Vox Pura

This is a new Manchester based specialist Early Music group They are giving their first concerts – on the 6th and 20th October at 7.30 “le divine Orlande – Music by Orlande de Lassus St Martin’s Church, Marple Bridge, Stockport, SK6 5DT Suggested donation £10 to include refreshment.

October 2018 concert poster final


September news

The September newsletter is now on the web site and available for our members. Do think of joining as membership with access to the newsletter and reduced fees at workshops only costs £10 a year.

The closing date for a our day with David Allinson is fast approaching so do please get your application in soon.

Details and application forms for the later 2019 events are now on the workshop listings page


The day workshop with David Allinson is on the 22nd September. Do remember to apply in time for the workshop. We need to let David know the numbers coming in advance so he can prepare the music. Details as usual are on the workshops 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 www.earlymusic.info

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: https://www.storyhouse.com/event/vivaldi-gloria.

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