Early Music Concerts in East Anglia


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Solomon’s Knot

Concert in Orford Church, Suffolk
Sunday 20 April, 3pm

‘The Leipzig Connection’, music for Easter by J.S. Bach and his predecessor at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Johann Kuhnau.  
This includes Bach’s cantatas for Easter Sunday, ‘Der Himmel lacht’ BWV 31 and ‘Christ lag in Todesbanden’ BWV 4, also as a new discovery, Kuhnau’s cantata ‘Wenn ihr fröhlich seid an euren Festen’, which unusually calls for four trumpets.

Tickets available through the Aldeburgh Music website


www.hgo.org.uk   Charity No. 1092649



By Francesco Cavalli

Libretto by Giovanni Faustino

English translation by Anne Ridler

April 25 – May 4, 2014
Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate,
London N6 4BD


Director: Joe Austin • Designer: Tom Oldham • Music Director: Oliver-John Ruthven

With period ensemble Music Poetica London
Further details and booking information

Eboracum Baroque

St Mary's Church, Ickworth,

Saturday 26th April at 6pm


Excerpts from Handel's Messiah
Full details


(Cambridge’s all-male early music vocal ensemble)


conducted by DAVID SKINNER (Alamire)


‘Weeping in Sharps and Flats’: Music by Bernardino de Ribera


Magnificats and motets by the teacher of Tomas Luis de Victoria at Avila Cathedral, newly edited and restored by BRUNO TURNER who will introduce Ribera and his music during the concert.


Sat 10 May, 7:30pm

Little St Mary’s Church, Cambridge

Tickets £16/£12

from ADC Box Office (www.adcticketing.com) 01223 300085 and on the door


Further info at www.deprofundis.org.uk


Hoxne Music Festival

Sunday 25 May, 7.30pm
St. Peter & St. Paul Church, Hoxne IP21 5AZ

The six piece Amphion Consort will be a treat for classical music lovers. Their Heavenly Noyse concert programme features music from the Elizabethan era with little known instruments such as the cittern, bandora and bass viol as well as a lute, violin and flute.


£10 adv // £12 on door

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Handel's Coronation Anthems
Eboracum Baroque

Great St Mary's Church, Cambridge
Saturday 14th June at 7.30pm

Eboracum Baroque return to the beautifully restored Great St Mary's Church in the centre of Cambridge for an evening of royal music to celebrate the Queen's official birthday on Saturday 14th June.


Hear all 4 of Handel's exhilarating Coronation Anthems including Zadok the Priest along with selections of his instrumental music including the Arrival of the Queen of Sheba. All of this wonderful music will be performed by some of the top young singers in the UK and accompanied by a full period instrument orchestra directed by Chris Parsons.

Tickets: £10, £8 (Concessions) and £5 students can be bought at: http://www.eboracumbaroque.co.uk/concerts-and-events.php

or on 07547 933704 and eboracumbaroque <AT> gmail.com

The Bach Players

The Octagon Chapel, Colegate, Norwich, NR3 1BN

10 July
From Venice to Hamburg features Italian composers who worked in Germany, or Germans who picked up the Italian influence.

6 November
Sleepers awake! J.S. Bach’s ‘Wachet auf’ and Dietrich Buxtehude’s earlier setting of the text.

Tickets (new policy)

Under-18s free entrance
Student tickets, sold only at the concert, with identification
Subscription ticket for all the concerts

Tickets for all concerts can be bought here and from Prelude Records (phone 01603 628319)

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.

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

Suffolk Villages Festival
Details of the 2013-14 Autumn/Spring Concerts

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.

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

oclassicalan interactive web site for advertising classical music performances

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

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Updated 18/04/2014. Please contact the EEMF committee with comments