Princes in the Tower
We’re here to make you happy, we’re here to make you jive, we’re here to make you party like it’s 1555
Princes in the Tower comprises Michael Tyack on Cittern, lute and vocals; William Summers on Crumhorns, Rauschpfeife and flute; and Antony Elvin on percussion and vocals.
The band, an offshoot of the Medieval-Psyche-Prog band Circulus,
is only ever contented when it has made its audience smile. ‘There’s a definite Monty Python-meets-Dorothy Perkins aspect to them!’ (Chris Morris – at a banquet))
This ‘Tudor power trio’ regularly brings a rowdy peak to many a London bash, festival and historical event.
At Port Eliot Festival, Princes in The Tower performed an upbeat version of ‘Sumer Is Icumen in,’ with Jarvis Cocker acting as a microphone stand!
The song received rapturous applause, whilst curated by ‘Lord Pulp’ during his Sunday Service, which was broadcast on BBC 6 Music, live from the festival.
Always appearing in full costume, this eccentric and always-entertaining trio has played at many cultural events, in Britain and around the world, as well as taking their ‘Tudor Music Workshop’ into schools.
Their Early Music repertoire ranges from Medieval, through Renaissance to early Hanoverian.
Recent projects have included appearances and recording music for the Netflix series ‘Bridgerton,’ Julia Davis’ award-winning Sky Atlantic TV series ‘Hunderby’.
Appearances on ‘The One Show,’ ‘Poldark’ and ‘Imagine’ for the BBC.
Port Eliot Festival
Secret Garden Party.
Tewksbury Medieval Festival etc.
Live installation at Chelsea Art School. For Stephanie Dickinson.
Golden Hinde historical Tudor galleon – various events.
British Library – appeared (in their augmented line-up, as Circulus) 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s ascension to the throne.
The House of Fairytales. Collaborated for the past five years, including the sell-out 2,000-seater Barbican event, ‘A Twisted Christmas’
Worked with performance artist Spartacus (Lali) Chetwynd in Milan and Miami.
Worked with artist Kim Coleman on ‘Winter Sun’ – an installation and workshop/lecture event at St Martins Art School
The Brian Blessed Pig And Poultry Banquet Debacle, in an abbey, near Coventry!
Helped to re-bury Richard III, in Leicester
The Idler – various events
Princes were parodied by The Mighty Boosh.
Princes In The Tower’s album is soon to be released.