"Grace Newcombe must be singled out not just for her engaging lyrical singing and delicate harp playing, but for her astonishing feat of memory in remembering verse after verse and conveying the sense and meaning to the audience of the lengthy and meandering, yet fast-moving multi-lingual middle-European narrative poems."
Paul James, Director General of EUBO
Ar ne kuthe
Grace Newcombe & Baptiste Romain
Ar ne kuthe ich sorghe non, from 13th century Britain. Video taken by Martin Turšić during the making of the upcoming CD In Saeculum Viellatoris, Baptiste Romain/Le Miroir de Musique.
Grace has performed and recorded with internationally-renowned medieval-Renaissance ensembles including Ensemble Leones, ensemble Peregrina, Le Miroir de Musique, Ensemble Gilles Binchois, Two Lutes with Grace, and La Morra. She is the founder and director of prize-winning young medieval ensemble RUMORUM.
As a musicologist, Grace has been awarded Arts and Humanities Research Council funding for her research on new performance practice possibilities for 12th- and 13th-century British clerical song. She is currently undertaking this project as a doctoral researcher under the supervision of professors Mark Everist (University of Southampton) and Ad Putter (University of Bristol).
Grace was awarded a Leverhulme Trust scholarship to study Medieval-Renaissance Performance at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Her Schola teachers included Crawford Young, Dominique Vellard, Kathleen Dineen, Heidrun Rosenzweig and Corina Marti. It was at the Schola that Grace learned to self-accompany her singing on medieval harp and keyboard. She has since completed another Schola Masters degree, with distinction, on the vocal pedagogy of Early Music.
Her musical training began at Salisbury Cathedral, where she was Head Chorister. During her childhood, she was a Junior Exhibitioner at The Royal Academy of Music in London, she achieved the highest ABRSM grades (UK Grade 8) in Organ, Piano, Voice and Clarinet, and she was named runner-up in the Sibelius National Young Film Composer of the Year awards. Following her schoolyears, Grace pursued singing and choir directing, and was awarded an Organ Scholarship at Hertford College, University of Oxford, where she studied Music and was the College choir director for three years.
If you would like to know more about Grace's concerts, teaching, workshops or research, get in touch.