Early Music Concert Diary
Please check details with concert organisers before turning up for a concert, as this information comes from a variety of sources which may not all be accurate. Start times are 7.30 pm unless stated. N.B. the @ in email addresses has been replaced by an image to defeat address-gathering software. Information on concert venues
MARCH 2020
5-10/4 London Handel Festival (many more concerts & recitals than those listed here)
Tues 17 London, St George’s Hanover Sq, 7pm. London Handel Orchestra, London Handel Singers. Handel: The Triumph of Time & Truth London Handel Festival
Wed 18 WH Mahan Esfahani Mahan Esfahani. Bach
Thur 19 London, Milton Court, 7.30. Academy of ancient Music. Handel’s Heroines London Handel Festival
Sat 21 London, St Giles-in-the-Fields 4pm, 5pm, 6pm & 7.30pm. Happy Birthday JS Bach! Andrew Benson-Wilson (organ) with (4pm & 6pm) Poppy Walshaw (cello), 5pm Annabel Knight (flute). 7.30pm Art of Moog: 21st Century Hyper- Bach on Synthesizers. The St Giles-in-the-Fields organ is one of the most important historic instruments in the UK, with pipework a little older than Bach. andrewbensonwilson.org/2020/01/18/happy-birthday-js-bach
Sat 21 Maidenhead, All Saints Church SL6 4HE, 6.30. Renaissance Voices. Ashes and Consolation: Music for Lent and Mothering Sunday. Choral pieces by Morales, Byrd and Purcell, preludes and chorales for the organ by Bach, and music by Victoria, Parsons, Lassus and Arcadelt. £15 including a light supper after the concert www.renaissancevoices.org.uk Postponed because of corona virus
Sat 21 London, St Mary the Virgin, Primrose Hill NW3 3DJ. The Camden Choir. Music by the Bach Family
Sat 21 London, St James Church N10 3DB. North London Chorus, Meridian Sinfonia on period instruments. Handel: Israel in Egypt northlondonchorus.org/tickets
Sat 21 SJSS Anton Bruckner Choir Anton Bruckner Choir, London Mozart Players. Bach: Magnificat & Mozart
Sat 21 Oxford, Christ Church Cathedral, St Aldate's OX1 1DP, 8pm. The Sixteen: Choral Pilgrimage 2020. Motets written in 16th C Rome, Victoria: Responsories for Holy Saturday, Allegri: Miserere www.thesixteen.com
Sat 21 Oxford, Sheldonian Theatre. Opus 48. Handel: Israel in Egypt Tickets Oxford
Sun 22 London, The Foundling Museum, 3– pm. Musicke in the Ayre (Carmel Edwards sop, Din Ghani lute). The orphan Orpheus: song texts by Thomas Campion (orphaned by 13, died 400 years ago) set to music by him and others. foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/orphan-orpheus/
Wed 25 St John's Smith Square 7pm. Early Opera Company. Handel: Serse. London Handel Festival
Thur 26 SJSS Chandos Chamber Choir Chandos Chamber Choir, His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts. Monteverdi: Vespers
Fri 27 WH L’Arpeggiata L’Arpeggiata. Spanish Baroque & traditional South American music
Sat 28 London, St Giles-in-the-Fields, 7.30pm. Renaissance Singers. Ingegneri
Sun 29 Chinnor, St Andrew's Church, , OX39 4PG. 6.30 - 7.30. Jackie Huntingford (voice and viol) Ludmila Podgaiskaia, Benedict King, Ryonfa Lee (viols). An hour of intimate and highly enjoyable music making, taking a short tour through French, Italian, German and English music of the 16th and early 17th centuries. No need to book, admission free, retiring collection for expenses jackie.huntingford*tiscali.co.uk
Mon 30 WH Ensemble Marsyas Ensemble Marsyas. Purcell & Cousser
APRIL 2020
Wed 1 London, St George’s Hanover Sq 7pm. Opera Settecento. Handel: Fernando. London Handel Festival
Thur 2 London, St George’s Hanover Sq, 7.30. Arne: Alfred & Handel: Ode to St Cecilia London Handel Festival
Fri 3 London, St George’s Hanover Sq, 7.30. Southbank Sinfonia. The Elements. London Handel Festival
Sat 4 London, St. George’s Hanover Sq, 3.30 & 5pm. The Brook Street Band. Royal Chamber Music. London Handel Festival
Sat 4 WH Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, Tim Mead (countertenor). Purcell: Songs & Dances
Sun 5 King’s Place, 11.30. Bach, the Universe & Everything. Can Bacterium Compute? Professor Susan Stepney, inc. BWV172
Sun 5 WH The English Concert The English Concert. Bach: St John Passion
Fri 10 London, St George’s Hanover Sq, 2.30. Bach: St Matthew Passion. London Handel Festival
Sat 11 Wigmore Hall Fretwork, Gallicantus. Schein & Schütz
Tues 14 WH Le Concert d’Astr Le Concert d’Astrée. Banchetto Musicale – Dances & Delights from the 17th C by Rosenmüller, Schein, Biber, Bertali, Muffat etc
Sat 18 Wigmore Hall 4pm & 7.30. Rachel Podger (violin) Kristian Bezuidenhout (hpschd) Bach violin sonatas
Tues 21 WH Roberta Invernizzi Roberta Invernizzi & Friends. Celebrating Women Baroque Composers – Strozzi, Leonarda. S Caccini & Jacquet de la Guerre
Fri 24 London, Holy Trinity Church, Rotherhithe SE16 5HF, 7.30. Airs pour le Roi Soleil: Airs for the Sun King. Musica Antica Rotherhithe present an intimate programme of songs and instrumental works written during the lifetime of Louis XIV, from the Italian Cantatas popularised in the years following the first opera productions brought to France to the rarely heard airs of Michel Lambert and Marc-Antoine Charpentier www.musicaantica.org.uk
Sat 25 London, St Mary-at-Finchley, Hendon Lane. Joglaresa. Enchantress of Seville. Free but ticketed www.ticketsource.co.uk/joglaresa/t-pvxorn
Sun 26 London, The Charterhouse EC1M 6AN, 3.30. Musicke in the Ayre (Emily Murphy, sop & Din Ghani, lute) in Hatches, matches & dispatches: the cycle of life in lute son. www.thecharterhouse.org/visit-us/whats-on
Tues 28 WH Franco Fagioli Franco Fagioli, Il Pomo d’Oro. Baroque operatic arias by Durante, Vinci, Hasse, Fiorenza & Handel
Wed 29 PROMS CADOGAN HALL. The Cardinall’s Musick. Byrd, Gibbons & modern
MAY 2020
1-3 Bristol Early Music Festival sponsored by South West EMF www.bristolearlymusicfestival.uk
Wed 6 Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College Chapel, 7.30. The Sixteen Choral Pilgrimage Motets written in 16th C Rome, Victoria: Responsories for Holy Saturday, Allegri: Miserere. www.thesixteen.com
Fri 8 WH Les Talens Lyriques Les Talens Lyriques. Chante d’amour. Lambert, Couperin, Clérambault & Leclair
Sun 10 Music in New Malden. Alison Bury and Maggie Cole playing Bach Sonatas for violin and harpsichord
Tues 12 WH La Serenissima La Serenissima. Vivaldi
Fri 15 WH Collegium Vocale Gent Collegium Vocale Gent. Gesualdo: 5th Book of Madrigals (complete)
Sat 16 Hambledon, St Mary the Virgin, 7.30. Windsor Box & Fir (Rogers Covey-Crump tenor Jenny Thomas flute & recorder Ilana Cravitz violin Ian Gammie guitar & bass viol John Halsey harpsichord. The Maiden & the Thief: traditional music from Spain.
Sun 17 WH Solomon’s Knot Solomon’s Knot. Not the Christmas Oratorio. Bach: 3 secular cantatas later reset in the Christmas Oratorio
Thur 21 PROMS CADOGAN HALL. The Gesualdo Six. The Madrigal from Monteverdi to Ligeti
Mon 25 Wigmore Hall Radio 3 live lunchtime concert. Paulo Pandolfo & Amélie Chemin (gamba), Thomas Boysen (theorbo, lute, guitar), Markus Hunniger (hpschd). Marais
Tues 26 WH Ensemble Marsyas. Dublin 1742. Handel, Dubourg, Vivaldi & Geminiani
Thur 28 WH L’Arpeggiata L’Arpeggiata. Via Crucis – Baroque Passion
29-31 Beverley Early Music Festival
Sat 30 Greenwich, St Alfege Church SE10 9BJ, 1.05. Musicke in the Ayre (Gwen Martin, sop, Amanda Seaborn, b.viol, Din Ghani, lute & guitar) in The Road to Restoration: courtly ayres from Ferrabosco to Lanier www.st-alfege.org
JUNE 2020
Sat 13 Oxford, Queen’s College Chapel, 7.30. Sacred Works by Giovanni Bononcini (1670- 1747) www.queenschoir.com/tickets
Sat 13 Essex, Great Waltham Church, 7.30pm. Chelys Consort of Viols and Essex Voices. 'O Clap Your Hands...' music for viols and voices by Tomkins, Gibbons, Byrd, Weelkes and Wilbye. 01245 360240 angelearlymusic*gmail.com
Thur 18 PROMS CADOGAN HALL. The Tallis Scholars. Tallis: Spem etc
Mon 22 Wigmore Hall Radio 3 live lunchtime concert. Giuliano Carmignola (bar violin), Riccardo Doni (hpschd). Handel & Bach
JULY 2020
3-11 York Early Music Festival
Mon 6 London, St James’ Church, Spanish Place, 7.30. The Sixteen Choral Pilgrimage: Motets written in 16th C Rome, Victoria: Responsories for Holy Saturday, Allegri: Miserere www.thesixteen.com
Sat 11 Northwood, St John's Church, Hallowell Road, 2pm. Chelys Consort of Viols with Gwendolen Martin (soprano). The Leaves Be Greene - the turn of the seasons told though early music and folk song. An hour's concert followed by strawberries and cream. Tickets from chelysconsortofviols*gmail.com or on the door
Sat 18 London, St George's Bloomsbury, 7.30pm. Renaissance Singers. Field of the Cloth of Gold
Sun 19 Essex, Great Waltham Church, 5pm. 'Seicento - Vespers for a private chapel c.1650' - music for voices, period instruments and continuo, directed by Philip Thorby. 01245 360240 annabel*maltons.me.uk
Wed 9 Croydon Minster CR0 1RN, 7.30. The Sixteen Choral Pilgrimage. Motets written in 16th C Rome, Victoria: Responsories for Holy Saturday, Allegri: Miserere www.thesixteen.com
5-7 Blackheath. London International Festival of Early Music
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