Early Music Concerts in East Anglia and beyond

If you have an early music concert or course to advertise, let us know via the contacts page
Always check that tickets are available before turning up to any event

While the coronavirus crisis lasts do not assume that any of the advertised concerts will take place.
Check with the organisers.

Live from London – Christmas

Brought straight to your hearts and homes by the VOCES8 Foundation, LIVE From London – Christmas presents a sackful of musical treats to grace your screens for the holiday season. Featuring a starry line-up from the UK, the US and across Europe, the festival also supports the VOCES8 Foundation’s global message of music education for all by gifting young performers from across the world a stage for their singing.

The internationally renowned line-up includes hosts VOCES8, with vocal groups The Tallis Scholars, Take 6, I Fagiolini, London Adventist Chorale, Anúna, Amarcord, The Aeolians, and Apollo5. Soloists in the series include baroque violinist Rachel Podger (A Guardian Angel) and baritone Roderick Williams (Solstice); Roderick also appears in Bach For Christmas.

The Gabrieli Consort & Players directed by Paul McCreesh present a stunning line-up of soloists in Bach For Christmas filmed at St John’s Smith Square, London. The six Christmas Oratorio cantatas, will each be broadcast on the day for which they were liturgically written.

Rachel Podger & VOCES8 - 1st Dec 20
VOCES8 & The Aeolians - 5th Dec 20
ANÚNA - 6th Dec 20
The Tallis Scholars - 12th Dec 20
Take 6 & London Adventist Chorale - 13th Dec 20
amarcord - 19th Dec 20
Apollo5 - 20th Dec 20
VOCES8 - 23rd Dec 20
I Fagiolini - 24th Dec 20
Gabrieli Consort & Players 25th Dec 20 - 6th Jan 21

Including six new commissions from Ken Burton, Melissa Dunphy, Jocelyn Hagen, Taylor Scott Davis, Paul Smith, Roderick Williams, and repertoire ranging from Bach, Praetorius, Eccard, Charpentier and Tallis, to Howells, Britten, Michael McGlynn, Alec Roth, Arvo Pärt, John Tavener, Ola Gjeilo all filmed in ultra high definition and featuring your favourite seasonal a cappella - Live From London is ‘all you want for Christmas’.

Broadcast at 2pm EST | 7pm GMT, ticket holders will be able to tune in live and/or on demand from the date of broadcast until 15th January. Each broadcast concert lasts 60 minutes. Purchase one of our season tickets now, or buy access to each concert individually.

See the programme here


LIVE From London Season Tickets*

Christmas 'Extra'
Access to all 15 concerts, including the Gabrieli's Bach for Christmas
£120 | €135 | US$150 | CA$205 | AU$215 | JP¥16,500

Access to the first 10 concerts, including the opening cantata of Bach's Christmas Oratorio
£80 | €90 | US$100 | CA$135 | AU$145 | JP¥10,500

Bach for Christmas
Access to six Gabrieli concerts of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio BWV 248
£50 | €55 | US$65 | CA$85 | AU$90 | JP¥7,000

*Students can receive a 40% season ticket discount by registering with an official student email address. Following registration a voucher will be emailed out allowing you to make a discounted purchase.

Individual Tickets
£12.50 | €14 | US$15 | CA$20 | AU$22.50 | JP¥1,650

The York Waits
With Lizzie Gutteridge
The Waits’ Wassail: Music for Advent and Christmas

Concerts by The York Waits in December.
Sunday 6th December in St Andrew’s Church, Marks Tey, Essex
2.30 and 6.00 for one hour

There are only 30 tickets for each performance, and these should be booked in advance please
through the Eventbrite page (see link below).
Only one ticket price of £15.
The usual concessions, discounts for regulars and free tickets for under 16s will be back next year.
Seating will be socially distanced in groups from the same household or support bubble.
Tickets are available on Eventbrite here.

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/

The Bach Players

... we should have given a concert of French, English, German, and Italian music,
with the title ‘The Grand Tour’. We remember you, our audience members, with pleasure.
We hope very much that we will be back playing concerts, when conditions allow this.
We will keep you posted. Meanwhile, to mark what we would have done, we are making available
our recording of a trio sonata by Nicolas Clérambault, one of the composers in the ‘Grand Tour’ programme.

Click here.

Nicolas Clérambault, Sonata VIIa in E minor ‘La Magnifique’
from: Nicolas Clérambault: Chamber Music from the Brossard Collection (COV 91928), 2019

The Bach Players
Nicolette Moonen violin, Oliver Webber violin, Reiko Ichise viola da gamba, Silas Wollston harpsichord

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 Baroquespecializing 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 26/11/2020. Please contact the EEMF committee with comments