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3          3.00 pm, Leeds Baroque, Charpentier’s David et Jonathas; Clothworkers Concert Hall, Leeds University,

7          1.10 pm, King’s Hall, Newcastle University, Organ recital by John Kitchen on the University’s new Aubertin organ.

8          Early Chamber music; English Renaissance sacred music; student singers, University of Leeds School of Music Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall.

9          Liverpool Bach Collective.  Church of Our Lady and St Nicolas (Liverpool Parish Church), L2 8TZ, 2:30pm; St John Passion

9          7.30 pm, Two German Requiems; Jesmond UR Church, Burdon Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 3AE. Heinrich Schütz: Musicalische Exequien; Johannes Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem.  Cappella Novocastriensis and baroque ensemble / piano duet.,

15-17   Leominster Early Music Festival Weekend.  Music from 14th to 17th centuries.

15    7.30pm: Elizabethan and JacobeanSongs and Keyboard Music, Lion Ballroom.

16    11am: words, music and dance following the route from London to Aberystwyth drawn up by King’s Cartographer John Ogilby(1600­1676), Lion Ballroom.

16    3pm.  Presentation on the making and playing of medieval instruments referring to instruments depicted in 15th Century windows, Lion Ballroom.

16    7.30pm: stories of love, life and death in 14th Century Florence through work of Francesco Landini, with soprano and viols, Lion Ballroom.

17    7.30pm: Music for the dukes of Ferrara with Evelyn Tubb (soprano), Linarol Consort of Viols, Border Voices, Leominster Priory.

16        Zelenka Missa Gratias agimus tibi and Bach Ascension Oratorio; Sinfonia Chorale and Baroque Ensemble; Beeston Parish Church, Nottingham, 1930.

16        Renaissance Masterworks performed by Newcastle University New Vocal Ensemble, All Saints’Church, Rothbury, 12 noon.

21        7.30 pm, Trouvère: The Marshal’s Music, Ilkley Manor House. The life of William Marshal, England’s ‘greatest knight’, in the words and music of the time. 01943 607 030

24        A Lily Grows: Flowers and their hidden meaning in music from the medieval to the baroque.  Liverpool Renaissance Singers and Voci; Director: Deborah Catterall.  7.30pm, St Mary’s, Mold, CH7 1BW.

30        Via Crucis: sacred music for Lent and Passiontide (including Gibbons, Bach); Derwent Singers, St. Mary’s church, Derby, 2000.

30        Music for Passiontide: Howells Requiem plus Bach, Bruckner, Lassus, Leighton, Lotti, Tallis. Birmingham Bach Choir, St. Philip’s Cathedral, Birmingham, 1930.  www.birminghambachchoir,com

31        Bach B minor Mass; St. George’s Singers; Gorton Monastery, Manchester, 1930.

31        A Lily Grows: Flowers and their hidden meaning in music from the medieval to the baroque.  Liverpool Renaissance Singers and Voci; Director: Deborah Catterall.  7.30pm, St Werburgh’s, Chester, CH1 1QJ.



5          19.30,  Lion Ballroom, Leominster.   A Handefull of Pleasant Delites: 15th century music and dance from the Courts of Europe, with Passamezzo Early Dance and the musicians of Fleurs de Lys. Tickets 01568 616460 or on the door.

7          6.30 pm; J.S.Bach, St Matthew Passion, The Bishop’s Consort. Evangelist: Philippe Durrant, Jesus: Ben Kazes. Players on period instruments and singers one to a part. Directed by David Stancliffe. St Andrew’s, Corbridge.

13        St Olave’s Church, Marygate, York, 7.30 pm. The Herschel Trio: Mie Hayashi (harpsichord), Susanna Pell (viol) and Graham O’Sullivan (baroque flute); Les Tendres Sentiments; works by Rameau, Royer, Blavet and Boismortier. Tickets from  / 01904 658338

13        19.30,  St Mary’s Church, Hay-on-Wye.  A Concert of Baroque and Renaissance Music for Harpsichord, Spinet, Voice and Viola Da Gamba.  Lucy Green, with Yat-Soon Yeo and Claire Horácek.

17        19.30,  Malvern Theatres.  “A Guardian Angel”.  Rachel Podger and Voces 8.  Solo violin and choral music by Bach, Biber, Tallis, Monteverdi and more.

19        Bach St. Matthew Passion; Ex Cathedra, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 1400.

28        English Masters: sacred and secular music; Circle Singers of Leamington Spa; Dale Street Methodist Church, Leamington Spa, 1930.



3-5      Bristol Early Music Festival.

4          The Bread of Life: the Baroque Sonata; Bach, Corelli, Purcell, Handel.  Compagnia d’Instrumenti; National Centre for Early Music, 1230.

4          Sonatas and fantasias for flute (Jennifer Cohen) and harpsichord (Peter Seymour) by JS Bach, CPE Bach and Telemann.  National Centre for Early Music, 1500.

4          Concerto: Bach for 2 violins, Brandenburg 3; Handel Concerto Grosso Op 6 no 1; Compagnia d’Instrumenti and University Baroque Ensemble; National Centre for Early Music, 1900.

5          Liverpool Bach Collective.  Our Lady’s Church, CH41 8AQ, 6:30pm.  Cantata 66: Efreuet euch, ihr Herzen (Rejoice, O ye Hearts).

7-12    Cambridge Festival of the Voice: concerts, pre-concert talks and services in some of Cambridge’s most historic and beautiful buildings.

24-26  Beverley Early Music Festival including Jonglaresa, Tallis Scholars, Block 4, Fitzwilliam String Quartet, Cantoria.

31 – 2 June.  Worcestershire Early Music Festival. or 01905 611427.



1          From Landini to Purcell with Deborah Catterall, Gareth Glyn Roberts (tenor) and Hugh Cherry (lutes); Lady Chapel, Metropolitan (Catholic) cathedral, Liverpool, 12.45pm (about 45 mins), retiring collection.

8          Monteverdi Vespers of 1610, Chester Bach Singers, Chester Cathedral, 1930.

23        St Olave’s Church, Marygate, York, 7.30 pm.  The Herschel Trio with John Potter (tenor) and Jacob Heringman (lute): The Falcon and the Crown, music from the courts of Ann Boleyn and Queen Elizabeth I.  / 01904 658338



5-13     York early music festival.



25 – 10 Nov.  Brighton Early music festival


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,

Liverpool Renaissance

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,,

Newcastle University


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,

William Byrd Singers.

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,