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.
Fri. 13th, 7.30pm: Sounds Baroque: Casanova's Conquest, Tiverton
St Paul's Church, Tiverton, Devon EX16 5HU
An operatic entertainment inspired by the alleged adventures of Giacomo Girolamo Casanova (1725-98)
Sat. 14th, 7.30pm: West Devon Chorale, Crediton
Church of the Holy Cross, Crediton, Devon EX17 2AH
- Monteverdi: Gloria
- Vivaldi: Beatus Vir
- Lotti: Crucifixus
- Kodaly: Missa Brevis
Sun. 15th, 3.30pm: Park West Ensemble, nr Lydney
St Briavels Church, St Briavels, nr Lydney, Gloucestershire
A concert of early music and song, including works by Handel, Telemann, and Bach.
Park West Ensemble was formed in 2013 when a group of friends began to explore the considerable repertoire for soprano voice, recorder/voice flute and keyboard. Most of the early repertoire comes from the baroque although there are some fine compositions from the Renaissance which, while intended for voice and instruments, sound very well on recorder consort with soprano voice.
Admission £15/£12/£2 - book online at www.wyevalleymusic.org.uk or call 01291 330020.
Wed. 18th, 7.30pm: The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments, Ashburton
St Andrew's Church, Ashburton, Devon TQ13 7DT
Sound House is a project that explores some of the musical and magical phenomena that they create. The performers play unusual and historically appropriate instruments, including the magnificent two-metre- long buzzing tromba marina and the little-known viola bastarda.
Sat. 21st, 7.30pm: Convivio: A Royal Engagement, Totnes
St Mary’s Church, Totnes, Devon
Convivio celebrate the anniversary of Bach’s appointment as Kappellmeister to Prince Leopold, exactly 300 years ago. From the court of Frederick the Great in Dresden to that of George I in London, Convivio explores music from some of the most renowned baroque composers working at the royal courts across Europe, alongside lesser known works from composers including the Bach family, Handel, Hasse and Telemann.
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). Tickets £7, from the Civic Centre.
Fri. 10th, 6.30pm: 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 by Din on history and construction of the instruments. Tickets £12.
Sat. 11th, 7.30pm: Charity Concert: A programme of music by Monteverdi, Barnstaple
Swymbridge Consort presents a charity evening with the Artavian Singers, The Winkleigh Singers, Vocal Accord, and the Wells Cathedral School Brass Ensemble.
Sun. 12th, 5pm: Bristol Chamber Choir: Exsultate et Plorate, Bristol
The Chapel, Saint Monica’s Trust, Cote Lane, Bristol BS9 3UN
A programme for Remembrance Sunday. Works by Ockeghem, Despréz, Byrd, Weelkes, Warren, Palestrina and Scarlatti.
Sun. 19th, 7.30pm: Handel's Messiah, Yeovil
Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX
Christopher Monks leads some of the UK’s finest period musicians of Armonico Consort and an all-star line-up of soloists, which includes Baroque soprano Elin Manahan Thomas (twice nominated for a Welsh BAFTA, and BBC Broadcaster), internationally renowned countertenor William Towers (who has recently toured with Bolshoi Opera), one of the finest British tenors, Nathan Vale (Royal Opera House and English National Opera) and bass Angus McPhee (The Sixteen).
Sat. 25th, 6pm: Lacock Scholars: Duarte Lobo Requiem, Lacock
Lacock Church, Lacock, Wiltshire
Duarte Lobo's magnificent 6-voice Requiem mass will be complemented by readings and a German Requiem setting by 19th-century German Peter Cornelius.
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
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Fri. 8th, 8pm: Piva, Old Christmas Return’d - Seasonal Music from Shakespeare’s Time, nr Taunton
Halsway Manor, Nr Taunton, Somerset
Old Christmas Return’d - Seasonal Music from Shakespeare’s Time will take you back to Christmas past as Piva relives the Tudor seasonal music and customs of the period. For this concert they will be joined by cornettist and all round superb musician, David Jarratt-Knock.
Sat. 16th, 2.15pm: Bristol Chamber Choir: Music For Christmas, Bristol
The Lord Mayor’s Chapel, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TB
Settings of ‘Ave Maria’ by Biebl, Bruckner, Despres, Liszt, Parsons, Rachmaninov, and Victoria with carols from the countries of these composers.
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