Ensemble for Medieval Music. Benjamin Bagby, Director

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Sequentia celebrates its 35th anniversary in March 2012! The ensemble's first concert was given in 1977 in Brussels

Worldwide Representation

Lucy Rice
Hazard Chase Ltd
25 City Road
Cambridge CB1 1DP
United Kingdom
Phone (direct):
+ 44 (0) 1223 706029
Phone (main):
+ 44 (0) 1223 312400
Fax: + 44 (0) 1223 460827

In association with

Jon Aaron
Managing Director
Aaron Concert Artists
220 West 148th St. 4J
New York City 10039, NY / USA
Phone: 212-665-0313

Production consultant (Europe)

Valérie Lafont
Cinquièmes Cordes
1bis, passage Duhesme
F-75018 Paris / France
Phone: +33(0)6 77 09 62 32

Concert Schedule

Next Concert

19 June 2010
Place Montalbâne Festival, Germany
Program Fragments for the End of Time

Forthcoming Concert

24 September 2010
City Cité de la Musique, Paris
Program The Rheingold Curse

Recent Concerts

13 April 2010
City Konzerthaus Berlin
Program The Rheingold Curse
02 February 2010
City New York City, NY (Boston Early Music Festival / Morgan Library Series)
Program The Rheingold Curse
30 January 2010
City Boston, MA (Boston Early Music Festival)
Program The Rheingold Curse
28 January 2010
City Washington, DC (Library of Congress)
Program The Rheingold Curse
26 January 2010
City Vancouver, BC (Early Music Vancouver)
Program The Grail, the Knight and the Poet
23 January 2010
City Seattle, WA (Early Music Guild)
Program The Rheingold Curse
22 January 2010
City Vancouver, BC (Early Music Vancouver)
Program The Rheingold Curse
16 January 2010
City Jackson, MS (Mississippi Academy of Ancient Music)
Program Fragments for the End of Time
15 January 2010
City Lubbock, TX (Texas Tech University)
Program Fragments for the End of Time
10 January 2010
City Tucson, AZ (Arizona Early Music)
Program Fragments for the End of Time
13 December 2009
City Cologne, Germany
Program The Grail, the Knight and the Poet
01 December 2009
City Brussels, Belgium
Program The Grail, the Knight and the Poet
20 November 2009 - PREMIERE
City Paris, France
Program Voices from the Island Sanctuary
07 November 2009
City Paderborn, Germany
Program Fragments for the End of Time
24-28 october 2009
City London, UK (British Library)
Program Benjamin Bagby’s ‘Beowulf’
03 October 2009
City Harvard University, USA
Program Music from Notre Dame de Paris
27 August 2009
City Udine, Italy
Program Fragments for the End of Time
24 August 2009
City Jaroslaw Festival, Poland
Program Fragments for the End of Time
21 July 2009
City Vendôme, France
Program Benjamin Bagby’s ‘Beowulf’
18 June 2009
City Ancona, Italy
Program Benjamin Bagby’s ‘Beowulf’


'Beowulf' at Kalamazoo

A major scholarly book has just been published which documents a gathering of prominent Anglo-Saxonists and scholars of oral poetry at the University of Western Michigan. Benjamin Bagby was a participant in that meeting, where he also performed his version of 'Beowulf'. The book includes essays on translating 'Beowulf', essays on performance (featuring a lengthy roundtable discussion with Bagby and various scholars), and reviews of Seamus Heaney's best-selling English translation of 'Beowulf.' There is also a CD with readings from 'Beowulf' by Bagby (in the original) and a variety of other readers in various languages.

'Beowulf' at Kalamazoo: Essays on Translation and Performance. Edited by Jana K. Schulman and Paul E. Szarmach. Medieval Institute Publications, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo (2012). 432 pages, plus audio CD. ISBN 978-1-58044-152-0


International Symposium on Early Medieval Harps

On 8 and 9 October, 2011, Benjamin Bagby participated in an international symposium on early medieval harps (also known as lyres), held at the Archeology Museum in Konstanz, Germany. Joined by experts from all over the world, instrument builders and other performers, Bagby gave a short performance of 'Beowulf' excerpts and also a talk on his work. The event had been planned around the exhibition of a recently-restored 6th century harp found in Trossingen, now on exhibit at the museum in Konstanz. Read the symposium brochure here (PDF, 886 Kb)


Bagby and Rodenkirchen on WDR3

In June, 2011, Benjamin Bagby and Norbert Rodenkirchen were interviewed by journalist Anna Austrup for a Sequentia 'Portrait' broadcast in the West German Radio's prestigious 3rd program, in conjunction with a live broadcast concert in Cologne's 'Romanesque Summer' concerts series.
Listen to the recorded interview (in German)


Beowulf on DVD

Benjamin Bagby’s legendary performance of the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf (part I) recorded live in Helsingborg, Sweden.
Visit the Beowulf website