A unique musical event celebrating the life and times of the infamous King Richard III will be performed at Torquay Museum in Devon on Saturday 5th March 2016 by the folk rock band The Legendary Ten Seconds, based on their three concept albums about the life and times of Richard III.
Ian Churchward of The Legendary Ten Seconds will also talk about the aspects of Richard III’s life which inspired the songs on their albums. The music is played in an English folk rock style with a strong medieval influence. The Legendary Ten Seconds have released three albums on the life and times of Richard III, and their music has received much critical acclaim. Also appearing will be Torquay-based folk group, Renaissance Folk, who have developed a loyal local following.
The Tant le desiree album has fictional narratives written and read by the author Sandra Heath Wilson from the view point of Richard III’s mother which introduce each song and together with the music tell the story of Richard III’s life. On the third album called Richard III there are factual historical narratives written, read and recorded by the author Matthew Lewis. Each narrative gives a historical introduction to each song on the album, said Sir Ian of Churchward.
I am now working on another album which will cover the Wars of the Roses and hope to finish it by the end of this year. I try to make the songs thought provoking with interesting history based lyrics, with a nice catchy melody. I use a mixture of acoustic and electric instruments on the recordings and the aim is to make the songs sound medieval in style but with a modern English folk rock slant to them.
Tickets for this unique musical evening are available from Torquay Museum, priced £7.50 if purchased in advance by telephoning the Museum on 01803 293975, or £8.50 on the evening. The performance begins at 7pm, and the Museum’s doors will be open from 6.15pm, when refreshments will be available. Money raised from the concert will be used by Torquay Museum, a registered charity, to help conserve and display its extensive collection of artifacts. (www.torquaymuseum.org)