Early Music Concerts in East Anglia


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Colchester Early Music


A mini-series of three concerts in Marks Tey, Colchester

The final concert in the mini-series will be a whirlwind tour of 13th-17thC dance music with Blondel.

22 NOV
A history of dance in music - Blondel

Sun 3:00 PM · St Andrew's Church, Marks Tey · Colchester

All concerts are priced £7/£5 but you can claim a £1 discount at either of the later events if you present your ticket from one of the previous ones, so it pays to come to a couple or even all three!


Eboracum Baroque

Handel's Messiah by candlelight
In aid of Cancer Research UK

Saturday 12th December, 7pm.
St John’s College Chapel, Cambridge
Tickets at £15/£13/£5 from www.eboracumbaroque.co.uk
07547 933704

Suffolk Villages Festival


Sunday 13 December 20156pm • St Mary’s Church, East Bergholt

Claire Tomlin soprano Psalmody · children’s choir from local schools · The Fret Knots · The John Jenkins Consort directed by Peter Holman


A feast of colourful and joyful Christmas music from around Baroque Europe, with carols, motets and instrumental music by Giovanni Gabrieli, Michael Praetorius, Heinrich Biber, Henry Purcell, Georg Philipp Telemann and others. Highlights are a delightful miniature Christmas oratorio by MarcAntoine Charpentier, the fine cantata ‘Es ist ein Kind geboren’, once thought to be by J.S. Bach, and Handel’s virtuosic solo setting of the Gloria.

Full details


Tickets: £18 (reserved), £12 (unreserved), with half-price tickets available to full-time students

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

Bishop’s Stortford Choral Society,
Musica Donum Dei, conductor Richard Brain

Saturday, 12 December, 7.30pm

Bishop's Stortford Methodist Church, 34b South Street, Bishop's Stortford Hertfordshire CM23 3AZ

JS Bach Christmas Oratorio, parts 1, 2, 3 and 6

soloists: Emily Armour, soprano; Helen Stanley, alto; Ruiari Bowen, tenor; Božidar Smiljanić, bass




North Herts Guild of Singers, Musica Donum Dei, conductor Stephen Bullamore

Saturday 19 December, 7.00 pm

St Mary’s Church, Churchyard, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1HP

JS Bach Christmas Oratorio

soloists: Susan Gilmour Bailey, soprano, Cathy Bell, alto, Graham Neal, tenor, Julian Empett, bass




Galliarda: Sara Stowe, soprano, percussion; Wendy Hancock, recorder, flute; Richard MacKenzie, theorbo, baroque guitar; Ibi Aziz, viola da gamba

Saturday, 5 December, 7.30pm

Berkamsted Music Society, Civic Centre, High Street, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire HP4 3HD

‘Josep i Maria’ – Spanish and Catalan Christmas music, folk dances and other Christmas songs from France, Germany and England, baroque Christmas music.



Old Christmas Returned

17th Century Music, Words & Song for Christmas


Early music ensemble Passamezzo present their new programme" Old Christmas Returned". The festive programme of music and readings takes the audience on a journey from Advent, through the Christmas season to its traditional end at Candlemas, and tells the story of how Christmas was celebrated, banned, and restored again in 17th Century England.

The ensemble play in period costume and on early instruments, including Renaissance violin, lute, viols, recorders and voices. Their programme includes beautiful sacred pieces, dance tunes, and lively ballads telling of the traditions and capers that accompanied the festive period.


Ballads, lutesongs, carols, consort music, madrigals and readings.

Includes music by Attey, Bull, Dowland, Gibbons, Locke, Purcell & Wilson.


18 December 7.30pm at the Church of John the Baptist, Stoke by Clare, Suffolk

19 December 7.30pm at Great St Mary's Church, Cambridge


Tickets available in advance from www.ticketsource.co.uk/passamezzo

or 0844 8700887, or at the door



Eleanor Cramer, Robin Jeffrey, Alison Kinder,

Tamsin Lewis, Richard Mackenzie, Michael Palmer

Viols, Lute, Guitar, Recorders, Renaissance Violin, Voices

 Visit the Passamezzo website


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.

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 16/11/2015. Please contact the EEMF committee with comments