Early Music Concerts in East Anglia and beyond


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Oxford Early Music Festival

Tuesday 10th to Sunday 15th May 2016.


This year's festival promises to be the biggest yet, with eight concerts, featuring artists such as Emma Kirkby, Trevor Pinnock, and Robin Blaze, as well as two participatory workshops, pre-concert talks, evensongs, and an exhibition of musical manuscripts.



A Tapestry of Tears


Musicke in the Ayre

Marie Lemaire, soprano

Carmel de Jager, mezzo-soprano

Din Ghani, lute


Exploring the symbolism of tears in 16/17th century art song. Carmel, Marie and Din will perform songs and duets by Notari, le Camus, Ramsey and Hales, as well as by more familiar names such as Dowland, Byrd and Frescobaldi.


Saturday 14th May 2016, 6.30 – 7.30 pm

Fitzwilliam College Chapel,

Storeys Way, Cambridge CB3 0DG

Free entry, retiring collection

Contact din@musicke-in-the-ayre.org

The Suffolk Villages Festival




Monday 30 May 2016, 6.00pm

St Peter's, Sudbury, Suffolk


Philippa Hyde & Claire Tomlin soprano, Richard Edgar-Wilson tenor. Giles Davies bass

Psalmody, Essex Baroque Orchestra, directed by Peter Holman

Acis and Galatea is one of Handel's most memorable and popular English theatrical works, a dramatic and moving story of pastoral love between the shepherd Acis and the nymph Galatea, threatened and finally destroyed by the jealous monster Polyphemus.


We perform the rarely heard revised version of the work, as performed by Handel in London in 1739 and 1740 and in Dublin in 1742. The Masque of Cupid and Bacchus, written by Henry Purcell in 1695 for Shakespeare's play Timon of Athens, is a delightful curtain-raiser.


'Peter Holman, directing from the harpsichord, inspired a lithe and enjoyable performance' The Observer


Tickets: £18 & £12 (half-price to those in full-time education)

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

Aude Gotto presents
The Food of Love

music for Shakespeare’s plays and poems:

Purcell, Locke, Lawes & contemporaries

Thursday 2 June 2016, 7.30pm

The Bach Players

at the Octagon Chapel, Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BN

Music by Robert Smith, Purcell, Locke, Weldon, Humfrey, Lawes


£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 1JN, phone 01603 628319

and on the door

Loki Music

William Summers writes:
“In June and July, I shall be putting on three concerts in the Walpole Old Chapel: a harpsichord recital [5th. June], a concert of Medieval music from
England [12th. June] and Renaissance Spanish music [17th. July].

Further details are available via
 and advance booking will be available soon.”


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 June, 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.

Eboracum Baroque put on many Early Music concerts in East Anglia, Lincolnshire, and London.

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

The Intrepid Academy

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 21/04/2016. Please contact the EEMF committee with comments