Making the things we couldn't buy!
Kate and Corwen met a little over a decade ago playing at a medieval banquet. We were both interested in historical music and crafts and it wasn't long before we started working together. We were married a few years later.
We started making instruments after trying to source instruments to play early Medieval music on, and finding no-one made them. The only way to have them to perform with was to make them ourselves. Of course other musicians saw them and wanted their own, so Ancient Music was born.
We started tanning our own hides from local deer, and expanded into other crafts such as button making and costume making after making things for our own costumes and looking for a use for the by-products of the antler and horn instrument making.
We are just a small operation, we both have other jobs (Kate is a music teacher and Corwen works as a tutor at a museum), but we think our range of goods is unique. We strive for excellent quality and affordable prices, we hope musicians will be able to afford our instruments not just doctors and lawyers!
We also perform together and are about to release a CD, and are available for gigs, to teach drum making and lead workshops for camps and festivals. We also offer a variety of historical education workshops for schools and museums in the South of England. Follow the links to our website for more details.
Raised on porridge and song in a family of eccentric musicians in Reading. Wrote my first song at 19. Bought a Narrowboat to live on. Everyone said it was a phase. I still have the boat. More here! http://ancientmusic.co.uk/about_us.html
Corwen grew up in Dorset with his grandparents who were The Last Of The Victorians. Thus he was instilled with a love of spartan living, open fires and outside toilets. More here: http://ancientmusic.co.uk/about_us.html
We ourselves live a low impact lifestyle in caravans and a narrowboat and try to ensure our products have a minimal environmental impact wherever possible. This extends to the use of natural plant based wood stains and finishing with oils rather than chemical varnishes wherever possible.
We are fascinated by the ancient music and instruments of Northern Europe and hope to provide reasonably priced playable instruments for musicians and reenactors.
We also run a programme of instrument making and playing workshops, so get in touch and join our mailing list if you are in the UK.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
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We endeavour to deliver products as fast as possible, but we are only part time craftspeople who both work other jobs (as a school music teacher and an educator in a museum) and so sometimes things take a little longer than we'd like. We endeavour to despatch goods within 28 days of receiving your order. If you require an item urgently, please get in touch BEFORE placing your order.
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