Early Music Concerts in East Anglia


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by G.F.Handel
Libretto by Nicolo Minato

English translation by Nicholas Hytner

Director: Andrew Davidson    Principal Music Director: Oliver-John Ruthven

Guest Conductor: Richard Hetherington    With Musica Poetica London


Performances of Xerxes:

Evenings – Apr 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, May 1 & 2 at 7.30 pm

Matinées at 4.00pm: Sundays Apr 26 & May 3

Matinée at 2.30pm: Saturday May 2nd


Upstairs At The Gatehouse, Highgate, London N6 4BD

Tickets: (unreserved) £23   (Concessions £21 - Apr 24, 25, & 26) Box Office: 020 8340 3488

Online: www.upstairsatthegatehouse.com


For further information contact Martin Musgrave martin.musgrave@hgo.org.uk  Phone: 07590 56 77 90

The Grand Tour:
Venice and the Mediterranean

Academy of Ancient Music

Joseph Tawadros  oud

Richard Tognetti  director & violin


13 May 2015, 7.30pm

West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

Tickets from £14  |  cornex.co.uk  |  01223 357 851


For full programme details and to watch a video trailer, visit aam.co.uk/concerts.

The Bach Players

 Thursday 16 July 2015, 7.30 pm

The Octagon Chapel, Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BN

The seasons: ‘spring’ and ‘summer’ and other nature-themed music by Vivaldi, Chédeville, Guido, and other composers


Thursday 29 October, 7.30 pm

The Octagon Chapel, Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BN


Music by three predecessors of J.S. Bach as Kantor at St Thomas’s in Leipzig – Schein, Schelle, Kuhnau – and the first cantata that Bach composed for his new job there: the magnificent ‘Die Elenden sollen essen’
(BWV 75)

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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 Cambridge.
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 27/04/2015. Please contact the EEMF committee with comments