Early Music Concert Diary
Please check details with concert organisers before turning up for a concert, as this information comes from a variety of sources which may not all be accurate. Start times are 7.30 pm unless stated. N.B. the * in email addresses has been replaced by * to defeat address-gathering software. Information on concert venues
FEBRUARY
Sat 6 Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton, RG7 5TQ, 7.45pm. Reading Bach Choir, Con Amici Barocco. Bach, contemporaries and followers (0118 947 8097) tickets*readingbachchoir.org.uk www.readingbachchoir.org.uk
Sun 7 Wigmore Hall La Compagnia del Madrigale. Marenzio, Monteverdi, Gesualdo
Tues 9 Oxford, Bate Collection gallery recital, 1pm. " Generations of the horn: instruments from the Collection and timely works". Kirsten Hansen of Columbus State University demonstrates instruments from the Collection. Free of charge – no advance booking necessary
Thur 11 Wigmore Hall Royal Academy of Music Baroque Soloists, Rachel Podger (dir/violin) Telemann: Tafelmusik II
Sun 14 London, St Cuthbert’s, Earls Court. Lacock Scholars. Love and Loss: Lenten Music and Lovers' Music
Sun 21 London, Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square WC1N 1AZ, 3–4pm. Musicke in the Ayre (Jane Hunt soprano, Din Ghani lutes). Grounds for delight – songs based on C16/17 standards www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk
Sun 21 London, St. Peter's Church, Belsize Park, NW3 4HY, 6.30pm. Belsize Baroque Orchestra. Bach and Telemann: orchestral music with soprano and trumpets (07711 666270) www.belsizebaroque.org.uk
Tues 23 Wigmore Hall Theatre of the Ayre. Sacred Theatre. Purcell etc
Thur 25 London, St Mary-at-Hill 8pm. Stanesby Players. Blow thou Winter Wind. Music for bass, recorder, gamba and hpschd inc Rameau
Fri 26 Wigmore Hall Dunedin Consort. Bach & Handel
MARCH
Thur 3 Wigmore Hall The Sixteen. Royal welcome songs for King Charles II
Sun 6 London, Clementi House, 128 Kensington Church Street, London W8 4BH. Fortepiano recitals at 2, 3 and 4pm. No tickets on the day so booking info from www.dulwichmusicfestival.co.uk
Mon 7 Wigmore Hall Phantasm. Fantasias
Tues 8 Wigmore Hall La Cetra. Uccellini, Monteverdi, Casello, Merula, Berio etc
Thu 10 6.30pm, St Sepulchre-without-Newgate,London EC1A 2DQ. Membra Jesu Nostri, a cycle of seven cantatas which contemplate different parts of the crucified Christ's body, by Dietrich Buxtehude (c.1637-1707). Orlando Chamber Choir ,Fieri Consort, Directed by Will Dawes. Tickets £14 (concessions £10). Box office: tel. 07709 521433
Sat 12 London, Church of Christ the Saviour, Ealing, W5 2XA, 7pm. Duo Maddalena. Pergolesi - Stabat Mater. Free with a retiring collection www.facebook.com/DuoMaddalena
Sat 12 London, St George’s Bloomsbury, WC1A 2SA. Renaissance Singers. Requiem for Josquin. Richafort: Missa pro defunctis and Motets of Tribute
Sun13 London, St Mary's Twickenham, TW1 3NJ, 7pm. Duo Maddalena. Pergolesi - Stabat Mater. Free with a retiring collection www.facebook.com/DuoMaddalena
Sun 13 London, St Cuthbert’s, Earls Court. Lacock Scholars. In Tenebrosis: Tenebrae Responsories by Victoria, Gesualdo, and Cardoso
Wed 16 Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1 9DQ. Monteverdi Vespers of 1610. Esther Brazil, Rachel Ambrose Evans, Benjamin Williamson, Nick Pritchard, Peter Harris, Edward Grint, Nicholas Mogg. Goldsmiths Choral Union, Hertfordshire Baroque Soloists, QuintEssential Sackbut & Cornett Ensemble, Directed by Brian Wright. Tickets: £28, £23, £18 from Box Office 020 7730 4500
Fri 18 Twickenham, The Octagon Room, Orleans House Gallery, Riverside TW1 3DJ William Summers (baroque flute, recorder) Yeo Yat-Soon (hpschd). Baroque Music from London, Paris and Russia by Handel, Boismortier, Frederick the Great etc williamsummers*uwclub.net (07949 652315)
Wed 23 Wigmore Hall The English Concert. Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Ferrandini
Sat 26 Wigmore Hall Le Poème Harmonique. Esperar, sentir, morir: street dances & courtly songs in 17th C Spain & Italy
APRIL
Wed 6 London, Heath Street Baptist Church, 84 Heath Street NW3 1DN (1 minute walk from Hampstead tube stop) 7.30pm. Poeticall Musicke Musick. Italian and Irish Pluckers - Traditional Irish music for the harp by Turlough O'Carolan & early 17th century Italian music composed for the lute family
Mon 11 Wigmore Hall BBC lunchtime concert, 1pm. I Fagiolini. Byrd, Wilbye, Tomkins, Gibbons etc
Tues 19 London, St Olave’s Church, 8 Hart Street EC3R 7NB 6.30–7.30pm. Musicke in the Ayre (Alysha Paterson soprano, Din Ghani lute, archlute & baroque guitar). Treasures of the early Italian baroque www.sanctuaryinthecity.net
MAY
10-15 Oxford Early Music Festival
Thur 12 London, Milton Court. Ex Cathedra. Shakespeare odes, including Garrick’s. Barbican box office
Fri 13 Reading Concert Hall 7.30pm. Trevor Pinnock, Sophie Gent, Matthew Truscott, Jonathan Manson. Purcell, Corelli, Handel. www.readingarts.com
13-19 London Festival of Baroque Music St John's Smith Square
Fri 13 St John's Smith Square 6pm. Festival Talk. Dr Ruth Smith explores the literary, political and religious background to Handel’s Biblical oratorios Messiah and Israel in Egypt
Fri 13 St John's Smith Square 7.30pm. Dunedin Consort. Handel’s Messiah in the rarely performed version heard at its premiere.
Sat 14 London, British Library (The Foyle Suite) 11am. John Butt discusses the significance of original texts and assesses what Handel’s manuscripts have to tell us about his oratorios St John's Smith Square
Sat 14 London, St Peter's Eaton Square 4pm. Bruce Dickey (cornett) Alberto Rasi (gamba) Maria Christina Cleary (harp) Liuwe Tamminga (organ). Bruce Dickey demonstrates how the cool sounds of the Renaissance were transformed into a rich new species of instrumental eloquence St John's Smith Square Sat 14 St John's Smith Square, 7.30. Singers and Monteverdi String Band. Monteverdi: Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (staged) Sun 15 London, St Peter's Eaton Square, 3.30pm. Roberta Invernizzi (sop) & Craig Marchitelli (theorbo). Songs and monologues from the early days of the Italian Baroque St John's Smith Square
Sun 15 St John's Smith Square 7pm. Iestyn Davies (counter-tenor). Purcell
Sun 15 St John's Smith Square 9.30pm. Olivia Chaney (voice, piano, guitars, harmonium) with special guests. A programme of freshly interpreted and arranged Purcell, folk-ballads and her own Baroque-inspired songs.
Mon 16 St John's Smith Square, 1.05pm. Ceruleo ensemble. Young artist platform
Mon 16 St John's Smith Square 7.30pm. Profeti della Quinta. Hashirim Asher Li’Shlomo, a collection of psalm settings in Hebrew by Salomone Rossi
Tues 17 St John's Smith Square 1.05pm. Ignis ensemble, Rowan Pierce (sop). Vivaldi, Duphly and Bach.
Tues 17 Westminster Abbey, 7pm. The Choir of Westminster Abbey, St James’s Baroque. Handel: Israel in Egypt St John's Smith Square
Wed 18 St John's Smith Square, 7.30pm. Mahan Esfahani (hpschd) with Thomas Hobbs (tenor). Can the harpsichord speak?
Thurs 19 St John's Smith Square 1.05pm. Tabea Debus (recorder) with Oliver Pooley (percussion) Future Baroque 3
Thurs 19 St John's Smith Square 7.30pm. European Union Baroque Orchestra, Rachel Podger (violin/dir) Final Word
JUNE
Fri 3 Wigmore Hall Florilegium. Bach: Brandenburg concertos
Wed 8 London, Heath Street Baptist Church, 84 Heath Street NW3 1DN (1 minute walk from Hampstead tube stop) 7.30pm. Poeticall Musicke Musick. Lust, Madness and Melancholy - solo song and lute repertoire from Henry Purcell, John Blow and John Dowland
Mon 13 Wigmore Hall BBC lunchtime concert, 1pm. Gli Incogniti, Amandine Beyer (dir/violin) Vivaldi
Tues 14 Oxford, Bate Collection Gallery Recital, 1pm. "Music of the viola da gamba". The Bate Collection viol consort play music of the 17th and 18th centuries. Free of charge – no advance booking necessary
Mon 20 Wigmore Hall BBC lunchtime concert, 1pm. Les Ambassadeurs, Alexis Kossenko (dir/flute) Blavet, Pisendel, Leo, Leclair, Vivaldi
JULY
Mon 11 Wigmore Hall BBC lunchtime concert, 1pm. Ensemble Marsyas, Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano) Mozart & Beethoven quintets for piano & winds
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