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January 2017: UPDATE, PLEASE READ!

I've worked in hundreds of schools and heritage sites since 1993 when I began my freelance career, as described on the site here.
In 2014 I made many changes, both to concentrate on my storytelling work, and to travel far less intensively.
So most of this website is now out of date! I am taking on storytelling work, where music plays a big role in sessions, but far less heritage work, likewise history sessions in schools.
Please see

I plan to re-write this site; it will describe better the historical and traditional music work I offer now, mainly with Elizabeth York. Our duo makes presentations of instruments and their music to groups including Historical Societies and others.
There'll also be mention of composing work I've been doing, with commissions in 2016 related to the Shakespeare 400th Anniversary events.

Please watch this place!

Teacher & Musician, and now...


my new website.

History through

* Music

* Stories

* Dance

* Interpretation

* Drama

* Many many instruments

* Infectious Enthusiasm

case full
  • Established 1992 after 17 years' full-time teaching.
  • Education work by qualified experienced teacher - no agency or employees.
  • Heritage work experience across the country: English Heritage, National Trust, V&A, British Museum, Tower of London, many others.
  • Radio and TV, including Time Team on More4
  • Education work inspected by Ofsted 10 times to date, always positive.
  • Previously CRB checked.
  • Membership of two professional bodies, both requiring accreditation, both providing public liability insurance cover
  • New STORYTELLING SITE : please visit my site for details.
  • 2013 - the year we were invited to work in Japan! Find more, and why we aren't, on my Interpretation page!

The Incorporated Society of Musicians

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Tabulae Marque

See About Richard for more.

Copyright Richard York 2010

I present workshops in medieval, Tudor, and Victorian history and music in schools and museums mainly in Northampton and Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, London, Middlesex, Milton Keynes, Leicester and Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Hertfordshire, Oxford and Oxfordshire, Huntingdonshire, and Cambridgehire.
I work further afield too, if you're prepared to pay for my travel!

There's no official job title - it can be: Richard York, musician, or Historical interpreter, musician interpreter, and more.
There are many awys of describing what I do: education workshops, history visits to schools, museum workshops, medieval history visits to schools, tudor history visits to schools, Tudor Days, Victorian Days, Victorian school visits, Tudor school visits, medieval school visits... or if you like, mediaeval school visits!... Victorian history visits to schools, medieval, Tudor, 17th Century and Victorian history teaching;
story-telling by story-teller, and sessions on traditional British customs.
I work with musical instruments, dance, drama, performance, interpretation. I work at Heritage sites, museums, schools and festivals.
I also work in duo with Elizabeth York, harpist, for heritage presentations, and at weddings, and functions.

I've worked in many places: hundreds of schools from tiny village schools to prestigious adn expensive private schools;
I've worked in The Tower of London, the V&A Museum, the British Museum, English Heritage and National Trust properties, and many museums up and down the country, from Tullie House in Carlisle to Dover Museum, from Dartmouth Castle to Bede's World in Jarrow.