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/

Early evening concert at Great Waltham, Essex

Sunday July 21st at 5pm

Seicento, introduced and directed by Philip Thorby
Great Waltham Church, Essex CM3 1DE
A concert as the culmination of 4 days of intensive study of the music of Monteverdi and his contemporaries.
Madrigals and motets for voices, violins and continuo brought to life in this lovely setting.

Admission free, retiring collection.
Further information from Annabel Malton 01245 360240 annabel@maltons.me.uk

Concerts in Walpole Old Chapel, Walpole, Suffolk IP19 9AZ

[1] Sunday 21st. July, 3pm: ‘European Unions: three centuries of music from the cities of the Hanseatic League’
Harpsichord recital by Yeo Yat-Soon

[2] Sunday 28th. July, 3pm: ‘Music from Handel’s London’
Baroque music by Handel, Paisible and Croft, performed by
The Tonbridge Trio:
William Summers - Baroque Flute/Recorder; Kathryn Bennetts - Recorder; Natasha Holmes - Baroque Cello.

[3] SATURDAY 14th. September, 4pm.: 'Music for Court and Country’ - Baroque music by Arne,
Domenico Scarlatti, McGibbon and others, together with music from 18th.-century dance collections
performed by
Follia: William Summers - Baroque Flute, Recorder; Diane Moore - Baroque Violin;
Yeo Yat-Soon – Harpsichord.

Admission for the first two: £12 on the door and £10 in advance;
admission for the concert in September: £14 on the door and £12 in advance.
Refreshments will be served

Suffolk Villages Festival

An outline of the summer programme

Tickets are available at www.suffolkvillagesfestival.com,
by emailing box@suffolkvillagesfestival.com or phoning 01206 366603.
A festival season ticket (top price tickets) for all five concerts is £84.

Friday 23rd August at 7pm, St. Mary’s Church, Hadleigh IP7 5DT

Monteverdi: "The Return of Ulysses (1640)
libretto by Giacomo Badoaro
performing edition by Peter Holman
concert performance sung in Italian

The John Jenkins Consort directed by Peter Holman harpsichord
Performance ends at about 10pm.
Tickets £20 (reserved), £14 (unreserved), half-price for full-time students.

Saturday 24th August at 6:30pm, St. Mary's Church, Stoke by Nayland, CO6 4QU

William Boyce: Solomon and Handel - Zadok the priest and Let thy hand
Psalmody, Essex Baroque Orchestra
directed by Steven Devine harpsichord
Tickets £20 (reserved), £14 (unreserved), half-price for full-time students.

At 5:15pm there will be a talk in the church by Peter Holman, Artistic Director.

Sunday 25th August at 6:30pm, St. Mary's Church, Boxford, CO10 5DU

Ensemble DeNOTE: The Classical Clarinet - Mozart, Danzi and Beethoven
Jane Booth clarinet, John Irving fortepiano

Tickets £18 (reserved), £12 (unreserved), half-price for full-time students.

Monday 26th August at 11:00am, Quaker Meeting House, 22 Friar Street. Sudbury, CO10 2AA

A Still Small Voice: the natural history of the clavichord
Terence Charlston lecturer and clavichord

Tickets £15 , £10, half-price for full-time students.

Monday 25th August, 2pm till 5pm, Gainsborough's House, Sudbury, CO10 2EU

Gainsborough and the Linley Family: an afternoon of events

2pm Thomas Gainsborough: the Linley Family and music at Gainborough's House -
a talk by Mark Bills, Executive Director of Gainsborough's House
2:45pm The Linley Family: New Discoveries - A talk by Dr. William Davies of Southampton University
3:30pm A chance to view the Gainsborough's House exhibition. Tea will be available
4pm The Linley Sisters and Eighteenth-century Vocal Culture -
A talk by Stephen Varcoe, Suffolk Villages Festival Chairman

Tickets £10, but please note that this event is NOT included in the Festival Season Ticket

Monday 25th August at 6:30pm, St. Peters, Sudbury, CO10 2EH

The English Mozart: A Portrait of Thomas Linley

Philippa Hyde soprano, Claire Coleman soprano, Simon Standage violin
Psalmody, Essex Baroque Orchestra
directed by Peter Holman harpsichord

Tickets £20 (reserved), £14 (unreserved). half-price for full-time students.

Eccles´ Semele

Tuesday 26 November at 8pm

Trinity College Chapel

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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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 2019 the staged production will be Tamerlano.

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 15/07/2019. Please contact the EEMF committee with comments