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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

April

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
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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


Thu. 15th, 6.30pm: Early-evening Bach for violin & cello, Bristol
Bristol Music Club, 76 St Paul's Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1LP
John Crockatt - violin, Jonathan Rees - five-string cello
Acclaimed historical performance specialists John Crockatt and Jonathan Rees come to Bristol Music Club with solo and duo music by JS Bach. Sonata no. 2 in A minor for solo violin BWV 1003 Suite no. 6 in D major for solo five-string cello BWV 1012 Two-part inventions.
Concert duration 90min incl. 2 short breaks. Doors open from 6:15pm.
Tickets: £12 (£8 students), incl. one glass of wine. Reserve by email to j.w.g.rees@gmail.com or buy on the door.
www.johncrockatt.co.uk
www.jonathanreescello.co.uk


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


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


August

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


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


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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