“There is more Wit in a Fiery Dragon than in all the plays in Europe”
James Ralph, The Fashionable Lady, 1728.
Welcome to the website of the Fiery Dragon Company!
The Fiery Dragon Company is a group of five musicians (piano, flute, concertina, violin and oboe) who came together in January 2018 to perform the music of the group’s leader Anne Gregson. Listen to lyrical, melodic music which fits in the unusual space between folk and classical from a group of talented and committed musicians.
Our inaugural performance was on May 18th 2018 in St John the Evangelist church, Bath. The concert was remarkable because it incorporated the sound of the church’s bells being played live into the overall sound of the ensemble. To our knowledge this is unique to the Fiery Dragon Company and you can read more about how this was achieved on the Bells tab.
A note on our line-up. Originally the group included Kyle Thornhill on violin but he had to leave in August 2018 when Daniel Wolverson stepped in to help us out. Now we have been joined full time by Swedish fiddler Kerstin Petersson. The other members of the band are Anne Gregson, Bianca Janossey, Helen Bousfield and Katharine Tylco.
The video above was recorded during a concert as part of Bath Folk Festival. The tracks below were recorded live at the concert at St John’s. The first, Perfect View, is for the ensemble alone while the second, Minimal Chimes is for church bells and the ensemble. The bells were played by Martin Pearson and both pieces were composed by Anne Gregson.
The musicians in the Company are
- Helen Bousfield flute and concertina
- Anne Gregson concertina and violin
- Bianca Janossy oboe and cor anglais
- Kerstin Petersson violin
- Katharine Tylko keyboard and recorder
The ensemble are working on new material and when we have it we’ll be putting it up here so call back from time to time and see what’s new!
Another note about history. There was an earlier incarnation of the Fiery Dragon in the form of the Fiery Dragon Folk Opera Company. They came together in 2012 and again in 2014 to perform Anne Gregson’s opera Make Room For Mummers and you can read all about this on the Opera menu tab.
And finally …
Here’s another piece from the Bath Folk Festival concert, Groovin’ With Dragons.