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Enjoy medieval music at Knaresborough Castle

lute player-077This year Knaresborough Castle is holding regular sessions with local lute player, Nancy Horseman, creating an atmosphere of days of old with English, Italian and French renaissance lute music.

The lute was a very popular instrument in Medieval times so would regularly have been heard when the nobles and kings and queens visited Knaresborough Castle. It was used to play dance music, popular tunes, arrangements of vocal music and song accompaniments as well as solo repertoires.

Nancy, originally from New York City and now a Knaresborian, holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has studied and performed in the UK, USA and Switzerland. You can hear her play online at

Enjoy Nancy’s soothing and inspiring sound as you explore the Castle’s remains and grounds.

Starting this Saturday, and every first Saturday of the month until the Castle closes in late September from 1.30pm until 3.30pm, Nancy will be playing the lute from the King’s Tower (or inside the museum if wet weather).

This is part of usual admission to Knaresborough Castle and Museum which is open daily until 15th September (as well as 21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th September) from 11am until 4pm and costs just £3.20 for adults, £1.75 for children, £2.10 for concessions and £8.50 for a family of five or £17.75 for a family for the whole year.


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