After a full day of outstanding performances the field of contestants in the King’s and Queen’s Bardic Championship came down to five superlative performers. Their Majesties then announced the theme of the last round of competition. Each of the artists was charged to write a new composition in honor of Saint Robert’s Day, a festival of indeterminate period whose origins are shrouded in mirth, sheep and bacon. (The text and video of each performance is available if you click on the individual’s name.)
The entrants were given some time to prepare and then their names were drawn in random order to perform. First was Chatricam Meghanta (Countess Marguerite), who performed a stirring piece evoking the image of her lost husband. A tribute so moving that many swore they saw the ghost of St. Robert inhabit that very room.
The next to perform was Lady Judith FitzHenry whose wry and witty story was about St Robert’s wife and how she dealt with his death… and resurrection.
Followed by Master Matthew Grymm whose stirring poem recounted the events that lead to the canonization of the dearly departed Saint.
The penultimate performer was Lord Martyn de Halliwell whose catchy words to a period tune about Bold Lord Robert had the crowd singing along with him between fits of giggles.
Last to take the stage was Lord Lucien de Pontivy who played the harp while singing a plaintive tune about the plight of the sheep.
Their Majesties and Her Highness adjourned with their advisory council to deliberate and determine the new champions and when all was said and done it was Master Grymm who was named new King’s Bardic Champion and Lord de Pontivy who will serve for the coming year as Queen’s champion.
Photo by Lady Katherine O’Brien