Early Music Concerts in East Anglia


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Lacock Scholars

2014-2015 programmes

Sequences of chant and polyphony for St Cuthbert’s

St Cuthbert’s, Philbeach Gardens, London SW5 9EB (Earls Court tube, Warwick Road exit)
admission free              www.lacock.org


Sunday 26 October 2014 at 6pm

Missa pro Defunctis by Tomás Luis de Victoria

Sunday 23 November 2014 at 6pm

Christe qui lux es et dies by William Byrd, Domine Jesu Christe and Ave cujus conceptio by Nicholas Ludford,

Sunday 25 January 2015 at 6pm

Mass Puer natus by Thomas Tallis and Nesciens Mater by Jean Mouton

Sunday 22 February 2015 at 6pm

Peccavimus cum patribus by Christopher Tye, Suscipe quaeso and Miserere by Thomas Tallis and Media vita by John Sheppard

Sunday 22 March 2015 at 6pm

Lamentations and Miserere by Robert White, Lamentations II (SAATB) and In jejunio et fletu by Thomas Tallis






Thursday 23 and Friday 24 October, 7.30pm

West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge


One of Handel’s finest tragedies, Ottone tells the story of a 10th-century German emperor and his Byzantine bride. The opera has a treasure trove of fantastic arias, a number of which are regularly performed in concert, such as the deceptively simple aria ‘Falsa immagine’.


Tickets: £36-£12         Discounts available

Box office: 01223 503333 / www.cambridgeartstheatre.com



Solomon’s Knot

Sunday 26 October, 6pm

 Peter Pears Recital Room, Snape

James Halliday director

James Hurley stage director


Solomon’s Knot are a member of Aldeburgh Music’s Open Space programme, as part of which they are exploring The Hospital of Incurable Madness.
This 17th century opera has recently been discovered in
Venice and will be brought back to life by this dynamic and exciting young group.

Two Open Sessions will take the audience on a journey from initial music rehearsals through to the realization of the piece in advance of its first showing in centuries in
London. Set in an asylum this comedic opera explores the various maladies of the human condition.

Tickets £6 Under 27s £3


The Bach Players

Sleepers awake!

Music for Advent: ‘Wachet auf’ by Dietrich Buxtehude and J.S. Bach

Thursday 6 November 2014, 7.30 pm

The Octagon Chapel, Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BN


also at St John’s Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London

Saturday 8 November 2014, 8.15 pm


Tickets: £17.50 & £12.50

Students: £5 (on the door only)      Under-18s: free


online from Ticket Source

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

and on the door

Colchester Early Music Concerts, November 2014


8th November, 7.30pm
St James the Great Church, East Hill,

The York Waits with Deborah Catterall: The White Rose and the Red - Music from the age of Richard III

The York Waits, along with singer Deborah Catterall, have been exploring late 15thC repertoire from the time of the cosmopolitan court of Richard III, from Chansons and Quodlibets to dance tunes from the English Gresley Manuscript on loud winds, plucked strings, fiddles, recorders, bagpipes and even rommelpot!

Tickets £12/£9 for concessions and participants in the afternoon's EEMF workshop

9th November, 2.30-3.30pm
St Andrew's Church,
Church Lane, Marks Tey

The York Waits with Deborah Catterall: Drive the Cold Winter Away

A short concert of songs on the subject of the winter season together with lively dances to get your feet tapping and warm the cockles of your heart. With shawms, sackbutt, bagpipes, curtal, fiddles, hurdy-gurdy, rommelpot and much more!

Tickets £7/£5 concessions and in combination with the previous day's workshop or concert

16th November, 2.30-3.30pm
St Andrew's Church,
Church Lane, Marks Tey

Blondel Renaissance Wind Band

Homme Armé: Music from the court of Charles the Bold


A short concert of late 15th century music from the Burgundian Court performed on shawms, bagpipes and recorders. Chansons by Morton, Caron, and Charles the Bold; music from the Cancionero de Palacio and the Glogauer Liederuch.

Tickets £7/£5 concessions and in combination with the previous weekend's concerts

Greenwich Early Music Festival

Old Royal Naval College
, Greenwich, SE10 9NN
(easily reached from much of
East Anglia)

Events include:
Masterclasses with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Pamela Thorby
Concerts (some free) by various ensembles from Trinity Laban, and by:
Emma Murphy, Ibrahim Aziz, Steven Devine and David Gould, Ensemble DeNote, Philomel,
I Fagiolini, Anne-Suse Enßle (recorders), Fretwork, Brecon Baroque, dir. Rachel Podger
 Lecture on Bach’s Goldberg Variations
Makers’ demonstration recitals
Sheet music, CDs, etc. etc.
Early Music Fora stand with EEMF representation (volunteers welcome)

Admission : adult day ticket £8

Eboracum Baroque


Saturday 20th December,

St John's College Chapel, Cambridge

Performed by candlelight on period instruments

Britten's Ceremony of Carols

Saturday 29th November, 1pm
St Michael’s Church (Michaelhouse), Trinity Street,


Messiah tickets: £12, £10 (Concessions) and £5 (Students)
Ceremony of Carols tickets: £8, £5 (Concessions/students)

In aid of Cancer Research UK

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 2014-15 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

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

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Updated 22/10/2014. Please contact the EEMF committee with comments