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4          3.00 pm.  A Portrait of Jean-Philippe Rameau, Leeds Baroque Choir and Orchestra directed by Peter Holman with Nick Sales (haute-contre), Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, Leeds University School of Music, Cavendish Road, LEEDS LS2 9JT.  Box Office 01904 658338.  2.15pm – Pre-concert talk: Rameau and his world by Prof. Graham Sadler.  Online booking and further details at

5          Early music chamber concert by students, 1pm, the Dome, Bramall building, Birmingham University.  Free.

6          Chetham’s School of Music, 1.15 pm, St Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield. Music from 17th and 18th Century France: chamber works by Couperin, Rameau and Marais, directed by Dr Martyn Shaw.

7          JS Bach Easter & Ascension Oratorios: ‘Kommt, eilet und laufet’ BWV 249, ‘Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen’ BWV 11, 7.30 pm, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, York; University Chamber Choir with University Baroque Ensemble, Compagnia d’Istrumenti, Peter Seymour conductor.

10        Liverpool Bach Collective, St. John Passion, 7:00pm, Church of Our Lady & St Nicholas (Liverpool Parish Church), L2 8TZ. Tickets:

10        Ex Cathedra, Birmingham Cathedral, 5pm; music by Monteverdi, Gesualdo, Anerio.

10        Marian Consort and Levens Choir: Music of Thomas Tallis.  St. George’s Church, Castle Street, Kendal LA9 7AS.

10        Bach St. Matthew Passion, 7.30pm, St. Mary’s church Warwick. Coventry Philharmonic Choir and Musical & Amicable Society.

12        Herschel Trio (recorder/flute, viola da gamba, harpsichord): music by JS Bach, Handel, Telemann.  Ripon Cathedral HG4 1QT.

12        Medieval Flute music concert; Cécile Broquet; Llangollen Museum, 7.30pm.

13        Music for Easter (Boccherini, Haydn, Fischer); the Bach Players. 7.30pm, St. Mary’s church Warwick.

14        Barber Institute.  Fretwork (viol consort): Bach, Purcell, Matthew Locke.  7.30pm.

16        A Celebration of Henry Purcell, 7.30pm, United Reformed Church, Burdon Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3AE.  Cappella Novocastriensis.

17        Music for Passiontide, St George’s Singers: St George’s Church, London Road, Poynton; Gibbons, Gjeilo, Lotti, Purcell, Tomkins, Stainer, Vittoria.

17        Liverpool Renaissance Singers: A new Dawn; the birth of English choral music.  St. Peter’s church, Ruthin, 7.30pm.

17        Bach St. Matthew Passion, Kidderminster Town Hall, 7.30pm; Kidderminster Choral Society and Elgar Sinfonia.

17        Handel Dettingen Te Deum & Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne & Telemann; Elgar Concert Hall, Birmingham University, 7.30pm; Birmingham Choral Union.

17        Farewell to Arms; Ebor Singers, York Minster Chapter House, 7.30pm.

22        Old and New, Four’s Company, The University of Huddersfield Chamber Choir and Early Music Ensemble, Director: John Bryan, 7.30 pm, St Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield.

24        William Byrd’s The Great Service, Birmingham St Chad’s Cathedral. The complete Great Service interspersed with Tudor hymns, organ voluntaries, readings of John Donne’s Holy Sonnets, and finishing with Byrd’s Sing Joyfully.  Birmingham Bach Choir, Paul Spicer conductor, Martyn Rawles organ, Archbishop Longley reader.

25        Liverpool Renaissance Singers: A new Dawn; the birth of English choral music.  Liverpool Cathedral Lady Chapel, 7.30pm.

29        Music for Passiontide; Couperin Leçons de Ténèbres; Musical & Amicable Society and vocal consort.  Worcester Cathedral Quire, 1.10pm.

30        Bach St. Matthew Passion; Ex Cathedra Choir & Baroque Orchestra, Toby Spence (Evangelist), James Rutherford (Christus); Symphony Hall Birmingham, 2pm.



2          St Matthew Passion (Bach), Glossop Festival Orchestra & chamber choir.  Glossop Parish church, Church Street South, SK137RU.

15        Liverpool Bach Collective, 6:30pm, Holy Trinity Church, L15 9EQ.  Cantata 145: Auf, mein Herz, des Herren Tag: Arise, my soul, the day of the Lord is here.

17        English Lute Song Recital: Danyel, Campian and Dowland.  12.45 pm, Wesleyan Chapel, St John’s Street, Chester, with Deborah Catterall and Hugh Cherry.  Free.

19        St Michael’s Church, Discoed, Presteigne, LD8 2NW.  The Linarol Consort of Renaissance Viols, directed by David Hatcher with tenor, Matthew Pochin, explore highlights of German music held by the National Library of Austria, associated with the court of Emperor Maximilian I.

27        Breaking barriers in the Baroque; music for or by women with Musicke in the Ayre; St. Helen’s Stonegate, St. Helen’s Sq. York YO1 8QN.

27        Da Camera; music by Telemann, Loggi, Mancini, O’Carolan, Playford.  Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, 7.30pm.

27-29   Worcester Early Music Festival.  Rachel Podger (27th), Rococo, Blondel (28th). See Linarol Consort with David Hatcher and Matthew Pochin (29th, Old St Martins, Cornmarket, as 19thApril).

28        Treasures of the early Baroque with Musicke in the Ayre; Mill Hill Unitarian Chapel, City Square, Leeds LS1 5EB, 3pm.

28        Celebrating Shakespeare’s Birthday; Lachrimae Consort; Knowle Village Hall, Solihull.



5          12.30 pm, Towards the String Quartet, National Centre for Early Music. Compagnia d’Istrumenti: Telemann, Richter, Mozart, Haydn.

3.00 pm, Kemp English Fortepiano, National Centre for Early Music: Mozart, Koželuch, Schubert

7.00 pm, Towards the Symphony, National Centre for Early Music. University of York Baroque Ensemble: Mozart, WF Bach, Haydn,

5          7.30 pm Wild Men of the Baroque – Piers Adams, recorders  and David Wright, harpsichord, Tarvin Community Centre, Meadow Close, Tarvin, Chester, CH3 8LY.  £10 for adults, £6 for under 16s: (small booking fee) or call Sue: 01829 741962/07946 958831 to reserve via cheque.

11-19   London Baroque Festival.

12        Renaissance Voices Chamber Choir (Monteverdi, Tallis, Byrd, Philips, Blow, Taverner); Bakewell Parish Church, Derbyshire DE45 1FD, 12 noon.

13        Liverpool Bach Collective, 6:30pm, St Matthew’s Church, L13 9DL. Cantata 11: Lobet Gott im seinem Rechten: Praise God in his kingdom

13        St Matthew Passion (Bach), Eversley Choir.  Capernwray Hall, Carnforth LA6 1AG.

19        Worcester Early Music Group “Pride and Prejudice” Ball; Worcester’s Guildhall. See

19        Come and sing Messiah (parts 2 & 3) with Derby Bach Choir; 1.45pm, St. George’s Church, Ticknall. £20 includes buffet supper before evening performance.

19        Ebor Singers, York Minster, 7.30pm.

24, 25  Armonico Consort and Baroque Players, Old Grammar School Coventry (24th), Old Court House Warwick (25th), with Christopher Monks, Eloise Irving (soprano), William Towers (countertenor).



7          Cifras Imaginarias; Swaledale Festival vihuela duo recital (Ariel Abramovich, Jacob Heringman); Aske Hall Chapel, Richmond, N. Yorks, 4pm.

10        3.00 pm, Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, Leeds Baroque Choir and Orchestra, conductor Peter Holman. Leeds University School of Music.

17        Liverpool Bach Collective. 6:30pm, Mossley Hill Parish Church, L18 8DB. Cantata 29: Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir: We thank you, God, we thank you.



20        Ebor Singers, York Minster, 7.30pm.

28        3.00 pm, Music of the Enlightenment, Leeds Baroque Choir and Orchestra, conductor Peter Holman, Leeds College of Music.


Contacts for concerts


Bassenthwaite Festival. , 07849 383727,

Birmingham Barber Institute  0121 414 7333

Birmingham Town Hall.  0121 345 0600.

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. 0161 907 9000, 0161 950 0015,

Buxton Festival. 0845 1272190,

Buxton Opera House 0845 1272190,, &

Chandos Choir.

Chetham‘s School of Music, Long Millgate, Manchester, M3 1SB, 0161 838 7200,

Early Dance Circle Festival, Ann Kent tel. 01484 663842, email

Fiori Musicali

Gregynog Festival.

Higham Hall Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, CA13 9HS, 017687 76276,

Kempley Village Hall,, 07891 254372.

Leeds University,

Leeds Waits.

Leicester, Castle House.

Leominster.  Tourist Information Centre, 01568 616460.

Lichfield Festival.

Liverpool Bach Collective,

London Festival of Baroque Music,

The Magic of Medieval Music

Music in New Radnor.   Box office  01544 350268.

NCEM, National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, Percy’s Lane, York, YO1 9TI. 01904 632220,,

Recorders Scotland, Lynne Hope at Recorder Players, 19 West Burnside, Dollar, FK14 7DP, Scotland, UK

Ripon.  01765 605508,

Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester Box Office, 0161 907 5555,,

St Andrew’s & West Church, Edinburgh.  Queen’s Hall Box Office,,  0131-668 2019

St. George’s, 01663 764012.

St Martin’s Church, Worcester.

Salts Mill, Saltaire,  01274 288100,,

The Sixteen,

Worcester Cathedral.  Worcester Live Box Office, 01905 611427

Worcester Huntingdon Hall.  Worcester Concert Club, 01905 611427

Worcester Early Music Festival.

Wordsworth Singers , 01900 829622.

York,  Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall,

York Waits,