35th Runnymede Pop Festival
The Renaissance Players - Directed by Winsome Evans
The 35TH RUNNYMEDE POP FESTIVAL is a unique concert of serious, devout, comic, erotic and miraculous music, mime and poetry from mediæval Spain, Catalonia, France, Germany and England, performed in brightly coloured costumes in the neo-Gothic splendour of Sydney University's banner-decorated Great Hall.
Singers: Nicole Thomson, Jenny Duck-Chong, Mara Kiek, Susie Bishop
Multi-instrumentalists: Winsome Evans, Andrew Lambkin, Llew Kiek, James Wannan
Poetry Reader: Geoff Sirmai; Miming Clown: Erasmus
The plucked, blown, bowed, keyboard and percussion instruments will include harp, psaltery, mandora, gittern, ud, diwan saz, sinfonye, rebecs, vielles, shawms, lur, mute cornett, gemshorns, whistles, portative organ, tapans, dairehs, darabukka, castanets, tambourines, zils, handbells and so on.
The 1ST RUNNYMEDE POP FESTIVAL was celebrated in 1973 in the Great Hall with eminent performers such as Prof. Frederick May, Graham Pushee, Lyndon Terracini, Michael Atherton, Barbara Stackpool, Wayne Richmond, Jonathan Rubin and Winsome Evans.
This concert series has established itself as the longest running, regular festival of mediæval music, poetry and mime in Australia. These Festivals continue to reinforce The Renaissance Players' long-standing association with Sydney University and its Great Hall. In this venue they presented their first concert in September, 1966.