Joglaresa is a well-established medieval music ensemble and are leaders in the improvisational and cross-cultural aspects of their repertoire. They won an Arts Council of England Early Music Award for their Hebrew/Arabic/Spanish programme Al ‘Andalus, and received great critical acclaim for their Crusades programme The Scimitar and the Sword, which represents the voices of Judaism and Islam alongside the Christian viewpoint. Their first album of Judeo-Spanish songs Ballads of Love and Betrayal was released in 2002 (Village Life 010130 VL). Performances include the opening concert at the Aldeburgh Festival and the closing concert at York Early Music Festival; the Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), Brezice Early Music Festival (Slovenia), Istanbul, Amsterdam International Festival of Jewish Music; tours in Germany, Italy and Holland. Broadcasts include BBC Radio 3, 4, and World Service; German, Dutch and Slovenian radio.
Director Belinda Sykes is an international concert and recording soloist. She studied voice and improvisation in Morocco, Bulgaria, Syria, Spain and India; oboe and recorder at the Guildhall School of Music. She has performed/recorded with Red Byrd, New London Consort, Tragicomedia, Harp Consort, Paul O’Dette, Ensemble Unicorn, Sarband, Dufay Collective and Oni Wytars and is Professor of Medieval Song at Trinity College of Music. As an oboist she has played for the Gabrieli Consort, English Concert, King’s Consort, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Age of Enlightenment and Hanover Band, and has collaborated with many composers including Sir Harrison Birtwistle.