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 N.B. the * in email addresses has been replaced by * to defeat address-gathering software. Information on concert venues
FEBRUARY 2020
Sun 2 London, St Peter’s, Belsize Park, London NW3 4HY, 6.30pm. Belsize Baroque. Bach, Telemann, Fasch, Graupner
Thur 6 WH Concentus Musicus Wien Concentus Musicus Wien. Biber, Purcell, Vivaldi & Telemann
Sat 8 St Mary's Bourne Street SW1W 8JJ, 7. 30pm. Renaissance Singers. Vox in Rama: Lamentations by Phinot & White
Mon 10 Wigmore Hall Radio 3 live lunchtime concert. Lucie Horsch (rec) Thomas Dunford (lute). Castello, Dowland, Marais, Couperin, Ortiz etc
13-29/4 Newcastle Early Music Festival
Sat 15 Oxford, the Queen’s College, 7.30. Contrapunctus, Queen’s College Choir, Instruments of Time & Truth. Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610 www.queenschoir.com/tickets
Tues 18 PROMS CADOGAN HALL. Cupertinos. 16th & 17th C Portuguese polyphony
Fri 21 WH The Sixteen The Sixteen. Byrd & Dowland
Sat 22 Holy Trinity Church, Rotherhithe SE16 5HF. Falvetti: Il Diluvio Universale (The Great Flood). Musica Antica Rotherhithe perform a forgotten 17th C masterpiece for the first time in the UK. Thanks to the generosity of Mr WeeKuang Tai MNA, all ticket sales will benefit UK-based charity Operation Noah in inspiring action on Climate Change. www.musicaantica.org.uk
22-29 Keble Early Music Festival in Oxford
Sun 23 King’s Place, 11.30. Bach, the Universe & Everything. The Beauty of Mathematics, inc BWV196. Dr Vicky Neale
Tues 25 WH The English Concert The English Concert. Bach
Wed 26 Oxford, Keble College Chapel, 7.30pm. Gabrieli Consort. Music for Ash Wednesday including Allegri ‘Miserere’ and Sheppard ‘Media vita’ Tickets Oxford
Thur 27 Oxford, Keble College Chapel, 7.30pm. Organ recital by James O’Donnell, Organist and Master of the Choristers, Westminster Abbey Tickets Oxford
Thur 27 Oxford, Keble College Chapel, 9pm. The Choir of Keble College. Compline by candlelight.
Fri 28 Oxford, Keble College Chapel, 1pm lunchtime concert. The Bate Players, Oxford’s student-led historical performance ensemble (Admission Free)
Fri 28 Oxford, Keble College Chapel, 7.30pm. His Majesty’s Sagbutts & Cornetts. ‘At His Majesty’s Pleasure’ - new music for early instruments; Martyn Harry’s suite depicting the Royal Household of a fictitious 16th-century child monarch Tickets Oxford
Sat 29 Oxford, Keble College Chapel, 7.30pm. The Choir of Keble College, Academy of Ancient Music. JS Bach: St John Passion Tickets Oxford
Sat 29 Oxford, Queen’s College chapel, 7.30. Contrapunctus. Splendours of the Italian baroque by Legrenzi, Colonna etc Tickets Oxford
Sat 29 Oxford, St Hilda’s, 7.30. Elizabeth Kenny (lute) La Conversation – crossing borders with the 17th C lute www.jdp.sthildas.ox.ac.uk
Sat 29 WH Akademie f Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. JS & CPE Bach
MARCH 2020
Wed 4 London, St Dunstan-in-the-West, 1.15pm. Musicke in the Ayre (Timea Gazdag sop, Esha Neogy bass viol, Din Ghani lute). Lute songs marking 400th anniversary of Thomas Campion’s death in the church where he is buried. www.stdunstaninthewest.org
Wed 4 WH Florilegium Florilegium. L’Europe Galante
5-10/4 London Handel Festival (many more concerts & recitals than those listed here)
Sat 7 Worcester Early Music In Ecclesiis – a programme of 17th century polyphonic music from across Europe with the Oriel Singers and a band of violins, cornetts and sackbuts. Padilla: Missa Ego flos campi, Gesualdo: O vos omnes, Monteverdi: Beatus Vir, Giovanni Gabrieli: Jubilate Deo and In Ecclesiis, Schütz: Selig sind die Toten and more.
Tues 10 WH London Handel Orchestra London Handel Orchestra. Handel: Parnasso in Festa
Wed 11 Oxford Faculty of Music. 1-4pm Performance clinic, 4.30-5 outdoor performance, 6-7 concert and tour. Period horn player Anneke Scott works with wind and brass students to explore lesser known marches for military music by Beethoven, ending with an outdoor concert. 6pm concert Anneke Scott and Steven Devine (fortepiano) Beethoven Sonata for horn & piano op. 17 (free) followed by tour of the Bate Collection pianos (free)
Wed 11 Oxford, Somerville College Chapel, 7.30. Bach: St John Passion
Thur 12 London, St Andrew Holborn, 7:30. Orlando Chamber Choir, Paul Plummer (organ) and Lucy Goddard (director) present “Genealogy of a Genius”, a concert with Bach family motets including Johann Sebastian’s moving Komm, Jesu, komm, the unforgettable Ich lasse dich nicht, and works by Johann Michael, Johann Ludwig and Johann Christoph. www.orlandochoir.org.uk
Thur 12 WH Early Opera Company Early Opera Company. Locke & Blow
Fri 13 London, Foundling Museum, 7pm. London Handel Players. Leclair, Weideman & Handel London Handel Festival
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 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 St Giles-in-the-Fields 4pm, 5pm, 6pm & 7.30pm. Happy Birthday JS Bach! Andrew Benson-Wilson (organ), Poppy Walshaw (cello), Annabel Knight (flute), 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.
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
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
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
Sun 5 King’s Place, 11.30. Bach, the Universe & Everything. Can Bacterium Compute? Professor Susan Stepney, inc. BWV172
Fri 10 London, St George’s Hanover Sq, 2.30. Bach: St Matthew Passion. London Handel Festival
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
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
29-31 Beverley Early Music Festival
JUNE 2020
Sat 13 Oxford, Queen’s College Chapel, 7.30. Sacred Works by Giovanni Bononcini (1670-1747) www.queenschoir.com/tickets
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 18 London, St George's Bloomsbury, 7.30pm. Renaissance Singers. Field of the Cloth of Gold
SEPTEMBER 2020
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
NOVEMBER 2020
5-7 Blackheath. London International Festival of Early Music
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