Music adds so much to the atmosphere of an event and as quickly as it can add it can also take away. Our time period is roughly between 600-1600 however for music you can probably stretch this out to about 1650 depending on the piece as many of the styles are still carried through. Be aware, that there is a distinctive difference in sound between Baroque and Renaissance music!
St Florian de la riviere has a particularly strong background in singing. The instrumental is just starting to develop and will hopefully flourish as more interested people start picking up their instruments. As you can transport your voice just about anywhere you go, we can have a look at this style first.
There are basically four different types of music sung at events: 1. Part song - including madrigals 2. Tavern songs (often with risqu� lyrics!) which also include rounds 3. Modern Period Pieces which is music composed in the style of the period and 4. Filk which is modern music, often rock or pop tunes, with SCA lyrics.
Each of these has its place in the SCA, however, it is important to remember that some of these styles are not appropriate at every part of an event. Filk is perfectly acceptable at a post revel (party after an event), to and from events, late at a tavern. Madrigals are more appropriate to be sung at a high court event or if you have a group of people particularly keen on this type of music. It would seem a little strange sing madrigals at a tavern event. You have to pick your moment. Generally, 1-3 are perfectly acceptable at most events.
We have had a working choir in St Florian de la riviere since 1993 known as Heynonnynonnymous. It has had an interesting beginning in 1992 with Acacia de Navarre, Michael of Waterford and Constanzia Moralez y de Zamora starting the choir as Feline Sodimaus. Thankfully, practice makes for better performances and the choir improved. Named Heynonnynonnymous by Finnbar the Fallen in 1993 (it was a close choice between the "stop and start madrigal group"), things have improved further still with great performances done by the choir and the eventual laurelling of Constanzia Moralez y de Zamora and Michael of Waterford for conducting. There have been many faces to Heynonnynonnymous over the years and it is a fun and fulfilling experience to be a part of.