Early Music Concerts in East Anglia and beyond


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Evelyn Nallen invites you to a special event on Thursday 2 March ….

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The Bach Players
Stabat Mater

Thursday 9 March 2017, 7.30 pm

The Octagon Chapel, Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BN


In praise of the Virgin Mary: Pergolesi’s setting of the Stabat Mater text, the Concerto Madrigalesco by Vivaldi and one of his Sonatas al Santo Sepolcro, and a Mystery Sonata by Biber

Tickets: £17.50 & £12.50 Students: £5 (on the door only) Under-18s: free

Subscription tickets for three Bach Players concerts in 2017: £45

online, from Ticket Source or from St George’s Music Shop

17–19 St George’s Street Norwich NR3 1AB phone 01603 626414

and on the door

To be repeated in
Cambridge on Saturday 6 May
Find out more

Music by Henry Purcell


Kirbye Voices will be singing a programme of music by Henry Purcell on Thursday 16 March 2017,
starting at
7.30pm, in St. Mary’s Church, Honey Hill, Bury St Edmunds.


The programme will include the Birthday Ode for Queen Anne “Come ye Sons of Art”, the Jubilate in D,
“I was Glad” and other anthems.


Entry is free. The retiring collection will be split between St. Mary’s Church and Kirbye Voices.

St John Passion of JS Bach in Colchester

William Summers will be playing Baroque flute in a Baroque-instrument orchestra for this masterpiece

Saturday 18 March from 19:30 to 21:30

St Botolph's Church, St Botolph's Church Walk, Colchester, Essex, CO2 2EE

williamjsummers <AT> icloud.com    07949 652 315


Eboracum Baroque


Upcoming concerts


Thursday 16th March, 7.30pm - Suffolk's Baroque Music, Moyse’s Hall, Bury St Edmunds

A programme of music based around Suffolk composers from the 18th century. Hear music by Suffolk composers, Joseph Gibbs and John Carr that has not been heard in over 250 years.

Friday 31st March, 8pm - Wimpole Hall, near Cambridge
A concert of music that originally formed part of Lord Harley's Library in the early 18th Century, with letters written by Thomas Tudway, Wimpole's very own composer-in-residence from 1714-1726.

love: Handel in Norwich


The Brook Street Band has announced its inaugural Handel festival, timed to coincide with the end of the ensemble’s 20th anniversary year. The festival is named ‘love: Handel’ and will take place
22–23 April 2017 in
Norwich, which currently lacks an early music festival.


love: Handel takes place over two days, with a variety of events spread over the weekend encompassing
live performance, discussion, participatory events, and plenty of opportunities for socialising.

Day one includes two concerts, a dance session and a Q&A session with Louis de Bernières.
Day two includes a vocal workshop, children’s participatory concert, talks and a finale concert.


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
Artistic Director: Peter Holman MBE

19 March and 29 May, 2017  'Bach Spring' programme

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 21/02/2017. Please contact the EEMF committee with comments