, Pond Road, Blackheath SE3 9JL

Since forming in 2002, PIVA has established itself as one of the UK’s leading early music ensembles, specialising in the popular dance and ballad music of the late renaissance. Playing an array of period instruments, the fresh, innovative and energetic approach has captured the imagination of audiences wherever they perform. The ensemble presents lively and entertaining shows with a unique blend of music and historical anecdote. Multi-instrumentalists, with backgrounds in renaissance, classical and roots music, they combine their influences to create music of the past played for today.

PIVA has played at various festivals, music societies and venues throughout the UK including The London International Early Music Festival, The Dome Stage at Snape Maltings, The National Centre for the Folk Arts, The Brighton Early Music Festival. PIVA has also played across Europe, appearing at the Este’s International Arts Festival (Italy), Middelalderfestival (Norway), Rencontres de Maitres Sonneurs Festival (France) and Lutherfest (Germany) as well as many other events and locations.

“If you have the chance to see PIVA, jump at it.” Voluntary Arts Ireland

"Great musicianship and tight, rhythmic consort playing, and extemporization" Chanter Magazine


Programme - Friday 11th November 2022, 7.30pm

The Road to Venice
Music from Renaissance England and Italy

Italy was the cultural trend setter in 16th-century Europe and the English, especially, were in love with all things Italian, aping their styles, fashions and manners. In this new programme, marking PIVA’s 20th anniversary season, the group plays music from both England and Italy and explores the influences and links between the two countries. The programme looks at Italy through the eyes and ears of some intrepid English travellers who made the journey there and their thoughts and reflections on what they observed.

Eric Moulder (Director), Renaissance reeds, recorders, early bagpipes

Jude Rees, Renaissance reeds, recorders, early bagpipes

David Jarratt-Knock, Cornetto, Renaissance reeds, recorders, early bagpipes, Renaissance guitar

Tony Millyard, Hurdy gurdy, Renaissance reeds, recorders, early bagpipes

Jane Moulder, Renaissance reeds, recorders, early bagpipes

Kate Moran, violin, Renaissance reeds, recorders

Mary Mohan, viol, recorders, early bagpipes, percussion


Approx. finish time 9.30pm