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See also: Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary which gives comprehensive listing of all types of classical music events in Plymouth, West Devon and South East Cornwall, including early music events.


Concert listings by Month

June

Fri. 23rd, 7.30pm: Luise Buchberger: Bach Cello Suites, Wells
Wells Cathedral, Wells
Tickets £12 from 01749 672773. No tickets on the door.


Sat. 24th, 7.30pm: Collegium Singers: Musical Masters of Rome, Somerset
Church of St Peter and St Paul, North Curry, Somerset
Collegium Singers, guest director Ian Webb Taylor: Musical Masters of Rome, choral music 16th-20th centuries.
Tickets £12, students £6. 01823 340370, or North Curry post office, or on the door.


Sun. 25th, 3.30pm: Old Chapel Court Concerts: German Jewels, Tewkesbury
The Old Baptist Chapel, Church Street, Tewkesbury GL20 5RZ
Rachel Brown - flute, Adrian Butterfield - violin.
Dip into a fabulous casket of German jewels, celebrating Telemann in the 250th anniversary of his death with flute fantasies and duos, alongside solo partitas for flute and for violin by J S Bach, and duos by Quantz and CPE Bach.
www.eventbrite.co.uk


Wed. 28th, 7.30pm: Yeovil Chamber Choir: On Wings of Song, Yeovil
St Andrew's Church, Preston Grove, Yeovil BA20 2BQ
Yeovil Chamber Choir, directed by Peter Parshall, On Wings of Song, a wide range of songs, choral and solo, on the theme of birds.
Tickets £10 to include refreshments and a glass of wine, from 01935 873719 or yeovilchamberchoir.@hotmail.com


Wed. 28th, 7.45pm: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Basingstoke
The Anvil, Basingstoke
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, conducted by William Christie, playing suites by Bach, Campra, Fischer and Rameau, with pre-concert talk at The Forge, 6.30pm.
www.anvilarts.org.uk


Thu. 29th, 7.30pm: Laura Snowden, Budleigh Salterton
The Temple Methodist Church, Budleigh Salterton
Laura Snowden, guitar, in a concert of mixed early and classical repertoire, including a composition of her own.
www.stpetersmusic.org.uk


July

Sat. 1st, 8pm: La Moresca: The Lady’s Cup of Tea: Baroque and Irish Music, Calstock
The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Based on 17th century Irish harpist-composer Turleigh O´Carolan´s music, La Moresca play pieces from Ireland and Cornwall as well as English dance and court music.
Breathtaking, beautiful music from this exciting ensemble on a rare trip to the UK from their native Germany, using period instruments creating sounds that are both stunning and deeply touching.
Featuring music by Turleigh O’Carolan, Matthew Locke, John Playford, plus traditional Folk music.
calstockarts.org


Sun. 2nd, 3pm: Bristol Chamber Choir Summer Concert, Bristol
St Stephen’s Church, St Stephen’s Street, Bristol BS1 1EQ
Bristol Chamber Choir continues the celebrations of its 180 year history with music written for the choir by Parry, Stanford and Pearsall, together with madrigals by Weelkes and Wilbye.
- Pearsall: Great God of Love, Lay a Garland
- Stanford: Ode on Time
- Parry: La Belle Dame sans Merci
- Weelkes and Wilbye: Madrigals
www.bristolchamberchoir.org.uk
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Online booking: Eventbrite


Sun. 2nd, 7.30pm: The Greenwood Consort: Enlightened Darkness, Devon
Ugborough Parish Church, Ugborough, Devon
The Greenwood Consort: Enlightened Darkness - Telemann, Handel, Vivaldi, Pachelbel
Collection in aid of the church bell restoration (suggested £10).


Fri. 7th, 6.30pm: Musicke in the Ayre, "Monteverdi & his milieu", Bath
Museum of Bath Architecture, Bath BA1 5NA
Marking the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi’s birth, also including works by his predecessors, peers and protégés; with Jane Hunt, Maria Danishvar and Din Ghani. Tickets £10
www.museumofbatharchitecture.org.uk


Sat. 8th, 12 noon: K’antu Ensemble & Kerry Andrew, Cheltenham
Cheltenham Music Festival, Parabola Arts Centre, GL50 3AA
How we Talk, by composer and performer Kerry Andrew, is the outcome of a year-long residency at 18 care homes in Shropshire, Gloucestershire and Lincolnshire. The resulting piece, written in collaboration with care home residents and presented with accompaniment from early music ensemble K’antu, is complemented by a selection of lively folk and world music from across the ages.
www.cheltenhamfestivals.com


Sat. 8th, 7.30pm: K’antu Ensemble, Songs & Dances of Renaissance Europe, Bratton Clovelly
Bratton Clovelly Festival, Bratton Clovelly Parish Hall EX20 4JT
K’antu Ensemble are a group of young, highly talented musicians who explore the less-trodden territories of early music, combining elements of folk and world music from Europe and South America. Their successful album, Gusto, was featured on BBC Radio 3 and the ensemble has played such venues as King’s Place, Symphony Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields. They have toured extensively and were invited to perform at the prestigious Gottingen International Festival in Germany.
www.brattonclovellyfestival.com


Sun. 9th, 3pm: K’antu Ensemble, Songs & Dances of Renaissance Europe, Calstock
Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Ln, Calstock PL18 9QX
K’antu Ensemble are a group of young, highly talented musicians who explore the less-trodden territories of early music, combining elements of folk and world music from Europe and South America. Their successful album, Gusto, was featured on BBC Radio 3 and the ensemble has played such venues as King’s Place, Symphony Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields. They have toured extensively and were invited to perform at the prestigious Gottingen International Festival in Germany.
Bar, tea, coffe and cake from 2pm.
www.calstockarts.org


Sun. 9th, 7pm: Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, Cheltenham
Cheltenham Festival, Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham GL50 1QA
I Fagiolini’s celebrated project The Full Monteverdi, a worldwide success, premiered in Cheltenham in 2004. In the 450th anniversary year of the great composer’s birth, we welcome them back with a semi-staged performance of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, acknowledged as the first great opera. Written in 1607, Monteverdi’s use of orchestral colour and expert vocal writing animates the story of Orpheus’ search for his love in the underworld.
www.cheltenhamfestivals.com


Fri. 14th, 7pm: Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, Gloucester
Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester
Monteverdi’s great Vespers of 1610 were written as an ‘audition’ for the job of Maestro di Capella at St Mark’s, Venice, and it’s little wonder that he got the job; the piece is a dazzling demonstration of the great Italian composer’s genius, juxtaposing intimate, prayerful moments with rich, virtuosic music.
From the opening cornett and sack but fanfares ?lling the rafters of Gloucester Cathedral, The Academy of Ancient Music bring exuberance and flair to evoke the golden grandeur of Monteverdi’s Venice.
www.cheltenhamfestivals.com


Sat. 15th, 12 noon: Rosafresca, Songs from Shakespeare's Plays, Bristol
Red Lodge, Park Row, Bristol BS1 5LJ
Rosafresca, with vocalist Hayley Guest, present a selection of Elizabethan airs and dances made popular through Shakespeare?s dramatic productions.
Free entry at the door.
For further information contact music@rosafresca.co.uk or the Red Lodge on 0117 9211360.
www.rosafresca.co.uk


Sun. 16th, 3.30pm: Old Chapel Court Concerts: Emma Kirkby - At Home and Abroad, Tewkesbury
The Old Baptist Chapel, Church Street, Tewkesbury GL20 5RZ
Emma Kirkby - soprano, Nicholas Clapton - countertenor, David Miller - lute.
At Home and Abroad - Musical connections between Britain and the Continent in the 1600s.
www.eventbrite.co.uk


Sat. 22nd, 7.30pm: Sounds and Sweet Airs, nr Bristol
Acton Court, Latteridge Road, Iron Acton, Bristol BS37 9TL
Sarah Deere-Jones harps and voice, with Phil Williams.
The harp was the primary stringed instrument in England from the 10th century. It was a favourite of many of our medieval kings and queens and played both by humble touring minstrels and famous troubadours. Sarah uses reproduction Medieval, Tudor and modern harps, and is accompanied by Phil Williams on bagpipes, hurdy-gurdy, cittern and hammered dulcimer. She brings alive the magical music and songs of the past with her own acclaimed compositions for the modern lever harp and a blend of haunting songs, dazzling instrumentals and a large helping of dry humour.
www.actoncourt.com


Sat. 22nd, 7pm: Eboracum Baroque: Dido & Aeneas, and The Fairie Queen, Glastonbury
Glastonbury Abbey, Magdalene Street, Glastonbury
Eboracum Baroque are delighted to return to Glastonbury Abbey to perform Henry Purcell's classic opera, Dido and Aeneas. In this semi-staged performance, hear some of the UK’s top young professional singers accompanied by an orchestra performing on period instruments. The first half will feature a reduced version of another of Purcell's great stage works, The Fairy Queen which is his take on Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Nights Dream' Relax in the beautiful surroundings of Glastonbury Abbey Lady Chapel and bring a picnic whilst watching the performance.
eboracumbaroque.co.uk


August

Sat. 5th, 1pm: Rosafresca, Bath
Magdalen Chapel, 86-88 Holloway, Bath BA2 4PX
Rosafresca presents a recital of lute songs by Dowland, Morley and Campion. Hayley Guest, vocalist, and Steve Walter, lute.
£5 entry on the door, or contact steve@rosafresca to reserve a seat.


Sat. 5th, 3pm: Old Chapel Court Concerts: Bach Cello Suites, Tewkesbury
The Old Baptist Chapel, Church Street, Tewkesbury GL20 5RZ
Alison McGillivray will play the first and sixth of Bach’s Suites for solo cello, and some Scots tunes by James Oswald, from the Caledonian Pocket Companion.
www.eventbrite.co.uk


Sat. 5th 7.30pm: Exon Singers, Monteverdi Vespers, Tavistock
St Eustachius Church, Tavistock
Tickets £10 (under-18 free)
exonsingers.org.uk/


Sun. 13th, 3pm: The Lion and The Rose: Courtiers of Grace, nr Bristol
Acton Court, Latteridge Road, Iron Acton, Bristol BS37 9TL
Music celebrating Henry VIII, his wife Anne Boleyn and their daughter Elizabeth I.
Clare Wilkinson – voice, Jacob Heringman – lute, Kirsty Whatley – harp, Gawain Glenton – cornetto / recorders, Stephen Wilkinson – reader.
Courtiers of Grace weave Tudor music around the passionate love story of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII as told in their own words. Both were skilled musicians; here are love songs written by Henry himself, and selected from Anne’s personal book. The fruit of this musical union was Elizabeth, the 'lion's cub', patroness to the great composers of the English Renaissance.
www.actoncourt.com


September

Fri. 8th, 7.30pm: Harry Christophers and the Sixteen, Choral Pilgrimage 2017, Wells
Wells Cathedral, Wells, Somerset
The Olive Branch - Music by Palestrina and Poulenc.
thesixteen.com


Sat. 9th, 7.30pm: Harry Christophers and the Sixteen, Choral Pilgrimage 2017, Tewkesbury
Tewkesbury Abbey, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire
The Olive Branch - Music by Palestrina and Poulenc.
thesixteen.com


Thu. 21st, 7.30pm: Crispian Steele-Perkins and Ian Le Grice, Crediton
Crediton Parish Church, Crediton, Devon EX17 2AH
Crispian Steele-Perkins (baroque trumpet) and Ian Le Grice (organ) play trumpet pieces by Handel, Haydn, Purcell and Stanley. They will also give you a demonstration of the techniques used to play the famous 'Trumpet Tunes' of the 17th and 18th centuries. The concert is promoted by the St Boniface Concert Society.
www.bonifaceconcerts.co.uk


October

Sun. 1st, 3pm: Musicke in the Ayre "Treasures of the early Baroque", Frome
The Silk Mill, Frome
Musicke in the Ayre, with sopranos Maria Danishvar, Jane Hunt and Philippa Neaverson, and Din Ghani (archlute/baroque guitar) in "Treasures of the early Baroque" with hidden gems for up to 3 sops. Ticket price and contact details tbc.


Mon. 2nd, 7.45pm: Flanders Recorder Quartet, The Final Chapter, Bristol
St Paul's Church, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2LR
A Programme of music scanning several centuries.
www.eventbrite.co.uk
There will be a playing afternoon with the quartet before the concert. Book this after you have clicked the 'checkout' button when buying the concert tickets (this is an optional Additional Item at the bottom of the page).
If you would like to attend the playing day, but can't attend the concert, please contact UKTour@flanders-recorder-quartet.be


Sun. 29th, 4pm: Musicke in the Ayre "Campion & Collaborators", Warminster
Chapel of St Lawrence, Warminster
Musicke in the Ayre, with soprano Jane Hunt and lutenist Din Ghani, in "Campion & Collaborators", Jacobean lutesongs marking Campion’s 450th birthday (part of Warminster Festival). Ticket price and contact details tbc.


November

Fri. 10th, Early Evening: Musicke in the Ayre "Sacré et profane", Bath
Museum of Bath Architecture, Bath
Musicke in the Ayre, with sopranos Jane Hunt and Carmel Edwards accompanied by Din Ghani on archlute and baroque guitar, in "Sacré et profane": airs, dances and motets from 17th century France; with pre-concert talk on history and construction of the instruments. Details tbc.


December

Fri. 1st, 7.30pm: Rosafresca, Spanish music from the Court of Ferdinand and Isabella, Totnes
United Free Church, Fore Street, Totnes
Rosafresca with vocalist Hayley Guest, explore the golden age of art and culture in Spain through the Palace Songbook. Dating from about 1520, this magnificent collection of over 400 songs is one of the great legacies of Queen Isabella’s support of the arts and music. The collection features the villancico, or rustic dance-song that would have been commonplace at village festivities, though later developed and refined by court composers of the time. The songs express themes of interest to the Spanish people – from the political, religious and pastoral to the amorous and bawdy.
Adults £12 Students £5
For information contact Jill Tomalin. tomalinandj@hotmail.com. Tel 01803 8494141.
www.rosafresca.co.uk



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