Early music concerts in East Anglia and beyond

Songs for a Summer night

Catherine King - Mezzo Soprano and Frances Kelly - harp

Friday 21 June at 7.30pm (the programme is about an hour).  

Northstowe Secondary College, Stirling Road, Northstowe, Cambridge, UK

 Internationally renowned musicians Catherine King and Frances Kelly will be performing an enchanting selection of English songs, including Sumer is Icumen in, Gather ye Rosebuds, favourites by Purcell, and music by the lesser-known 17th century composers Lawes and Wilson.

More details about Catherine, including samples of her singing, can be heard on her website


de Mowbray's Musicke in Concert

Medieval Music and Song 

Thursday 11 July, starting at 7.45pm

St Andrews Church, Irnham near Grantham

playing all the instruments depicted in the Luttrell Psalter

and working through some of the themes and scenes of the book.



Regular features around East Anglia

Cambridge Early Music concertsthis 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.

Suffolk Villages Festival Renaissance, Baroque and Classical music for voices and period instruments in beautiful old East Anglian churches during the August bank holiday weekend and at other times

Easter at King’sa popular series of Easter concerts and services with a substantial Early Music element, in and around Cambridge

Norwich Baroquespecializing in original and lively interpretations of music by popular and less well known Baroque composers

Musick Rediscover’dKathleen 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 Academyfor those interested in the organ and early keyboard music
A series of concerts is presented each year in Framlingham and the surrounding area. Another aim is to award bursaries to suitably gifted and committed young people to learn the organ.

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 Cambridge.
In 2012 Purcell’s
Dido and Aeneas was performed in an all-student production.

Cambridge Handel Opera Company (CHOC) is a Cambridge-based charity devoted to staging productions of Handel’s operas that celebrate the fusion of music and the stage, in addition to concert performances of works by Handel’s contemporaries. It gave its first production, four staged performances of Rodelinda in April 2018 at The Leys, a school in central Cambridge under Artistic Director Julian Perkins. In 2022 the staged production was Tamerlano.

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]. Another venue used is Walpole Old Chapel, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 9AZ.

Early Music Performers in East Anglia

Philip Thorby, of Beccles,

Peter Holman MBE 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

Divers Voyces

Cambridge Taverner Choir

Ravenscroft Consort

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

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 23/03/2022. Please contact the EEMF committee with comments