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Meridianum Ensemble – An Evening Concert from LEAP

September 16, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm


The Meridianum Ensemble

Saturday 16th September at 7.30pm (doors 7pm).

Licenced bar

Tickets £12 from The Dairy in Lustleigh or 

Ticketsource: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/lustleigh-entertainment-and-arts-project/t-rpaqjoy

 The Meridainum Ensemble brings together musicians from the UK, Portugal and Morocco, playing a range of material drawing on influences from each member’s specialist area.

They combine expertise, unusual instruments and individual musical styles to create a new, unique sound.

Meridians are the lines of longitude on a map that link the North and South poles.  By coincidence, the countries of Morocco, Portugal and the UK are roughly in a line. 

Louis Bingham – Cittern, tambura, bass; Ricardo de Noronha – Percussion; Sofian Saihi – Oud; Griselda Sanderson – Fiddle & nyckelharpa; Nuno Silva – Persian Santur; Steve Tyler – Hurdy-gurdy

The instruments….

The Oud is a fretless lute and dates back to at least the 8th century. It is played with a long plectrum called a risha in Arabic.

The strings of the Hurdy-gurdy are sounded by turning a rosined wheel. A set of keys changes the pitches on the melody strings.  It dates as far back as the 10th century.

The Nyckelharpa (meaning “keyed fiddle”) is a bowed instrument and is the national instrument of Sweden.  It dates back to the 14thcentury.

The Persian Santur has its ancient origins in Mesopotamia and is a type of hammed dulcimer with a range of about three octaves.  It is played with two mezrab, which are feather-light mallets.

The Cittern is developed from the medieval citole.  It is a pear-shaped and fretted with four courses of paired strings.

The tambura is also a fretted instrument dating back to the 3rdmillennium B.C. It has a long neck, chromatic frets and a carved bowl-like body.  Similar instruments are dotted throughout the Balkans and Middle East.



September 16, 2023
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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