Who we are
Peter Barnard - Chairman
I am a musician, dancer and dance teacher. I started dancing as teenager when I found English folk dancing and Morris dance. Over the subsequent years I have found English Sword Dance, Molly Dance, French social dance as well as historical dance. I particularly enjoy the dances and music of the 15th and 16th centuries. I play with the costumed group de Mowbray’s Musicke, as well as the Lys St Georges Folk Dance Band. I am an event organiser: I am chairman of the social folk dance organisation Awaken Village Interest in Dance, a director of Isle Dance 4 Health, and I am a director of Epworth Music Day which is a large-scale community event. I have been a trustee of the society since 2013 and its chairman since 2015.
Anne Daye - Director of Education and Research
Anne Daye is a founding member of HDS, having been the first Secretary of the Dolmetsch Historical Dance Society, then its Chairman. As a trustee, her role as Director of Education and Research involves planning courses, encouraging good teaching and stimulating excellence in dance research.
Anne’s primary research and teaching interests are in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and she is also a leading expert in the Elizabethan and Stuart masques, the ballet de cour of England, having completed a doctoral thesis on the Jacobean masque from a dance perspective. Another speciality is in the country dance in Britain across the centuries, alongside the cotillons of the Regency period.
Several publications in leading journals and edited dance books, alongside the production of dance instruction books and music recordings for HDS, keep Anne busy, as well as teaching and coaching dancers for HDS, Bedford Early Dance and Music and Herts Early Dance.
Talitha McKenzie - Archivist
Talitha MacKenzie has had a passion for both music and dance since early childhood. Starting lessons in Ballet & Tap at age three, she switched to piano the following year and began teaching music professionally at age 13. Having had a grounding in Square Dance, International Folk and Modern Dance at school, she went on to attend the 1973 American Dance Festival, where she was introduced to Historical Dance by Ingrid Brainard (Renaissance), Wendy Hilton (Baroque) and Daniel Nagrin (20th Century.
She obtained a degree in Music History/Ethnomusicology from the New England Conservatory of Music (Boston), where she performed Renaissance & Baroque dance and music with Dr Julia Sutton’s Collegium Terpsichore, fully adopting Sutton’s holistic approach of always having dancers learn the music and musicians learn the dance.
After moving to Scotland, she performed traditional Scottish dance and music with the Folk Ensemble Drumalban, released several Celtic/World Music albums and toured throughout Europe and North America.
She currently lectures at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Glasgow), where her Choice Module ‘Historical Dance & Dance Music’ (15th-early 19th centuries) has been enthusiastically received by students from a wide range of departments. Chair of the Steering Committee for the Edinburgh Quadrille Society, she has been instrumental in resuscitating Regency quadrilles published by Nathaniel Gow, featured in three Edinburgh Assembly Rooms Bicentennial Balls, and continues to teach regular Quadrille Classes at the Institut Français d’Écosse.
In 2019, she founded the Historical Dance & Music group Rossignol. A member of the Friday Night Branslers, she regularly attends gatherings hosted by Chris Elmes & Cait Webb of Gaita. A confessed clothoholic, she spends much of her time obsessively creating period costumes.
Talitha is currently acting as HDS Archivist.
Lynne Spicer - Summer School Administrator
My love of historical dance started when I attended some workshops run by Lucy Graham over 25 years ago. I now run Grantham Danserye with my husband and am a member of two other local historical dance groups. My background is in libraries and education and I am keen to pass on my love and enjoyment of historical dance to other people. My particular interest is in the dances, music and costume of the 15th and 16th centuries.
Stephen Collins - Treasurer
Annette Ashton-Redlin - Trustee
Annette Ashton-Redlin MA (Hons) St. Andrews
Understanding people sums up my career as a psychologist, both in profit making and charitable settings. Both words and numbers are my tools.
I have always had a passion for history, dance, music, theatre and costume, and I enjoy exploration in the many historical opportunities, especially Regency/Georgian that now present themselves. As a member of the HDS committee I aim to further knowledge and understanding of the society so that many more people can enjoy this world as much as I do.
Natalie Kershaw - Trustee
Natalie D Kershaw BA (Hons) PGCE MA (Mus)
I am a musician, teacher, and current PhD research student at the University of Birmingham researching the role of the 17th and 18th century musician. I am a Trustee on the HDS committee, and I bring my background of education, music, community outreach and engagement with me. I am particularly interested in the music side of the society and the role of the dance musician. I am also passionate about encouraging young people to engage regularly with HDS. I am new to dancing, but am thoroughly enjoying having a go!
Ann Smithies - Memberships Secretary and Social Media Manager
Emily Bowen - Webmaster
I started dancing when I was little with ballet and tap. This developed into ceilidh and country dancing while at university. Then, at IVFDF one year (Inter-Varsity Folk Dance Festival) I took part in a Tudor dance class. The rest, as they say, is history!