Watch 11 Spice Girls songs played in 2 minutes by a Renaissance recorder consort

10 June 2019, 17:34 | Updated: 10 June 2019, 17:39

By Kyle Macdonald

90s nostalgia from the Spice Girls (1590s, that is).

Swapping Galliards for Girl Power. Recorder quartet Palisander have a reputation for pushing the boundaries of their instrument's repertoire, but this is something on another level.

Their latest video features 11 Spice Girls tunes in their own two-minute recorder medley. So sit back and enjoy your favourite 1990s Brit Pop anthems, all delivered with perfect tone and 16th-Century-infused counterpoint.
Viva forever, Spice Up Your Life, Wannabe, When Two Become One, In Nomine V A 5, all the hits are in there. (just kidding about that last one).

Members of the ensemble, Lydia Gosnell, Miriam Monaghan, Caoimhe de Paor and Elspeth Robertson, studied at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Royal College of Music. They are former St John's Smith Square Young Artists and have been selected for Emerging European Ensembles Scheme 2019, which provides young groups with residencies, training and performance opportunities across Europe.

They're passionate about sharing everything recorder and showcasing the scope and virtuosity of their instruments. Check out this, Mariam's own arrangement of Vivaldi's La Notte, or the appropriately titled ‘Nightmare Concerto’.