A narrow medieval alleyway off Tewkesbury’s Church Street reveals the Old Baptist Chapel, an enigmatic building used for religious purposes from the early 1600s, with origins in the middle ages. Thanks to grants from the Abbey Lawn Trust, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Tewkesbury Borough Council, the Chapel has received some well-needed tlc, and reopened at Easter. This atmospheric and ancient place provides the venue for four concerts, two in May and two in July, which explore the rich history of the Chapel and of Tewkesbury. We shall also celebrate Shakespeare in this 400th anniversary year; the burial ground behind the chapel contains the graves of some of Shakespeare's relatives.
To coincide with the Tewkesbury Medieval Festival, on Sunday 10 July The Border Waites (David Hatcher, Frances Eustace, Emily White and Richard Thomas) will bring their shawms, crumhorns, recorders, viols and percussion to tell the story of a shipwreck, which resulted in the chance meeting of Philip the Handsome and his wife Joanna the Mad with King Henry VII.
On Sunday 31 July internationally renowned tenor Rogers Covey-Crump joins the Windsor Box & Fir Company for Under the Greenwood Tree, music from 18th-century England including settings of Shakespeare and other popular songs from the theatre and pleasure gardens of the day.
The organizer is Jill Davies, with the help of the John Moore Museum in Tewkesbury, where you can buy tickets for all concerts. Tickets are also available online (booking fee applies). For more details please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.johnmooremuseum.org or www.facebook.com.