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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

Sat. 23rd, 4.30pm: Paragon Singers, Bath
Prior Park Chapel, Ralph Allen Drive, Bath BA2 5AH
Paragon Singers, directed by Sarah Latto, are joined by Divertimento, directed by Sheila Koch.
Midsummer Music followed by prosecco, strawberries and cream on the chapel steps.
www.paragonsingers.co.uk


Sun. 24th, 7.30pm: Nova, Bristol
All Saints, Pembroke Road, Bristol BS8 3ED
Golden Music from Renaissance Spain and Portugal.
Sumptuous music by Victoria, Vivanco, Cardoso, Morago, Lobo, Guerrero and de Gois, sung by a small group of experienced singers. £8 (students £5) on the door.


Sun. 24th, 7pm: Artavian Singers with Artavian Baroque, Exmoor
The Music Room, Woolhanger Manor, Parracombe EX31 4RF
The Artavian Singers are joined by the Artavian Baroque Orchestra (Leader - Ann Monnington) and Soloists in music by Bach & Handel. This includes J.S.Bach’s Hunting Cantata (rather appropriate for Exmoor), Handel excerpts from Julius Caesar (including Caesar’s famous Aria with obbligato horn), and The Triumph of Time and Truth selection of solos and choruses.
www.artavianbaroque.co.uk


Sat. 30th, 7pm: Bath Philharmonia - Haydn's The Creation, Bath
Bath Abbey, Bath
Chorus: The Philharmonia Chorus
Soprano: Mary Bevan
Tenor: James Oxley
Baritone: Benjamin Bevan
Conductor: Jason Thornton
www.bathphil.co.uk


July

Sun. 1st, 3pm: Bristol Chamber Choir, Bristol
St Stephens Church, St Stephens Avenue, Bristol BS1 1EQ.
Bristol Chamber Choir, Conductor Gordon Pullin.
In the Beginning: Music by Aaron Copland and Cyril Rootham.
with Charlotte Newstead (soprano) and John Marsh (piano).
Aaron Copland: Three Old American Songs; Two songs of Emily Dickinson.
Cyril Rootham: Four Madrigals/Part songs; (written for Bristol Madrigal Society); Four settings of Mary Coleridge.
Poster
www.bristolchamberchoir.org.uk


Tue. 3rd, 1.10pm, Musicke in the Ayre, Bath
Holburne Museum, Bath BA2 4DB
Musicke in the Ayre, with soprano Gillian Wormley and Din Ghani (lute, baroque guitar) in "Consonant connections – 17th century music of the Anglo-Dutch axis", linked to "Prized Possessions", an exhibition of Dutch Masters belonging to National Trust houses.
Tickets £6.
www.holburne.org


Sat. 7th, 4pm: All Saints Matinee Concert, Bristol
All Saints, Clifton, Bristol BS8 3ED
Hannah Swain soprano, Judith Ogden alto, Bernard Maybury tenor, Bruce Saunders bass, with Jane Francis and Frances Eustace violas da gamba, Ellen O’Gorman and Dick Little recorders, Brigid Kirkland Wilson violin, Kate Ayers cello continuo, Nigel Gardner organ continuo.
Cantatas 158 and 106 (‘Actus Tragicus’) by J.S. Bach.
Concert followed by tea and cake.
Free with retiring collection.
www.allsaintsclifton.org


Sat. 7th, 6.30pm, Musicke in the Ayre, Frome
Christ Church, Frome BA11 1EH
Musicke in the Ayre, with soprano Jane Hunt and Din Ghani (lute, baroque guitar) in "Amor et Virtute" – lute songs exploring the life and times of Sir Walter Raleigh, executed 1618. A Frome Festival event.
Tickets £tbc.
www.christchurch-stmarys-frome.co.uk


Sat. 7th, 7:30pm: Buckfast Bach Hours II, Buckfastleigh
Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, Devon
A programme of Bach performed by Richard Lester, Harpsichord.
www.buckfast.org.uk


Tue. 10th, 7.30pm, Zalifenta, Bristol
Bristol Music Club, 76 St Paul's Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1LP
Hazel Fenton, Richard Little - recorders
Frances Zagni - viola da gamba
John Talbot - virginals/spinet
Concert of Baroque Music by lesser known composers
Further details


Thu. 12th, 6.30pm: Musicke in the Ayre, Bath
Museum of Bath Architecture, Bath BA1 5NA
Musicke in the Ayre, with soprano Carmel Edwards and Din Ghani (lute, vihuela) in "Chanson, frottola and villancico" – art songs from early 16th century Italy, France and Spain.
Tickets £12 at the door (£10 online via www.museumofbatharchitecture.org.uk).


Fri. 13th, 7.30pm, Zalifenta, Bristol
Holy Trinity Church, Church Road, Abbots Leigh, Bristol, BS8 3QT
Hazel Fenton, Richard Little - recorders
Frances Zagni - viola da gamba
John Talbot - virginals/spinet
Concert of Baroque Music by lesser known composers
Further details


Sat. 14th, 7.30pm: Monteverdi Vespers 1610, Exeter
Exeter Cathedral, Exeter, Devon
Exeter Festival Chorus perform Claudio Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610
Sponsored by the Bryan Foster Charitable Trust with:
- VOCES8,
- The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble,
- Schola Exe (Devon’s County Senior Choir),
- Nigel Perrin conductor.
www.exeterfestivalchorus.org.uk


Sun. 15th, 3.30pm: Duo Trobairitz – Romance and Revelry, Tewkesbury
Old Chapel Court, 23 Church Street, Tewkesbury GL20 5PD
Let us take you on a journey through medieval Europe, stopping to taste mouthwatering musical delights from Spain, France, Germany and England. Faye Newton and Hazel Brooks formed Duo Trobairitz to explore the courtly song repertoire of the troubadours and trouvères, especially suited to their combination of voice and vielle (an early violin).
Poster
www.johnmooremuseum.org


Sun. 29th, 7.30pm: Erebus Ensemble - Music for the Two Marys, Bristol
Acton Court, Latteridge Road, Iron Acton, Bristol BS37 9TL
The Erebus Ensemble directed by Tom Williams
Join award-winning early music group, The Erebus Ensemble, as it returns to Acton Court with a programme of Renaissance music dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God, and Mary Magdalene. At the centre of the programme is Alonso Lobo’s stunning six-part mass, Missa Maria Magdalene, one of the finest achievements of the High Renaissance. There are also motets from England, Flanders, Italy and Portugal in this whistle stop tour of musical devotion to two of the most important figures in Christian history.
www.actoncourt.com
www.erebusensemble.com


August

Sat. 4th, 3pm: Robin Bigwood – Goldberg Variations, Tewkesbury
Old Chapel Court, 23 Church Street, Tewkesbury GL20 5PD
JS Bach, Goldberg Variations
A monumental work composed, according to its title-page, ‘for the refreshment of the spirits’, Bach’s ‘Goldberg’ Variations are Bach’s definitive statement on the theme and variations form, honouring similar works by his predecessors while exploring uncharted territories in style and musical design. Robin Bigwood, based in Gloucestershire, is a harpsichordist who performs with some of the very best ensembles in the UK.
Poster
www.johnmooremuseum.org


Sat. 11th, 7:30pm: Buckfast Bach Hours III, Buckfastleigh
Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, Devon
A programme of Bach performed by Richard Lester, Harpsichord.
www.buckfast.org.uk


Sun. 12th, 3pm: Piva - Glorianna - An Elizabethan progress, Bristol
Acton Court, Latteridge Road, Iron Acton, Bristol BS37 9TL
Music from late 16th century England.
An Elizabethan progress was a lavish and costly affair, with citizens, courtiers and civic authorities going to great lengths to ensure that their Queen received the very best they could offer whether it was food, accommodation or entertainment. Renowned Renaissance music group Piva will capture the festive flavour of these events by presenting a programme of popular dance and ballad music that could have been heard on such a journey. Playing music from country house and stately court through to rowdy tavern and village green, this entertaining show will be accompanied by stories and contemporary accounts of the Progresses.
For this programme Piva are delighted to be joined by guest musicians An Croenen Brutsaert (voice), Kate Moran (violin), David Jarratt-Knock (cornetto) and Mary Mohan (viol).
www.actoncourt.com
piva.org.uk


Sun. 26th, 2.30pm: Musicke in the Ayre, nr Bath
Iford Manor, Bradford-on-Avon, BA15 2BA
Musicke in the Ayre with sopranos Jane Hunt & Maria Danishvar and Din Ghani (archlute/baroque guitar) in “Duets in the Baroque Dawn”
Free with garden entry.
www.ifordarts.org.uk


September

Sat. 22nd, 3pm: Musicke in the Ayre, Exeter
St Michael & All Angels, Mount Dinham, Exeter
Musicke in the Ayre with soprano Gillian Wormley with Din Ghani (lute and baroque guitar) in “Amore et Virtute: lute songs exploring the life and times of Sir Walter Raleigh d. 1618”.
Tickets £12/seniors £10/under-16s £6 (£1 discount for advance booking via www.ticketsource.co.uk).


Sat. 22nd, 7:30pm: Buckfast Bach Hours IV, Buckfastleigh
Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, Devon
A programme of Bach performed by Richard Lester, Harpsichord.
www.buckfast.org.uk


Sun. 23rd, 3.30pm: Elizabeth Kenny – Extending from the Inside, Tewkesbury
Old Chapel Court, 23 Church Street, Tewkesbury GL20 5PD
Extending from the Inside: music for theorbo from the 17th to the 21st centuries
The most dramatic feature of the theorbo, the largest member of the lute family, is its long – extended – neck. This recital features music by Piccinini alongside his eccentric Roman contemporary, Hieronymus Kapsberger, and the more mellifluous Frenchman Robert de Visée. Elizabeth Kenny is one of Europe’s leading lute players. Her playing has been described as “incandescent” (Music and Vision), “radical” (The Independent on Sunday) and “indecently beautiful” (Toronto Post).
Poster
www.johnmooremuseum.org


Fri. 28th, 7.30pm: Music in the Castle: Steve Tyler & Katy Marchant, Exeter
Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter EX6 8JQ
International musicians Steve Tyler and Katy Marchant play an eclectic mix of music from medieval and traditional sources along with their own compositions, combining ancient songs from as far back as the 12th century with newly composed dance tunes using the driving rhythms of hurdy gurdy and bagpipes. Also featuring shawm, gothic harp, cittern and other exotic early and traditional instruments.
musicinthecastle.co.uk


October

Thu. 11th, 6.30pm: Musicke in the Ayre, Bath
Museum of Bath Architecture, Bath
Musicke in the Ayre with sopranos Jane Hunt & Philippa Neaverson and Din Ghani (lute and baroque guitar) in “Amore et Virtute: lute songs and duets exploring the life and times of Sir Walter Raleigh d. 1618”.
Tickets £12 at the door (£10 online via www.museumofbatharchitecture.org.uk).


November

Sun. 11th: Bristol Chamber Choir: Music for Remembrance Sunday, Bristol
St Monica's Chapel, Bristol
www.bristolchamberchoir.org.uk


December

Sun. 9th: Bristol Chamber Choir: Christmas Concert, Bristol
Anglican Chapel, Arnos Vale, Bath Road, Bristol
www.bristolchamberchoir.org.uk


Fri. 14th, 7.30pm: Music in the Castle: Handel's Messiah, Exeter
Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter EX6 8JQ
The 8 Voices of Powderham Consort & Divertimento present this now traditional performance in the James Wyatt Music Room of Powderham.
musicinthecastle.co.uk


Sat. 15th: Bristol Chamber Choir: Christmas Concert, Bristol (TBC)
Lord Mayor’s Chapel, College Green, Bristol
www.bristolchamberchoir.org.uk


Regular Events

Venues and Societies that hold regular Early Music events:

St George's Bristol
St George's Bristol, Great George Street, Bristol BS1 5RR
Over 250 events each year, including classical, jazz, blues, folk and world music as well as family concerts and talks.
www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk


Totnes Early Music Society (TEMS)
Totnes, Devon
TEMS offers a series of six early music concerts each year, featuring top professional musicians from the early music and folk fields, and music ranging from Medieval to late Baroque.
totnesearlymusic.wordpress.com



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