Joglaresa is a London-based medieval and folk band, known for their scholarly and imaginative re-creation of medieval music. Founded in 1992 by director Belinda Sykes, their music spans a range of European, Middle Eastern and North African medieval and folk genres, drawing especially on Arabic, Sephardic and Andalusian traditions. They are also notable for their innovative programming and use of improvisation.
Singer and musician Belinda Sykes (1966 – 16 November 2021) was founder and director of Joglaresa. She studied classical oboe at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, obtained a Masters in Arab-Andalusian music from SOAS University of London and learned about various ethnic musical styles during field trips to Bulgaria and Hungary, and travels to Morocco, Syria and Spain. She was appointed professor of medieval song at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
|Ballads of Love & Betrayal : Sephardic Songs of the Mediterranean||2001||Village Life|||
|Magdalena : Medieval Songs for Mary Magdalen||2003||Avie|| |
|Stella Nuova : Celebratory Songs of Medieval Italy||2005||Joglaresa|||
|Douce Dame Debonaire : Medieval French Song||2008||Joglaresa|||
|Dancing in Tetuán : Sephardic Song||2009||Joglaresa|||
|Dreams of Andalusia : Jewish, Arabic & Christian Songs of Medieval Spain||2009||Metronome|||
|In Hoary Winter's Night : Irish & English Songs of Wintertide||2009||Joglaresa|
|Nuns & Roses : Medieval Songs of Sin & Subversion||2012||Joglaresa|
|Magna Carta : 800 years of rebels & royals||2015||Joglaresa|
|Sing We Yule : Folk & Medieval Songs for Yuletide||2017||Joglaresa|||
|Live at St Barts : Folk & Medieval Songs for Yuletide||2019||Joglaresa|
|Boogie Knights : Lockdown Plague Party||2021||Joglaresa|
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Magdalena: Lucie Skeaping introduces a concert given at the York Early Music Festival by the ensemble Joglaresa. The group presented a portrait in medieval song of Mary Magdalene.
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