Benslow LuteFest – Livestream

Monday 19th April, 8pm‘Sweet, stay awhile’: Lute songs and music by John Dowland and John DanielSara Stowe (soprano), Lewis Spring (counter-tenor), Lynda Sayce (lute, viol), Matthew Spring (lute, viol)Further Details Monday 26th April, 8pm‘A Spagna in the Works’: ethereal, enigmatic, and exhilarating Renaissance miniature masterpieces for viol and luteAlison Crum (viols) and Roy Marks (lute)Further…

Messiah: Reimagined

A unique and ground-breaking performance of Handel’s masterpiece, blending ‘live’ and ‘virtual’. Acclaimed baroque conductor, Laurence Cummings will lead our star soloists, all alumni of our international Handel Singing Competition, and the London Handel Orchestra in a live performance from St George’s, Hanover Square in London’s Mayfair – Handel’s own church.

Early Music @Newcastle

This year’s Early Music @ Newcastle has moved entirely online. Some of the planned events have proved impossible due to travel and venue restrictions, so alongside a couple of concerts, via the LIVE Concerts at Home series, there is a series of a dozen short videos and podcasts that will be released in pairs each…

Music In Art

Historical musician and instrument maker Sophie Matthews explores the links between the visual and the aural in this one-hour presentation. Drawing on the works of great painters such as Brueghel, Hogarth and Bosch; Sophie presents a variety of images of historical woodwind instruments in their original social context. The symbolism of music in mediaeval and Renaissance arts…

Brighton Early Music – BREMF@Home

A joint presentation by Monteverdi String Band and Brighton Early Music. Con Arte e Maestria is the phrase used by Milanese violinist Francesco Rognoni to describe his spectacular 1620 embellishment of a Palestrina madrigal. Inspired by this extraordinary tradition, this programme features intricate and virtuosic works by Rognoni, Giovanni Bovicelli, Michelangelo Rossi and Giovanni Gabrieli. 

Eboracum Baroque

After the success of their online winter season, the young freelance musicians of Eboracum Baroque return with another online concert recorded back in 2020. They present a lively programme of 17th and 18th century English music featuring famous songs from Henry Purcell’s stage works and virtuosic Italian concertos that took London by storm in the…

The Sixteen

We round off the year with a special Christmas concert broadcast ‘as live’ from Cadogan Hall in London, weaving six centuries of choral masterpieces into a stunning celebration of music written for the voice.

The Sixteen

Mediaeval carols were for everyone from festivities in the town square or village green to celebrations in church. This programme demonstrates the way these carols have influenced musicians of more recent times, in the historic medievel setting of Kent’s Penshurst Place. Presented by actor Sir Simon Russell Beale, this special series, produced by The Sixteen,…

The Sixteen

Set in Elizabeth I’s childhood home of Hatfield House, the music of William Byrd and Arvo Pärt make for a perfect match. Both spent many years facing adversity and persecution and both sought solace through their sacred music. Presented by actor Sir Simon Russell Beale, this special series, produced by The Sixteen, explores choral music…

A Brief History of Christmas

Acclaimed musicians Chris Green and Sophie Matthews are joined by Jude Rees to present a festive romp through 600 years of Christmas music, songs and carols. Beginning in the Middle Ages and ending in the 20th century, ‘A Brief History of Christmas’ is a whistle-stop tour of the origins of our midwinter festivities. Featuring long-forgotten…

Ensemble Échos

Telemann ‘Paris Quartet’ in A major TWV 43:A1 Five O’Clock Baroque!  Trios and quartets by the giants of the baroque period, Bach, Telemann and Handel.  Recorded before lockdown at St. Helen’s Church in Worcester.

Musicke in the Ayre

Sing, sang, sung: time-telescoped celebration of 12 years of musical inspiration This virtual recital celebrates Musicke in the Ayre’s 12-year relationship with JACKDAWS in deepest Somerset. Their “Sing, sing, sing” course taught by renowned lute-song duo Evelyn Tubb and Michael Fields has been a keystone in the project’s development. This video is a compilation of…

Virtual Sing at Home Messiah

Each December we present a sold-out performance of Handel’s Messiah in the composer’s own church, St.George’s Hanover Square in London’s Mayfair.  This year, because of restrictions around live performances, it will be different; the movements for orchestra and soloists will be performed live in the church, but the choruses will be pre-recorded by partner choirs from around…

The Sixteen

Purcell wrote for court, church, tavern and the place he loved most, the theatre. This programme is set in the Sam Wanamaker Theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe, an amazingly atmospheric space that slightly predates Purcell but feels like the perfect place to revisit his music. Presented by actor Sir Simon Russell Beale, this special series, produced…

Ensemble Échos

Bach, Organ Trio in G major BWV 525 Five O’Clock Baroque!  Trios and quartets by the giants of the baroque period, Bach, Telemann and Handel.  Recorded before lockdown at St. Helen’s Church in Worcester.

The Sixteen

There are surely few composers who can boast a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, let alone one who survived kidnap by pirates on his return journey home! This programme explores one of Spain’s finest Renaissance composers, Francisco Guerrero. Presented by actor Sir Simon Russell Beale, this special series, produced by The Sixteen, explores choral music…

Ensemble Échos

Music for St. Cecilia’s Day: Handel, Trio Sonata in b minor HWV 386 Five O’Clock Baroque!  Trios and quartets by the giants of the baroque period, Bach, Telemann and Handel.  Recorded before lockdown at St. Helen’s Church in Worcester.

Musica Antica

Musica Antica perform love songs from some of the earliest songbooks, printed by Ottaviano Petrucci from 1501 onwards. Collating a tradition of 15th Century music that was sometimes written down, but often improvised, Petrucci left us with one of the greatest musical legacies of the Italian Renaissance, if now all-too rarely heard.

The Sixteen

The first programme in the series focusses on two towering works by Renaissance composers John Sheppard and Richard Davy, performed in the surroundings of Magdalen College Chapel, Oxford where both were resident and wrote their music. Presented by actor Sir Simon Russell Beale, this special series, produced by The Sixteen, explores choral music from across…

Ensemble Hesperi

Mary-Jannet Leith – RecordersThomas Allery – HarpsichordFlorence Petit – Baroque CelloMagdalena Loth-Hill – Baroque Violin You don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch: just head to our Facebook Page at 1pm, and, as soon as we start to stream, the video should pop up in the middle of the page under ‘Videos’ and…

Playford Then & Now

Playford – “The ‘Why’ and ‘How’ of his continuing success today through dances, bands, his London, his contemporaries and choreography. Following the success of the HDS Webinar Talks and the Online Dance Tutorials – both of which can be found on our YouTube channel – we’re delighted to announce the HDS Playford Weekend Festival –…

The Telling in Retreat

Early music group The Telling’s singers Ariane Prüssner and Clare Norburn present an online singalong concert featuring the songs covered in the previous two workshops as well as a few glorious solos. All welcome, no experience necessary and you don’t need to have attended the workshops. Link to join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83647362000(Meeting ID: 836 4736…

LIFEM: Digital

London International Festival of Early Music is one of the world’s largest and most inclusive early music festivals in the world. We produce an annual festival in Blackheath, London, which brings together the world’s largest early music exhibition, live concerts from leading artists, makers’ demonstration recitals, workshops and masterclasses. We have made the positive decision…

Ensemble Hesperi

Mary-Jannet Leith – RecordersThomas Allery – HarpsichordFlorence Petit – Baroque Cello You don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch: just head to our Facebook Page at 1pm, and, as soon as we start to stream, the video should pop up in the middle of the page under ‘Videos’ and you just need to…

The Telling in Retreat

Early music group The Telling’s singer Ariane Prüssner will guide participants through a beautiful Sephardic song to be confirmed. All welcome, no experience necessary. Link to join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83363946082(Meeting ID: 833 6394 6082) You don’t need a webcam and all participants are muted so you can sing without fear!

The Telling in Retreat

Join The Telling singer Ariane as she guides participants through a beautiful medieval song to be confirmed. Link to join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86986111311Meeting ID: 869 8611 1311 You don’t need a webcam and all participants are muted so you can sing without fear!

BREMF@home

BREMF@home – across the EARTH On the last two weekends in October we will present a series of 10 individually devised programmes, merging performance with film, images, animation and presentation, offering something different from the many filmed concert performances we have been able to watch during the lockdown.  We are not restricting viewing with paywalls…

Brecon Baroque Festival 2020 Online

At the heart of our online festival weekend, we are delighted to present The Goldberg Variations Reimagined. The Festival’s Artistic Director, Rachel Podger, has commissioned harpsichordist Chad Kelly to create an ambitious re-imagining of Bach’s Goldberg Variations for nine instruments. Our online festival programme will open on October 23rd, and will première our live film of…

A Glimpse of Earthly Delights

Välkommen! Join us online for this year’s festival concert on the 18th October, celebrating all delights of life at a time when we need it more than ever! In the magical setting of London’s Swedish Church, we will bring you a sensational performance of music and poetry about food, drink, love and all that’s wonderful…

Fretwork Viol Consort

Since its foundation in 1985, the viol consort has helped disseminate and renew a tradition of music formerly little known beyond a small band of specialists, its extraordinary standard of playing wedded to an approach to repertory that has seen it seek out forgotten music as well as commissioning new works from contemporary composers. In…

Angela Hewitt – Piano

Left incomplete on his death in 1750, Bach’s vast contrapuntal work nevertheless stands not only as a monument to his extraordinary abilities in this field but also to his determination to create an exemplar for others to follow. Angela Hewitt’s recording had The Times extolling its ‘radiant majesty and humanity’.

Live music returns to Winchester!

An afternoon recital of lute music from the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, taking the listener on a colourful tour of Italy, Germany, France, Spain and England, exploring their various musical cultures and traditions. The programme ranges from courtly dances and arrangements of popular songs to absorbingly intricate fantasias and the exquisite musical meditations of…

Stour Music Festival Online

This small but beautiful early music festival takes place on the pilgrim trail between Canterbury and Ashford.  It was set up by Alfred Deller in the 1960s. Initially postponed, we are now going ahead with three wonderful early music concerts that will appear online from September 11th-28th and can be enjoyed by anyone with a…

The Telling #HomeTour

The Telling singers Clare Norburn (soprano) and Ariane Prüssner (mezzo and medieval harp) present timeless songs of love and longing from the Sephardic tradition from the Jewish diaspora after their expulsion from Spain in 1492 to a small audience in Stroud Green. Watch via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thetellingmusic/videos Watch via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thetellingmusic Plus, join Ariane for a…

Variazioni Stravaganti

Violinist Maxim Del Mar presents a free concert of music by two of the greatest Austrian composers of the 17th Century, H.I.F. Biber and J.H Schmelzer, whose adoption and transformation of the new Italian style left us with some of the most extraordinary music ever written for the violin. A. Notari (1566 – 1663): Variazioni…

The Telling #HomeTour

Watch on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thetellingmusic/videos Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thetellingmusic The premiere of a brand new story with music from harpist Joy Smith who is also a wonderful storyteller. The Tiller Girl is a beautifully re-imagined folk tale from medieval Italy. A story of the power of a brave and true heart and the unexpected rewards reaped…

The Telling

Online screening of The Telling’s concert/play, Vision The critically acclaimed concert/play by Clare Norburn is reimagined for a very special online screening. Blurring the boundaries of drama/concert, Vision explores the extraordinary life of the visionary medieval abbess Hildegard of Bingen, alongside her haunting and distinctive chant. Vision aims to give an insight into the painful…

Ensemble Hesperi

Mary-Jannet Leith – RecordersThomas Allery – Harpsichord This week it’s Part 2 of our exploration of Thomas Britton, 18th-century London’s extraordinary musical coal merchant! You don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch: just head to our Facebook Page at 1pm, and, as soon as we start to stream, the video should pop up…

The Telling in Retreat

Every Friday at 11am we will bring you a live online workshop or concert via Zoom. Consider it a 30-minute coffee break to escape lockdown and learn something new with some musical enlightenment. Your feedback is invaluable for shaping our future plans. We would be really grateful if you could tell us what you think. It…

Ensemble Hesperi

Mary-Jannet Leith – RecordersThomas Allery – Harpsichord, Organ You don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch: just head to our Facebook Page at 1pm, and, as soon as we start to stream, the video should pop up in the middle of the page under ‘Videos’ and you just need to click play.

The Telling in Retreat

Every Friday at 11am we will bring you a live online workshop or concert via Zoom. Consider it a 30-minute coffee break to escape lockdown and learn something new with some musical enlightenment. Your feedback is invaluable for shaping our future plans. We would be really grateful if you could tell us what you think. It…

The Telling in Retreat

Every Friday at 11am we will bring you a live online workshop or concert via Zoom. Consider it a 30-minute coffee break to escape lockdown and learn something new with some musical enlightenment. Your feedback is invaluable for shaping our future plans. We would be really grateful if you could tell us what you think. It…

Ensemble Hesperi

This week, we’re exploring the music of the French Loeillet family of composers, and there’s plenty of it to choose from! You don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch: just head to our Facebook Page at 1pm, and, as soon as we start to stream, the video should pop up in the middle…

Ensemble Hesperi

So this week, we’re going to be playing “Galant” music – what’s this? Well, the term “galant”, unlike our modern terms “Baroque” and “Classical”, was actually used during from around 1720 to 1770 to describe a style of music that preferred simple and immediately appealing musical features, counteracting the contrapuntal complexity of the late Baroque…

Mary Mohan

As promised, I shall be performing my next livestream lunchtime recital on my Baroque cello. I’ve found some wonderful unaccompanied works, including of course a good dose of JS Bach. To find the event please head to my main Facebook page at 12.30pm BST and the livestream will start.

Ensemble Hesperi

This week, we’re returning “home” to Scottish Early Music, so get ready to tap your toes and be whisked away to the mountains and heather! You don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch: just head to our Facebook Page at 1pm, and, as soon as we start to stream, the video should pop…

The Self-Isolation Choir

At this time of self-isolation, our regular choir rehearsals and concerts have been postponed or cancelled. We wanted to continue to sing, so here is Messiah at Home, in association with www.choraline.com. We have chosen this work in conjunction with ChoraLine because at this time of lock-down, isolation and worry for us all, Messiah is…

Ensemble Hesperi

This week, we’re exploring composers who were associated with hospitals and charities in the 18th century! You don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch: just head to our Facebook Page at 1pm, and, as soon as we start to stream, the video should pop up in the middle of the page under ‘Videos’…

Ensemble Hesperi

You don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch: just head to our Facebook Page at 1pm, and, as soon as we start to stream, the video should pop up in the middle of the page under ‘Videos’ and you just need to click play.

The English Music Festival Online

Several of the artists and speakers who were to have appeared at this year’s Festival have very generously contributed live filmed concerts and talks; and, where this has been impractical to achieve we have compiled radio-style presentations of EM Records discs which reflect as closely as possible the repertoire that was to have formed the…

Ensemble Hesperi

You don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch: just head to our Facebook Page at 1pm, and, as soon as we start to stream, the video should pop up in the middle of the page under ‘Videos’ and you just need to click play.

Gramophone Charity Gala

To support all the musicians whose work has dried up due to the Covid-19 crisis, and who are finding themselves in severe financial difficulty, Gramophone has organised an online gala featuring former Gramophone Classical Music Awards winners. Each artist will introduce and perform a short programme from their own home and viewers will be encouraged to donate to Help…

Ensemble Hesperi

You don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch: just head to our Facebook Page at 1pm, and, as soon as we start to stream, the video should pop up in the middle of the page under ‘Videos’ and you just need to click play.

Ensemble Hesperi

Tom and Mary-Jannet from Ensemble Hesperi will be live from their living room – performing for around half an hour, and chatting with you too! You don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch: just head to their Facebook Page at 1pm, and, as soon as they start to stream, the video should pop…

Ensemble Hesperi

Tom and Mary-Jannet from Ensemble Hesperi will be live from their living room – performing for around half an hour, and chatting with you too! You don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch: just head to their Facebook Page at 1pm, and, as soon as they start to stream, the video should pop…

Linarol Consort

The Linarol Consort of Viols play on instruments based on the earliest surviving viol, a Venetian instrument from around 1540, creating a unique sound quite distinct from the later instruments most commonly known today. This programme will explore the rich diversity of music popular in the Flemish court at the zenith of its ascendency.

Joglaresa

Boogie Knights features Joglaresa’s greatest hits – all delivered with the group’s irrepressible cheeriness, rebellion and, above all, fun! Medieval song is full of surprises – enjoy them with the harp, fidel, percussion and voices of Joglaresa.

In Ecclesiis

This concert is a collaboration between the Oriel Singers from Cheltenham conducted by Ben Sawyer with Worcestershire Early Music – WEM have organised some instrumentalists (violins, cornetts and sackbuts) to join the singers for In ecclesiis – a programme of 17th century polyphonic music from across Europe. The concert will include a reflective first half…

Chris Green & Sophie Matthews

The latest show from acclaimed musicians Chris Green and Sophie Matthews takes in 600 years of musical history in 90 minutes! Beginning in the Middle Ages and ending up in the 20th century (and incorporating everything in between!) this fun and fast-moving show is a whistle-stop tour of Western musical history. A Brief History of…

SoliDeisten

The sextet of Dresden soloists joined together in 2016. The centre of attention for the “SoliDeisten” are Bach’s motets or arias performed as solo – complemented by works from the Renaissance to the Modern Age set for six voices.

Nova

Although they had plenty of other things to worry about – wars, disease, death, heaven and hell – it could be said that human beings in Medieval and Renaissance Europe had a closer relationship than ours with nature and a better understanding of how to live harmoniously within the natural order. This is a programme…

Olwen Foulkes

From 1702, the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane staged vibrant and glittering entertainments of music, dance, and acrobatics during the intervals of spoken plays. Recorder player Olwen Foulkes – accompanied by theorbo and cello – introduces the music and musicians featured in these fashionable interval concerts. The programme includes fiery sonatas by Arcangelo Corelli and…

Cheltenham Coffee Concerts

After their much-loved performance of the English Songbook last year with two extra friends, the Enigma Duo return with the French edition, with an extra friend in tow! Expect more lovely chansons sung to the harp and violin for an aural wander around the French landscape. Free entry and café et torte from 10:30.

London Baroque

Outstanding viol player Charles Medlam and his daughter Hannah, a soprano, are joined by theorbo player Alex McCartney for a programme of 17th century songs and instrumental music from London, Paris and Rome.

Oxford Bach Soloists

JS Bach Bach’s first Christmas in Leipzig comes with an explosion of festive music. After Advent’s ‘tempus clausum’ (closed period), Bach laid on nine major pieces for his singers and instrumentalists to master, including the Magnificat in E flat major, more commonly heard in its later D major version. First performed on Christmas Day in…

Unicorn Singers

This long-established and ever popular event never fails to capture the true Christmas spirit. This year’s great mix of carols ancient and modern will feature recent pieces by Phillip Stopford and Howard Skempton alongside renaissance polyphony and a sequence of hearty folk and Gallery carols that have been passed down to us through the centuries….

Bristol Ensemble

An exquisite evening of music from the golden era of the Baroque and Classical eras including solo soprano arias sung by Mhairi Lawson. As a soloist Mhairi has performed in opera houses and concert halls worldwide including English National Opera, Les Arts Florissants, The Gabrieli Consort and The Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Intricate and flamboyant arias…

The Carnival Band

Seasonal music from Medieval England to ‘le jazz cool’ via Latin rhythms and Cajun beats. The Carnival Band blend the spirit of Christmas with the spirit of celebration the world over to create a delicious Yuletide cocktail. With a cornucopia of instruments and rich vocal harmony, the music includes traditional carols such as I Saw Three Ships and The Boar’s…

Cheltenham Bach Choir

Cheltenham Bach Choir is delighted to be performing “Messiah” this December. With a top-class line-up of soloists and period orchestra, this is the perfect way to kick off your Christmas celebrations. Cheltenham Bach Choir, conducted by David Crown The Musical & Amicable Society Baroque Orchestra Hannah Davey (soprano) Feargal Mostyn Williams (counter-tenor) Daniel Norman (tenor)…

Opus Anglicanum

Opus Anglicanum return to Wells with their most popular sell-out Christmas concert. Thoughtful texts interweave with mediaeval carols and plainchant in the magical candlelit setting of the cathedral quire. Early booking advised

Space Baroque

JENNY BLISS – voice and multi instrumentsbaroque violin * folk harp * renaissance flute * recorder * electric violin * viola da gamba * keyboards * electric double bass OLLIE PARFITT – moog player extraodinaire of ‘The Herbaliser’ and ‘The Heliocentrics’

Opus Anglicanum

Opus Anglicanum will bring their hugely popular Christmas concert to Prior Park College, an event that sells out each year at Wells Cathedral.  Thoughtful texts interweaved with mediaeval carols and plainchant in the magical candlelit setting of the impressive college chapel.

The Handful

The first part of our programme includes treasures from the 16th and 17th centuries including Palestrina Exsultate Deo, Bach Der Geist hilft and Monteverdi Cantate Domino, and mixes these with sparkling gems from more modern composers with Swayne Magnificat, Poulenc Exultate Deo, Cui Magnificat and Rutter Cantate Domino. The second half of our programme moves…

Amarylli

Amarylli return to Elmslie House to perform a feast of carols and festive delights from the 15th and 16th century. Featuring Hannah Grove, soprano and Elizabeth Pallett on lute, guitar, gittern and symphony. Come and join us for some seasonal cheer and a complimentary glass of mulled wine as part of your ticket, as we…

Rudolf Balázs & Elizabeth Kenny

Hungarian-born baroque violinist Rudolf Balázs has paired with Elizabeth Kenny (Director of Performance at the University of Oxford, and professor of Lute at the Royal Academy of Music) , one of Europe’s leading lute players, to present an evening of Italian compositions played by one violin in the early baroque manner accompanied by the theorbo….

The Carnival Band

Seasonal music from Medieval England to ‘le jazz cool’ via Latin rhythms and Cajun beats. The Carnival Band blend the spirit of Christmas with the spirit of celebration the world over to create a delicious Yuletide cocktail. With a cornucopia of instruments and rich vocal harmony, the music includes traditional carols such as I Saw Three Ships and The Boar’s…

Yeovil Chamber Choir

Yeovil Chamber Choir welcomes William McElwee, who is conducting his first concert as our Musical Director Programme includes: Georg Frederic Handel: Messiah (selection) Johann Sebastian Bach: From Christmas Oratorio: And there were shepherds | Break forth O beauteous heavenly light Henry Purcell: King Arthur (selection) Tomás Luis de Victoria: Motet: O magnum mysterium | Missa…

Unicorn Singers

The Unicorn Singers and soloists will join forces with a specialist Cornett and Sackbut ensemble for a unique retelling of the Christmas story. Their sequence of inspirational pieces from the early baroque period will be a terrific feast for the ears! Composers will include Gabrieli, Schütz and Schein, with the 20 part Magnificat by Praetorius…

Paragon Singers

Paragon Singers is joined by soloists and an period orchestra for a special performance of Handel’s masterpiece Dixit Dominus, alongside Dietrich Buxtehude’s Jesu, Meines Lebens Leben and J.S. Bach’s Advent motet Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland.

Exeter Bach Society

Join Exeter Bach Society for a vivid performance of Bach’s great masterpiece, the Mass in B Minor. Widely regarded as one of the greatest pieces of classical music of all-time, this concert officially marks the start of the society’s 25th anniversary.

Mid Wessex Singers

Mozart Spatzenmesse (Sparrow Mass) with choruses from Handel’s Solomon, and music by Bob Chilcott, Orlando Gibbons & Vaughan Williams The Mid Wessex Singers present a delightful bird themed autumn concert, encompassing classic masterpieces by Mozart and Handel, with complementary works ranging from the Tudor composer Orlando Gibbons, to Vaughan Williams and the popular living composer…

Zephyrian Woodwind Orchestra

Zephyrian Woodwind Orchestra, Conductor – Richard Carder Charity Concert for All Saints Renovation, Rock Project & Julian House. Free admission with closing collection – suggested donations over £5. Car park at rear in Lynfield Park. Programme: W.A.Mozart – Symphony 48 in Eb Johann C Bach – Sinfonia 2 in Bb Brahms – Andante from Symphony 2 Scott…

Grand Baroque IV

Blackdowns Early Music Projects is proud to present the fourth in its biennial GRAND BAROQUE series, featuring rarely heard, large works fully deserving a Cathedral setting! Stunning music from C17th century Vienna and Salzburg directed by JanJoost van Elburg with voices, strings, winds, brass, drums. Biber Requiem a 15 & Sances’ Missa Sancta Maria Magdalenae….

Debus, McCartney & Rees

Until the 15th century music was predominantly an aural tradition. However, with the invention of the printing press this tradition began to disappear. Still, some melodies are innately memorable – why? This programme includes music by Caccini, Dowland, Purcell, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Corelli, Marais, Freya Waley-Cohen, and not to forget (most famous of all) Anonymous…

Nova

Scala Regni Caelestis is the name given during the Renaissance period to the first six notes of the musical scale. Because of music’s ability to transport and inspire, the steps of the scale became known as the stairway to heaven. The music stretches from the middle-ages to the 17th Century, and composers include Palestrina, Josquin,…

Bath Camerata

Clare Tunney, sopranoClara Kanter, mezzo sopranoDavid de Winter, tenorDarwin Leonard Prakash, bass Bath CamerataInstruments of Time and TruthBenedict Hoffnung, conductor Bath Camerata joins this world-class Baroque ensemble for the first time in what is sure to be an unforgettable, authentic performance of this well-known and beautiful work.

Tafelmusik

Programme includes music by Handel, Vivaldi, and Locatelli Tafelmusik: translating as ‘music for feasting’, it is a name that, through the revered Toronto-based period performance orchestra, has been synonymous worldwide with dynamic, engaging and soulful performances. Tafelmusik are one of the world’s most widely travelled specialist baroque/classical orchestras, having performed in 350 cities in over 30 countries….

Bristol Ensemble

The Bristol Ensemble unveils its Baroque specialist ensemble for the first time, under the directorship of Adrian Chandler. Adrian will be familiar to St George’s audiences from his performances with La Serenissima and takes over the leadership of Bristol Ensemble Baroque in what will be a vibrant, energetic and thoroughly engaging performance exploring some known…

Exultate Singers

Exultate SingersRichard May celloDavid Ogden conductor Thomas Tallis O Nata LuxRoxanna Panufnik All Shall Be WellKrzysztof Penderecki Agnus DeiNicholas O’Neill This Light of ReasonEric Whitacre Lux AurumqueCecilia McDowall Through a Glass DarklySergei Rachmaninov Nunc dimittis from All-Night VigilJohn Rutter Hymn to the Creator of LightHerbert Howells Requiem On this Remembrance Sunday evening, Bristol’s accomplished chamber choir present a programme of music on the theme of light as…

Apollo5

The international award-winning British vocal ensemble Apollo5 delights audiences with versatile and engaging performances on the concert platform, singing repertoire ranging from renaissance, classical and contemporary choral music to folk, jazz and pop… Their programme will include pieces from their recently released album O Radiant Dawn.

Oxford Bach Soloists

Cantatas for the 19th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd Sundays after Trinity JS Bach The cantatas Bach was writing at this time deal with the theme of Christians rejecting the material world and its temptations so as not to risk losing union with God. Cantata 162 relates to the parable of the royal wedding feast to…

Haydloniant

5.30pm: Cakes, ale, wine, tea, coffee, juices 6pm-7pm: Stunning Music from Renaissance England and Italy Part-songs performed by Hay Madrigals Solo songs by local musician Lucy Green Guest appearances by local musicians:Donald Ellman (harpsichord), Steve Jones (Violin)

Ypotryll

Named after a mythical monster, Ypotryll consists of soprano Karen Jones & multi-instrumentalists Simon Pickard and Rachel Tedd performing medieval music. This concert will feature medieval secular music from C13th to C15th for voice and instruments: Dulcimer, Gemshorn, Clavicembalon and more… Refreshments available after the concert.

Bath Bach Choir

Bath Bach Choir Kate Bunney (saxophone) Marcus Sealy (piano) Nigel Perrin (conductor) Inspired by the going down of the day – both literal and metaphorical – the programme moves from a Renaissance compline to Sullivan’s emotive The Long Day Closes, via Gibbons, Pearsall, Rachmaninov and contemporary favourite Ola Gjeilo. Adding a layer of improvisation over several of…

Mediaeval Moogiverse

With the illustrious KATHERINE BLAKE of ‘Mediaeval Baebes’ on Voice, Recorder and Violin… …OLLIE PARFITT – Moog Synth Player Extraordinaire of ‘The Herbaliser’ and ‘Circulus’… …JENNY BLISS – Early Music Virtuoso and Ethereal Vocals.  “Fantastic” BBC Radio 3.

Improviso

Four accomplished musicians (and former Royal College of Music students) present music from the 17th and 18th centuries including works by Vivaldi, Handel and C.P.E. Bach alongside improvising in styles from the same period.

The Carnival Band

From the riotous pre-Lent carnivals of medieval Europe to the midwinter revelry of the Lord of Misrule, The Carnival Band take us through the year, imaginatively weaving folk, historical and contemporary strands from England and abroad into a rich tapestry of seasonal celebration.

The Sixteen

Our 2019 Choral Pilgrimage brings together music past and present, highlighting The Sixteen’s choral journey over the last 40 years. Our close relationship with Sir James MacMillan continues with a new commission O virgo prudentissima, contrasted with music by Fayrfax performed on our very first recording, alongside music by Wylkynson and Sheppard. These fine examples of English polyphony…

The Carnival Band

From the riotous pre-Lent carnivals of medieval Europe to the midwinter revelry of the Lord of Misrule, The Carnival Band take us through the year, imaginatively weaving folk, historical and contemporary strands from England and abroad into a rich tapestry of seasonal celebration.

Lux Musicae

The origins of flamenco are in shadow. We know its musical influences date back to Islamic Iberia between the 8th and 15th centuries yet the first mention of flamenco by name is not until 1774. What happened in these intervening centuries? In this spellbinding concert, critically acclaimed ensemble Lux Musicae London in collaboration with Flamenco…

The Carice Singers

In a magical way to end the day, the acclaimed Carice Singers perform a programme of ethereally expressive music which views death as only the start of our journey into paradise. Purcell’s Funeral Sentences are followed by Gesualdo’s Responsories for Holy Saturday, Grieg’s Four Psalms (his final composition), and In Paradisum by the Estonian composer Galina Grigorjeva. The Carice Singers gave a…

Dame Sarah Connolly

Under the artistic direction of Harry Bicket, The English Concert has earned a reputation for combining urgency, passion and fire with precision, delicacy and beauty. Their collaborative artistic partners reflect their pursuit for new ways to bring music to life. Joyce DiDonato, Dame Sarah Connolly, Iestyn Davies, and many more have brought their extraordinary skills…

The Sixteen

Our 2019 Choral Pilgrimage brings together music past and present, highlighting The Sixteen’s choral journey over the last 40 years. Our close relationship with Sir James MacMillan continues with a new commission O virgo prudentissima, contrasted with music by Fayrfax performed on our very first recording, alongside music by Wylkynson and Sheppard. These fine examples of English polyphony…

The Sixteen

Our 2019 Choral Pilgrimage brings together music past and present, highlighting The Sixteen’s choral journey over the last 40 years. Our close relationship with Sir James MacMillan continues with a new commission O virgo prudentissima, contrasted with music by Fayrfax performed on our very first recording, alongside music by Wylkynson and Sheppard. These fine examples of English polyphony…

Musicke in the Ayre

Musicke in the Ayre’s second Autumn foray in the Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel straddles the English Channel of the 16th and 17th centuries. Northern songbird Carmel Edwards flies South to sing to Din Ghani’s lute in an exploration of the timeless genre of solo voice with acoustic plucked strings, with songs that would have been…

Oxford Lieder Festival

The 18th Oxford Lieder Festival will explore life, death, and the mysterious areas between and beyond. Sprites and nymphs cause mayhem and mischief, while legends abound from Greco-Roman sagas to the Lorelei and the Erlking. Storytelling with the Crick Crack Club, a ghost tour, a magic show and more all complement the myriad concerts, masterclasses…

The Sixteen

Our 2019 Choral Pilgrimage brings together music past and present, highlighting The Sixteen’s choral journey over the last 40 years. Our close relationship with Sir James MacMillan continues with a new commission O virgo prudentissima, contrasted with music by Fayrfax performed on our very first recording, alongside music by Wylkynson and Sheppard. These fine examples of English polyphony…

Arcangelo

Sandrine Piau sopranoStuart Jackson tenorKonstantin Krimmel baritone Arcangelo is one of the world’s leading ensembles, bringing together exceptional musicians under the baton of Jonathan Cohen. Composed while the young Handel was at the peak of his operatic success in London, the Brockes Passion is a sacred opera by another name. A vivid mixture of chorales, choruses and emotive…

Oxford Bach Soloists

Cantatas for the 14th, 15th, 16th, and 17th Sundays after Trinity JS Bach Throughout the long summer and autumn Trinitarian period, the Lutheran lectionary’s emphasis on sin and sickness in mind and body reaches full tilt in expressions such as ‘The whole world is but a hospital’ in Cantata 25. But Bach’s music is the ‘balm…

Cheltenham Coffee Concerts

The first in the new season of Coffee Concerts at Holy Apostles Church. Hannah Grove (soprano) and Elizabeth Pallett (theorbo and guitar) come to explore Cupid’s powers through the music and poetry of the 17th century. As always, the entrance is free and homemade coffee and cake will be available from 10:30.

The Tallis Scholars

Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars have long been fascinated by how composers from different backgrounds set the same, seminal texts. This programme goes some way towards showing how important and durable plainchant was, from the renaissance period to 20th century Paris; and from territories as far apart as England and Mexico.

VOCES8

Sing Joyfully – a cappella repertoire from the Renaissance to today.​ VOCES8 is delighted to present Sing Joyfully, a programme that celebrates the joy and beauty of voices in harmony. Formed in 2005, this group of eight beautifully integrated solo voices perform a diverse repertoire ranging from the first Elizabethan era to the second. Part…

Armonico Consort

Armonico Consort & Baroque Orchestra The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble Director – Christopher Monks A musical evening capturing the enchanted journey through the extraordinary history of the Papacy – trekking through tales of greatness and intellect, whilst stumbling upon Papal times the church would prefer long forgotten.

Ensemble Hesperi

Be guided through the musical scenery of 18th century Scotland through timeless folk tunes and infectious dance rhythms. Ensemble Hesperi offer an engaging programme based on Scottish Baroque music from Scottish-born composers such as James Oswald and William McGibbon.

*CANCELLED* Lorna Tredget

This event has been cancelled Part of the Vespers @ 6 Recital Series Each recital takes place within the service of Compline, complete with the Medieval plainsong chants for all to sing. Followed by a cheese and wine reception. Retiring collection in aid of the St John Organ Fund.

Ypotryll

A marvellous mix of medieval music for voice and instruments. Soprano Karen Jones, and instrumentalists Rachel Tedd and Simon Pickard, present music from the 14th and 15th centuries, employing a range of reproduction period-instruments.

In Echo

A Musical Revolution The year 1501 changed music for ever. It saw the publication in Venice of the world’s first ever book of printed music. This revolutionary book was called Harmonice Musices Odhecaton – a collection of 96 exquisite pieces by the greatest composers of the age, such as Josquin, Japart, Compere, Isaac and Agricola….

Bygonz

Come and hear instruments, such as pipe and tabor, hurdy-gurdy and bagpipes, which have been part of the popular musical life of this country for centuries, played by musicians wearing the dress of the time. The performance will last 30-40 minutes.

The Sixteen

Our 2019 Choral Pilgrimage brings together music past and present, highlighting The Sixteen’s choral journey over the last 40 years. Our close relationship with Sir James MacMillan continues with a new commission O virgo prudentissima, contrasted with music by Fayrfax performed on our very first recording, alongside music by Wylkynson and Sheppard. These fine examples of English polyphony…

A Venetian Jubilee a 3

Celebrating Strozzi 400 with the gorgeous arias, duets and trios from her birthplace The 400th anniversary of Barbara Strozzi’s birth gives us another reason to indulge in some glorious music from Venice, this time exploiting the potential of 3 sopranos with continuo. The programme includes sacred and secular works by her, together with works by…

A Venetian Jubilee a 3

Celebrating Strozzi 400 with the gorgeous arias, duets and trios from her birthplace The 400th anniversary of Barbara Strozzi’s birth give us another reason to indulge in some glorious music from Venice, this time exploiting the potential of 3 sopranos with continuo. The programme includes sacred and secular works by her, together with works by…

Ensemble Molière

Ensemble Molière are joined by the internationally acclaimed soprano Lauren Lodge-Campbell to present The Wind of Change. This programme presents both the most innovative music and the most popular themes of the baroque era; love, nature and mythology. Be blown away by a selection of Handel opera arias, whipped into a frenzy by Courbois’s stormy…

Ensemble Molière

Ensemble Molière are joined by the internationally acclaimed soprano Lauren Lodge-Campbell to present The Wind of Change. This programme presents both the most innovative music and the most popular themes of the baroque era; love, nature and mythology. Be blown away by a selection of Handel opera arias, whipped into a frenzy by Courbois’s stormy…

The Sixteen

Our 2019 Choral Pilgrimage brings together music past and present, highlighting The Sixteen’s choral journey over the last 40 years. Our close relationship with Sir James MacMillan continues with a new commission O virgo prudentissima, contrasted with music by Fayrfax performed on our very first recording, alongside music by Wylkynson and Sheppard. These fine examples of English polyphony…

Ensemble Molière

Ensemble Molière are joined by the internationally acclaimed soprano Lauren Lodge-Campbell to present The Wind of Change. This programme presents both the most innovative music and the most popular themes of the baroque era; love, nature and mythology. Be blown away by a selection of Handel opera arias, whipped into a frenzy by Courbois’s stormy…

The Sixteen

Our 2019 Choral Pilgrimage brings together music past and present, highlighting The Sixteen’s choral journey over the last 40 years. Our close relationship with Sir James MacMillan continues with a new commission O virgo prudentissima, contrasted with music by Fayrfax performed on our very first recording, alongside music by Wylkynson and Sheppard. These fine examples of English polyphony…

Oxford Bach Soloists

Cantatas for the 11th, 12th, and 13th Sundays after Trinity JS Bach A stirring Sanctus in C major, and three cantatas with big statements: BWV 179 preaches against hypocrisy with marvelous directness; BWV 77 illustrates the second of Jesus’ two commandments recounted in the gospel narratives – to ‘love thy neighbour as thyself’ – in a…

Meridianum Ensemble

The Meridianum Ensemble is a trans-cultural musical collaboration, bringing together musicians from Portugal, the UK and Morocco. The seven musicians bring their individual styles to the mix – Arabic oud from Morocco, Middle-Eastern percussion, original compositions for the Persian santur & Swedish nyckelharpa, Mediaeval music from Europe with hurdy-gurdy and cittern, all inspired by traditional…

Musicke in the Ayre

Lute songs associated with being outside London Soprano Jane Hunt and lutenist Din Ghani discover songs about or by people who are away from the Capital for various reasons such as residence, retirement, rejection, exile, employment, or just an excursion such as a summer progress. Composers include Dowland, Pilkington, Danyel, Lawes, Morley, Ferrabosco and Jones.

Oxford Bach Soloists

Handel – Bach – Scarlatti Handel Eternal Source of Light DivineHandel Water Music Suite No3Bach Coffee CantataScarlatti Salve ReginaHandel Messiah (excerpts)Handel Jeptha: Waft her Angels through the SkiesBach Easter Oratorio (excerpts)Bach Cantata no181 (Final chorus) Oxford Bach Soloists welcomed as guests of the Bath Recitals: ‘A Thousand Years of Baroque‘ in celebration of the opulence and grandeur…

William Pert (Organ)

Praeludium und Fuge e-Moll (BWV 548) ‘The Wedge’Johann Sebastian Bach Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr (BWV 676)Johann Sebastian Bach​ Vers l’espérance (Trois Poèmes/III)Thierry Escaich​ Nun ruhen alle WälderJacques van Oortmerssen​ Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d’AlainMaurice Duruflé​

Passacaglia Duo

Annabel Knight RecordersRobin Bigwood Harpsichord As part of this year’s Woodhouse Advanced Recorder Course, Annabel and Robin will perform music from across the centuries for recorders and harpsichord, exploring the theme of change and transformation. The old and the new jostle together in this fascinating mix of works including early pieces by Josquin, Van Eyck and Blavet,…

Alison McGillivray

A welcome return for Alison McGillivray, following her concert for us in 2017, to play Bach’s cello suites 2, 3 and 5 together with some more Scots tunes. Alison is a cellist and viola da gamba player who is regularly heard playing with Concerto Caledonia, The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments, Rachel Podger’s Brecon…

Glevum Consort

The Glevum Consort look back to Llanthony Secunda Priory’s 13th-century heyday, when texts such as the Old English Edi Beo Thu, now commonly known as the Llanthony Carol, were housed within its walls. The concert traces the history of medieval Gloucester through music, arriving at Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices, which in this intimate setting…

Papagena

Stunning a cappella vocal quintet Papagena explore the full gamut of close harmony music from the 11th to the 21st century. From sacred hymns and ancient madrigals, to inventive arrangements of Guns N’ Roses, Imogen Heap and Joni Mitchell, this is sure to be a brilliant evening of entertainment.

Three Choirs Festival – Israel in Egypt

One of Handel’s most dramatic and exciting oratorios, Israel in Egypt tells the biblical story of the Israelites’ slavery in Egypt and their escape across the Red Sea. The ten plagues descending on the Egyptians are astoundingly descriptive: pelting hail and the buzzing flies and locusts are vividly conjured in sound. This arrangement by Mendelssohn, created for his own large chorus, has never been…

La Calisto – Francesco Cavalli

After Monteverdi, Cavalli was Venice’s leading composer. His strikingly expressive La Calisto is based on the mythical story from Greek legend. This is a comic yet poignant tale of twisted relationships between gods, women and men, in which Juno, jealous of Jupiter’s desire, turns Calisto into a bear. La Calisto is our Young Artist production…

Carole Cerasi – Rivals

Playing contests are documented between Louis Marchand and JS Bach, and between Handel and Domenico Scarlatti. Scarlatti was judged possibly superior to Handel on the harpsichord, although inferior on the organ – and Marchand disappeared in the morning, perhaps having heard Bach and knowing he would lose! Carole’s programme will include Bach’s Italian Concerto, suites…

Dartington Summer School

CoursesEach week of Summer School features more than 30 courses, encompassing a wide range of styles, disciplines and abilities. Courses run for 6 days (Sunday – Friday), most lasting for 1 session (90 mins) per day. There are 4 sessions in a day (9am, 11am, 2pm, 3.30pm), allowing each participant to build a timetable personalised…

The Tallis Scholars

Salve reginaChant: Salve ReginaPalestrina: Salve ReginaPadilla: Salve ReginaPoulenc: Salve ReginaLassus: Salve ReginaCornysh‎: Salve Regina Interval MiserereAllegri: MiserereTomkins: Have mercy upon me (4) O sacrum conviviumTallis: O sacrum conviviumMessiaen O sacrum convivium MagnificatByrd: Short MagnificatVictoria: Magnificat for double choir

Jed Hughes (Organ)

Inspired at the age of eight on hearing an organ, Jed began lessons with Henry Fairs at the Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Department. Between 2011 – 2015 Jed consecutively won the ‘Under 17 Repertoire’ in the Bristol Eisteddfod Organ Class gaining either a Distinction or Outstanding appraisal. He has performed in concerts at St. Chad’s Birmingham,…

Zalifenta

Part of the Vespers @ 6 Recital Series Each recital takes place within the service of Compline, complete with the Medieval plainsong chants for all to sing. Followed by a cheese and wine reception. Retiring collection in aid of the St John Organ Fund.

Bach and Beyond

This concert is in memory of poet Edward Storey, chairman of Friends of St Michael’s and neighbour of the church. Ruth Watson and David Ponsford gave many concerts in the early years in aid of the restoration of our beautiful church and return once again with David’s daughter-in-law, the soprano Alison Hill to give a…

Catherine King and Frances Kelly

Exquisite songs of love, passion and devotion from the visionary medieval abbess, Hildegard of Bingen, to Francesca Caccini at the 17th century court of the Medici in Italy. Catherine and Frances have enjoyed performing together for many years. Internationally renowned with a broad experience of performing and recording in all genres but particularly in the…

Chandos Singers

The Chandos Singers, conducted by Malcolm Hill, are one of Bath’s leading chamber choirs. This concert of European works focuses on Henry Purcell (1659-1695), covering his own works together with pieces by composers who influenced him or who were influenced by him. The Purcell works included are the Te Deum written for St Cecilia’s Day…

Ypotryll

Named after a mythical monster, Ypotryll consists of soprano Karen Jones & multi-instrumentalists Simon Pickard and Rachel Tedd. Ypotryll will be performing medieval music for visitors to the Morning Room, formerly the Chapel of St Mary.  The program will include English and European music from the 13th and 14th centuries for voice and instruments –…

Blackdowns Early Music Projects

New for 2019, a Spring Festival comprising four contrasting concerts *** Next Concert Sunday 9th June at 6.45pmWellington School Chapel TA21 8NTGuest choir Bartholomew Consort of Oxford with Musical Director JanJoost van Elburg. ‘Komm, Heiliger Geist’ music by Johann Walter and the Bach family. *** Previous Concerts Sunday 19th May at 6.30pmChurch of St John…

Monteverdi Vespers of 1610

The Erebus Ensemble, Figo and the Clifton Festival Chamber Choir, under the direction of Tom Williams, perform Monteverdi’s 1610 setting of the Office of Vespers. Expect musical fireworks as this vibrant line-up of young musicians uses the splendour of Clifton Cathedral to convey this cornerstone work in the Cori Spezzati style. Book via the Colston…

Solomon’s Knot

JS BachKomm Jesu, kommJesu, meine FreudeLobet den Herrn interspersed with movements from solo cello Suite No 5 in C minorFürchte dich nichtSinget dem Herrn interspersed with movements from solo cello Suite No 6 in D major This is a welcome return for Solomon’s Knot, who impressed so much with their performance of Bach’s Mass in…

Vivaldi: Four Seasons by Candlelight

Clifton International Festival of Music’s Ensemble-in-Residence, Figo, perform Vivaldi”s timeless masterpiece, The Four Seasons, in a candlelit Clifton Cathedral. Join this explosive young ensemble as they present Vivaldi”s magnum opus and enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace during the interval as the sun sets on Clifton in this late evening concert. Book via…

Let Trumpets Sound

Crispian Steele-Perkins and James Gough present an evening of music for Trumpet and Organ, complete with demonstrations of early forms of Trumpet by one of the world’s greatest exponents of the instrument. Music to include: Works by Jeremiah Clarke, Henry Purcell and J. S. Bach and a new commission by Bristol-based composer, David Bednall. Book…

Frantisek Brikcius

Part of the Vespers @ 6 Recital Series 6pm recital including Bach’s 5th suite for unaccompanied cello in C minor; followed by Compline with all the traditional chants, and a wine and cheese reception. Admission free, retiring collection in aid of the St.John’s organ fund. Recital Poster

Purbeck Arts Week

The Gabrieli Consort opens the Festival with a magnificent programme of choral music from the four 20th Century Coronations. English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble close the Festival with a programme of 16th and 17th century music written to surprise and delight audiences.

Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir

Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir with Salisbury Baroque Handel • Alexander’s Feast Salisbury BaroqueLeader • Theresa Caudle In 1761 musicians from Salisbury travelled to join singers in Wimborne to perform Alexander’s Feast for the Friendly Society of Wimborne Minster. As part of a day of celebration of Wimborne’s heritage we are recreating this event, with the period instrument orchestra Salisbury Baroque.

Tudor Fest

Informal music events with Courtlye Musick and friends including Ars Nova from Cherbourg. Join us to hear music from Dufay to Dowland, from saxes to sackbuts, or take the opportunity for a chat in French.

I Fagiolini

Composers featured include Josquin, Victoria, Tallis, Monteverdi, Bach. Robert Hollingworth – DirectorMartin Kemp – Art Historian & Presenter This very day – 2 May 2019 – marks the 500th anniversary of the death of ‘Renaissance Man’, polymath Leonardo da Vinci. Known primarily for his art and inventions, Leonardo’s first job away from Florence was as…

Syrinx – Blast from the Past

This concert is part of the Totnes Early Music Society Season 2018/19. Music for shawms, dulcians, oboes and bassoons from this outstanding wind band, a guaranteed good night! From 14th-18th century, wind music could be heard everywhere from grand state occasions to the humblest village dance. Syrinx aim to recreate this impressive tradition playing shawms,…

Ensemble Hesperi

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Ensemble Hesperi will present their expanded project ‘The Pheasant’s Eye’ at the Three Towers Festival in 2019, with Kathleen Gilbert, Highland dancer.

Bath Camerata

James MacMillan – Data est mihi omnis potestas, Lux aeterna, Benedicamus Deum caeliJS Bach – Der Geist hilft BWV 226JS Bach – Komm Jesu, Komm BWV 229Friedrich – Cerha Vier Hölderlin-FragmenteSchütz – Quid commisisti, o dulcissime puer SWV56-60MacMillan – Miserere Bath Camerata, under their musical director Benjamin Goodson, presents a powerful and reflective programme of…

The Musical & Amicable Society, with Hannah Grove

Kate Fawcett (violin), Henrik Persson (cello), Martin Perkins (keyboard) with Hannah Grove (soprano) On the Saturday of the Easter weekend, enjoy reflective music by Purcell, Humfrey, Handel and others including works from the Harmonia Sacra collections, with instrumental music from the period. Kate Fawcett and Martin Perkins revived the original Musical and Amicable Society, founded…

Reflections for Good Friday

David Stancliffe, former Bishop of Salisbury, brings worshippers and music lovers together in experiencing the Passion of Christ through the theology and musical imagination of J S Bach. Reflections for Good Friday around a period-instrument performance of the Passion by the Bishops’ Consort, leader Alice Poppleton. With Charlotte La Thrope (soprano), Laura Baldwin (alto), Chris…

Cheltenham Coffee Concerts

Back by popular demand: an evening special hosted by Cheltenham Coffee Concerts!In a one-off Coffee Concert special we present the mesmerising Trois Leçons de Ténèbres by François Couperin, sung by Hannahs Davey and Grove and accompanied by Warwick Cole and David Hatcher. This mellifluous music promises a spellbinding evening of meditation this Maundy Thursday. Because…

Ex Cathedra

Ex Cathedra Consort & Baroque Orchestra:Jeffrey Skidmore – ConductorCharles Daniels – EvangelistMarcus Farnsworth – JesusLawrence White – Pilate Monumental and yet grippingly immediate, Bach’s St Matthew Passion tells the profound drama of Christ’s last days with music of aching beauty. Every musical possibility is used to express and sustain an extraordinary range of feelings: love,…

Marian Consort

Play by Clare NorburnDirected by Nicholas RentonLighting Design by Natalie Rowland and Pitch Black Lightingwith Gerald Kyd Actor BREAKING THE RULES is part concert/part one-man play, exploring the extraordinary life and music of Carlo Gesualdo. Gesualdo is today best known for his distinctive musical voice and idiosyncratic compositional style, and was admired by figures as…

Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir

A concert in association with Milton Abbey Heritage Trust Programme to include:Allegri • MiserereVictoria • Tenebrae ResponsesLamentations and other music for Holy Week Join us in a programme of music for the days leading up to Easter particularly suited to the acoustic and ambience of Milton Abbey. During the service of Tenebrae on Good Friday the candles…

Glevum Consort

The Glevum Consort present a concert of music for Lent and Holy week, including Thomas Tallis’ Lamentations of Jeremiah. This time of the year in the church has produced some of the most thought-provoking and poignant music from many great composers. Enjoy wonderful music in the atmospheric surroundings of Gloucester Cathedral’s stunning 15th Century Lady…

Hay Music: Dancing with Bach

J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin are among the most exceptional pieces for unaccompanied violin and were modelled on some of the most populars dances of the baroque era. Find out about the dances Bach used, how he adapted them and the origins of his inimitable style. We will explore the history of the genre…

Bristol Bach Choir

Nicholas Mulroy – Evangelist TenorDingle Yandell – ChristusJames Newby – PilatusEmilia Morton – SopranoRebecca Afonwy-Jones – Mezzo SopranoKieran White – Tenor Canzona Baroque Ensemble:Theresa Caudle – LeaderChristopher Finch – Conductor One of the greatest choral works of all time, the St John Passion has been described as a deeply human, intensely dramatic telling of Christ’s…

Cheltenham Coffee Concerts

This Easter, don’t miss the opportunity of hearing a rare performance of Bach’s St Luke Passion as performed by the man himself in 1730. It promises to be a real treat performed by familiar faces to coffee concerts goers and with Rob Waters once more as the evangelist. Coffee and cake served as usual and…

Cheltenham Coffee Concerts

This Easter, don’t miss the opportunity of hearing a rare performance of Bach’s St Luke Passion as performed by the man himself in 1730. It promises to be a real treat performed by familiar faces to coffee concerts goers and with Rob Waters once more as the evangelist. Coffee and cake served as usual and…

Exeter Bach Society Cantata BWV 182

Join Exeter Bach Society for a liturgical performance of J S Bach’s beautiful cantata ‘Himmelskönig, sei willkommen’ (BWV 182) with orchestral accompaniment. Cantata BWV 182 was one of the earliest works written in Weimar and is thus one of Bach’s earliest cantatas. The title ‘Himmelskönig, sei willkommen’ is translated roughly as ‘King of Heaven, Welcome!’…

Bach Cantatas

Bach Cantatas:Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden (BWV 230)Christ lag in Todesbanden (BWV 4)Ich habe genug (BWV 82) Felicity Turner – mezzo-sopranoCheltenham Bach ChoirRobin Baggs – accompanistDavid Crown – conductor Part of the Cheltenham Bach Choir Spring Festival of the Baroque Join us for this afternoon programme of Bach cantatas sung by the Cheltenham Bach Choir…

Exultate Singers

Conductor David Ogden Bristol’s Exultate Singers and the internationally renowned early music ensemble His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts join forces again for a celebration of European baroque choral and instrumental music. Opening with music from 16th century Venice, the performers take a musical tour around the cathedrals and musical powerhouses of Europe, exploring the evocative,…

VOCES8

The British vocal ensemble VOCES8 is now established as one of the most versatile and best loved singing groups.Touring extensively throughout Europe, North America and Asia, the ensemble perform a repertory from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary commissions and arrangements. Programme This will feature composers Byrd, Britten, Rachmaninov and composer-in residence Jonathan Dove. They will also…

Vision

This exciting multimedia experience of light, song, music and storytelling is an atmospheric candlelit show with an imagined narrative by Hildegard of Bingen as she looks back at her life, alongside performance of her mesmeric chant.

Phoenix Recorder Orchestra

Our concert will explore the sound of the recorder world, with a programme including music from the 15th to the 20th century, from Wylkynson to Paul Clark. The orchestra is based in the Gloucester area, but players travel from as far afield as Cornwall and Rugby to meet and share their love of the recorder. …

Sherborne Chamber Choir

Journey with us to explore just a little of the vast treasury of music written in the two hundred years following the discovery of the Americas, which, surprisingly, still remains little explored in today’s global age. The establishment of Christianity and the Roman Catholic Church happened very quickly, and with it, the composition of much…

Glevum Consort

Recently reformed, the Glevum Consort is Gloucestershire’s premiere professional vocal ensemble. Specialising in music from the Renaissance, their sound and repertoire are perfectly suited to the glorious College Chapel.

Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir

Tallis • Spem in AliumRoth • Earthrise An opportunity to hear Spem in Alium is always a special occasion. In this wonderful work for eight separate 5-part choirs, Tallis demonstrates that he is more than a match for any continental composer of the period. It is only in live performance that you appreciate Tallis’s skill, as each of the 40 voices…

Empowered Women Trilogy Festival

Blurring the boundaries of what a concert is, The Telling bring you three intimate “concert-theatre” pieces to mark International Women’s Day 2019, transporting you back in time through plaintive ballads, lively dance music and dramatic narrative. The Empowered Women Trilogy celebrates the lives of three extraordinary women who defy the strictures of their time and…

The Songmen – A Capella Group

With ‘Faith, Folk and Frivolity’, The Songmen present a journey through the genres, taking you from some of the finest in renaissance polyphony including Byrd and Palestrina, through contemporary sacred music with settings by members of the group, vivid, humourous, and engaging madrigals featuring Clément Janequin’s epic ‘La Guerre’, original takes on familiar folks songs,…

The Birth of Virtuosity

Join local violinist Alice Earll for an evening of fantastical music and lively discussion! Find out what happens when musicians are left to their own devices, why almost all the Cornetto players died (and what a Cornetto is, there’s more than just one…), and the weird and wonderful ways you can play a violin. Alice will be joined…

The Birth of Virtuosity

Join local violinist Alice Earll for an evening of fantastical music and lively discussion! Find out what happens when musicians are left to their own devices, why almost all the Cornetto players died (and what a Cornetto is, there’s more than just one…), and the weird and wonderful ways you can play a violin. Alice will be joined…

Piva – The Renaissance Collective

Formed in 2002 Piva have firmly established themselves as a leading early music ensemble. Playing throughout the UK and across Europe, the group has gained a reputation for their lively performances and entertaining shows. Bagpipes, hurdy gurdies, recorders, viol, curtals, rauschpfeifen, crumhorns, shawms, violin – members of Piva are multi-instrumentalists bringing together the sounds and…

Vespers @ 6

A recital of organ music played by Christopher Martin Thomas within the service of Compline, with the medieval plainsong chants for all to sing. Followed by a cheese and wine reception. Retiring collection in aid of the St.John’s organ fund.

Awake Thou Wintry Earth

This concert is part of the Totnes Early Music Society Season 2018/19. This exciting recorder duo play music from Monteverdi to Handel, with theorbo player Toby Carr. A programme to inspire thoughts of spring from deep in the winter! Tabea Debus and Olwen Foulkes are joined by theorbo player Toby Carr in a programme which…

Tallis Voices

Regina coeli; a capella renaissance music and readings celebrating the Virgin Mary. Proceeds in aid of the Cathedral Chorister Trust. Tickets £10, available from the cathedral shop or by post from Dr CR Lovell, Green Farm Cottage, The Green, Farmborough, Bath BA2 0BA (please enclose s.a.e.).

Mr Gainsborough the music enthusiast of Bath

Galliarda – Sara Stowe (harpsichord, forte piano, soprano), Ibi Aziz (baroque cello, viola da gamba), Matthew Spring (early guitars, lute), Kate Alsop (baroque violin, recorder). This concert explores the music world that Thomas Gainsborough experienced during his Bath years (1759-74). Gainsborough was fascinated not only by musicians but also by their instruments – often acquiring…