Early Music Concerts in East Anglia and beyond


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 The Bach Players

Octagon Chapel, Colegate,
Norwich NR3 1BN

Thursday 5 October, 7.30pm

Sound the trumpet!

20th anniversary concert

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750):

Brandenburg Concerto no. 2, BWV1047

Cantata ‘Weichet nur betrübte Schatten’, BWV202

a selection of fugues from the Art of Fugue, BWV1080

Cantata ‘Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen’, BWV 51

Rachel Elliott soprano

Adrian Woodward trumpet

Nicolette Moonen violin / director


Tickets: £17.50 & £12.50  Students: £5 (on the door only)  Under-18s: free

Online, from Ticket Source or from
St George’s Music Shop 17–19 St George’s Street Norwich NR3 1AB, phone 01603 626414

and on the door


Blue Heron Performs Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks


The renowned American vocal ensemble Blue Heron, which recently completed a 5-CD set called “one of the most important early choral projects of our time" (D. James Ross, Early Music Review), will visit the UK for the first time October. This long-awaited tour will make stops in Cambridge, at Trinity College Chapel, and in London at the Great Hall at Lambeth Palace Library.


Don’t miss these historic concerts featuring the neglected music of the Peterhouse partbooks (copied for Canterbury circa 1540). The singing on the five-CD set has been called “both precise and fluid, immaculate and alive” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker).


Blue Heron will perform parts of the exhilarating, mysterious Missa sine nomine by an unnamed composer, Hugh Aston’s gorgeous Ave Maria dive matris Anne, and more.


Saturday, October 7 at 7:30 pm

Trinity College Chapel, Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1TQ

Presented by Camerata Musica

Tickets: £45/£35, £35/£30, £20/£15, student tickets £10/£5

http://www.cameratamusica.org.uk/  Tel: 01223 300085


Sunday, October 8 at 3 pm

The Great Hall, Lambeth Palace Library, Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7JU

Pre-concert talk by Nick Sandon at 3:00 PM, concert to follow immediately thereafter.

Presented by The Friends of Lambeth Palace Library

Tickets: £35/£30.00

http://blueheroninlondon.brownpapertickets.com  Tel: 0800 411 8881


For more information about Blue Heron, visit www.blueheron.org

Royal Greenwich International
Early Music Festival and Exhibition

Thursday 9th - Saturday 11th November 2017


Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, London SE3 9RQ


Cambridge Renaissance Voices


Holy Trinity, Long Melford

Sunday 19 November, 7.30pm


Music for the Habsburg Emperors


The choir are delighted to return to Long Melford in November, and will perform Victoria's Missa Laetatus Sum for three choirs, motets by Josquin and Morales, and the magnificent celebratory work by Heinrich Isaac, Ave Virgo Prudentissima.


They will be joined by I Musici Della Contessa, a six-part renaissance instrumental ensemble, comprising two cornetts, three sackbuts and curtal.


Tickets will be available from the Theatre Royal Box Office in Bury St Edmunds.

01284 769505


Eboracum Baroque 2017


Over the weekend of 25th and 26th November we present 'An Elizabethan Christmas' at two beautiful National Trust properties. We begin at Oxburgh Hall Chapel, Norfolk, on 25th and then in the superb acoustics of Canons Ashby Priory, Northants., on 26th November. As well as presenting music by Byrd and Tallis for Advent we will also perform some well known works from across the ages, something for everyone! Book via the NT website.


There’s an exclusive performance of Handel's great work The Messiah in the historic Senate House in Cambridge on Saturday 9th December at 7pm. This is a chance to hear this wonderful piece in an amazing 18th Century building where it is known Handel Oratorios were performed during Handel's lifetime. http://eboracumbaroque.co.uk/event/handels-messiah-by-candlelight-3



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. Click here for details.

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

Suffolk Villages Festival
Artistic Director: Peter Holman MBE

29 May: 'Bach Spring' programme
25 August – 28 August: The Suffolk Villages Festival weekend

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

Cambridge Handel Opera 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 have included Ariodante, Agrippina and Atalanta.
The Company has been wound up in its present form upon the retirement of Andrew Jones. It is hoped to establish a new Company with similar aims if a new Musical Director can be found.

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
Philip Thorby, of Beccles, Suffolk


Peter Holman
Peter Holman 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 Music – a 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 23/09/2017. Please contact the EEMF committee with comments