Early Music Concerts in
A mini-series of three concerts in Marks
Sun 3:00 PM · St Andrew's Church, Marks Tey
Claire Tomlin soprano Psalmody · children’s choir from local schools · The Fret Knots · The John Jenkins Consort directed by Peter Holman
A feast of colourful and joyful Christmas
music from around Baroque Europe, with carols, motets and instrumental music
by Giovanni Gabrieli, Michael Praetorius, Heinrich Biber, Henry Purcell,
Georg Philipp Telemann and others. Highlights are a delightful miniature
Christmas oratorio by MarcAntoine Charpentier, the fine cantata ‘Es ist ein
Kind geboren’, once thought to be by J.S. Bach, and Handel’s virtuosic solo setting
of the Gloria.
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
Saturday, 12 December,
Bishop's Stortford Methodist Church, 34b South Street, Bishop's Stortford Hertfordshire CM23 3AZ
JS Bach Christmas Oratorio, parts 1, 2, 3 and 6
soloists: Emily Armour, soprano; Helen Stanley, alto; Ruiari Bowen, tenor; Božidar Smiljanić, bass
North Herts Guild of Singers, Musica Donum Dei, conductor Stephen Bullamore
Saturday 19 December,
St Mary’s Church, Churchyard, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1HP
JS Bach Christmas Oratorio
soloists: Susan Gilmour Bailey, soprano, Cathy Bell, alto, Graham Neal, tenor, Julian Empett, bass
Galliarda: Sara Stowe, soprano, percussion; Wendy Hancock, recorder, flute; Richard MacKenzie, theorbo, baroque guitar; Ibi Aziz, viola da gamba
Saturday, 5 December,
Berkamsted Music Society, Civic Centre, High Street, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire HP4 3HD
‘Josep i Maria’ – Spanish and Catalan Christmas music, folk dances and other Christmas songs from France, Germany and England, baroque Christmas music.
17th Century Music, Words & Song for Christmas
Early music ensemble Passamezzo present
their new programme" Old Christmas Returned". The festive programme
of music and readings takes the audience on a journey from Advent, through
the Christmas season to its traditional end at Candlemas, and tells the story
of how Christmas was celebrated, banned, and restored again in 17th Century
The ensemble play in period costume and on early instruments, including Renaissance violin, lute, viols, recorders and voices. Their programme includes beautiful sacred pieces, dance tunes, and lively ballads telling of the traditions and capers that accompanied the festive period.
Ballads, lutesongs, carols, consort music, madrigals and readings.
Includes music by Attey, Bull, Dowland, Gibbons, Locke, Purcell & Wilson.
18 December at the Church of John the Baptist, Stoke
19 December at Great St Mary's Church,
Tickets available in advance from www.ticketsource.co.uk/passamezzo
or 0844 8700887, or at the door
Eleanor Cramer, Robin Jeffrey, Alison Kinder,
Tamsin Lewis, Richard Mackenzie, Michael Palmer
Viols, Lute, Guitar, Recorders, Renaissance Violin, Voices
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
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.
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.
is a venture at
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.
Early Music Performers in
Early Dance groups
West Gallery Quires,
Waits and the like
a web diary of classical music concerts and events in
– a listing of early-ish music and other events in
gerontius – searchable directories of UK choirs and choral concerts, including Early Music events
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