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/

Emmanuel College Music Society's series Late Evening Early Modern

The remaining concerts are at 9pm on Tuesdays, with free and unticketed entry.
Emmanuel College Chapel, Cambridge

Tuesday 14th May:
Parandrus Recorder Trio
Award-winning recorder trio Parandrus visit from Cambridge with a programme exploring the idea of proportion in music from the 14th century to the present day. Featuring BBC Young Musician Finalists Sophie Westbrooke and Charlotte Barbour-Condini, and acclaimed young woodwind player Daniel Swani.

Tuesday 21st May:
Musique à la cour de Versailles
Edward Lilley's period instrument ensemble perform French baroque chamber music.

Tuesday 11th June:
The Virtuosic Chamber
Concerted sonatas and chamber concerti performed by Naomi Warburton (violin), Helena Mackie (oboe), Sophie Westbrooke (recorder), Francis Bushell (bassoon) and Jamie Conway (harpsichord).

Two early evening concerts at Great Waltham, Essex

Saturday June 29th at 5pm

Chelys Consort of Viols play Henry Purcell and John Jenkins.
Great Waltham Church, Essex CM3 1DE
Chelys Consort of Viols play the fabulous consort fantasias of Henry Purcell,
written in 1680, some of the best and most loved of English consort music.
The programme also features music by a composer who contributed considerably to the volume and
development of consort music before Purcell, and who died two years before Purcell published his
fantasias, John Jenkins.
Tickets £12 including prosecco and strawberries (£5 under 18s) from Annabel Malton 01235 360240 angelearlymusic@gmail.com
Supported by Angel Early Music www.angelearlymusic.org.uk


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

Eboracum Baroque

Thursday 27th June, 7.30pm
A Grand Tour of Europe
Isle of Ely Arts Festival - St Mary’s Church, Ely

(Including Bach's Coffee Cantata)

Saturday 6th July, 7pm
Outdoor performance
Wimpole Hall

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 10/05/2019. Please contact the EEMF committee with comments