Peter Bull gives solo performances of historical music on a wide variety of period instruments including the hurdy gurdy, recorder and flute, dulcimer, bagpipes, cittern and lute. His repertoire ranges from the 13th to the 19th century. As well as giving formal and informal concerts, he performs at banquets, pageants, weddings, private parties, and living history events.

He has appeared regularly at the Tower of London and at Hampton Court Palace with the historical interpreters Past Pleasures. He has also performed at many historical properties throughout England, in the care of the National Trust and English Heritage.

Peter Bull is a member of Quodlibet, who specialise in singing 16th and 17th century music from England and abroad. The group has recorded two CDs, both available from Quodlibet.


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Peter Bull is a period musician based in Yorkshire, UK

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The gittern dates back to the early Middle Ages. It was made of one piece of wood, strung with gut, and plucked with a quill. This instrument is based one of the very few surviving original examples, made in around 1450 by Hans Ott in Nuremberg (Germany). In The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer describes how the parish clerk Absalom serenaded a woman outside her window on his gittern, which he also used to play in taverns.