Sun 18 Aug 2019

Sun - Sun, 18 - 25 Aug 2019, Irish Recorder and Viol Course, An Grianán, Termonfechin, Co. Louth. http://www.irishrecorderandviolcourse.org

Sun 1 Sep 2019

2 pm, Trouvere: Reynard the Fox, at Grewelthorpe Village Hall. Medieval music, masks and madcap foolery with Trouvere’s unique Tales of the trickster fox. Suitable for all the family! A Ripon International Festival event. Tickets tbc; tel 0772 0118 406 for more information.

Thu 5 Sep 2019

10 am-5 pm, Medieval Music in the Dales Study Day: Troubadours and Trouveres At Redmire Village Hall. A day dedicated to the music of the troubadours and trouvères, the secular poets and composers of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. With historical background and an introduction to the sources along with practical vocal and instrumental sessions. With Gill Page (Trouvere), and Sophia Brumfitt and Rebecca Austen-Brown (Maiden in the Moor, Bardos Band). A Medieval Music in the Dales event. Tickets £50 (Friends of MMitD £25); tel 07931 357618 / www.medievalmusicinthedales.co.uk

Thu 5 Sep 2019

7.30 pm, CONCERT ROYAL, Peter Harrison; flute, Rachel Gray; violoncello, John Treherne; square pianoforte. A NEW PIANOFORTE FOR JANE, music from Jane Austen's collection and contemporary sources with short readings placing the music in context. St.Mary's Church, Easington, Co.Durham. tickets £5. information: music.ph@btinternet.com

Fri 6 Sep 2019

Fri – Sun, 6 - 8 Sep 2019, Medieval Music in the Dales, at Bolton Castle near Leyburn. England’s one and only festival of medieval music: a glorious weekend of medieval music with concerts, workshops, talks, ensemble playing, instrument exhibition, medieval market and living history. More information on the website: www.medievalmusicinthedales.co.uk / tel. 07931 357618

Fri 6 Sep 2019

7.30 pm, CONCERT ROYAL, Peter Harrison; flute, Rachel Gray; violoncello, John Treherne; square pianoforte. A NEW PIANOFORTE FOR JANE, music from Jane Austen's collection and contemporary sources with short readings placing the music in context. The Hearth Arts Centre, Horsley, nr. Corbridge, Northumberland. tickets £8. information: music.ph@btinternet.com

Sat 7 Sep 2019

3 pm, Clements Hall, York - CONCERT ROYAL, Peter Harrison; flute, Rachel Gray; violoncello, John Treherne; square pianoforte - A NEW PIANOFORTE FOR JANE. Music from Jane Austen's collection and contemporary sources with short readings placing the music in context. tickets £10 from: m.joice@btinternet.com

Thu 12 Sep 2019

2:30 and 7:30 pm, Music at Markenfield – Tabea Debus Trio - Tabea Debus recorders, Alex McCartney theorbo, Jonathan Rees cello. Music by Caccini, Dowland, Purcell, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Corelli, Marais

Three virtuoso artists present a delightful programme in the uniquely preserved C13th manor house. Tabea ‘a charismatic virtuoso’ The Times, performs widely in Europe, Asia and the USA, with recitals at Wigmore Hall and the Konzerthaus Vienna. Jonathan plays with the AAM, the OAE and Britten Sinfonia. Lutenist Alex McCartney ‘sinewy and sensuous, rich deep tones’ has earned rave reviews around the world.

Markenfield Hall is an uniquely preserved medieval manor and a delight to explore ‘a place so stunning it should be wildly famous’ Yorkshire Post. Tickets £24 https://www.riponinternationalfestival.org

Thu 12 Sep 2019

7.00 pm, Heptonstall Parish Church, Si tres grant melodie: Machaut and the Kings of Cyprus. Trio Mediaeval with John Potter, Anna Maria Friman, Linn Andrea Fuglseth, Jorunn Lovise Husan. A unique vocal quartet explores the Machaut mass with motets and chant from medieval Cyprus.

The manuscript known as Torino J.ll.9 is one of the most famous and least understood sources of late 14th/early 15th century polyphony and chant. We know it was compiled for the court of King Janus (1398-1432) at Nicosia, but who wrote it, and how such perfectly-formed French music came to be in Cyprus is one of music history's great mysteries. One of the many curious things about the collection is that some of the pieces seem to show the influence of Guillaume de Machaut, who died in 1377 and as far as we know never went to Cyprus.

The story begins in 1360, when Janus’ great uncle Pierre de Lusignan was crowned King of Cyprus in Famagusta Cathedral, becoming at the same time the titular King of Jerusalem. Two years later the warrior king embarked on a tour of European kingdoms to raise money for a crusade to re-take the Holy City from the Moors; in 1364 he attended the coronation of Charles V in Reims, where he would have encountered the music and poetry of Guillaume de Machaut. It is no longer thought likely that Machaut composed his Mass for the ceremony, but as a cathedral canon and the most famous composer in France he almost certainly contributed music for the festivities. Some ten years later Machaut wrote the last of his great poems, La Prise d’Alixandre, which told the story of Pierre’s crusade and the European tour that preceded it. Such is the level of detail in this 9,000 word rhymed chronical that it is possible that Machaut, an experienced traveller after decades in the

service of King John of Bohemia, accompanied the Cypriot king on the Eastern leg of his extended European adventure. Machaut had hugely admired the military exploits of John of Bohemia whose death at the battle of Crecy was the stuff of legend, the blind king insisting on being led into battle only to be cut to pieces by the English, and he may have seen something of the perfect chivalric knight in Pierre, the most celebrated jouster in all Europe.

Pierre was assassinated in 1369, and Machaut died in 1377, probably not long after completing La Prise. A continuing history of violence and upheaval did not stop the court at Nicosia from enjoying the complex music of the post-Machaut generation known as the ars subtilior, and during the reign of Janus de Lusignan a unique collection of some 200 pieces was assembled, giving a vivid picture of a sophisticated musical culture. None of the pieces is known anywhere else, and all of them are anonymous. Several of the secular works contain musical traces of Machaut, a legacy that originated in the previous century when the composer met King Pierre, years before Janus himself was born. In this programme of sacred music we re-unite the composers of this extraordinary Cypriot-French repertoire with the composer who may have been its inspiration.

Admission £10. Advance tickets online at www.cantorelli.co.uk

Fri 13 Sep 2019

Fri - Sun, 13 - 15 Sep 2019, Cambridge Early Music, Polyphony for mixed voice choirs, directed by Deborah Roberts and Prof Laurie Stras, providing exceptional insights into, and experience of singing, music composed by and for the nuns of Ferrara from the 14th to 16th centuries. https://www.cambridgeearlymusic.org

Fri 13 Sep 2019

7.30 pm, Flaugissimo Duo – A Salon Opera - Yu-Wei Hu baroque flute, Johan Lofvig theorbo and guitar, Fewston Parish Church, near Otley.

Flauguissimo Duo presents flute and plucked string music of court dances and opera scenes from the 18th and 19th century, including the enchanting flute solo from Gluck’s famous opera Orphée et Eurydice and the songs of Franz Schubert. Winners of many international prizes, Yu-Wei Hu and Johan Lofving have dazzled audiences at the BBC Proms, Wigmore Hall, Brighton Early Music Festival, in Europe and Taiwan.

Tickets £16 (£10 student) Wine and canapés will be on sale at the adjoining Washburn Heritage Centre https://www.riponinternationalfestival.org

Fri 13 Sep 2019

7.30 pm, BRANWELL'S FLUTE & HARDY'S HORNPIPE - Peter Harrison (flute by Cahusac 1790) and reader Julia Elliott explore Branwell Bronte and Thomas Hardy's music collections. St.James Church, Ireby nr. Wigton. tickets£5. information: music.ph@btinternet.com

Sat 14 Sep 2019

NWEMF workshop with John Bryan for voices and instruments. https://nwemf.org

Sat 14 Sep 2019

SEMF, Purcell The Fairy Queen for voices and instruments, with John Hancorn. https://sites.google.com/site/southernearlymusicforum

Sat 14 Sep 2019

MEMF Baroque String Workshop with Julia Bishop. http://memf.org.uk

Sat 14 Sep 2019

7.30 pm, BRANWELL'S FLUTE & HARDY'S HORNPIPE - Peter Harrison (flute by Cahusac 1790) and reader Julia Elliott explore Branwell Bronte and Thomas Hardy's music collections. St.Margaret'sChurch, Wythop nr. Cockermouth. tickets£5. information: music.ph@btinternet.com

Sun 15 Sep 2019

2.30 pm, A concert of Renaissance vocal music by the four singers of Quodlibet, Silsden Town Hall http://www.thequodlibet.co.uk

Fri 20 Sep 2019

Fri - Sun, 20 – 22 Sep 2019, Recorders at Rydal: Foundation & Lower Intermediate course (approx. grades 3 – 5). 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 21 Sep 2019

BMEMF Gabrielli, Praetorius and Schutz for singers with Stephen Marshall. http://www.bmemf.org.uk

Sat 21 Sep 2019

NEEMF workshop, Four-part Lute Songs, led by Jacob Heringman in Shadwell, near Leeds, in conjunction with The Lute Society. Details on the Neemf workshop page of this website.

Fri 27 Sep 2019

Fri - Mon, 27 - 29 Sep 2019, Rondo Viol Academy Intermediate and Upper Intermediate courses, The Beeches, Birmingham. http://www.rondoviolacademy.co.uk

Sat 28 Sep 2019

SWEMF workshop, Singing History with Vivien Ellis. https://swemf.org.uk

Sat 5 Oct 2019

SWEMF workshop, Michael Praetorius for singers and renaissance instruments with Gawain Glenton. http://www.swemf.org.uk

Fri 11 Oct 2019

Fri - Sun, 11 - 13 Oct 2019, EEMF, Biber: Missa Salisburgensis weekend. http://www.eemf.org.uk

Sat 12 Oct 2019

7.30 pm, The Cliffords: Lords of Skipton Castle ~ An anarchic history lesson comes from the Leeds Waits and Friends, who make a renaissance foray in words and music through three generations of the Clifford family in love, scandal and war. Rawdon Amnesty Concert Series, 2019. Rawdon Friends Meeting House, Quakers Lane, LS19 6HU. Further information from Barbara Parry (0113 2503867) barbaraparry@waitrose.com

Sat 12 Oct 2019

NWEMF, 14th century secular music for voices & instruments with Lizzie Gutteridge. https://nwemf.org

Sat 12 Oct 2019

BMEMF Workshop for instrumentalists and dancers. Tutors: Alison Kinder, Anne Deller and Kath Waters. http://www.bmemf.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

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 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 16 Nov 2019

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

Sun 17 Nov 2019

NEEMF workshop, ‘The Noodle Factory’, a workshop on ornamentation open to singers and instrumentalists led by Paula Chateauneuf, Priory Street Centre, York. Details on the NEEMF workshop page of this website.

Sat 23 Nov 2019

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

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

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

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

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