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Frequently asked questions

Yes. Pronounced 'eye tonna', it could mean 'the farm in the marshes', or 'the settlement by the stream'. It appears in the Domesday Book as the Anglo-Saxon name for Long Eaton in Derbyshire, where Aitone is based.
Will you sing at our wedding (or other event)?
Entirely possibly... we're all busy people, though, so we'll be able to give you a better answer if you get in touch with us as early as possible. We are an early music group! People do contact us to sing at their weddings and are then surprised to find this out. You can get a better idea of what we do and what we need to know from the Programme > Bookings page, and contact details from, unsurprisingly, the Contact page!
What is early music?
That's a very good question which doesn't have a simple (or single) answer. For our purposes it is loosely music from before the mid to late 18th century. For a full overview of this complicated question see our Links page.
What is the graphic at the top about?
It shows one snapshot of the development of musical notation from the 11th to the 18th centuries, left to right. Although it is an artificially created image, each of the samples of notation is based on a genuine manuscript original, except for the 17th and 18th centuries, which are based on notation in printed books.
Is it singable?
Just about, based on a loose interpretation of 'singable'. It's not very tuneful though!
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