Early Music Concerts in East Anglia and beyond


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Suffolk Villages Festival
Artistic Director: Peter Holman MBE

MONDAY 28 MAY 2018, 6.00 p.m.

St Mary’s Church, Hadleigh

Philippa Hyde, Emma Bishton, Gill Wilson soprano

Helen Charlston mezzo-soprano, Daniel Auchincloss tenor, Benjamin Bevan baritone

members of Psalmody, Essex Baroque Orchestra

directed by Peter Holman harpsichord

‘endless pleasure, endless love’                                    

John Eccles: Semele (1707) concert performance of the opera with words by William Congreve

Box Office
: www.suffolkvillagesfestival.com 01206 366603, box@suffolkvillagesfestival.com

For further information: Suffolk Villages Festival (www.suffolkvillagesfestival.com), 01206 366603

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fantasias, madrigals and verse anthems for voices and viols by Michael East

Sunday June 10th, 7:30pm

Great Waltham Church CM3 1DE

East’s fantasias for five viols tell a story of love, despair, triumph and repentance, here with pieces for voices and viols marking the 400th anniversary of his 1618 collection.

CHELYS consort of viols

‘played with passion, precision, and brilliance’ - Early Music Today

FIERI consort

winners of the Cambridge Early Music Prize 2017, York International Early Music Festival


Tickets £16 (under 16 £10) available from Annabel Malton 01245 360240

angelearlymusic@gmail.com, James Dace and Son, Allegro Music and Walthambury Stores

Supported by Angel Early Music, CIO 1169496 www.angelearlymusic.org.uk

Gloriana – An Elizabethan Progress

Sunday 17 June at 15:00

St Peter's Church, 124 Broad Street, Ely, CB7 4AH


A touch of Tudor life will be visiting Ely when Piva performs as part of the Isle of Ely Arts Festival.
There is ample free parking a few minutes’ walk from the church.

Tickets cost £12.50 in advance from: www.ticketsource.co.uk/piva, or £14 on the door.

Piva is a group which specialises in music from the 16th century playing on authentic reproductions of the instruments of the period, such as shawms, curtal, bagpipes, crumhorns, violin and recorders.

Eboracum Baroque


Summary of Upcoming Concerts in 2018


Vivaldi’s Four Seasons arranged in the 18th Century for Recorder and Harpsichord

and works by Handel and Vivaldi

St Mary’s Church, Ely
Thursday 28 June

19.30 - 21.15


Handel’s Semele

Wimpole Estate, Arrington

Saturday 30 June

19.00 - 21.30


St Andrew’s Church, Wimpole
Saturday 9 June
Arias and instrumental works by Handel, Vivaldi and Monteverdi.
19.30 - 21.15

The Story Orchestra: ‘Four Seasons in One Day’

Introducing children to Vivaldi

Wicken Fen (9th June), Benslow Music (29th July), Stapleford Granary (27th October)

For full details and booking go to their Events page

William Summers of Loki Music writes:

“I have now fixed my three Summer concerts in Walpole Old Chapel: these will be held on :
Sunday 22nd July [Baroque quartet playing Couperin],
Sunday 5th August [revivals of Elizabethan and folk music] and
Sunday 2nd September [harpsichord recital - more Couperin]
- each starting at 3 and finishing by 5.30.

More details are available via www.lokimusic.co.uk/calendar/

Please let me know if you have any difficulty in booking tickets as I am trying out a
new version of the booking system.”


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.

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 14/05/2018. Please contact the EEMF committee with comments