Sirinu play medieval lute, hurdy-gurdy, shawm, medieval fiddle, recorders, harp, dulcimer and sing. They have broadcast many times for the BBC in England on `In Tune’, `Music Restor’d’ and the Early Music Show and have broadcast their own four-part series ‘The Road to Toledo’. The ensemble has performed for the British, Dutch and German Early Music performance networks, for European lute societies and have broadcast on European and South American Radio stations. They also perform contemporary music and their hurdy-gurdy Matthew Spring premiered Howard Skempton’s modern Hurdy-Gurdy Concerto in Munich with the Bayerisher Rundfunk Orchestra.
Original member Sara Stowe was a prize-winning harpsichord scholar at the Royal College of Music and studied singing in Italy; Matthew Spring (Oxford University) is the author of The Lute in Britain (OUP), Jon Banks (Oxford University) is the author of the Italian 15thc. Motet as a Formal Type (Garland). Kira Thomas gained an MMus (Distinction) at Bath Spa University and Lewis Spring (Oxford University) an MSC Distinction at Kings College, London.
The ensemble is the recent recipient of Continuo Foundation Funding and of a Ralph Vaughan Williams Award.