Early Music Concerts in East Anglia


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Suffolk Villages Festival

Sunday 14 February 2016 • 6pm • Nayland Village Hall
Church Lane, Nayland, Colchester,
Essex, CO6 4JH

Claire Tomlin & Emma Bishton soprano

Louise Jameson bass violin

Peter Holman harpsichord

SVF celebrate St Valentine’s Day with a delightful programme on the theme of love in its various aspects, sacred and secular and from first rapture to profound grief. Baroque composers revelled in the bright and sensuous sonorities of two sopranos with continuo, producing masterpieces such as Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s sensuous ‘Spring’ motet setting lines from the Song of Solomon, Henry Purcell’s Elegy on the Death of Queen Mary and François Couperin’s superb setting of the Magnificat.

In the second half we lower the tone with frank and witty explorations of secular love, by Monteverdi, Charpentier and Couperin, ending with duets from Purcell’s King Arthur and Dioclesian.

Tickets: £18 (reserved), £12 (unreserved), with half-price tickets available to full-time students

Box office via the National Centre for Early Music, 01904 651485, www.ncem.co.uk


Cambridge Early Music

Friday February 26, 2016 at 19:30

Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Cambridge


Magnificat (a cappella singers)

Philip Cave (conductor)

Miserere mei, Deus - Josquin des Prés

Infelix ego - William Byrd


To celebrate the launch of their latest CD, Magnificat brings to life compositions inspired by Girolamo Savonarola, the 15th-century Dominican friar who preached passionately for political, social and spiritual reform in Florence. Savonarola’s followers stoked the famous 'Bonfires of the Vanities' burning art, books and other 'worldly' items. His outspoken criticisms of Pope Alexander VI ultimately led to Savonarola’s excommunication, imprisonment, admission of heresy under torture, and execution.


Amongst the 'vanities' Savonarola decried was over-elaborate sacred music, yet Savonarola had a long-lasting – if inadvertent – musical influence after his death. His writings inspired some of the greatest compositions of the 16th century, including Josquin’s exquisite Miserere mei, Deus and Byrd’s masterpiece Infelix ego.

Tickets: £23, £18 concessions, £5 students, free to under 18s

Phone for tickets: 0333 666 3366

Book Online

Tickets "at the door" - until sold out

This concert will be followed on Saturday 27 February by an
EEMF workshop on Carissimi’s Mass L’Homme Armé
Directed by Philip Cave, at Churchill College Chapel, Cambridge, 10:00- 17:00\



The Bach Players

Octagon Chapel, Colegate,
Norwich NR3 1BN

Thursday 3 March 2015, 7.30pm


Laments for Passiontide

Music of Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Tarquinio Merula, Claudio Monteverdi, Antonio Vivaldi,
Joseph Haydn


Tickets: £17.50 & £12.50 Students: £5 (on the door only) Under-18s: free


Subscription tickets for three Bach Players concerts in 2016: £45 online, from Ticket Source

or from Prelude Records, 25B St Giles Street, Norwich NR2 1JN, phone 01603 628319

and on the door


Rest of the programme

24 April: Solo violin music by Bach, Biber and Telemann, played by John Crockatt, a regular player with John Eliot Gardiner, and recently principal violin in Farinelli and the King at the Globe Theatre. A short afternoon concert at 5pm.

2 June: summer concert ‘The food of love’.

6 October: all-Bach programme with secular cantatas and instrumental works.

Eboracum Baroque


Saturday 12th March - St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, 8pm

(Buxtehude and Charpentier)


Friday 18th March - Wimpole Hall, Cambridge, 8pm

(Recital of Purcell and Handel)

Follow the links for booking details etc.

Solomon's Knot at Aldeburgh Festival


The Discovery of Bomarzo (a long-neglected sculpture garden near Rome)


Madrigals by Gesualdo and his contemporaries Giaches de Wert, Pomponio Nenna and Michelangelo Rossi plus music by Mira Calix

Tue 21 Jun, 3:00 pm (ends approx. 4:10pm)

Britten Studio, Snape, Suffolk

Tickets £12 Under 27s £6

Booking opens: 23/02/2016

Cambridge Early Music concerts – this widely acclaimed series features leading ensembles and soloists, and runs throughout the year, supplementing the summer schools. Details of the programme are available on the website.
The summer schools have a Bursary scheme to assist students, and contributions are invited. Click here for details.

Easter at King’s – a popular series of Easter concerts and services with a substantial Early Music element, in and around

Suffolk Villages Festival

Norwich Baroque  – specializing in original and lively interpretations of music by popular and less well known Baroque composers

Musick Rediscover’d – Kathleen Berg and Alan Morris
perform music from about 1550 to 1800, in costume.

Workshops and concerts by Shared Voices                 Cecilia Music              Bach Cantatas Website

The King of Hearts, Norwich NR3 1LJ – this has now closed down, but the building remains available for hire and concerts. Details of the building and the Anteros Arts Foundation which now runs it

The East Anglian Academy – for those interested in the organ and early keyboard music
A series of concerts is presented each year in Framlingham and the surrounding area.

Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, holds frequent Early Music and other concerts in the Chapel and the much-admired Auditorium. Many of these have free admission.

Early Opera in Cambridge

Fitzwilliam Chamber Opera is a venture at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, founded with the aim of presenting a biennial fully staged production.
In 2007 the initial opera was Handel’s Xerxes (review).
In 2009
Monteverdi's Orfeo was performed over five nights plus a matinée at the ADC Theatre in
In 2012 Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas was performed in an all-student production.

Cambridge Handel Opera was founded with the intention of presenting fully-staged productions of Handel’s operas, in English, every two years in the West Road Concert Hall. Recent productions have included Ariodante, Agrippina and Atalanta.
The Company has been wound up in its present form upon the retirement of Andrew Jones. It is hoped to establish a new Company with similar aims if a new Musical Director can be found.

Out of area

South West London

Loki Music is run by William Summers, an EEMF member. It organises concerts and education events involving historically informed music, working with experienced musicians and teachers to run performances, coaching sessions and workshops. The principal venues are Lovekyn Chapel [Kingston Grammar School - opposite main School building - London Road, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6PY] and Garrick's Temple to Shakespeare, Garrick's Lawn, Hampton [very near TW12 2EA].

Early Music Performers in East Anglia

Philip Thorby
Philip Thorby, of Beccles, Suffolk


Peter Holman
Peter Holman and the Parley of Instruments - some music samples - academic career


Capella Antiqua
This Beccles-based group led by Philip Thorby has occasional vacancies for more singers.

Jennie Cassidy

Minstrels Gallery

Laura Cannell and Horses Brawl


Ralph Woodward

Eyehall Musick

Ravenscroft Consort

Cambridge Taverner Choir

Hurstingstone Singers                       

Cecilia Music

Divers Voyces


Early Dance groups

Norwich Early Dance Group

West Gallery Quires, Waits and the like

Wyldes Noyse

Norfolk Gallery Quire

Bedford Gallery Quire

Chiltern West Gallery Quire

Colchester Waits

Kings Lynn Waites

City of Lincoln Waites


Concert Listings

Suffolk Music – a web diary of classical music concerts and events in Suffolk and the surrounding area

Kulchaa listing of early-ish music and other events in Cambridge, and several useful links

gerontiussearchable directories of UK choirs and choral concerts, including Early Music events

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Updated 27/01/2016. Please contact the EEMF committee with comments