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Sarah E Doig

BMus (Hons), DipLib




Music has been a passion since an early age, nurtured by my father who is an accomplished pianist and organist. I started by learning the ‘cello and piano, moving on later to the organ. I also grew up singing in St Edmundsbury Cathedral Choir with the inspiring choirmaster and organist Harrison Oxley. I studied music at Lancaster University, specialising in medieval music under Professor Roger Bray. It was whilst at university that I took up the double bass which became my first study instrument. I continue to play the double bass in various East Anglian-based orchestras.

I took up the viol in 2010 and now play treble, renaissance bass and baroque bass viols with Hexachordia, a trio of early music specialists who give concerts and recitals across the country. I also own and play virginals modelled on Queen Elizabeth the First's own keyboard instrument. I also play the lute.

In 2011 I co-founded Ancestral Voices. We present a unique blend of history and music. Through a combination of historical narrative, contemporary accounts, visual images and live, period music we aim to bring the past to the present. We give regular presentations to societies, clubs and adult educational groups. We are also in demand for fund-raising events for churches and other organisations.

Most of our short presentations all have an East Anglian focus, exploring various aspects of the history of the region in words, music and images. These include the Elizabethan actor Will Kemp’s morris dance from London to Norwich, Elizabeth the First’s 1578 progress to East Anglia and Daniel Defoe’s 1722 Tour of the Eastern Counties. Our longer programmes include the ever popular “Ancestral Anglia” which an historical journey called “Ancestral Anglia”.