Paragon Singers

An exploration of sacred music from the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I, including music by Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, Thomas Morley and John Taverner.

Gloucester Choral Society

Perhaps one of Bach’s best choral masterpieces, the telling of the Passion of Christ as written in the gospel of John is always a beautiful and poignant concert during the Lent period.

Baroque String Workshop

Tutor: Alison Townley Suitable for adult players. Intermediate onwards.  Alison is particularly looking for more upper strings. Baroque Bows available to hire for the workshop and long term. 2019/2020 workshop dates: 13th October 10th November 9th February 8th March

Rosafresca

Rosafresca (Steve Walter and Emily Nunns) will perform Elizabethan lute songs to include Dowland, Campion, Johnson and Rosseter.

Cheltenham Coffee Concerts

We’re delighted to welcome back the glittering CBSO Baroque Ensemble in a programme for flute and strings by Bach and his contemporaries – because you can never quite have enough of Bach, especially not with free admission and coffee and cake from 10:30!

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…

Music, Masonry and Manuscripts

Tutor: Mark Cottle The music, architecture and manuscript illumination of medieval England are among the greatest acheievements of any period of English cultural history. The aim of the lecture is to open a window onto this remarkable world to capture something of the essence of its religion and secular music, its Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals…

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…

Continuum

Liz Walker, Sebastian Comberti and Michael Overbury return to present a timeless collection of solo chamber works for flute, cello and harpsichord.

Baroque Dance Workshop

This workshop will focus on a dance from an original 18th century notation, the emphasis will be on the movement quality required for the style, technique and performance of the steps within the dance. Not suitable for beginners as previous dance experience is necessary if unsure please contact Philippa. Saturday venue:Claverton Down Community Hall, Bath,…

PIVA – Real Roots!

We’re delighted to be welcoming Piva back to Halsway for a fifth course exploring the Real Roots! of folk music, both the music and the instruments. Discover the world of late 16th century popular traditional music as heard in both court and country. The focus of the course will be playing 4 or 5 part…

Solo recital by Din Ghani on lutes etc.

Lutenist/luthier Din Ghani (better known as founder/leader of Musicke in the Ayre) will give a recital of solo pieces from England, Spain, Italy and France on a number of his own instruments: a 7-course renaissance lute, two 6-course vihuelas, an archlute and a baroque guitar. Tea and cake available from the venue’s café – the…

Viol Consorts Workshop

This weekend will fill Hawkwood with beautiful music, with expert coaching throughout. Primarily for pre-formed consorts, individuals will be accepted on condition that a compatible group can be formed. There will be the opportunity to work from facsimile music on renaissance instruments, too. Expect to be stretched and encouraged in your practice within a supportive…

The City Musick

Explore the rich and varied repertoire of musicians from court and city in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, for wind and brass instruments: cornett, sackbut, shawm, dulcian, recorder and crumhorn. Music will come from the part books associated with major European courts including that from the English court of James I and Charles…

Hurdy Gurdy Weekend

Guaranteed to be one of Halsway’s noisiest weekends, this popular Hurdy-Gurdy takeover is a brilliant opportunity to get together with some of the best of Europe’s players in an intensive learning weekend of masterclasses, workshops, sessions and a Saturday night concert/dance.

Stroud Canal Choir with Ypotryll

Stroud Canal Choir, directed by Hugh Barton with Clemency Rubinstein (Flute) and Ypotryll Medieval Trio A sequence of music and poetry including Monteverdi, Purcell, Medieval song, Britten, Barton, Josquin.

Baroque String Workshop

Tutor: Alison Townley Suitable for adult players. Intermediate onwards.  Alison is particularly looking for more upper strings. Baroque Bows available to hire for the workshop and long term. 2019/2020 workshop dates: 13th October 10th November 9th February 8th March

Dorset Bach Cantata Club

The Dorset Bach Cantata Club meets for three weekends each year at Sturminster Newton High School. The Club provides a unique opportunity for amateur choral singers to study, rehearse and perform these inspiring, deeply spiritual, joyous works. *** Cantata BWV 45: Es ist dir gesagt, Mensch, was gut ist Cantata BWV 123: Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen Albinoni: Oboe Concerto…

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.

Recorder Orchestra Weekend

Recorders@plymouth are back for their annual visit to Halsway Manor, offering an opportunity to explore the huge diversity of recorder orchestra repertoire. The recorder orchestra will be led by a professional conductor to enable players to develop their playing to a better standard, in a supportive environment with convivial company!

Exeter Bach Society

Join Exeter Bach Society for a liturgical performance of J S Bach’s beautiful septuagesima cantata Ich hab’ in Gottes Herz und Sinn, BWV 92, with orchestral accompaniment.

Facsimile for Advanced Recorder Players

The course is aimed at advanced recorder players who would like to learn about playing music from facsimile and a little prior knowledge of facsimile is necessary.  For light relief, there may also be some playing sessions using conventional notation!

Tea Dance

Our Tea Dance at the lovely Lion Ballroom in Leominster is now an annual event – with live music and a caller, it’s a great way to warm up a chilly January afternoon so book your tickets, dress up in your Georgian finery and join us!

Historical Dance in Tudor Mansion

Learn 16thC dance music from England and France, marking the 500th anniversary of the Field of the Cloth of Gold. Play or dance the same pieces in the afternoon. Led by experienced musician and Historical Dance Society tutor. Wear costume or elegant clothes if you wish, for dancing – not mandatory. No partner needed. Light…

Historical Dance in Tudor Mansion

Get active with 16thC dances from England, Italy and France: from fast to slow, simple to complex. Taught by experienced Historical Dance Society tutor. Live music on period instruments by early music trio Doves Figary. Wear costume if you wish, or elegant clothes – not mandatory. No previous experience or partner needed. Light flexible footwear…

Historical Dance in Tudor Mansion

Learn 16thC dances from England, Italy and France: from fast to slow, simple to complex. Taught by experienced Historical Dance Society tutor. Recorded music used (historically informed performance); some dances repeated with live music on period instruments, same venue, afternoon of Sat 11 and Sun 12 Jan. No costume or partner needed. Light flexible footwear…

Cheltenham Coffee Concerts

After too long, much longer than they care to remember, Jonathan Morgan (flute), David Hatcher (viola da gamba) and Warwick Cole (harpsichord) reunite to play together once again. Programme details to follow! Coffee and cake as always available with free entry from 10:30.

Historical Dance in Tudor Mansion

A class taught by experienced Historical Dance Society tutor Ann Hinchliffe, on a variety of 16thC dances from slow to fast and simple to complex. No previous experience needed; no costume or partner needed. Light flexible footwear advised, and warm clothes; class is in unheated Library, as seen on TV in Wolf Hall. Recorded music…

Corsham Winter School for Choral Singers

A week of music-making for choral singers in the Wiltshire town of Corsham, on the southern reaches of the Cotswolds. We rehearse every day in the morning and late afternoon with a specialist conductor for a concert at the end of the course. The Winter School is a tradition dating back to 1990; in the…

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…

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…

The Haydn Collective

Music for advent including young violinist Olivia Tresize: Bach Cantata BWV 140 – Wachet Auf Corelli Concerto Grosso Op 6. No. 8 (Christmas) Haydn Violin Concerto in G Schutz Machet die tore weit M. Haydn Universi qui expectant

West Barok Singers & Players

This petit ensemble will present an evening of baroque gems, including Buxtehude – Der Herr Ist Mit Mir; Corelli – Concerto Grosso Op. 6 n.8 (Christmas Concerto) & Handel – Dixit Dominus.

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….

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…

Cheltenham Coffee Concerts

Coffee Concert regulars the Oriel Singers return with mellifluous music to usher in the Advent season. Expect plenty of seasonal treats, both familiar and surprising. There will be warming hot drinks and cake and free entry from 10:30.

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…

Axminster Chamber Choir

A concert tracing the epic journey of Renaissance composer Francisco Guerrero from his home in Spain to the city of Jerusalem. Featuring music by Guerrero and by his contemporaries

Baroque Dance Workshop

The workshop will be for Improvers, Intermediate and Advanced levels, and attendance is possible either for the whole weekend or just on Saturday. Saturday venue:Claverton Down Community Hall, Bath, BA2 6DT Saturday evening & Sunday venue:Monkton Combe Village Hall, Bath, BA2 7EX

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,…

The Winkleigh Singers & Artavian Baroque

The combined choirs of The Artavian Singers and The Winkleigh Singers, together with The Artavian Baroque Orchestra perform Charpentier’s Enthronement of a Bishop Mass for 4 choirs composed in the 16th century. Conducted by John Marston.

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.

Recorder Weekend

Work with one of the foremost teachers and performers of this instrument to explore the vibrant and varied world of the recorder; solo and consort, ancient and modern. Anna Stegmann, a Royal Academy professor, will offer individual coaching in a friendly masterclass format, group lessons on general technique, as well as the opportunity to 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….

Violin Making

The violin making workshops are extremely popular at Halsway Manor; some of the participants have been coming back year after year. The workshop gives maximum continuous time at the workbench supported by Neville Gardner, who has been teaching violin making for twenty years. He is joined by Corrie Schrijver to ensure that there is a…

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…

Recorders For All 2019

With a professional conductor and aimed at a more advanced level of playing, being able to play a bass recorder of some description is essential. All participants are expected to frequently change instruments through the course to give everyone the opportunity to play a variety of recorders. This course will focus on canons and fugues.

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…

Baroque String Workshop

Tutor: Alison Townley Suitable for adult players. Intermediate onwards.  Alison is particularly looking for more upper strings. Baroque Bows available to hire for the workshop and long term. 2019/2020 workshop dates: 13th October 10th November 9th February 8th March

Queen Elizabeth – Her Musicke

Tutor: Colin Booth Queen Elizabeth I did not let matters of state prevent her from enjoying two favourite activities: hunting – and music and dancing. This course will examine what that music was, and what dances she preferred.

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.

Alison Howell – Organ Recital

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.

Cheltenham Coffee Concerts

Hannah Davey joins the Corelli Ensemble to perform Bach’s lovely Wedding Cantata and an extra concerto by a Princess, Wilhelmine von Beyreuth. This will surely feel like a special occasion with the usual free entry and homemade coffee and cake from 10:30.

Gregorian Chant

Come and learn to read the old notation and enjoy singing masses, hymns and canticles and appreciate why the music was written the way it was and how perfectly the notes colour the words.

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…

Come and Sing – Handel

Join Sarah Latto and Paragon Singers for a workshop singing music by George Frideric Handel, one of the greatest Baroque composers. Focusing on his choral masterpiece ‘Dixit Dominus’, learn about ensemble work, Baroque phrasing and the context of Handel’s life alongside work on vocal technique and health.

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.

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…

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…

Baroque String Workshop

Tutor: Alison Townley Suitable for adult players. Intermediate onwards.  Alison is particularly looking for more upper strings. Baroque Bows available to hire for the workshop and long term. 2019/2020 workshop dates: 13th October 10th November 9th February 8th March

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…

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Beethoven tells you what it’s like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you what it’s like to be human.  Bach tells you what it’s like to be the universe.” Douglas Adams Marvel at our extraordinary universe and the beauty of Bach’s music with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s new concert series for curious…

Box&Fir with Rogers Covey-Crump

Popular Spanish music from street & stage In an enchanting programme specially researched by Ian Gammie, featuring renowned tenor Rogers Covey-Crump, the music explores the age-old themes of love, joy and sadness in songs accompanied by early instruments.

Dorset Bach Cantata Club

The Dorset Bach Cantata Club meets for three weekends each year at Sturminster Newton High School. The Club provides a unique opportunity for amateur choral singers to study, rehearse and perform these inspiring, deeply spiritual, joyous works. *** Cantata BWV 11: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen Cantata BWV 34: O ewiges Feuer, O Ursprung der Liebe

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…

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.

Gabrieli Recorder Workshop

Gabrieli’s 2 and 3 choir canzonas are masterpieces of polychoral music full of light and shade, grandeur, dancing rhythms and singing melodies. During the course of the day, we will study, in depth, some of the finest of these. As well as conducting, the tutor will give some historical and musical background to this fascinating…

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.

Baroque Playing Day

The day is for string players (violin, viola, ‘cello and bass viol), wind players (recorders, flute, oboe and bassoon) solo voice and continuo (keyboard and plucked instruments). We will be playing chamber music in various combinations, mainly trio sonatas, quartets & quintets with continuo and we will try and include larger works when possible.

Tetbury Music Festival

The Tetbury Music Festival was founded in 2003 by Graham Kean and Elise Smith and brings to Tetbury the finest musicians you are likely to hear outside of the great concert halls of the world. They perform in the extraordinarily beautiful parish church of Tetbury, St Mary’s Church.  An early and fine example of Georgian…

*CANCELLED* Workshop for Singers

Sadly we have had to cancel this workshop, as the current number of applications suggests that numbers are not going to be viable.  Thanks to Maya Pieris for all the work she has put in to planning and promoting the workshop. Join in a day of singing music from the Renaissance onwards, sacred and secular. The…

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.

Autumn Voices, Viols and Recorders

An ensemble course for experienced players of early instruments with Michael Sharman. Recorders, viols, baroque oboe, flute, violin, viola, ‘cello, and also cornett, cornamuse, sackbut and curtal all welcome.

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…

Gloucester Waites

A programme of music of the 1500s from the Low Countries played on historical instruments from the 16th and 17th centuries. The performance lasts about 40 minutes.

An afternoon in the 1500s

Take part in pavan dances from the Mulliner Book and other Elizabethan favourites, fast and slow, led by Anne Daye, Director of Research with the Historical Dance Society [previously Dolmetsch HDS]. Includes special seminar by Dr Daye on researching the Mulliner and other dances. All abilities welcome; no partner needed nor previous experience. Flexible footwear…

Violin Making

The violin making workshops are extremely popular at Halsway Manor; some of the participants have been coming back year after year. The workshop gives maximum continuous time at the workbench supported by Neville Gardner, who has been teaching violin making for twenty years. He is joined by Corrie Schrijver to ensure that there is a…

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…

The Sixteen

Our Oxford choral workshop is led by choral conductor and member of The Sixteen Robert Evans, and singer and practical scholar Sally Dunkley. Local singing enthusiasts are treated to a session of vocal coaching including advice on breathing technique, invigorating warm-ups, voice production and insights into the historical context of the Choral Pilgrimage music. The pieces that…

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…

Stylish Baroque

A baroque chamber music course at A415, predominantly for pre-formed groups although we welcome applications from individual players and will do our best to put together coherent ensembles. Theresa (violin) and Alastair (harpsichord), bring their wealth of knowledge to encourage and cajole you into stylish performances of repertoire from the early 17th to late 18th…

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.

The Life Chants of Hildegard of Bingen

The visionary music of Benedictine abbess, Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) came to popular attention nearly 900 years after her life with the album, A Feather on the Breath of God, sung by Emma Kirkby with Gothic Voices in 1985. We are delighted to welcome Emma to guide us in singing and discovering the beauty of…

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​

*Postponed* A Venetian Jubilee a 3

This concert has been postponed Click here to see the rescheduled concert The same programme will also be performed at this concert in Bath 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…

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,…

Beauchamp Early Music Course

Directed by Philip Thorby With tutor David Hatcher and guest tutors Theresa Caudle, Adrian France and Richard Thomas The theme is ‘Gloria in Excelsis Deo’ and will include Glorias from the 24-part setting by Annibale Padovano and the 40-part setting by Alessandro Striggio. For further information visit www.gamusic.co.uk / Holiday Courses / Early Music (adults)…

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…

Joel Munday and Julian Trevelyan

Joel Munday (Violin) and Julian Trevelyan (Piano) Sonata No.3 in E major, BWV 1016Johann Sebastian Bach Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 1 in D major, Op.12Ludwig van Beethoven Fantaisie Brillante sur des motifs de l’opéra Faust de Gounod, Op 20Henryk Wieniawski

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…

Rosafresca – A lute song recital

Rosafresca with Emma Winscom (soprano) and Jacob Garside (viol). A concert of lute songs featuring the music of Dowland, Johnson, Morley, Rosseter and Campion with instrumental interludes for recorder and lute.

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.

Workshop and AGM

Music at the Viennese Court of Emperor and Composer Leopold I. Workshop led by Peter Leech (Cardiff University) at pitch A = 440 for SATB voices, recorders (descant/treble/tenor & bass) and strings (viols/violins, violas, bass viols/cellos/violone). The SWEMF AGM will be held during the lunch break.

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…

Jérôme Faucheur (Organ)

Jérôme Faucheur was born in LILLE (France) in 1953. He began his piano lessons at 8 and organ at 13.  He specialised in the English organ fields, and has played in England for more than 50 recitals. Programme includes works by Sweelinck and JS Bach.

A Venetian Jubilee, with Musicke in the Ayre

Musicke in the Ayre return to the Silk Mill with a duet version of their programme celebrating the glories of music from 17th century Venice, where Barbara Strozzi was born 400 years ago. They mix a selection from her huge output with works by her teacher Cavalli and the towering genius Claudio Monteverdi. Local sopranos…

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 –…

Workshop for Singers

This workshop day will explore Vespers repertoire in the Southern European tradition, from the rambunctious polyphony of Juan Gutierrez de Padilla (1590–1664) to Domenico Scarlatti’s expressive setting of Laudate pueri, and plainsong psalmody.

Costanzi Consort directed by Peter Leech

Costanzi Consort directed by Peter Leech will be joined by Cappella Fede strings and Robert Court on Chamber organ to perform a programme of music to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Leopold Mozart. *** A celebration the 300th anniversary of the birth (in 1719) of one of the most famous musical fathers…

Exeter Cathedral Choir

A Midsummer Musical Celebration at the Cathedral with the Cathedral Choir and Devon Baroque: Zadok The PriestGeorge Frederic Handel Cantata 194Johann Sebastian Bach Organ concerto No. 13 in F Major HWV 295George Frederic Handel Gloria 589Antonio Vivaldi

Paragon Singers

Conductor: Sarah Latto Two of Britain’s most celebrated composers are contrasted in this summer concert which pairs the genius of Purcell with the contemporary master James MacMillan.

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Vivaldi – The Four SeasonsCorelli – Concerto Grosso in C minor Op 6 No 3Manfredini – Concerto Grosso in G Op 3 No 7Geminiani – Concerto in G minor Op 3 No 2Vivaldi – Concerto for Lute in D Not all orchestras are the same … and not all orchestras can match the exuberant and…

The York Waits

Music from the Age of Richard III and the early Tudors performed by The York Waits with Deborah Catterall, singer. The York Waits Website

Baroque String Workshop

Suitable for adult players. Intermediate onwards. Tutor: Alison Townley. Baroque Bows available to hire for the workshop and long term. 2019 workshop dates:27th January, 24th March, 12th May, 16th June

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…

Summer Ayres, with Musicke in the Ayre

Musicke in the Ayre have given over 115 concerts of 16/17th century music for voice(s) and lute across the UK and abroad since 2011; they bring their first programme involving a full SATB quartet of voices with lute to this delightful church on the edge of the Cotswolds. Local singers Clare Rangeley (soprano), Helen Hill…

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…

Clifton Festival Generations Choral Workshop

Our third workshop marks the start of the Clifton Festival 2019 and focuses on Lassus’s tour de force, Missa Bell’ amfitrit altera. This sumptuous double-choir setting stands among the finest works in the Renaissance repertoire. This workshop also features Ave Regina Caelorum and The Souls of the Righteous by the Oxford University Press House Composer,…

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.

Southwest Viol Fest II

Residential Course in Culmstock on the Somerset/Devon borders. Tutors: Caroline Ritchie and Henrik Persson A residential course exclusive to viol players, to be tutored once again by Caroline Ritchie and Henrik Persson.

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.

Cambridge Renaissance Voices

In this concert, Cambridge Renaissance Voices bring together some of the great choral masterpieces from across the spectrum of the Italian Renaissance. Italy’s status as ‘cradle of the Renaissance’ was as vital to the history of music as for the visual arts.

Exeter Bach Society Cantata BWV 12

Join Exeter Bach Society and Bramdean School Chapel Choir for a liturgical performance of J S Bach’s beautiful cantata ‘Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen,’ (BWV 12) with orchestral accompaniment. Musical Directors: Jonathan Lucas Wood and Rachel BennettLeader: Anna CockroftAlto: Rachel BennettTenor: Jonathan Lucas Wood

Baroque String Workshop

Suitable for adult players. Intermediate onwards. Tutor: Alison Townley. Baroque Bows available to hire for the workshop and long term. 2019 workshop dates:27th January, 24th March, 12th May, 16th June

Una comida musical, with Musicke in the Ayre

400 years after the birth of Jose Marin – defrocked priest, convicted murderer, prolific composer of charming songs to the guitar – Musicke in the Ayre bring a programme of some of his songs together with pieces from other 17th century Spanish composers such as Hidalgo, Duron, Araniez and Escalada. To perform it, lutenist Din…

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.

The Anatomy of Genius

Part of Bristol Early Music Festival Music for voices & instruments based on the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci by composers he would have heard in Florence, Milan and Ferrara

Clifton Festival Generations Choral Workshop

Two devout Roman Catholics separated by 500 years and joined by an ability to write devotional works of unmatched emotional impact and compositional quality. We’ll look at Victoria’s Missa O quam gloriosum MacMillan’s O radiant dawn and A new song.

Cheltenham Coffee Concerts

We can’t wait to welcome back the Oriel Singers who will no doubt delight and entertain once more, this year with a programme entitled “The Byrd and the Bs”. For this last concert of the year there will be of course coffe and cake from 10:30am and free entry.

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…

Yat-Soon Yeo, Claire Horácek & Lucy Green

Music for Harpsichord, Spinet, Voice and Viola da Gamba, with songs and instrumental pieces by Handel, Purcell, Dowland, Byrd, Galuppi, Frescobaldi, Couperin and more. Yat-Soon Yeo – Harpsichord, SpinetClaire Horácek – Viola da GambaLucy Green – Mezzo-soprano

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…

City of Birmingham Choir

Bach’s magnificent St John Passion performed in the beautiful surroundings of Tewkesbury Abbey. Sung by the City of Birmingham Choir, accompanied by the Westminster Chamber Orchestra.

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…

Maxim Calver (BBCYM 2018 Finalist)

Join Exeter Bach Society for a cello recital with BBC Young Musician 2018 Grand Finalist, Maxim Calver. This is likely to be a popular event so be ensure to book early to avoid missing out. Programme J.S. Bach – Suite for Solo Cello in G majori. Preludeii. Allemandeiii. Couranteiv. Sarabandev. Minuets I&IIvi. Gigue Rachmaninoff –…

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…

Wellington Choral Society

Musical Director – Laurence Blyth Wellington Choral Society last performed the St Matthew Passion in 1951, so members are especially looking forward to preparing for this concert.

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…

Bach and Before – harpsichord recital

Part of the Cheltenham Bach Choir Spring Festival of the Baroque Satoko Doi-Luck was the Junior Fellow in Harpsichord/Continuo at the Royal College of Music, and also a participant of the Handel House Talent Scheme 2015-2016. She has performed with La Serenissima, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Birmingham Opera Company, English Chamber Orchestra, Tenebrae…

Baroque String Workshop

Suitable for adult players. Intermediate onwards. Tutor: Alison Townley. Baroque Bows available to hire for the workshop and long term. 2019 workshop dates:27th January, 24th March, 12th May, 16th June

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.

Duo Dorado – A Celebration of Bach

Sadly, this concert has had to be CANCELLED due to illness – we hope to reschedule it at a later date This concert is part of the Totnes Early Music Society Season 2018/19. Celebrate the wonderful music by J.S.Bach for violin and harpsichord with an outstanding pair of musicians! Some glorious music from the composer…

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…

The Polish Connection

A concert celebrating music from composers living in Warsaw and Krakow in the 16th and 17th centuries: Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki, Luca Marenzio and Vincenzo Bertolusi, alongside modern works by Roxanna Panufnik.

Ten Ways to Sing the Psalms

An all-day workshop led by Christopher Martin Thomas, Rev. Stephen M’Caw, and the singers and musicians of St.John’s Keynsham, followed by a short service built around the Psalm settings learnt:• Participate in learning new and ancient ways to sing the Psalms• Learn about the theology, history and use of Psalmody in a multimedia presentation• Listen to…

Renaissance flute workshop with Clare Beesley

Applications are now open to join Clare Beesley’s Renaissance flute day – organised in conjunction with Worcestershire Early Music – on Saturday 2nd March 2019. All players of discant, tenor and bass instruments (or potential bassists – Clare has two instruments to loan) welcome. Pitch A=440Hz.

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…

Halsway Manor – Piva: Real Roots!

Discover the world of late 16th century popular traditional music as heard in both court and country. The focus of the course will be playing 4 or 5 part harmony in small groups but it doesn’t matter if you are new to this music or an experienced renaissance specialist; sessions will be adapted to suit…

Polish up your singing

Glastonbury Cantilena is delighted to have secured the services of Ben Sawyer: Ben is a countertenor, conductor and educator based in Gloucestershire, England. As a singer, he performs as a soloist around the country; he is a founder member of the award winning male voice a cappella group, “The Songmen”; and He is a lay…

Baroque String Workshop

Suitable for adult players. Intermediate onwards. Tutor: Alison Townley. Baroque Bows available to hire for the workshop and long term. 2019 workshop dates:27th January, 24th March, 12th May, 16th June

Workshop for Singers

Singers in all voice ranges are invited to a day centred on the church music of Peter Philips (1560/61-1628). Though Philips was documented as a choirboy at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London in the 1570s, within a decade his Roman Catholicism had led him abroad, never to return. He reached Italy, settling in Rome, but the Low…

Come and sing Victoria Requiem

Come and indulge yourself in the glorious Requiem by Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611). Victoria was a Spanish composer in 16th century Spain and part of the counter-reformation. His Requiem, written for six parts, is full of refined but passionate conviction: just wonderful Renaissance music to wrap yourself in.

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…