Hautbois use differing styles of performance to suit different types of events: We excel in a unique style of performance which balances a detailed knowledge of the given period in history with the presentation of the music but can command an audience equally well with incidental music or by running an historical dance event where we teach the dances and play the music to accompany them.
We are never afraid to tackle new ideas and always pay attention to detail in every aspect of their presentations.
We also enjoy working as part of a bigger ‘team’ of performers and can interact with others, happily dove-tailing to give an event a feel of uniformity. We have frequently worked with dance groups, falconers, re-enactors, other musicians and actors to achieve a common goal.
The performances are made using a large selection of reproduction musical instruments, appropriate to the chosen period of history.
All the music played is thoroughly researched as appropriate for the historical period. Although every attention to historical accuracy is observed, the emphasis is upon keeping the show vital, informative and entertaining to all comers.
For outdoor performances, Hautbois can perform from a reproduction hand cart or a canvas covered wagon which provides a stage and also provides shelter and seating for our audiences.
The musicians provide a comprehensive package of workshops for schools where the displays employ a cross-curricular approach and are of great relevance to the National Curriculum. The children are given the opportunity to dress in full period costume, listen to the music and debate important issues to enable a deeper understanding of a given period in history.