Women’s song from the Trouvère era: the late twelfth/early thirteenth century. The story tells of beautiful Doete, who waits for her love who is fighting in foreign countries. She hears that he has died in the rout, and she retreats to her own monastery, which she founds to protect all true lovers.
Sophia Brumfitt has performed as an oratorio soloist, with renaissance and medieval ensembles. Her versatile and agile voice has enabled her to work in areas spanning the entire spectrum of early music; from Medieval to Early Classical, through traditional Celtic and Sephardic song.
Sophia has just completed her Masters in Musicology at Royal Holloway University of London writing on Medieval Song, on Performance Studies and Ethnomusicology. This has left less time available for singing projects, although 2016 saw the airing of music arranged and performed by Sophia, featured within the BBC4 series ‘Renaissance Unchained’. Waldemar Janusczcak heard her singing in a local church, employing her on the spot as the ideal performer to illustrate the power of text, and ‘the heavenly in music’. Recordings with medieval ensembles Bardos Band and Daughters of Elvin have played on BBC Radio 3, and she has appeared on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour talking about the enduring love song.
A trip to Vancouver Early Music Festival in 2015 fulfilled a long-standing ambition to study the Early Troubadours and Trouvéres with Benjamin Bagby and members of Sequentia within their Summer Programme.