Reminder of an exciting workshop

Do not forget to apply for our workshop with David Allinson on the 22nd September. David’s events are rightly very popular and it is lovely to welcome him back to the North West. The details and application forms as usual are on the workshop page.


NEMA conference

The National Early Music Association and the Brighton Early Music Festival
are joining together to put on a Conference on Vocal Sound and Style 1450 to
1650 in Brighton on 20/21 October 2018.  Papers will be given by a number of
distinguished contributors on topics such as style, ornamentation, vibrato,
pronunciation and rhetoric. There will be live vocal illustrations, a
masterclass with young professional singers, round-table discussions and a
singing workshop led by Deborah Roberts. There are links to the booking form
and programme from  the NEMA web site

Todmorden Concert

The Orion Chamber Choir will be performng baroque music this Sunday, 22nd July at 7.30 pm, at the Fielden Centre, Todmorden. Orion Concert Todmordon
The programme includes Bach, Monteverdi, Buxtehude, Purcell among others. There will also be one or two vocal and instrumental solos. Not only is it early music but also it is in aid of a very good cause.

Chester Festival Chorus


2018 Vivaldi Gloria and Handel Dixit Dominus Concert 15th July 2018 at Storyhouse Theatre

Chester Festival Chorus make their Storyhouse debut with a duo of popular works from the Italian Baroque, joined by their new choral director Elspeth Slorach, soprano soloists Charlotte Trepess and Lizzy Humphries, alto Lucy Vallis, tenor Timothy Peters, bass James Berry and Storyhouse’s very own Ensemble Deva.

Handel’s vibrant, energetic Dixit Dominus was written for an Italian patron when the composer was only 22 and living in Italy.  Quote from Elspeth Slorach: If you think you know everything about Handel from hearing his Messiah, Dixit Dominus will make you think again!

Completing the programme is Vivaldi’s Gloria, written for the girls of the Pietà in Venice in 1715, and now a favourite with choirs and audiences alike the world over.

To find out more and book tickets visit:

Elspeth CFC music director at the recent DIMA International Music Competition in Romania.

Concert time changed

We have just received notice that the concert to be given by students from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in Worcester tomorrow the 22nd June has been changed from starting at 13.00 it will now start at 12.00.
The details are below.

Early Music Concert by students of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
| Greyfriars House, National Trust
Booking not needed
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the house.
Date: Friday 22 June 2018
From: 12:00 to 15:00.
Location: Greyfriars House and Garden, Friar Street, Worcester, WR1 2LZ.
Students from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s Early Music and
Recorder departments directed by Martin Perkins, will take you on a
musical journey through the ages, performing works from the reigns of
Henry VIII and Elizabeth I and beyond, using instruments of the

Escape from Football

Voci. Director Deborah Catterall, has a concert on Saturday evening the 23rd June in St Peter’s Church Ruthin. 7.30 admission free.

We can promise that it is a football free zone. Instead the glories of the music of Palestrina, Monteverdi, Tallis and others.