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The Category Early Music is a subset of Music Engagement and Promotion. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all of the Early Music Entities which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

Some 'Featured' Providers in this Category are so busy during their Season(s) that I do not even try to list all the dates when they have planned forthcoming events:

- National Centre for Early Music

 

In contrast, the following Early Music Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Alamire

- BarrocoTout

- Chalemie

- City of Lincoln Waites

- Faronel

- Ludus Baroque

- Manchester Renaissance Ensemble

- Musicke in the Ayre

- Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments

- Waites of Gloucester

 

! Early Music KEY
VISITS (to Website)49
VIEWS (of this Record)80

'Firmly established as one of Europe’s foremost early music courses ... The course offers inspiration and guidance to both singers and players of baroque music from an expert team of leading specialists in historical performance style.' Held Mid August.

 

* Baroque Week
VISITS (to Website)221
VIEWS (of this Record)341

Initiated in 1988 by the local authority, the Festival was designed to bring together the history, ecclesiastical architecture and music of the past for the people of today, and to encourage visitors into the area. Over the years, the Festival has grown to be acknowledged as a "jewel in the cultural crown" ... The Festival is organised by the National Centre for Early Music,York and works in partnership with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.' Held Late May.

 

* Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)402
VIEWS (of this Record)454

‘Established in 2004, Blackdowns Early Music Projects were principally conceived to draw together groups of experienced singers to work under the expert guidance of specialist music directors on programmes of infrequently performed early music (mostly pre 1720). Singers are invited from all over Europe and the UK to spend 3 or 4 days working together on music that is usually performed in a suitable venue in or around the Blackdown Hills, bridging the Somerset / Devon borders. Frequently the music is accompanied by specialist early music instrumentalists. The resulting choral concerts have become a mainstream event in the calendar for anyone who loves renaissance or baroque vocal music.’

 

* Blackdowns Early Music Projects
VISITS (to Website)220
VIEWS (of this Record)256

'Exists to promote the enjoyment of early music. It doesn't matter if you're a singer or an instrumentalist; very experienced or a beginner; amateur or professional - if you enjoy early music, BMEMF is for you.'

 

* Border Marches Early Music Forum
VISITS (to Website)261
VIEWS (of this Record)369

'Established in 2006 by Rachel Podger, one of the world’s leading interpreters of Baroque music ... Brecon Baroque was founded in 2007 as the resident ensemble for the festival and now enjoys an international reputation in its own right.' Held Late October.

 

* Brecon Baroque Festival
VISITS (to Website)292
VIEWS (of this Record)446

'Throughout the year, BREMF contributes to the vibrant arts scene in Brighton and Hove through its programme of choral concerts, workshops and schools projects. The annual Festival takes place in late October and early November and has built a reputation for lively and inspired programming, often exploring connections with different art forms and using performance formats and spaces that challenge preconceptions of early music.'

 

* Brighton Early Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)370
VIEWS (of this Record)515

‘A new venture [2019], organised on a non-profit basis by a group of Bristol musicians, to present and encourage participation in early music ... We have an eclectic programme of music from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras; learn more about the instruments and music of these fascinating periods, with talks from expert guest speakers, immerse yourself listening to performances, and experience the magic of a candlelit concert late evening recital.’

 

* Bristol Early Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)86
VIEWS (of this Record)141

'World-class concerts, education projects, festivals and summer schools of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music for all ages in Cambridge, UK.' Includes the Cambridge Festival of the Voice held Early May.

 

* Cambridge Early Music
VISITS (to Website)369
Also indexedCambridge Festival of the Voice
VIEWS (of this Record)283

'Exists to co-ordinate and encourage all kinds of early music activities within the Music Department and the University, from lessons for beginners on Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque instruments and in early vocal techniques, through workshops, master classes and concerts, to postgraduate programmes in performance practice, international symposia and research projects.'

 

* Centre for Early Music Performance and Research [Birmingham]
VISITS (to Website)203
Also indexedUniversity of Birmingham
VIEWS (of this Record)315

'Brings together singers, players, listeners and instrument makers from around Scotland with an interest in the medieval, renaissance and baroque periods. Our members range from professional to amateur, from singers to players of viols, recorders, sackbutt, cornett and more!'

 

* Early Music Forum of Scotland
VISITS (to Website)213
VIEWS (of this Record)322

'This popular and highly acclaimed course provides an excellent opportunity for experienced players of viols and recorders to work on early music in a chamber setting. Under the guidance of our team of expert tutors, highly regarded as performers and teachers, participants are able to develop their technical and musical skills in an informal, friendly and supportive environment. Many of our participants sing, or maybe play other early instruments, which are very welcome in the evening Tutti sessions and some ensembles. Please note that due to the structure of the course all participants need to be able to play viol or recorder.' Held Early April.

 

* Easter Early Music Course
VISITS (to Website)14
VIEWS (of this Record)68

'Organises Early Music workshops in East Anglia. Anyone is welcome to join ... Members receive a quarterly newsletter and reduced admission fees for Forum events, and those of other regional fora in the United Kingdom.’

 

* Eastern Early Music Forum
VISITS (to Website)220
VIEWS (of this Record)592

‘Dedicated to the promotion of historically informed performances of the highest standard on period instruments. It organises a regular series of Early Music concerts ... in the Georgian New Town ... The concert series features not only established Early Music performers but also exciting younger groups. Workshops and talks related to the concerts are also organised.’

 

* Georgian Concert Society
VISITS (to Website)187
VIEWS (of this Record)344

‘Brings international performers to Hastings for concerts, workshops and events.’ Held Mid October.

 

* Hastings Early Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)37
VIEWS (of this Record)66

'LEMA acts as a co-ordinator of Early Music in the area and runs Leicester Early Music Festival. This is an all-year festival and includes concerts (both free and paid) throughout the year; talks (musical and non-musical); a Newsletter with reviews, articles and concerts diary, workshops, talks, tastings and more.'

 

* Leicester Early Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)183
Also indexedLEMA
VIEWS (of this Record)498

‘Founded in 2015 to continue the legacy and profile of the internationally respected Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music. Its aim is to put before London audiences the highest-quality performers in the field of Baroque music from abroad and from the UK.’ Held Mid May.

 

* London Festival of Baroque Music
VISITS (to Website)239
VIEWS (of this Record)407

‘Founded by Denys Darlow in 1978 the London Handel Festival has contributed to a Handel revival in the UK, specialising in the performance of lesser-known works of the period. In 1981 the London Handel Orchestra and London Handel Singers made their debut at the Festival.’ Festival held Late March - Early April.

 

* London Handel Festival
VISITS (to Website)371
Also indexedLondon Handel Orchestra | London Handel Singers
VIEWS (of this Record)243

'Complementing the world's largest exhibition of early musical instruments is an exciting programme of concerts.' Held Mid November.

 

* London International Exhibition of Early Music
VISITS (to Website)180
Also indexedRoyal Greenwich International Early Music Festival & Exhibition
VIEWS (of this Record)442

'An annual medieval music festival wholly dedicated to medieval music-making. It's unique in the UK.' Held Early September.

 

* Medieval Music in the Dales
VISITS (to Website)297
VIEWS (of this Record)461

‘Exists to promote all aspects of early music in the Midlands of England ... We concentrate on music from the Mediaeval, Renaissance and Baroque periods. We’re very proud of our workshop programme which aims to provide opportunities across this wide spectrum of historic creativity ... See our Events Diary for details of upcoming events. We aim to use venues which are in reach of public transport and in different locations around the Midlands area so there should be something you can get to. And in a bid to encourage the next generation, Students can come free of charge.’

 

* Midlands Early Music Forum
VISITS (to Website)278
VIEWS (of this Record)357

'Based in a medieval church in York. Home of the internationally acclaimed York Early Music Festival, the NCEM promotes a year-round series of jazz, world, folk and early music concerts as well as a thriving education programme.'

 

* National Centre for Early Music
VISITS (to Website)231
VIEWS (of this Record)406

‘The NEEMF workshop diary lists all the forthcoming early music workshops that are arranged by us, and the “other events” page lists other early music events that we think might interest our members. Under links you will find links to all the other early music forums; to a large list of small publishers specialising in early music; to sites that offer early music in sheet form that you can download, to sites that offer MP3s of early music, to specialised pages on instruments, and that celebrated category Misc.!’

 

* North East Early Music Forum
VISITS (to Website)436
VIEWS (of this Record)401

'Our main focus is on the practical study of music through workshops and a Summer School. The workshops are held over a wide area from the South Lake District to North East Wales. Summer School is held in Chester. We also hold a library of musical instruments which are available for students of early music to borrow before purchasing their own. Our newsletter is published 5 times a year. We are keen to encourage anybody interested in early music to join us ...'

 

* North West Early Music Forum
VISITS (to Website)223
VIEWS (of this Record)227

'The Northumbrian Recorder and Viol School (NORVIS) was founded as an annual summer school in Durham in 1971 ... NORVIS covers a broad range of early music interests, welcoming viol-players, recorder-players, lutenists and baroque string enthusiasts as well as renaissance instrument and harpsichord players – not to mention solo and choral singers. There is a very generous provision of expert tutors.' Held Early August.

 

* NORVIS
VISITS (to Website)225
VIEWS (of this Record)535

'Throughout the year a series of workshops and playing and singing days are organised within the region where members have the opportunity to study works under the guidance of early music specialist tutors. These activities include Baroque chamber music playing days, singing days focusing on particular composers or periods, and workshops preparing larger scale works for both voices and instruments etc.'

 

* South West Early Music Forum
VISITS (to Website)150
VIEWS (of this Record)406

'Covers an area of Southern and South Eastern England already well served with concerts, festivals of early music, early music summer schools and workshops. We have chosen, therefore, to concentrate on tutored playing days for a membership made up of competent but adventurous early music enthusiasts who enjoy playing with like-minded friends. Many leading teachers and other experienced players live in our area and give generously of their time to plan, organise and participate in these inspiring events. The playing days are designed for players of both early and modern instruments who just love playing the early repertoire on whatever is available ... Non-members are invited to try one of our playing days.'

 

* Southern Early Music Forum
VISITS (to Website)180
VIEWS (of this Record)356

‘Begun on a shoestring in 1995, the Stoke Newington Early Music Festival has grown and flourished through the years. Generously supported by local businesses — but always independent of public funding — it is now an indispensable feature of the Stoke Newington summer, loved by local residents and by fans of early music from everywhere.’ Held Mid July.

 

* Stoke Newington Early Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)196
VIEWS (of this Record)269

'Stour Music was founded in 1962 by my father, the counter-tenor Alfred Deller, principally as a festival devoted to early music ... It now takes place over the last two weekends of June each year ... Set in the heart of the Garden of England, the festival takes its name from the River Stour, which runs along the valley between Ashford and Canterbury.'

 

* Stour Music
VISITS (to Website)309
VIEWS (of this Record)415

'Renaissance, Baroque and Classical music for voices and period instruments in beautiful old East Anglian churches ... Based  in "Constable Country" on the Suffolk-Essex border, offers about ten concerts throughout the year, four at the Festival itself during the August Bank Holiday Weekend and more in its Winter Series, from October to May.'

 

* Suffolk Villages Festival
VISITS (to Website)213
VIEWS (of this Record)380

‘Exists to encourage the singing and playing of early music in the London to Oxford area and currently has over 300 members. TVEMF organises early music workshops and events, and publishes TAMESIS, a bi-monthly newsletter with articles and details of early music courses, concerts and workshops.’

 

* Thames Valley Early Music Forum
VISITS (to Website)202
VIEWS (of this Record)366

'TEMS has been running since 1999. Our performers are professional musicians respected in the Early Music or folk fields with a sprinkling of younger performers who are establishing their careers. Most have trained at top colleges and conservatoires and have played with nationally recognised ensembles such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Our concerts achieve national listings with people attending from as far away as Bristol and Penzance. More than half of our members come from beyond Totnes – from villages and towns in the South Hams, Torbay and from Exeter and Plymouth.'

 

* Totnes Early Music Society
VISITS (to Website)184
VIEWS (of this Record)478

‘The NCEM promotes three early music festivals a year in Yorkshire - the York Early Music Festival in July, the Christmas festival in York in early December and the Beverley festival in the East Riding in May ... NCEM Patrons enjoy opportunities to meet early music specialists and like-minded individuals through informal receptions, supper parties and concerts whilst supporting the long-term artistic ambitions of the York Early Music Festival and the National Centre for Early Music.‘

 

* York Early Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)219
VIEWS (of this Record)200

‘Formed in 2005, we are a mainly modern instrument Baroque ensemble, although many of our string players have Baroque bows. We aim for an “authentic” playing style, and we do sometimes tune down a semitone to Baroque pitch - for example when we have music for strings only, or when Baroque wind instruments are available. We generally play music from about 1600-1785, from late Renaissance pieces at one end to early Classical at the other, including music by Haydn & Mozart. In most concerts we perform trio sonatas or other smaller scale works as well as concertos and sinfonias, and from time to time include vocal and choral music, to provide our audiences - and players - with plenty of variety. Many of our players play to concerto standard, so we do not normally employ paid soloists from outside the ensemble.’

 

+ Ashford Baroque Ensemble
VISITS (to Website)56
VIEWS (of this Record)158

'The musicians of Boxwood & Brass combine musical virtuosity with an active research profile, creating new editions of key repertoire, unearthing unknown works in far-flung archives, and reviving music not heard since the 18th century. We curate our programmes specifically for each venue and occasion, drawing on original repertoire as well as contemporary arrangements made for the harmonie-ensembles of the late 18th and early 19th century. Our repertoire draws the large body of original works written specifically for winds, many in exclusive new scholarly editions. We also explore the "Art of Arrangement", central to the musical life of the Classical period. Composers, Kappellmeisters and musicians created thousands of arrangements of new and popular works, both for specific Harmonie, and for widespread publication.'

 

+ Boxwood & Brass
VISITS (to Website)221
VIEWS (of this Record)167

‘Since its formation in 1996 by baroque cellist Tatty Theo, the award-winning Brook Street Band has established itself as one of the country’s foremost interpreters of Handel’s music. The name comes from the street in London’s Mayfair where George Frideric Handel lived and composed for most of his working life.‘

+ Brook Street Band
VISITS (to Website)375
VIEWS (of this Record)189

'Charivari Agréable (trans. ‘pleasant tumult’, from Saint-Lambert’s 1707 treatise on accompaniment) was formed at the University of Oxford in 1993 ... Apart from hosting an annual Summer Festival of Early Music in Oxford, the Ensemble regularly expands into Oxford’s resident period-instrument orchestra, Charivari Agréable Simfonie. The orchestra has on-going collaborations with over sixty vocal groups—choral societies and professional choirs alike—all over the UK, and has been conducted by many musicians of renown.' Festival held July - August.

 

+ Charivari Agréable
VISITS (to Website)19
Also indexedOxford Early Music Festival
VIEWS (of this Record)66

‘An ensemble of musicians who specialise in the performance of Baroque music using the styles, techniques and instruments of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The Consort was founded in 1982 and has hosted ... concerts both in the Chichester area and farther afield ... Many people ask why we call ourselves The Consort of Twelve, when in fact we are usually more than that number. Here's the explanation. "The Consort of ..." was  a title commonly given to bands that accompanied masques in the early years of the seventeenth century. Since we originally formed with about twelve strings players, often with two oboes, we adopted this title for our first performance with Opera 70 in 1981.’

 

+ Consort of Twelve
VISITS (to Website)120
VIEWS (of this Record)181

'All the mystery and passion of Scotland's ancient musical heritage evoked by the voices and authentic instruments of the Highland consort, Coronach.'

 

+ Coronach
VISITS (to Website)214
VIEWS (of this Record)398

‘The principal orchestra in the South West specialising in baroque and early classical music played on period instruments and in appropriate style ... In the spirit of a true Baroque orchestra, the size and composition of Devon Baroque varies. This reflects the demands of the repertoire, from a small chamber ensemble to a larger orchestra with wind players ... Devon Baroque relies on the financial backing of its supporters; Audiences, Individuals, Dartington Arts, and Grant making bodies like the Exeter & Devon Classical Music Trust ... Together, we can reach our goal of placing Devon Baroque at the forefront of exciting music making, concert giving and education work, not only in Devon, but throughout the South West region and beyond. We have great plans, creative ideas, and fabulous, highly skilled professional musicians.’

 

+ Devon Baroque
VISITS (to Website)32
VIEWS (of this Record)94

‘An early music group based in the town of Doncaster. They take their name from the bands of musicians who used to be employed by local corporations as town musicians, “The Waites”. The present band are all local musicians with an interest in early music. They have been together now for a considerable number of years! The music they play is generally centred around the first half of the 17th century, the time when the first detailed accounts of the original Doncaster Waites appear in the archives. Their costume is also based on these accounts and the men accurately represent how the original Waites would have looked at that time. Women of course would never have been Waites, but we like to think that the Waites would have been joined by their friends and family in private music making in the houses and inns of Doncaster.‘

 

+ Doncaster Waites
VISITS (to Website)221
VIEWS (of this Record)260

‘Founded in 1995 and is named after Din Eidyn, the ancient Celtic name of Edinburgh Castle ... The ensemble has established itself as the leading Scottish Baroque ensemble, performing at the nation’s major festivals and in Canada, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Israel and France. In addition to performing Baroque and Classical repertoire and researching specific historical performance projects, the ensemble has commissioned and performed works by numerous contemporary composers.’

 

+ Dunedin Consort
VISITS (to Website)107
VIEWS (of this Record)126

‘A virtuoso period instrument ensemble with a host of distinguished recordings to its name. Since its formation in 1993, ECSE has performed at many major music festivals in the UK and abroad ... In addition to its work with professional vocal groups and solo recitals, ECSE also works closely with other like-minded instrumental ensembles such as the Monteverdi String Band and the Altenburg Ensemble. ECE also performs regularly with choral societies throughout Britain, including many performances of Claudio Monteverdi’s magnificent 1610 Vespers.’

 

+ English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble
VISITS (to Website)295
VIEWS (of this Record)202

’Exploring baroque music together since 2014 ... London-based ensemble specialising in, but not limited to, French music of the 17th and 18th centuries ... Formed by participants of the Dartington International Summer School ... with performers from Japan, the UK, Germany and Australia.’

 

+ Ensemble Molière
VISITS (to Website)37
VIEWS (of this Record)90

‘A leading UK choir and Early Music ensemble with a repertoire that reaches from the 12th to the 21st centuries. We are known for our passion for seeking out the best, the unfamiliar and the unexpected in the choral repertoire and for giving dynamic performances underpinned by detailed research.‘

 

+ Ex Cathedra
VISITS (to Website)315
VIEWS (of this Record)278

‘Specialising in the historically accurate performance of music from the 18th century, the Feinstein Ensemble’s concerts and recordings of the Baroque repertoire have been acclaimed both in the UK and internationally ... They are resident period orchestra at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, performing around 30 concerts a year there ... The Feinstein Ensemble is best known for its interpretations of Bach. Collaborations with their sister group the London Bach Singers have resulted in critically acclaimed performances of all of Bach’s major choral works ... The Singers specialise in single-voice performances of Bach’s Cantatas, Passions and Masses.’

+ Feinstein Ensemble
VISITS (to Website)228
Also indexedLondon Bach Singers
VIEWS (of this Record)267

‘Founded in 1983, Fiori Musicali have been at the forefront of bringing wonderful baroque and classical music to people and places throughout Britain. We are still going strong and run concerts throughout the year ... Fiori appear in many guises – as a choir, as a small chamber ensemble and as a chamber orchestra; and our CDs include Purcell, Vivaldi, Bach, Zelenka and much else besides.‘

 

+ Fiori Musicali
VISITS (to Website)152
VIEWS (of this Record)261

‘One of Britain’s most outstanding period groups with a reputation for stylish & exciting interpretations from chamber to larger choral and orchestral works.’

+ Florilegium
VISITS (to Website)42
VIEWS (of this Record)93

‘Gabrieli are a choir and period instrument orchestra founded and led by Artistic Director Paul McCreesh. We perform and record great choral, vocal and instrumental repertoire from the renaissance to the present day for the widest possible audience, cultivating an international reputation for excellence, innovation and ambition. Our mission is to educate the public, in every sense – to be standard bearers for the highest quality of performance, to explain, illustrate and illuminate the guiding principles behind our performance ideals and to offer first-class performance opportunities to young people through our bold and ambitious education programme, Gabrieli Roar.’

+ Gabrieli
VISITS (to Website)150
Also indexedGabrieli Roar
VIEWS (of this Record)213

’The Orchestra comprises some of the best period instrument specialists in the UK. They are considered to be some of the best in their field. Their performances and recordings have been described as “revelatory, luscious, outstanding and illuminating”. ‘Through dedication and scholarly work, the Band have gained an enviable niche for themselves within the early music movement, as being “one of the UK’s finest period instrument orchestras”. Their distinguished players are committed to education work and passing on their enthusiasm and knowledge to the next generation of music lovers - they teach in the top music conservatoires in the UK.’

 

 

+ Hanover Band
VISITS (to Website)195
VIEWS (of this Record)172

‘Acknowledged worldwide as the most innovative British vocal ensemble specialising in early music. Their stylish staged productions of Renaissance and Baroque music-theatre works together with virtuosic performances of contemporary repertoire have won them friends from the BBC Proms to Soweto and brought this repertoire to both specialist and completely new audiences.’

 

+ I Fagiolini
VISITS (to Website)114
VIEWS (of this Record)111

'Inspired by the name of a 1757 Handel oratorio, Instruments of Time and Truth is a period instrument ensemble, which aims to present world-class performances of baroque and classical music in Oxford and the surrounding region. Every season we programme an exciting series of self-promoted concerts in the City's historic venues while also being an employable resource for Oxford's thriving musical community.'

 

+ Instruments of Time & Truth
VISITS (to Website)31
VIEWS (of this Record)70

‘Early music's “bit of rough” - this rebellious London-based medieval/folk ensemble pushes, and often transcends, the limits of what is thought of as early music.... Joglaresa embodies the boldness and improvisatory chutzpah that gets straight to the heart of medieval music ... Joglaresa comprises outstanding classical, world, folk and jazz musicians - a sound that is at once traditional and contemporary - combining intoxicating elements of Medieval, Middle Eastern and Celtic musics, they create a unique London sound that is both extrovert and intimate.’

 

+ Joglaresa
VISITS (to Website)123
VIEWS (of this Record)105

‘Baroque ensemble based in London, whose chief desire is to bring the highest standard of musical performance of 17th and 18th century repertoire for the benefit of as wide an audience as possible. Far from being dead and remote, the music and texts of the Baroque help us in the 21st century to ponder the concerns of human nature in an emotionally truthful way. Coming to us from an age before technical means of communication and enhancement of sound were available, the music’s impact is colourful, sophisticated and visceral. The energy that the Baroque demands of its performers, is LNM’s most potent tool in striving to move audiences ... LNM often hosts pre and post concert conversations with our audiences, open rehearsals, and mounts masterclasses with established opera singers and work with recent graduates from Music Conservatories all over Europe.‘

 

+ La Nuova Musica
VISITS (to Website)230
VIEWS (of this Record)379

‘Period instrument performance group directed by Peter Holman specialising in music of the 17th and 18th centuries ... Members are drawn from professional and non-professional players with students from the region’s music colleges. Free workshops given by leaders in the field of baroque performance practice provide training, and the funds available are used to enable members of the orchestra to perform concerts with internationally renowned soloists.‘

 

+ Leeds Baroque Choir & Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)256
VIEWS (of this Record)231

’Re-creating the original Borough Waits of Leeds who existed from 1530 to 1835, especially but not exclusively the first century and a half of their existence ... The Waits perform for the Lord Mayor and Corporation, also at stately homes and heritage events around the region, and for organisations such as English Heritage and The National Trust ... They play authentic music on authentic instruments, always performing in appropriate historical dress, and are, as in the old days, available for hire for public and private events.’

 

+ Leeds Waits
VISITS (to Website)86
VIEWS (of this Record)239

Linden Baroque is a unique and much loved part of the British Early Music movement. Formed in 1982 by a group of early music enthusiasts in the front room of a house in Linden Gardens, Chiswick, (London) it combined the talents of a band of music students, young professionals and talented amateurs. Many of the original members now have prominent careers in the early music field - and some founder members are still regularly playing with the band.’

 

+ Linden Baroque Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)109
VIEWS (of this Record)204

‘Ensemble specialising in accessible, affordable performances of music from the 15th-18th Centuries ... While specialising in the performance of 17th Century chamber music, their repertoire extends into opera, and to the works of composers writing in the High-Late Middle Ages, often overlooked in programmes today ... As part of our aim to make Early Music as accessible as possible, to audiences and performers alike, we release editions of all our works created from manuscript sources whenever possible.‘

 

 

+ Musica Antica Rotherhithe
VISITS (to Website)37
VIEWS (of this Record)92

'A UK-based early music ensemble dedicated to the performance of early music written by and for women ... We bring together internationally-acclaimed musicians and ground-breaking research to perform this fascinating and continually emerging repertoire. Our programmes illustrate the many faces of women musicians in the 16th and 17th centuries: courtiers, courtesans, actresses and cloistered nuns. There is always an element of story-telling, theatre, and surprise, in our performances, for the women who first made our music had lives as compelling as the music itself.'

 

+ Musica Secreta
VISITS (to Website)52
VIEWS (of this Record)59

‘The original Musical and Amicable Society was founded in 1762 by James Kempson, who directed the choir at St Bartholomew's Chapel, Birmingham. Together with fellow musicians from St Philip's Church (now Birmingham Cathedral), Kempson and his singers gathered on a regular basis at Cooke's tavern in the Cherry Orchard "for practice and recreation" In 2003, Kate Fawcett and Martin Perkins decided to revive this historic society as a collective of professional period-instrument specialists, performing in combinations ranging from small ensembles to full orchestra. Our presiding ethos is one of chamber music - however large or small the formation - where each and every performer has a significant role to play.’

 

+ Musical & Amicable Society
VISITS (to Website)221
VIEWS (of this Record)541

‘Formed in 2006, Norwich Baroque works with eminent soloists from the early music world to give fresh and vibrant performances of music by popular and less well known Baroque composers; from Handel and Vivaldi to Capel Bond and Mudge.‘

+ Norwich Baroque
VISITS (to Website)261
VIEWS (of this Record)320

'A Baroque ensemble whose ambition is to perform, in sequence, the complete canon of J. S. Bach’s vocal works over 12 years. Founded by Tom Hammond-Davies (Artistic Director) in 2015, OBS offers a unique musical experience that converges composer, performer, and audience ... Bach’s music is community music. He was famously networked amongst an extended family of musicians in northern Germany. Today, OBS champions our local students, scholars, players, soloists, and amateurs in performances that mirror the diversity of our community.'

 

+ Oxford Bach Soloists
VISITS (to Website)30
VIEWS (of this Record)32

‘Salisbury’s only period instrument ensemble. It was formed to enable local players (and some colleagues from further afield) to share their passion for late 17th and 18th century music through concerts and workshops. Using copies of instruments of the period and authentic playing style, the group is able to bring to its audience a sense of intimacy and style difficult to achieve with larger forces and modern, heavier instruments.’

+ Salisbury Baroque
VISITS (to Website)100
VIEWS (of this Record)213

‘A group of singers and players known for their engaging programmes of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century music. According to needs, the ensemble varies in size from three to twenty-five musicians. In their concerts The Bach Players make links between composers, national styles, and developments in music – to provide a wider context in which to present the famous composers of the time. They play on original instruments, and all vocal music is sung in its original language. When singers are involved they are part of the group and not “add onds”. They work without a conductor. Their concerts are lively, informal events in which the musicians engage actively with their audiences.’

 

+ The Bach Players
VISITS (to Website)57
VIEWS (of this Record)81

‘The York Waits take their name from the ancient city band of York, the earliest evidence for which we find in 14th century records ... Today’s York Waits have revived the band as it was in its heyday in the 16th century, playing a wide repertoire of period European music as well as their own arrangements of popular dance and ballad tunes. Like their predecessors they play upon a noyse of shawms, ancestors of the oboe-bassoon family, and characteristic instruments of waits before 1600. They also play cornett, saggbut, and curtal, flutes, recorders great and small, crumhorns, bagpipes, hurdy-gurdies, lute and cittern. By creating a replica band of waits, not only in their instruments and costumes, but also in their performing style, The York Waits have attempted to remove the music from the rarefied atmosphere of the concert hall and return it to the wider audience for whom it was created.’

 

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'Early Music is a stimulating and richly illustrated journal, and is unrivalled in its field. Founded in 1973, it remains the leading journal for anyone interested in early music and how it is being interpreted today. Contributions from scholars and performers of international standing explore every aspect of earlier musical repertories, present vital new evidence for our understanding of the music of the past, and tackle controversial issues of performance practice.'

 

~ Early Music
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'Embraces all those who enjoy playing, singing or listening to early music. It spans all aspects of the subject, with features on today’s top performers, issues of performance practice, innovative early music projects and festivals taking place all over the world.'

 

~ Early Music Today
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‘Has existed since 1981 to bring together all concerned with early music and to forge links with other early music organisations in the UK and around the world. NEMA also acts to represent musicians in the early music field to outside bodies, when required. Whatever your interest in early music - amateur or professional, scholar or performer, listener, instrument maker or CD buyer - you should join Nema.’

 

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