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Concert listings by Month

March

Fri. 3rd, 8.45pm: Late-night French baroque music for viol and theorbo, Bristol
Bristol Music Club, 76 St Paul's Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1LP
Acclaimed historical performance specialists Alex McCartney (theorbo) and Jonathan Rees (viol) explore the rich, florid and expressive flavours of the French Baroque in an intimate late-night concert for viol and theorbo, with wine.
Tickets: £12 (£8 students), incl. one glass of wine. Reserve by email to j.w.g.rees@gmail.com or buy on the door. Doors open from 8pm, concert lasts one hour.
www.alexmccartney.co.uk
www.jonathanreescello.co.uk


Sun. 5th, 3.30pm: Newe Vialles Recital, Bristol
St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol BS1 6RA
"Shirley Partbooks" programme, recently performed at the London International Festival of Viols. Tickets: £8 on the door.
www.newevialles.co.uk
www.stmaryredcliffe.co.uk
Poster


Sun. 5th, 6.30pm: Evensong with St Mary Redcliffe Choir and Newe Vialles, Bristol
St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol BS1 6RA
Orlando Gibbons Second Service, Anthem O Thou the Central Orb. Free admission.
www.newevialles.co.uk
www.stmaryredcliffe.co.uk
Poster


Fri. 10th, 7.30pm: Blockflute Band (conductor Richard Little) and the Bristowe Consort, Bristol
Whiteshill Evangelical Church, Bristol Road, Hambrook, Bristol BS16 1SD
Including music by Gibbons, Morales, Phillips, Sanz, Woodcock. In aid of Crisis Centre Ministries


Fri. 10th, 8pm: Trio Mediaeval and Arve Hendriksen, Bristol
St George's, Bristol
Mediaeval sacred music with experimental contemporary trumpeter Arve Hendriksen.
www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk


Sat. 18th, 7.30pm: The Brewery Band - Grace and Fire, Totnes
St Mary's Church, Fore Street, Totnes, Devon
Baroque violinist Morag Johnston and lutenist Matthew Wadsworth play colourful and exciting sonatas by Castello and Uccellini and the ground basses of Purcell and Gibbon.
www.dartington.org


Sat. 18th, 7.15pm: Exeter Chamber Choir, Buckfastleigh
Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, Devon TQ11 0EE
Exeter Chamber Choir dir. Andrew Daldorph
Bach Jesu Meine Freude
Allegri Miserere
Rheinbürger Mass in Eflat
www.exeterchamberchoir.co.uk


Sat. 18th, 7.30pm: Collegium Singers - Celebrating Josquin, Wellington
Parish Church of St John, Wellington, Somerset TA21 8QY
Collegium Singers, directed by Peter Leech, perform sacred choral works by the Franco-Flemish master and his contemporaries: Sermisy, Isaac, Janequin & Obrecht
www.collegiumsingers.org.uk


Sun. 19th, 7.30pm: Nova - The Voice of the Turtledove, Bristol
All Saints Church, Pembroke Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 3ED
Nova, directed by Bruce Saunders, perform music of the European Renaissance from The Song of Songs. £8 on the door (students £5).


Tue. 21st, 7.30pm: Exeter Chamber Choir, Exeter
Exeter Cathedral, 1 The Cloisters, Exeter EX1 1HS
Exeter Chamber Choir dir. Andrew Daldorph
Bach Jesu Meine Freude
Allegri Miserere
Rheinbürger Mass in Eflat
www.exeterchamberchoir.co.uk


Tue. 21st, 7.30pm: Concert of Baroque Music given by Zalifenta, Bristol
Bristol Music Club, 76 St. Paul's Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1LP
Hazel Fenton and Richard Little recorders, Frances Zagni viola da gamba, John Talbot virginals. Music by de Fesch, Keller, Telemann, Charpentier, Loeillet, Marais and Handel.


Wed. 22nd, 4.30pm: Year of the Recorder Grand Finale Concert, Frome
Cheese & Grain, Frome, Somerset
In 2017, the international Recorder virtuosi Anna Stegmann and Tabea Debus lead Jackdaws Year of the Recorder in a project introducing children to instrumental music. The fifth 'Year of...' project will see the pair perform at schools across Somerset in February and ends with the Grand Finale concert at the Cheese & Grain, Frome on 22 March. Anna and Tabea will base their performance on the folk tale, 'How the Wren became King'. Having made over 15,000 musical interactions between international performers and Somerset school children, Jackdaws Year of... Education project continues this year with another 12 schools and their pupils.
www.jackdaws.org.uk


Wed. 22nd, 7.30pm: Yeovil Chamber Choir - Salvator Mundi, Yeovil
St Andrew's Church, Preston Grove, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 2BQ
Yeovil Chamber Choir, directed by Peter Parshall, perform Salvator Mundi - Saviour of the World, a Choral Concert of Sacred Music for Lent and Passiontide
www.yeovilchamberchoir.org


Sat. 25th, 7pm: Opus Anglicanum - Annunciation, Wells
Wells Cathedral, Wells, Somerset
Opus Anglicanum’s final Wells Cathedral concert under the directorship of founder, John Rowlands-Pritchard, featuring beautiful music and readings for the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the beautiful candlelit surroundings of Wells Cathedral Quire. Tickets £12 available at the cathedral shop, or on the door.
www.wellscathedral.org.uk


Sun. 26th, 3pm: Gesualdo Six - director Owain Park, Monmouth
St Mary's Priory Church, Monk Street, Monmouth NP25 3NX
The Gesualdo Six are a vocal sextet specialising in the performance of renaissance polyphony. Formed initially for a performance of Gesualdo's Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday, the ensemble has since gone on to perform numerous concerts around the UK to critical acclaim. Whilst focusing on early music, the group often programmes modern works, having included pieces by Joanna Marsh, Sarah Rimkus and Pawel Lukaszewski in their recent concerts.
monmouthparishes.org
www.wyevalleymusic.org.uk


Fri. 31st, 7.30pm: Baroque Singing Competition and Performance, Cheltenham
Prince Michael Hall, Dean Close School, Cheltenham GL51 6EP
New one-day baroque singing competition for young professional singers in the Prince Michael Hall with a finalist’s concert at 7.30pm. Public tickets are available for both the daytime stages (from 11am) and the evening concert. Adjudicators: Catherine Bott, Peter Savidge, David Crown.
www.cheltenhambachchoir.org.uk


April

Sat. 1st, 7.30pm: Bristol Bach Choir, Bristol
Bristol Cathedral, College Green, BS1 5TJ
MacMillan: St Luke Passion
Barber: Adagio for Strings
Tallis: Lamentations of Jeremiah
bristolbach.org.uk


Sat. 1st, 6pm: St Matthew Passion (J.S.Bach), Cheltenham
Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham GL50 1QA
Cheltenham Bach Choir (conductor: David Crown)
The Musical and Amicable Society Baroque Orchestra Soloists: Rosalind Coad, Annie Gill, William Wallace, Nick Pritchard, Nick Merryweather, Morgan Pearse www.cheltenhambachchoir.org.uk


Sat. 1st, 7.30pm: Exultate Singers, Bristol
St George's, Bristol
Exultate Singers joins forces once again with the virtuosic early music ensemble His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts and soloists from the world-renowned vocal consort I Fagiolini to perform Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610. This unique piece reflects one of the most ostentatious periods of history, wonderfully combining the glories of the Renaissance with the opulence of the Baroque. The performers will be arranged around the hall in a variety of ensembles throughout the performance, echoing the galleries and balconies of St Mark’s Venice. This dazzling work is regarded by many as one of the greatest glories of the baroque choral repertoire, juxtaposing reflective, intimate moments with opulent, flamboyant virtuosic music.
www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk


Sun. 2nd, 3pm: Bristol Chamber Choir: Carissimi Oratorios, Bristol
Christ Church, Broad Street, Bristol BS1 2EJ
Bristol Chamber Choir, directed by Gordon Pullin, presents two oratorios by one of the greatest Italian composers of the 17th Century, Giocomo Carissimi, together with works by two composers who inspired him, Monteverdi and Gesualdo, and Antonio Lotti who followed him. Programme:
- Giocomo Carissimi Jonah
- Giocomo Carissimi Jephtha
- Carlo Gesualdo O vos omnes
- Claudio Monteverdi Christe adoremus te
- Antonio Lotti Crucifixus a 8
Tickets from Eventbrite https://BristolCarissimi.eventbrite.co.uk and Opus 13, 14 St Michael’s Hill, Bristol
www.bristolchamberchoir.org.uk


Sun. 2nd, 7.30pm: Benjamin Baker plays Bach Partitas for Solo Violin, Cheltenham
Prince Michael Hall, Dean Close School, Cheltenham GL51 6EP
Benjamin Baker is one of the country's best up-and-coming young violinists. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear him perform Bach’s masterpieces for unaccompanied violin!
www.cheltenhambachchoir.org.uk


Mon. 3rd, 7.30pm: Ensemble Leones - Love Lost and Found, Dorset
St Andrew's Church, Yetminster, Dorset
Three Hundred Years of Old World Song:
Join us for a musical travel log, visiting England, France, Germany and Italy as we play music dating from the 12th to the 15th centuries. A rare chance to hear seldom performed music played by international specialists (two of them local).
Tickets: £10 on the door or email threevalleyscurate@yahoo.com to reserve.
www.sherborneearlymusic.com


Fri. 7th, 6.30pm: Musicke in the Ayre: Songs for the Stuarts, Bath
Museum of Bath Architecture, Bath BA1 5NA
Songs to the lute by composers with connections to the Stuart court from James I to Charles II, with Gillian Wormley (soprano) and Din Ghani (lute). Tickets incl refreshments, at the door, or 01225 333895, jhunter@bptrust.org.uk.


Fri. 7th, 7.30pm: "Love's Seasons" – a concert by the Waites of Gloucester, Bishop's Cleeve nr Cheltenham
Bishop's Cleeve Tithe Barn, nr Cheltenham GL52 8LU
The Holst Birthplace Museum presents a concert of renaissance music performed by the Waites of Gloucester, featuring crumhorns, curtals, bagpipes, recorders and sundry other strange and wonderful instruments.
www.holstmuseum.org.uk


Sat. 8th, 7.30pm: Exeter Bach Society
St Thomas Methodist Church, Cowick Street, Exeter
Join Exeter Bach Society for a feast of music both contemplative and passionate on the eve of Holy Week. 2017 sees the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the haunting Duruflé Requiem (1947) and the society present it here with the beautifully scored reduced orchestration. There will also be performances of the incredibly moving J. S. Bach motet - 'Komm, Jesu, Komm', a Baroque setting of the moving text 'Miserere' by Czech composer Zelenka and an audience favourite, Fauré's delightful Cantique de Jean Racine. The concert will begin with a performance of Vivaldi's incredible outpouring of passion and fire 'In Furore Iustissimae Irae' sung by professional soprano, Aimee Presswood.
www.exeterbachsociety.org


Wed. 12th, 7.30pm: Monteverdi 450: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Bristol
Colston Hall, Colston St, Bristol BS1 5AR
English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir, Conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Like L'incoronazione di Poppea, "The return of Ulysses to his homeland" is a late work, composed in what would prove to be an operatic Indian summer for a composer now advancing into his 70s yet still full of inspiration.
Sung in Italian with surtitles.
www.colstonhall.org


Fri. 21st, 8pm: Old Chapel Court Concerts: Harmony and Concord, Tewkesbury
The Old Baptist Chapel, Church Street, Tewkesbury GL20 5RZ
Simone Eckert - viol with Kate Fawcett and Martin Perkins of the Musical & Amicable Society Solos, duets and trios from England and Germany for violin, viola da gamba and keyboard.
www.eventbrite.co.uk


28th - 30th: Three Towers Music Festival, nr Bath
Farmborough, Marksbury and Stanton Prior, nr Bath
The Festival covers a wide range of musical genres, ranging from the mediaeval and renaissance periods to classical, jazz, folk and world music, including works by contemporary composers and songwriters. Each year the festival donates profits to a music-related charity; in 2017 the nominated charity is the Amber Trust, supporting music for blind children.
www.threetowersfestival.org


Sat 29th, 7.30pm: Concentus VII - Et in Arcadia Ego, Totnes
St Mary's Church, Fore Street, Totnes, Devon
Concentus VII offer a programme of exquisite secular solo cantatas and oboe sonatas from Alessandro Scarlatti, Lotti, Vivaldi and Handel, who spent 3.5 years in Italy. All were influenced by the Italian Academy of Arcadia of which Scarlatti was a member, and which favoured a simple idyllic, pastoral style.
www.dartington.org


Sat. 29th, 10.30am: Ensemble Hesperi - Mr Handel invites, nr Bath
All Saints Church, Farmborough, nr Bath
Music from the baroque period for recorder and continuo. Admission free, refreshments provided. Donations in aid of the Amber Trust.


May

Sat. 6th, 12 noon: Mendip Consort, Weston-super-Mare
All Saints Church, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset
Mendip Consort are a group of amateur recorder players who have been making music together for about 12 years. This year celebrates the 10th year of Joyce conducting the consort, so we have decided to "Cherry pick" our favourite pieces form the previous 9 seasons of concerts. These include music by Byrd, Purcell, Lawes, Josquin, Parry, Schmelzer, Part and other favourites. The content of each concert will be slightly different this year, but the whole range of recorders will be displayed, including a possible quartet for 4 contra basses.
Further information on our web site: mendiprecorders.wordpress.com


Mon. 8th, 7.30pm: Monteverdi 450: L'incoronazione di Poppea, Bristol
Colston Hall, Colston St, Bristol BS1 5AR
English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir, Conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Set in the opulence of Imperial Rome, L’Incoronazione di Poppea follows Poppæa’s progression from Nero’s mistress to his acknowledged queen.
Sung in Italian with surtitles.
www.colstonhall.org


Tue. 9th, 1.10pm: Musicke in the Ayre, "A Flemish Foray", Bath
The Holburne Museum, Bath BA2 4DB
Songs for voice and lute mostly published in the Netherlands around the time of the Brueghel dynasty (linked to an exhibition of their works), with soprano Jane Hunt and lutenist Din Ghani. Tickets £6.
www.holburne.org


Sat. 13th, 4pm - 10pm; Sun. 14th, 10am - 4pm: The 4th Really Classical Relay, Bristol
Bristol Music Club, 76 St Paul's Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1LP
Bristol's friendly and relaxed festival of Classical music on historical instruments returns for its fourth year with another stellar line-up of international musicians and an irresistible programme of Classical composers. All music played using early editions & arrangements.
Continuous performances | come and go when you want | pay what you can for entry | all ages welcome | creative activities | licensed café
Full programme coming soon. Check www.reallyclassicalrelay.co.uk for more details and email jon@reallyclassicalrelay.co.uk to be added to the mailing list.


Fri. 19th, 1pm: Mendip Consort, Wells
Wells Cathedral, Somerset
Mendip Consort are a group of amateur recorder players who have been making music together for about 12 years. This year celebrates the 10th year of Joyce conducting the consort, so we have decided to "Cherry pick" our favourite pieces form the previous 9 seasons of concerts. These include music by Byrd, Purcell, Lawes, Josquin, Parry, Schmelzer, Part and other favourites. The content of each concert will be slightly different this year, but the whole range of recorders will be displayed, including a possible quartet for 4 contra basses.
Further information on our web site: mendiprecorders.wordpress.com


Sat. 20th, 7.30pm: Cambridge Renaissance Voices and Concordia, Sherborne
Sherborne Abbey, Sherborne, Dorset
Cambridge Renaissance Voices join forces with the viol consort Concordia in the beautiful setting of Sherborne Abbey, to explore a rich repertoire of English music from the 17th century. This was the golden age of consort music, where voices and viols were used interchangeably or together, in both domestic and sacred music. The programme ranges from intimate part songs by Dowland to Jacobean verse anthems by Orlando Gibbons and Thomas Tomkins, and the music of Henry Purcell which represents in many ways the culmination of this rich tradition. While his anthems straddle the musical styles of the late Renaissance and a more dramatic idiom signalling the early Baroque, Purcell’s viol Fantasias look back to an earlier age, bringing to an old instrumental form a dazzling complexity and musical beauty.
Tickets £17.50 and £13.50 from Sherborne Tourist Information 01935 815341, or online: www.shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk
Concert Poster


Thu. 25th, 7.30pm: Harry Christophers and the Sixteen, Choral Pilgrimage 2017, Exeter
Exeter Cathedral, Exeter, Devon
The Olive Branch - Music by Palestrina and Poulenc.
thesixteen.com


Fri. 26th, 7.30pm: Harry Christophers and the Sixteen, Choral Pilgrimage 2017, Truro
Truro Cathedral, Truro, Cornwall
The Olive Branch - Music by Palestrina and Poulenc.
thesixteen.com


Sun. 28th, 7.30pm: Monteverdi 450: L'Orfeo, Bristol
Colston Hall, Colston St, Bristol BS1 5AR
English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir, Conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Monteverdi's "fable in music" is arguably the first great masterpiece of the operatic stage, some four centuries after it was composed, L'Orfeo remains one of the most potent explorations of the Orpheus myth ever conceived – an audacious debut about the power of music itself.
Sung in Italian with surtitles.
www.colstonhall.org


June

Sat. 3rd, 1pm: Mendip Consort, Sherborne
Sherborne Abbey, Sherborne, Dorset
Mendip Consort are a group of amateur recorder players who have been making music together for about 12 years. This year celebrates the 10th year of Joyce conducting the consort, so we have decided to "Cherry pick" our favourite pieces form the previous 9 seasons of concerts. These include music by Byrd, Purcell, Lawes, Josquin, Parry, Schmelzer, Part and other favourites. The content of each concert will be slightly different this year, but the whole range of recorders will be displayed, including a possible quartet for 4 contra basses.
Further information on our web site: mendiprecorders.wordpress.com


Sat. 10th, 7.30pm: Psallite Women's Choir - Sing a Song of Joy, nr Bath
St Lawrence Church, Stanton Prior, nr Bath
Psallite Women's Choir, directed by Nancy Hadden, Sing a Song of Joy, renaissance composers, including Lassus, Passereau and Palestrina, together with choral works by contemporary composers, including a newly commissioned piece by Judith Wheeler. Refreshments provided.Admission free: retiring collection in aid of the Amber Trust, supporting music making by blind children.
www.nancyhadden.co.uk
www.threetowersfestival.org


Sat. 17th, 7.30pm: Early Music Organ Concert, Bristol
St Peter's Church, Pilning, Bristol
New York based early music specialist Gwendolyn Toth will be playing a solo concert at St. Peter's Church, Pilning. Gwendolyn will only be performing two concerts in England on this tour. Tickets £10.
www.ticketsource.co.uk/


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


July

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


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


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



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