Early Music Concerts in East Anglia and beyond

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Music and song connecting the past with the present

For a list of their concerts, recitals and educational events go to http://www.hexachordia.com/

Tall tales and eerie tunes

The Lovekyn Consort collaborates with reworkings of Tudor tales by Dave Tongue,
along with theatre tunes, ballads and theatre songs.

Saturday 16 November from 17:00 to 19:00

Octagon Unitarian Chapel, Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BN

The Lovekyn Consort
Patricia Hammond - Voice
William Summers - Flute, Recorder
Stephen Carpenter - Lute, Guitar
with Kelley Swain - Storyteller

£10 [plus booking fee] in advance; £14 at the door; £5 under-16s 07949 652 315

Star of the Sea: Music from Venice and the Italian Renaissance

Cambridge Renaissance Voices, with sackbuts and cornetts

Sunday 17th November, 7.30
Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford, Suffolk CO10 9DJ

The maritime republic of Venice played a unique role in the music of the Italian Renaissance and early
Baroque. From the songs of the gondolieri to the splendour of the sacred works sung in St Mark’s basilica,
music was at the heart of the city’s culture. In the glorious acoustic of Holy Trinity Long Melford,
Cambridge Renaissance Voices recreate this Venetian soundworld, accompanied by the sackbuts and cornetts of
I Musici della Contessa, including music by Lassus, Gabrieli, and Monteverdi, whose Ave Maris Stella
- a characteristically Venetian celebration of the Virgin Mary as ‘star of the sea’ - comes at the culmination
of his Vespers of 1610.

Tickets £16.50 on the door, or £15 online at http://www.cambridgerenaissancevoices.org.uk/

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Eccles´ Semele

Tuesday 26 November
at 8pm

Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge

Cambridge Handel Opera Company, Cambridge Early Music and Academy of Ancient Music join forces
for the first time for a rare concert performance of John Eccles' Semele.

Semele is a lively retelling of the story of Jupiter’s pursuit of the Theban princess. Juno plots her downfall
by persuading her to insist on seeing him in his divine form, whereupon his thunderbolts consume her.
Planned for the opening of London’s Italian Opera House, Semele was never performed at the time,
and the libretto is best known today from Handel’s later Oratorio.

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The Bach Players

A European Christmas: Music for the season

Octagon Chapel, Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BN
Thursday 28 November, 7.30 pm

£17.50 & £14, Students: £5 (on the door only), Under-18s: free

Book online here, or from St George’s Music Shop
17–19 St George’s Street, Norwich NR3 1AB, phone 01603 626414
and on the door

Colchester Early Music

The rest of this season's concerts are listed and tickets available through eventbrite.
UNDER 16s go FREE!

St Andrew’s Church,
Church Lane, Marks Tey CO6 1LW

Deborah Catterall & Leah Stuttard – Magdalen 1st December 2019, 2.30-3.30pm £12/8

The Telling – Mystic Women 5th January 2020, 5.30-6.30pm £15/10
Consort of 1 & Clare Goodall – Firestarter 2nd February 2020, 5.30-6.30pm £12/8
Passamezzo – An Excellent Medley 8th March 2020, 2.30-4.30pm £15/10


Eboracum Baroque 2019

Friday 22nd/Saturday 23rd November (Various Times) - An Elizabethan Christmas Oxburgh Hall

Sunday 24th November - A Classical English Christmas, Canons Ashby Priory (Various Times)

Friday 6th December, 7pm - Handel's Messiah, Wimpole Hall

Saturday 7th December, 7pm - Handel's Messiah, Great St Mary's, Cambridge

Wednesday 18th December, 1pm and 3pm - A Georgian Christmas, Wimpole Hall
(booking essential)

Regular features around East Anglia

Cambridge Early Music concerts – this widely acclaimed series features leading ensembles and soloists, and runs throughout the year, supplementing the summer schools. Details of the programme are available on the website.
The summer schools have a Bursary scheme to assist students, and contributions are invited.

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

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

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

Musick Rediscover’d – Kathleen Berg and Alan Morris
perform music from about 1550 to 1800, in costume.

Workshops and concerts by Shared Voices                 Cecilia Music              Bach Cantatas Website

The King of Hearts, Norwich NR3 1LJ – this has now closed down, but the building remains available for hire and concerts. Details of the building and the Anteros Arts Foundation which now runs it

The East Anglian Academy – for those interested in the organ and early keyboard music
A series of concerts is presented each year in Framlingham and the surrounding area.

Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, holds frequent Early Music and other concerts in the Chapel and the much-admired Auditorium. Many of these have free admission.

Eboracum Baroque put on many Early Music concerts in East Anglia, Lincolnshire, and London.

Early Opera in Cambridge

Fitzwilliam Chamber Opera is a venture at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, founded with the aim of presenting a biennial fully staged production.
In 2007 the initial opera was Handel’s
Xerxes (review).
In 2009
Monteverdi's Orfeo was performed over five nights plus a matinée at the ADC Theatre in Cambridge.
In 2012 Purcell’s
Dido and Aeneas was performed in an all-student production.

Cambridge Handel Opera (CHOG) was founded with the intention of presenting fully-staged productions of Handel’s operas, in English, every two years in the West Road Concert Hall. Recent productions included
Ariodante, Agrippina and Atalanta. Following the winding up of that group, Cambridge Handel Opera Company was founded, and gave its first production, four staged performances of Rodelinda in April 2018 at the Leys, Cambridge under Artistic Director Julian Perkins.
In 2020 the staged production will be

Out of area

South West London

Loki Music is run by William Summers, an EEMF member. It organises concerts and education events involving historically informed music, working with experienced musicians and teachers to run performances, coaching sessions and workshops. The principal venues are Lovekyn Chapel [Kingston Grammar School - opposite main School building - London Road, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6PY] and Garrick's Temple to Shakespeare, Garrick's Lawn, Hampton [very near TW12 2EA].

Early Music Performers in East Anglia

Philip Thorby, of Beccles, Suffolk


Peter Holman MBE and the Parley of Instruments - some music samples - academic career


Capella Antiqua
This Beccles-based group led by Philip Thorby has occasional vacancies for more singers.

Jennie Cassidy

Minstrels Gallery

The Intrepid Academy

Laura Cannell and Horses Brawl

Ralph Woodward

Eyehall Musick

Ravenscroft Consort

Cambridge Taverner Choir

Hurstingstone Singers                       

Cecilia Music

Divers Voyces


Early Dance groups

Norwich Early Dance Group

West Gallery Quires, Waits and the like

Wyldes Noyse

Norfolk Gallery Quire

Bedford Gallery Quire

Chiltern West Gallery Quire

Colchester Waits

Kings Lynn Waites

City of Lincoln Waites


Concert Listings

Suffolk Musica web diary of classical music concerts and events in Suffolk and the surrounding area

Kulchaa listing of early-ish music and other events in Cambridge, and several useful links

gerontiussearchable directories of UK choirs and choral concerts, including Early Music events

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Updated 09/11/2019. Please contact the EEMF committee with comments