List of all upcoming events

Sat, 19 Oct 2019

7.30 pm, St Andrew's Church, Corbridge, Magnificat. An invited choir, directed by Glenn Davis, present a musical exploration of contrasting Magnificat settings, including the Bach Magificat in D major. Tickets £15

Sat, 19 Oct 2019

7.00 for 7.30 pm, AN ELIZABETHAN CONCERT at Brancepeth Castle. An evening of period music, song and poetry featuring Jeni Melia (soprano), Lachrimae Consort, Lutenist Wilfred Foxe, and others in The Great Hall of Brancepeth Castle, Brancepeth, near Durham, DH7 8DF. Admission by ticket only. £12.50 includes canapes, wine, and Exhibition. To purchase, ring Brancepeth Archives on 0191 378 0974. Early booking advised as numbers limited.

Sat, 19 Oct 2019

MEMF Portugese Polyphony with Rory Johnston. http://memf.org.uk

Sat, 19 Oct 2019

NEEMF AGM and workshop: Polyhymnia Caduceatrix et Panegyrica. Large-scale motets from Praetorius’s seminal collection of 1619 - a workshop for voices and instruments led by David Hatcher, Clements Hall, York. Details on the NEEMF workshop page of this website.

Sat, 19 Oct 2019

Sat - Sun, Oct 2019, EMFS Instrumental weekend with Tom Beets and Joris van Goethem. http://www.emfscotland.org.uk

Mon, 21 Oct 2019

7.30 pm, St Paul’s Hall, University of Huddersfield: a concert by members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: James Toll [violin], Jonathan Rees [cello, viola da gamba] and Steven Devine [harpsichord]. Details and tickets: hud.ac.uk/live or 01484 471873

Thu, 24 Oct 2019

1.15 pm in St Paul’s Hall, University of Huddersfield: Four’s Company: Amanda Babington [violin, recorder] & David Milsom [violin], John Bryan [bass viol], Graham Cummings [harpsichord & organ]. Orpheus Britannicus: Trio Sonatas by Purcell and Handel. Details and tickets: hud.ac.uk/live or 01484 471873

Sat, 26 Oct 2019

SEMF, Voices and Instruments with Patrick Craig. https://sites.google.com/site/southernearlymusicforum

Fri, 1 Nov 2019

Fri - Sun, 1 - 3 Nov 2019, Rondo Viol Academy, Elementary & Lower Intermediate course alongside Pre-formed Consort course, The Beeches, Birmingham. http://www.rondoviolacademy.co.uk

Sat, 2 Nov 2019

10,30 am - 3.00 pm, Ring in the Festival! William Shield Festival 2019: The 19th Century in Retrospect: Bach and Handel to Haydn and Shield, event 1, Swalwell Holy Trinity Church.

A rally of hand-bell players, including Bellsup. Music includes a specially composed arrangement of William Shield’s aria ‘The morn returns’, by John Treherne. Admission free, refreshments available.

Wed, 6 Nov 2019

7.30 pm, Concert Royal - Peter Harrison, baroque flute, Rachel Gray, cello, and John Treherne, Longman and Broderip square piano of 1789. Music connected with Jane Austen - J C Bach, Haydn, Paxton, Pleyel, etc. A lively event at Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society, with readings between the pieces . Event 2 of the William Shield Festival 2019: The 19th Century in Retrospect: Bach and Handel to Haydn and Shield. Jane Austen was a contemporary of William Shield, and an enthusiastic music lover whose collection is the basis for this programme. Concert Royal is one of England’s longest established early music ensembles, which has toured throughout Europe and the Americas. It has produced several LPs, Cassettes, CDs and broadcast on BBC radio and TV. Historically informative and entertaining! Admission £12 (£10 concessions)

Thu, 7 Nov 2019

7.30 pm, William Shield and the influence of folk music, Holy Trinity Church, Swalwell. Amelie Addison and guest violinist, a Lecture Recital with refreshments. Admission £8 (£5 concessions). This is event 3 of the William Shield Festival 2019: The 19th Century in Retrospect: Bach and Handel to Haydn and Shield.

Fri, 8 Nov 2019

7.30 pm, A night at the opera, Gateshead St Mary’s Heritage Centre. This is Event 4 of the William Shield Festival 2019, The 19th Century in Retrospect: Bach and Handel to Haydn and Shield. Austin Gunn’s dynamic ROCKET OPERA presents an entertaining evening of songs from operas by Gateshead’s great William Shield. There will be extracts from Rosina and the Farmer and also newly scored songs from Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest. The William Shield Chamber Orchestra, directed by John Treherne MBE, will accompany the Rocket Opera. He also has scored the music from scores held in Newcastle’s Literary and Philosophical Society. William Shield was the Lloyd Webber of his age. Master of the King’s Musick, founder of Covent Garden Opera, and a friend of Joseph Haydn, Shield’s operas were massively popular. He probably wrote the tune to Auld Lang Syne, and The Plough Boy and the Wolf were massive hits. Amelie Addison, Shield Scholar, will give a preconcert talk. Admission is £10 (£8 concessions); tickets from Eventbrite and at the door.

Sat, 9 Nov 2019

7.30 pm, Handel’s Messiah - Northern Consort with chamber ensemble, St Gabriel’s Church, Heaton. Event 5 of the William Shield Festival 2019, The 19th Century in Retrospect: Bach and Handel to Haydn and Shield. A small dynamic and highly respected choir with singers largely drawn from Durham Cathedral presents Handel’s masterpiece in a lively and characterful manner. This will be a virtually complete performance of this great work, performed in a really historically informed manner. Characterful soloists are drawn from the choir. Not to be missed! ‘Messiah’ was massively popular in Shield’s time, with performances in Westminster Abbey involving several thousand performers. Handel’s original Dublin performance was given by a small ensemble, similar to tonight. Tickets £10 (£8 concessions) from Eventbrite and at the door.

Sat, 16 Nov 2019

NWEMF workshop, Byrd and his contemporaries, for singers with Sally Dunkley. https://nwemf.org

Sat, 16 Nov 2019

11.00 am, Newcastle Literary and and Philosophical Society, Music for tenor, ‘cello and harpsichord with Andrew Fowler, tenor and Gordon Dixon, cello, partnered by John Treherne on harpsichord. Programme includes J S Bach gamba sonatas and Songs by Shield and contemporaries. This is Event 6 of the William Shield Festival 2019, The 19th Century in Retrospect: Bach and Handel to Haydn and Shield.

Sat, 16 Nov 2019

1.30 am – 4 pm, A Special Event: William Shield and the Age of Revolution at Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society. Local Ensembles and individual singers and instrumentalists are invited to come and take part in an informal and enjoyable afternoon of informal music making, performing music from the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Admission £3. Event 7 of the William Shield Festival 2019, The 19th Century in Retrospect: Bach and Handel to Haydn and Shield.

Sat, 16 Nov 2019

5pm, Schlusskonzert: CMWS ensembles - an evening of music by various ensembles managed by CMWS at Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society. These will include viols, cellos and instrumental soloists. Event 7 of the William Shield Festival 2019, The 19th Century in Retrospect: Bach and Handel to Haydn and Shield.

Sun, 17 Nov 2019

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A gentle introduction to the art of improvisation, ornamentation and decoration in the manner of the great 16th- and 17th-century improvisation masters led by Paula Chateauneuf. You will learn some basic techniques which can be plugged in to a given situation.

Sat, 23 Nov 2019

In a candle-lit Hexham Abbey, Antiphon chamber choir will be performing movements from Rachmaninov’s hauntingly beautiful All-Night Vigil (Vespers), along with Renaissance music by De Monte, Schütz, Palestrina, Hassler, Bourgeois and Weelkes.  Tickets at £15 will be available soon, from Cogito Books Hexham, or on-line at www.antiphonchoir.co.uk

Sat, 23 Nov 2019

MEMF workshop for voices with Robert Hollingworth. http://memf.org.uk

Sat, 23 Nov 2019

5 pm, Brunswick Methodist Church, NEW! Young Pianist of the North International Piano Competition, Prize Winners concert and presentation.

Sun, 24 Nov 2019

7.30 pm, Bach B minor Mass, Louth Choral Society, Musical director, Allan Smith. St James’s Church, Louth, LN11 9ET. Louth Choral Society is breaking new ground this November by performing Bach’s B minor Mass with a Baroque orchestra, at 415 Hz. Musica Donum Dei, based in Nottinghamshire, will be joining with the Choral Society for the first time. St James’s is a 15th century church with a wonderful acoustic. www.louthchoral.co.uk

Mon, 25 Nov 2019

6.30 pm, St Mary’s Parish Church, Whickham, Not a Christmas Concert! Event 10 of the William Shield Festival 2019, The 19th Century in Retrospect: Bach and Handel to Haydn and Shield. Featuring CMWS ensembles, including Community Orchestra, Bellsup, Chasenotes, invited school choirs and ensembles. Admission £3 on the door.

Fri, 29 Nov 2019

Fri - Sun, 29 Nov - 1 Dec 2019, Recorders at Rydal: Upper Intermediate & Advanced course (approx. grades 5 – 8). New course at Rydal Hall, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9LX, tutored by Mary Tyers. A mixture of small group and whole course playing sessions, providing opportunities to explore beautiful music and develop your skills in the company of players of a similar ability. Tutored by Mary Tyers, an expert & popular tutor who will explore technique, style & interpretation within a relaxed, friendly and supportive environment. 3 beautiful playing rooms. Comfortable en-suite accommodation. Excellent food. A stunning setting in the heart of the Lake District. Residential and day visitor rates available. Full details at www.marytyers.co.uk

Sat, 14 Dec 2019

NEEMF workshop, 'SCHÜTZ: The father of the orchestra' - a day on Schütz's polychoral motets and the Christmas story, for voices and instruments, led by David Stancliffe, St Brandon’s Church, Brancepeth, near Durham, DH7 8DF. Details on the NEEMF workshop page of this website.

Sat, 14 Dec 2019

MEMF Christmas workshop for voices and instruments with David Hatcher. http://memf.org.uk

Sun, 15 Dec 2019

TVEMF Christmas workshop and lunch with Philip Thorby. http://www.tvemf.org

Thu, 19 Dec 2019

7.30 pm, St Paul’s Hall, University of Huddersfield: University Chamber Choir, Early Music Ensemble and Brass Ensemble, directed by John Bryan, Hodie Christus natus est: Venetian motets by Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli, with music by Palestrina, Victoria and Croce and brass canzonas and dances. Details and tickets: hud.ac.uk/live or 01484 471873

Thu, 19 Dec 2019

York Waits, Christmas concert, National Centre for Early Music, York. http://www.ncem.co.uk/

Fri, 20 Dec 2019

York Waits, Christmas concert, Wentworth Church near Rotherham. http://www.theyorkwaits.org.uk

Sat, 21 Dec 2019

6 pm sharp, York Waits, Yule Riding procession, Micklegate Bar, York

Sun, 22 Dec 2019

4.00 pm, York Waits, Ilkley Manor House. Make We Joy Now In This Fest - Christmas music with Deborah Catterall. http://www.theyorkwaits.org.uk

Sat, 11 Jan 2020

BMEMF for voices and bowed instruments - Buxtehude.with Paul Spicer. http://www.bmemf.org.uk

Wed, 22 Jan 2020

7.30 pm, The Bach Players - Pour le Souper du Roi, music by Rameau, Jacquet de la Guerre, Marais, Rebel, Anglebert, Clérambaultand other composers of the age of Louis XIV, the 'Sun King', performed on violin, viola da gamba, theorbo and harpsichord at the Influence Church, Victoria Road, Richmond DL10 4AS. The Bach Players are known for their engaging programmes of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century music, played on original instruments. Their concerts are lively, informal events in which the musicians engage actively with their audiences. ​Tonight's programme paints a musical picture of the chamber music presented to Louis XIV by his favourite composers. Composers who were allowed into the inner circle of the king were given the title ‘musicien pour la chambre du Roy’: their tasks included providing music for the king in his private rooms. Some of the best chamber music of the period was written for these occasions. www.rsconcerts.org

Sat, 25 Jan 2020

NEEMF workshop with Tim Bayley of the York Waits, Music for an Archduke - The Regensburg Manuscript. Details on the NEEMF workshop page of this site.

Sat, 22 Feb 2020

NEEMF workshop, Bach with John Hancorn for singers and instrumentalists, Newcastle. Details later.

Sat, 14 Mar 2020

NEEMF workshop, with Elizabeth Gutteridge, Machaut for instrumentalists and singers, Burley in Wharfedale. Details later.

Sat, 21 Mar 2020

BMEMF for singers - music from 15th century France with Andrew Kirkman. http://www.bmemf.org.uk

Thu, 26 Mar 2020

Thu - Thu, 26 Mar - 2 Apr 2020, Easter Recorder Course at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire. www.recordersforall.org.uk

Fri, 3 Apr 2020

Fri - Thu, 3 - 9 Apr 2020, The Easter Early Music Course in Monmouth (formerly held in Ascot). www.easterearlymusiccourse.org.uk

Sat, 6 Jun 2020

The Lambeth Choirbook for singers with Patrick Allies. http://www.tvemf.org

Sat, 1 Aug 2020

Sat - Sat, 1 - 8 Aug 2020 NORVIS 50, A week-long early music course in County Durham. Come and help us celebrate 50 years of this wonderful event in our new, more accessible and comfortable home in Barnard Castle. We welcome players of recorders, viols, lutes, baroque strings, harpsichord and voices. There is a wide range of activities with repertoire from early renaissance to late baroque. We are lavishly staffed with inspirational tutors who also feature strongly in our evening concerts. Generous bursaries available. See www.norvis.org.uk or email enquiries@norvis.org.uk.