Here for your convenience you can find a list of events in our region not related to MEMF which may be of interest to you. Whilst we have made every effort to be accurate, we suggest that you check details on the websites or phone numbers provided.

If you are aware of an event which is not listed here, please contact the Newsletter Editor

You might like to also visit the brilliant Early Music Website at https://earlymusicdiary.org.uk where you will find nationwide events organized into categories to assist your search.

And the Continuo Foundation’s  new digital hub – a comprehensive concert finder of early music events (by region) across the UK – is at  https://www.continuoconnect

Diary of Events in the Midlands

# Denotes an online event Recent additions in Red

JANUARY 2024

Tues 30: Dante: a Divine Hope: Renaissance madrigals and sacred music by such as Victoria, Palestrina, Morales and Gabrieli inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy – Stile Antico. 7.30 in St Mary’s church, Warwick. www.leamingtonmusic.org

FEBRUARY

Fri 02: The Honour of William Byrd – Chelys consort of viols with Helen Charlston (mezzo sop). 3.30 in St Andrew’s Church, Presteigne, LD8 2AF.

Sat 03: Handel Dixit Dominus & Francesco Scarlatti’s Daniele – Armonico. 7.30 in Malvern Theatres. Box Office: 01684 892277 or www.armonico.org.uk

Sun 11: Baroque Passion-Music of Heartbreak and Healing – Ex Cathedra consort and continuo.4pm in Birmingham Town Hall. www.excathedra.co.uk

Mon 12: The Forgotten Scarlatti (Franceso) – Rachel Podger and Armonico play concertos by Bach and Vivaldi + forgotten choral works by F. Scarlatti. 7.30 in Birmingham Town Hall. www.bmusic.co.uk

Sun 18: Love’s Sweet Passion – Amarylli Duo(soprano and lute/theorbo). 3.30 in the Angel Centre, Worcester. www.earlymusicworcs.org

MARCH

Sat 09: JS Bach: St Matthew Passion – Birmingham Bach Choir with the Musical and Amicable Society. 7pm in Lichfield Cathedral. www.birmingham.bachchoir.com

Tues 19: The King’s Playlist: French baroque music (Charpentier, Lully, etc) – Ensemble Molière (flute, violin, bassoon, viola da gamba and harpsichord). 7.30 in St Mary’s Church Warwick. www.leamingtonmusic.org

Fri 29: J S Bach: St John Passion – Ex Cathedra Choir and Orchestra. 2pm in Symphony Hall, Birmingham. www.excathedra.co.uk

Fri 29: Motets for Holy Week and Good Friday: music by Lotti, Purcell, Bruckner, Stainer & Palestrina – Coventry Cathedral Chorus. 0844 477 1000 or www.ticketweb.co.uk

#Online Music and Talks

The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) is offering videos of all 10 concerts in the 2023 York Early Music Christmas Festival for £50 (no tickets for individual concerts). Available to watch from 15th December till 31st January. A fascinating collection of ensembles includes the Marian Consort, with well-known performers such as Carolyn Sampson, Stephen Devine and Rachel Podger, all concerts comprising early music except one. Details at www.ncem.co.uk/events/christmas-online-box-set/  

I Fagiolini: If anyone sang the Benevoli Mass for four choirs (Tu Es Petrus) with Robert Hollingworth last December, the CD is out on October 6th. There is an introductory film at https://youtu.be/jLzLzlje9j0 and if you intend to buy it, Robert would be delighted if you would pre-order it before Oct 6th here or anywhere else!

Last year was the 400th anniversary of Byrd’s death and his music is getting a lot of exposure during the year. David Allinson has recommended the book Byrd by Kerry McCarthy. If you prefer to listen and watch, Kerry has also done three illustrated Zoom talks called the Tudor Greats: Part 1 Tallis & Byrd – Introduction to the English Renaissance; Part 2 Thomas Tallis; and Part 3 William Byrd. Find part 1 on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfloOAW2Sxg&t=132s and the others will appear at the side.

Sands Film studio is a Theatre, Cinema and Music Room. They developed live streaming during the Pandemic and have continued with a mixture of live and online concerts, many of them Early Music, films and theatre. All performances are free, but donations are requested. Sign up to their mailing list at https://www.sandsfilms.co.uk/cinema-club.html

The Following have many videos on YouTube:

Stile Anticohttps://www.youtube.com/user/stileantico

Armonico Consort https://ondemand.armonico.org.uk

The Gesualdo Six https://www.thegesualdosix.co.uk/videos/  

I Fagiolini https://www.youtube.com/c/IFagiolini/videos

Fretwork Viol Consort https://www.fretwork.co.uk/audio-video

The Academy of Ancient Music https://aam.co.uk/watch/

Wigmore Hall

City Lit offers an extensive programme of online music history and music appreciation courses with a focus on Western classical music, Folk, Jazz, Rock and Pop, also many singing courses, There are new topics each year, some of them Early Music:  https://www.citylit.ac.uk

Choral Chihuahua regular new episodes since the last Newsletter of chats between Robert Hollingworth and Eamonn Dougan and recently Nicholas Mulroy, about an hour long. Find the latest (and previous) episodes at https://play.acast.com/s/choral-chihuahua. Free but donations requested.