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(For events in other EMF Regions see the website of the Appropriate EMF)

Courses, Day Schools & Workshops

2nd & 3rd Sunday Afternoons each month, 1 to 4p.m, English Historical Dance Classes with Ann Hinchliffe, Taunton
Barrington Court, Taunton, TA19 0NQ. Second Sundays all with live music, and some others too! Next meetings are
10 & 24 August
14 & 21 September
12 & 19 October
9 & 16 November
14 & 21 December
Also October 4th: a Day of Dance, including so far morris and Scottish dancing, and us.
17th Century Dance, i.e. mainly Playford with warm-ups from Old Measures and Arbeau branles. Live music every 3rd Sunday: all players welcome. Ask in advance if you want MS. £5; free entry to house and garden. Light flexible footwear advised. No partner or previous experience needed. Information: 01935 472 771.
samedifference@live.co.uk or annhinchliffe@hotmail.com and here

January 2015

Sat 3. Early Music Day, Voices and Viols - William Byrd through his own eyes, with Uri Smilansky, Katharine Hawnt anf Gawaine Glenton, Sherborne
Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. Explore the music of one of England's all-time-greatest composers from a unique vantage-point. Tutor-led reading sessions, ensemble work, and musical training, all done using the original prints published under Byrd's own supervision. Don't worry - no prior experience required! Course Fee: £75/£45 under 27s (Book Jan 3rd & 4th for £120/£80) Non-playing observers: £5. For further details see here

Sun. 4. Early Music Day for Voices and players of soft instruments. Matthew Locke with Uri Smilansky, Sherborne
Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. Continuing our program of evangelizing about this under-appreciated composer. The day includes tutor-led ensemble work, as well as presentations about Locke and his time. Course Fee: £75/£45 under 27s (Book Jan 3rd & 4th for £120/£80) Non-playing observers: £5. For further details see here

30 - 1 Feb: Sing Sing Sing, workshop for experiences singers and accompanists (lute/guitar) with Evelyn Tubb and Michael Fields, Fome, Somerset
Jackdaws, Great Elm, Frome, Somerset, BA11 3NY. Accompanist Clive Pollard). £200. 01373 312383 www.jackdaws.org.uk/event-registration-2/?regevent_action=register&event_id=92

February 2015

7 - 9, Dorset Bach Cantata Club study weekend (non-resident), directed by Chris Brown. Sturminster Newton, Dorset
Sturminster Newton High School, Dorset, DT10 1DT. J.S. Bach Cantatas 18, 72 and 142. £50 p.a./£20 per weekend/£10 orchestra only. 01935 425383 www.dorsetbach.org.uk

Sat. 21, 9.30 - 5pm, Exeter Bach Society choral workshop with David Davies, Exeter
South Street Baptist Church, Exeter. J.S. Bach’s Easter Oratorio and C.P.E. Bach’s Magnificat. Further information and booking: Gill Manning, 01392 255 177

March 2015

7-8, Hurdy gurdy course with Tobie Miller, Sherborne Early Music
Venue: tbc, Course fee: tbc. www.sherborneearlymusic.com/event-diary.html

May 2015

Sat. 16, Come and Sing with Philip Scriven, Chard, Somerset,
Church of the Good Shephard, Chard, Somerset. Handel, Zadok the Priest, My heart is inditing; Bruckner Os justi meditabitur, Ave Maria; Rutter, Requiem. Philip Scriven is The Assistant Conductor of the renowned Bach Choir. Cost £12. For further information and application form visit churchofthegoodshepherd-chard.weebly.com

Summer Schools

26 July - 1 Aug: Beauchamp Early Music Week. The Three Marys. Tutor: David Hatcher, Director: Philip Thorby, Mitcheldean, Glos
Dean Magna School, Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, GL17 0DU. A level of competence is required: ‘Voices don’t have to be beautiful, but singers need to have some sight-reading fluency; players need to be able to hit the right notes on suitable instruments at the right time!’ Course cost: £425, non-residential, but camping and caravans welcome, B&B available nearby. Organised by Gloucester Academy of Music. 01989 218432/01452 688592,
earlymusic@gamusic.co.uk. Brochure here


See also
Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary which gives comprehensive listing of all types of classical music events in Plymouth, West Devon and South East Cornwall, including early music events.


Sat 6, 7.30pm. Praetorius Mass for Christmas. Paragon Singers - conductor Keith Bennett, Thomas-Selle Vokalensemble, Berlin - conductor Kai Schulze-Forster, The Six Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, Folia Baroque, Steven Hollas - organ, Bath
Church of St Michaels Without, Broad Street, Bath BA2 5LJ. Plus Multi choir motets. Tickets: £12.00 from Bath Festivals Box Office 01225 463 362

Sun. 7, 6.00pm Phoenix Recorder Orchestra conductor Pam Smith, Westonbirt, Glos
Westonbirt Arboretum, Music with a Christmas flavour as part of the Westonbirt Enchanted Christmas festival. www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/INFD-9G8FNQ

Sat. 13 December, 8.00pm Stevie Wishart, Strings, Wheel and Fingers, Winterborne Kingston, Dorset.
St Nicholas’s Church, Winterborne Kingston, Exploring medieval and contemporary extremes with hurdy-gurdy, voice and maybe fiddle. Tickets £10. 07949 836 503, admin@musicatkingston.com. See also here

Sun. 14, 3.30pm, West Gallery Carol Concert with The Ridgeway Choir led by Phil Humphries and Jim Laycock, North Allington, nr Bridport, Dorset
St. Swithun Church, North Allington, Bridport, Dorset. Carols from the Puddletown and Pulham manuscripts, plus two new Ridgeway-inspired carols. Tickets £5 from Artsreach 01305 269 512. See also here

Sun. 14, 7.30pm. Monteverdi Vespers. Dartington Community Choir, The English Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble, Devon Baroque, conducted by Jonathan Watts, Dartington
Dartington, The Great Hall. www.devonbaroque.co.uk/diary.html

Sat. 20, 5.30pm. Evensong: Purcell and period instruments, Salisbury Cathedral
Sung by the boy choristers and lay vicars, music by Henry Purcell played on period instruments. • Canticles in B flat, • ‘Rejoice in the Lord’ (‘Bell Anthem’) • Hymn tune ‘Westminster Abbey with voluntaries: • Trio Sonatas No XII and II, • Chacony in G minor. Poster here

Sun. 21, 8.00pm. A baroque Christmas with Mhairi Lawson and Bristol Ensemble, Bristol
St George’s, Bristol. Tickets £22/£18/£15/£10, under 26s £8/£5 0845 4024001 www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk

January 2015

Sat. 10, 1 - 2pm. Schola Cantorum, directed by Emma Hornby, Bristol
Victoria Rooms, Recital Room. Admission free.

Tues. 27, 7.30pm. Concert of Baroque Music given by Zalifenty and Oliver Doney (counter tenor), Bristol
Bristol Music Club, 76 St Paul’s Road, Clifton, BS8 1LP. Hazel Fenton and Richard Little (recorders), Frances Zagni (viola da gamba), Katharine Tylko (harpsichord). Music by Bach, Telemann, Purcell, Gallo and Abel. Tickets £5, under 18s £1.50

Fri. 30, 7.30pm. Emily and Hazel Askew, "Of all the birds", Totnes, Devon
Free Church, Fore Street, Totnes. Music from Broadside Ballads, Fitzwilliam Virginal book, Thomas Ravenscroft, John Playford and the Henry VIII manuscripts, played on harp, fiddle, recorders, bagpipes, hurdy gurdy, percussion with voices. Tickets £10, students and under-18s £5. 01803 847 070 boxoffice@dartington.org

February 2015

Sat. 7, 7.30pm Exmouth Choral Society, conducted by Laurence Blyth, with Devon Baroque, Exmouth, Devon
Holy Trinity Church, Rolle Road, Exmouth EX8 2AB. Handel Dixit Dominus, Haydn Little Organ Mass, Pergolesi Magnificat, Purcell O Lord, Rebuke Me. Ticket prices tbc, www.ticketsource.co.uk/exmouthchoral

Sun. 22, 2.30pm. Devon Baroque, directed from the harpsichord by Jonathan Watts, Illminster, Somerset
Dillington House, Ilminster, TA19 9DT. Bach, Vivaldi, Albinoni and Handel. £16/£8 www.dillington.com

March 2015

Sat. 14, 7pm, J.S. Bach St Matthew Passion. Devon Baroque and Exeter Chamber Choir conducted by Andrew Daldorph, Exeter
Exeter Cathedral. www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk/event/all-events/concert-exeter-chamber-choir.ashx

Sun. 29, 7.30pm. J.S. Bach Mass in B Minor, Devon Baroque with Exeter Community Choir conducted by Jonathan Watts, Dartington, Devon
The Great Hall, Dartington. Details tbc.

May 2015

Sat. 9 Musica Mundi: Clare Griffel, voice, Heather Gibbard, baroque cello, David Griffel, harpichord, Plymouth
Plymouth Museum. A concert of music from the 17th and 18th centuries to mark the closing of the exhibition Works from the Cottonian Collection. Details in the March diary.

Sat. 23, Exeter Bach Society, Music in May, madrigals, motets, cantatas etc., conducted by David Davies, Exeter
Exeter University Chapel, near Prince of Wales Road. Tickets £10. 01392 665 885

Meetings, Lectures, Conferences & Festivals etc.

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