Here for your convenience you can find a list of events in our region not organised by 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

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Recent additions in Red

MAY

Fri 03: Baroque Trio sonatas – Borealis Ensemble (flute, oboe, cello and harpsichord). St John the Baptist Church, Leamington Spa CV31 3BN

Sat 04: Gabrieli Comes to Lincoln – a Renaissance workshop day for voices and instruments by A and G  Gabrieli. Tutors: Greg Skidmore (of I Fagiolini) and Sue Addison (of His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts). 10 – 5 (with informal performance at 4.30) in Swallowbeck Methodist Church, Newark Road, Lincoln LN6 8RZ. Cost £30. Organiser leonardwendy19@gmail.com , details and booking at https://www.sixteen85.co.uk

Fri 10: Double Reed Baroque Ensemble – 2pm in the CBSO Centre, Berkley Street, Birmingham. https://bmusic.co.uk/whats-on 

Fri 10 – Sun 12: Bristol Early Music Festival https://www.bristolearlymusicfestival.uk

Sat 11: Lute music played by Nick Gravestock in the 1620’s House, Manor Rd, Donington le Heath, Coalville LE67 2FW. One Entrance ticket lasts all year. https://1620shouse.org.uk

Sat 11: Come and Sing Messiah with the Royal Leamington Spa Bach Choir. 10.30 to 5pm with informal concert at 4.30.in St Mark’s Church, Leamington Spa. Details at www.rlsbc.org

Fri 17: Now What is love: Lute songs performed by Ayres and Graces . 7 – 9 pm in the 1620’s House, Donington le Heath, Coalville LE67 2FW. Book here or ring 01455 290429. Pre-booking essential. Refreshments available.

Thurs 23: CANCELLED Oz & Armonico: ALE-lelujah (Music by Purcell, Bach, Weelkes and others)- 7.30 in the Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa. www.armonico.org.uk

JUNE

Sat 01: Telemann, JS Bach & Fasch performed by the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Early Music Ensemble. 12-1.00 in Birmingham Library, Centenary Square. Free.

Sun 02: Master Byrd A dramatic presentation with short monologues about the life, conditions of composition and music of William Byrd with works sung, unaccompanied, as they emerge from the narrative – Melismata, a capella choir. 3pm in St Paul’s Church, Daybrook Nottingham NG5 6BH. Tickets £12 on the door or see www.melismatachoir.com 

Weds 05: Elizabethan Consort Music – The Lachrimae Consort.1-1.30 in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BG. Refreshments from 12.30, Free entry with a retiring collection. www.lachrimaeconsort.co.uk

Weds 05: Harpsichord Day at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire includes:

  • 1-2pm: JS Bach Partitas – Harpsichord recital by Robin Bigwood in the organ studio,
  • 6-7pm: Solo and chamber music from the 16th to 18th centuries featuring the Conservatoire’s collection of harpsichords. Free. www.bcu.ac.uk/conservatoire

Weds 12; Summer Music by Candlelight – Ex Cathedra. 8pm in Hereford Cathedral. www.excathedra.co.uk

  • Weds 19: As above – 8pm in St Paul’s Church, Birmingham.

Thurs 13: Masters of Imitation from Lassus & Josquin to ChilcottThe Sixteen Choral Pilgrimage. 7.30 in Southwell Minster. www.thesixteen.com

Sun 16: Master Byrd A dramatic presentation with short monologues about the life, conditions of composition and music of William Byrd with works sung, unaccompanied, as they emerge from the narrative – Melismata, a capella choir. 5pm in St Mary’s Church, Plumtree, Nottingham NG12 5ND. Tickets £12 on the door or see www.melismatachoir.com 

Sun 16: Lute music played by Nick Gravestock in the 1620’s House, Manor Rd, Donington le Heath, Coalville LE67 2FW. One entrance ticket lasts all year. https://1620shouse.org.uk

Thurs 27: Purcell’s Fairy Queen – Armonico. 7.30 in the Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa. www.armonico.org.uk

Sat 29: Purcell’s Fairy Queen – Armonico. 7.30 in Malvern Theatres. www.armonico.org.uk

Sat 29: Master Byrd A dramatic presentation with short monologues about the life, conditions of composition and music of William Byrd with works sung, unaccompanied, as they emerge from the narrative – Melismata, a capella choir. 7.30 pm in St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Place, Stafford, ST16 2AR. Part of the Stafford music festival weekend. Tickets £12 on the door or see www.melismatachoir.com 

JULY

Thurs 04: The Four Seasons + more Vivaldi and Hasse– Rachel Podger & Brecon Baroque. 7.30 in Lichfield Cathedral.  https://lichfieldfestival.org/events/

Sat 13: Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 – Royal Leamington Spa Bach Choir with Charivari Agréable Ensemble. 7.30 in St Mark’s Church, Leamington Spa. www.rlsbc.org

Sun 14: Lute music played by Nick Gravestock in the 1620’s House, Manor Rd, Donington le Heath, Coalville LE67 2FW. One entrance ticket lasts all year. https://1620shouse.org.uk

Weds 17: Elizabethan Consort Music – The Lachrimae Consort. 1.10pm in St Alphege church, Church Hill Road, Soihull B91 3RQ. Refreshments beforehand, free entry with retiring collection. www.lachrimaeconsort.co.uk

Fri 19: Elizabethan Consort Music – The Lachrimae Consort. 7pm in the 1620’s House, Donington Heath, Coalville, Leics LE67 2FW.Pre-booking advisable on 01455 290429 or see www.1620shouse.org.uk 

Sat 27: Northampton Recorder workshop day with Grace Barton of the Polyphonica Recorder Trio. From 10am, £35.Details and booking at https://www.polyphonicarecordertrio.com/workshops/

Mon 29: Francesco Scarlatti’s Dixit Dominus & Vivaldi’s Gloria Family Come and sing with the Armonico Consort.  11am in College Hall, Worcester – part of the Three Choir’s Festival (July 27 – August 03). https://3choirs.org/events

SEPTEMBER

Sun 01: Lute music played by Nick Gravestock in the 1620’s House, Manor Rd, Donington le Heath, Coalville LE67 2FW. One entrance ticket lasts all year. https://1620shouse.org.uk

Thurs 12: Masters of Imitation from Lassus & Josquin to ChilcottThe Sixteen Choral Pilgrimage. 7.30 in Hereford Cathedral. www.thesixteen.com

Fri 13: Voces8 sing in the Forum Theatre, Malvern at 7.30. May not be any early music www.malvern-theatres.co.uk/whats-on

Sat 14: Masters of Imitation from Lassus & Josquin to ChilcottThe Sixteen Choral Pilgrimage. 3pm in Tewkesbury Abbey. Plus workshop 9.30 – 12.30 in Tewkesbury Parish Hall.  www.thesixteen.com

#Online Music and Talks

Early Music Sources – a reminder of the wonderful series of illustrated talks by Elam Rotem, the latest being about Early Basso Continuo, to be found on YouTube at https://www.earlymusicsources.com/youtube

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 has an archive of live streamed concerts at https://wigmore-hall.org.uk/watch-listen/forthcoming-live-streams  Occasionally new ones appear on a Monday morning if you’re signed up. Free but donations requested.

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.