Concerts, Lectures & other Events

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21 March 2018 - European Day of Early Music
Soul Music: JS Bach and Dowland. Celebrate the European Day of Early Music in the company of the acclaimed master-musician Thomas Dunford, described as 'The Eric Clapton of the lute' by many. This programme celebrates both Bach's birthday and the release of Thomas' new album dedicated to Bach's lute music. Presented in association with REMA. The concert will be broadcast by BBC Radio 3
7.30pm, St Margaret's Church, National Centre for Early Music

22 March, 7.30pm, St George's Hanover Square, London W1S 1FX
A commemorative event marking the 250th anniversary of Laurence Sterne's death & subsequent funeral at St George's, Hanover Square London.
Including solo music by CF Abel (Susanne Heinrich). more info & tickets
23 March, 6pm and 8pm, Clare College Chapel, Cambridge
Chelys Consort, Membra Jesu Nostri, Choir of Clare College
25 March 8pm*, St. Michael and All Angels, Northcote Rd. London E17 6PQ
Helen Charlston alto, Mark Caudle viola da gamba, Steven Devine organ; St. James' Baroque & Amici Voices
BUXTEHUDE: Prelude in G minor, Membra Jesu nostri & Jubilate Domino
Tickets £12 and £6 on the door, more info

6 March, 7pm, Somerville College Oxford. The Choir of Somerville College
10 March, 7pm, Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Cirencester. Stroud Choral Society
10 March, 7.30pm, Petersfield Musical Festival, Festival Hall, Petersfield
11 March, 3pm, New College, Oxford
17 March, 7.30pm, St Albans Cathedral
17 March, 7.30pm, All Saints Church, Eastbourne
17 March, 7.30pm, St James Church Taunton
18 March, 7.30pm, St Paul's Church, London WC2E
18 March, 7.30pm, Actors' Church London WC2E9ED
20 March, 7pm, Brompton Oratory, London
24 March, 7.30pm, St Augustine's Church Birmingham
24 March, 7,30pm, Norwich Cathedral
30 March, 1.30pm, New College, Oxford. Oxford Bach Soloists
30 March, 2.30pm, St John Smith Square, London
30 March, 7pm, The Sage, Gateshead, Harry Bickett, Royal Northern Sinfonia Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia
30 March, 7.30pm, St Nicholas Church, Arundel
30 March, 3pm, Barbican, AAM (Iestyn Davies, alto)
30 March, 7pm, Lighthouse Poole, Bournemouth
MARK'S PASSION: 31 March, 6.40pm, Shrewsbury Abbey
MATTHEW PASSION: 23 March, 7pm, The Queen's Hall Edinburgh, Dunedin Consrt

30 March, 7pm, St Mary the Virgin, in the Lace Market, Nottingham
Membra Jesu Nostri, Chelys Consort
19 April, 7.30pm, St Michael's Church, Discoed, near Presteigne
Linarol Consort, with Matthew Pochin
Hosted by BMEMF Border Marches Early Music Forum and Early Music in the Marches
20 April, St George's Bristol
Trevor Pinnock and Friends, Bach & Handel. Sophie Gent, Matthew Truscott, vlns; Jonathan Manson, vdg; Trevor Pinnock, hchd
26 April, 7.45pm
Bedford Music Club, Bunyan Meeting , Mill Street, Bedford MK40 3EU
Fretwork: John Taverner: In Nomine; Christopher Tye: Crye , Trust; Robert Parsons: In Nomine, Ut re mi, De la Court; William Byrd: In Nomine; Picforth: In Nomine; Orlando Gibbons: Two In Nomines in 5 parts; Nico Muhly: Slow (In Nomine in 5 parts) (2015); William Lawes: Consort sett in G minor, Fantazy, On the plainsong, Aire; Gavin Bryars: In Nomine (after Purcell) (1995); Henry Purcell: Two Fantazias in four parts;
email tickets or phone 01234 261811
28 April
Music at Oxford, Osney Lock Boathouse
Fretwork - The World Encompassed
28 April, 7.30pm*, St Peter's Church, Church Road, Witherley CV9 3NA
A Baroque Concerto Celebration, Warwickshire Baroque. Anton Milling Concerto for VdG (soloist Jacqui Robertson-Wade), Bach Brandeburg 5, and Handel Concerto Grosso. Tickets from
29 April, 3pm. Old Martin's Church, Cornmarket, Worcester WR12PN
Will niemand singen? Linarol Consort with David Hatcher
Music from a hitherto unpublished manuscript in Vienna, newly edited by David Hatcher. laying copies of the oldest surviving viol, made by Francesco Linarol and dating from exactly the same period as the manuscript, the Linarol Consort with Matthew Pochin will explore the rich and diverse repertoire of German song in this remarkable collection, by Ludwig Senfl, Heinrich Isaac, Alexander Agricola, Pierre de la Rue and Josquin Des Prez.
Worcestershire Early Music. Tickets available from or 01905 611427
Please also have a look at the other concerts in this festival, including a solo recital with Rachel Podger and a concert by Blondel renaissance winds
7 May, 6pm. , Blackdowns Early Music concert following their Viol Fest, St John the Baptist, Wellington
24-27 May, Beverley and East Riding Music Festival
Join us for a celebration of music from London - to Venice - to Vienna presented in some of England's finest churches, including St Mary's Church, Beverley, inspiration for Lewis Carroll's March Hare in Alice in Wonderland and the award-winning heritage centre, St James' Warter. Highlights of the festival include rising stars Il Quadro Animato, Lux MusicaeLondon and the University of York's 24. The National Centre for Early Music's youth instrumental ensemble The Minster Minstrels will also perform in Beverley for the first time. With illustrated talks, open opportunities for recorder players to hone their skills with Piers Adams and community concerts featuring some of the most talented individuals from across the Riding. Tickets.
10 June, 7.30pm, Great Waltham Church, CM3 1DE
Michael East with the Fieri Consort and Chelys
22 June, Stour Festival
Chelys Consort with Emma Kirkby. A Pleasing Melancholy
6-14 July, York Early Music Festival
The internationally acclaimed York Early Music Festival had a bumper year in 2017, when it celebrated its 40th anniversary. Attracting the best musicians and performers from around the world to present musical performances from the 12th - 18th centuries, the 2018 Festival takes place in historic venues in the medieval City of York. The theme for 2018 is Power and Politics and highlights include Brecon Baroque directed by violinist Rachel Podger, Gallicantus directed by Gabriel Crouch with the Rose Consort of Viols and The Sixteen directed by Harry Christophers. There is also a strong focus on emerging young talent, showcasing ensembles including Prisma; Voces Suaves; Rumorum and BarrocoTout. Information and tickets are available from March