Our concert programmes are developing all the time and some recent examples are given below. Performances can be tailored or developed to suit a specific event, occasion or anniversary. Simply contact us to discuss your ideas.

Measure for Measure

Shakespeare wrote for all of society and PIVA will be reflecting this by performing music which run the gamut from village green to stately court and rowdy tavern to country house. We bring the period alive with stories and tales about life in Shakespeare’s theatre.

The Road to Venice

Italy was the cultural leader in 16th Europe and the English, especially, were in love with Italy and all things Italian.  PIVA plays music from both countries and sees Italy through the eyes and ears of some intrepid English travellers who made the journey there, one even journeying on foot.

A Tudor Christmas

Piva helps kick start Christmas with a lively show of music of the season, backed up with seasonal stories and fables.  Piva washes away the Victorian influence and plays carols and tunes in a style which would have been familiar to someone from the 16th century.

The perfect Christmas show.

Eric and Jane are also available for museums, history societies and other organisations to present interesting and lively talks about instruments and how they were made in the 16th

Ancestral Instruments

PIVA’s vast array of instruments always attract a lot of interest but there’s never normally time to discuss them and their history.  This talk looks at the instruments of the Renaissance – a real boom time in the development of music and instrument.  

So, if you have ever wondered what a curtal looks like and why the crumhorn has a bend in  it, then this fascinating and informative talk is the one for you.


Meet the Music Makers

PIVA must be unique in that three of its members are instrument makers – so they really do know how music is “made”! This fascinating talk takes you on a journey that explains how and where instruments were made and played in the 16th century.

We also explore the history of a family of Italian instrument makers and follow the making of an instrument  from a piece of coppiced wood to the finished article.

Other Programmes and Events

We will tailor our performance to suit for:

  • Arts Clubs
  • Music Societies
  • Festival Programmes
  • Anniversaries and Special Events
  • One-off concerts

We are more than happy to discuss your event with you and develop a programme that will suit your needs – whether it’s to match a specific theme, an anniversary or a one-off event.  We love the challenge of adapting our music to your needs!

Simply contact us to discuss your requirements.