North Norfolk musician blends 16th Century music with modern technology

Robert FitzGerald performing in King Henry's Band. Picture: Robert FitzGerald

Robert FitzGerald performing in King Henry's Band. Picture: Robert FitzGerald - Credit: Robert FitzGerald

A north Norfolk musician who combines 16th century Tudor music with modern technology is performing to raise money for charity.

Robert FitzGerald, from Holt, has been performing The king Henry's band for eight years.

This unique band plays to a backing track with various instruments missing. The missing sections are then played on a range of historic and modern instruments to create the full ensemble.

The concept comes from Tudor and medieval musicians, who were unreliable, and often couldn't be bothered to turn up to performances.

Mr FitzGerald said: 'The idea is when you shut your eyes you can't tell who the live musician is and who are the dead ones represented in the harmonious ensemble.'

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King Henry's band will be performing at St Nicholas Church, Salthouse, on Saturday May 6, to raise money for the Nook appeal.

East Anglia's Children's Hospice (EACH) launched the nook appeal in November 2014. which aims to raise £10 million to transform children's palliative care across the county. This includes a new purpose-built hospice called The Nook on a five-acre woodland site in Framingham Earl, south of Norwich.

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Tickets are priced £10 for adults and £5 for juniors and are available on the door or in advance from the EACH shop in Holt.

Reservations can be made by contacting Robert FitzGerald on 01263 711343.

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