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Merry Melancholy

In 2016, their first year, Merry Melancholy gave recitals in a variety of venues in North Yorkshire, including The Sitwell Library at Wood End, Scarborough, Temple Newsam in Leeds, York Explore Library, and Robin Hood's Bay.


Artist Biographies

Simon Nisbett

Simon studied modern languages and linguistics at Surrey University in the late 70s. Later, he studied guitar with Michael Lewin, becoming a Licentiate of Trinity College, London, in 1982, and made a career teaching and performing classical guitar and lute. He also plays flute and viol.

Over the years he was involved in community arts and environmental projects, based in and around Reading and Oxford. From 1998 to 2015 he lived at Braziers Park, South Oxfordshire, the UK's oldest lay community.

Simon has enjoyed travelling in the UK and Europe, performing as a street musician, and can still occasionally be found busking around North Yorkshire, bringing renaissance lute music to a wide and diverse audience.

Simon moved to Scarborough in 2015 with his partner Anna, and now works with people suffering from dementia, using music and song to reconnect people with their memories.


Jenny Hill

Jenny Hill studied singing with Vere Laurie at The London College of Music, continuing her studies with Barbara Alden and Evelyn Tubb. She has sung in ensembles both small and large, from the London Philharmonic Choir, the Choir of St Paul's, Covent Garden and several Early Music ensembles.

In her work as a soloist she has focussed on her lifelong passion for music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Whilst living in her home town of St Ives, Cornwall, Jenny and Denys Stephens gave many concerts as Cantare al Liuto

For a number of years Jenny worked as an artist, specialising in the decoration of harpsichord soundboards using egg tempera for Robert Goble & Son, among others. In 2009 she moved north to become Rector of the Parish of West Buckrose. Jenny and her artist husband Douglas now live in Whitby, where she divides her time between writing and performing poetry, and performing with Simon Nisbett as Merry Melancholy.


Merry Melancholy

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