List of early music events known to us

Sat, 2 Jul 2022

7.30 pm, Musicians of London, The Herschel Trio with counter-tenor Magid El-Bushra at All Saints, North Street , York. The programme will include music by composers who lived and worked in London, and includes works by Handel, Purcell, Pepusch, Sammartini and Finger. 
Graham O’Sullivan baroque flute and recorder
Susanna Pell viola da gamba
Mie Hayashi harpsichord
Magid El-Bushra counter-tenor
Tickets can be purchased in advance through the NCEM box office (link here) and will also be available on the door on the night.

Sat, 2 Jul 2022

BMEMF workshop for singers and instrumentalists, A Brace of Bachs: music by JS and CPE Bach with George Parris

Sun, 3 Jul 2022

NEEMF workshop with Mary Tyers, Tudor Miniatures and Cryes, for instrumentalists at A=440. More details on the NEEMF workshop page of this website.

Fri, 8 Jul 2022

7.30 pm, Grange-over-Sands and District Concert Club, Victoria Halls, Main Street, Grange-over-Sands,  LA11 6DP

Eden Baroque - Michael Sanderson baritone, baroque violin & viola and Katharine May harpsichord

Music for a while- songs and instrumental music from 17th &18th century England

Programme includes music by Dowland, Lanier, Handel, Purcell, Arne.

Tickets are available from 01539 534388/

Fri, 8 Jul 2022

Fri 8 – Sat 16 Jul 2022, York Early Music Festival

Fri, 8 Jul 2022

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Ilkley Manor House, Blind Jack of Knaresborough. Inspired by Jack Metcalf’s remarkable life story, violinist Geoff Bowen invited a number of Yorkshire musicians and a narrator to take part in a production celebrating Blind Jack’s life.

After losing his sight from smallpox at age 6 Jack learned to play violin and oboe and went on to earn his living as a musician before becoming famous as a road builder. By the age of 15 he was the official Spa Musician in Harrogate’s hotels and ballrooms and was also invited to play in homes of the gentry and in York Assembly Rooms. At the time of the Jacobite rebellion he marched to Culloden as a musician with the Yorkshire Blues.

The music for this presentation is from collections of dances, songs and instrumental airs published during Jack’s lifetime and known from musician’s manuscripts to have been popular in North Yorkshire. The lively musical programme will be accompanied with entertaining stories of Jack’s extraordinary escapades and achievements.

The Spa Players:

Violins: Geoff Bowen, Eva Bechelet. Oboe: Jennifer Pease.

Flute: Gordon Tyrrall. Keyboard & Vocals: Helen Hockenhull.

Cello: Anahata. Narrator: Catherine Gibson.

Doors open at 7:00pm and the performance starts at 7:30pm. Refreshments will be available during the interval.

Mon, 11 Jul 2022

6.45 pm for 7.30 pm, Hutton-in-the Forest, Penrith CA11 9TH. Eden Baroque - Michael Sanderson baritone, baroque violin & viola and Katharine May harpsichord. Music for a while - songs and instrumental music from 17th &18th century England. Programme includes music by Dowland, Lanier, Handel, Purcell, Arne.

Canapes and nibbles prepared by Cumbria`s celebrity chef John Crouch and a welcome drink served from 6.45pm in the beautiful, historic setting of Hutton-in-the-Forest. Tickets (£25) available by ringing 01768 894404 or emailing

Mon, 11 Jul 2022

Mon - Sun, 11 - 17 Jul 2022, Chalemie Summer School at Uppingham, Rutland.

Sat, 16 Jul 2022

Sat - Sat, 16 - 23 Jul 2022, Cambridge Early Music Renaissance summer school,

Sat, 16 Jul 2022

MEMF workshop, Not Mortals but Angels - convent polypony from the 13th - 16th centuries - with tutor Laurie Stras. Music for female voices, viols and other soft instruments and a keyboard player.

Sat, 23 Jul 2022

SWEMF Workshop for Voices and Instruments with Alison Kinder

Sun, 24 Jul 2022

Sun - Sun, 24 - 31 Jul 2022, Cambridge Early Music baroque summer school

Sun, 24 Jul 2022

4 pm, Otley Baroque Discovery Series Vol.2, The World of Musette - Music for French Kings - Wesley Hall, Otley Methodist Church. Welcome to an intriguing world of Musette – a delicate French bagpipe whose fortunes rose and fell with French aristocracy in the 17th and 18th centuries. We welcome Amanda Babington, an established baroque violinist based in Manchester, who fell in love with this instrument some years ago and  became one of the few Musette players in the world. Together with the members of her ensemble, Baroque in the North and Otley Baroque’s Asuka Sumi, Amanda will shed lights on this extremely rare instrument and introduce its beautiful (and a little wacky) music idolised by the court of Versailles and French Kings.

Derochet: Un debut de Concerto

Senaille: Sonata for Musette

Leclaire: Sonata for two violins

And more…

Amanda Babington, musette de cour & baroque violin

Asuka Sumi, baroque violin

Claire Babington, baroque cello

David Francis, harpsichord | 01943463743

Sat, 30 Jul 2022

Sat 30 Jul – Sat 6 Aug 2022, NORVIS 50 Early Music Summer School, Golden Jubilee  Course for recorders, viols, lutes, harpsichords, Baroque strings and voices. Barnard Castle School, Newgate, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8UN

Mon, 1 Aug 2022

Mon - Sun, 1-7 Aug 2022,  Beauchamp Early Music Week,

Sun, 14 Aug 2022

Sun - Sun, 14 - 21 Aug 2022, Baroque Week Summer School, Caversham

Sat, 20 Aug 2022

Sat - Sat, 20 - 27 Aug 2022, Irish Recorder and Viol Course, An Grianan, Co. Louth, Ireland,

Mon, 22 Aug 2022

Mon - Sat, 22 -26 Aug 2022, Historically Informed Summer School, Bishop Burton College, nr. Beverley. This course explores the Common Grounds between early music, and its more formalised development, and the music of the people, embodied in traditional and folk music, with sessions for players of folk and early music.

Sat, 3 Sep 2022

SWEMF workshop for Voices & Viols with Susanna Pell

Tue, 6 Sep 2022

Tue - Thu, 6 - 8 Sep 2022, Medieval Music in the Dales Summer School

Fri, 9 Sep 2022

Fri - Sun, 9-11 Sep 2022, Medieval Music in the Dales,

Sat, 10 Sep 2022

5.30 pm, St Andrew’s Church, Corbridge: An Aperitif Concert in aid of the Christian Aid Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal featuring works by J-M Leclair, François Couperin and J-P Rameau. Magdalena Loth-Hill - Baroque Violin, Jacob Garside - Viola da Gamba, John Green - Harpsichord. Tickets (to include a glass of wine or soft drink) £15 from Forum Books, or at the door. Students in full time education free.

Fri, 16 Sep 2022

Fri - Sun, 16 - 18 Sep 2022, Recorders at Rydal Hall, Ambleside, LA22 9LX Tutor: Mary Tyers, Foundation/Lower Intermediate.

Fri, 16 Sep 2022

Fri - Sun, 16 - 18 Sep 2022, Rondo Viol Academy course for Elementary and Lower Intermediate players and for pre-formed consorts, The Hayes, Alfreton, Derbyshire

Sat, 17 Sep 2022

NWEMF Convent music workshop for female voices & soft instruments with Laurie Stras

Sat, 17 Sep 2022

MEMF, Schutz and his World, a workshop for sackbuts, cornetti and voices with Gawain Glenton.

Sat, 17 Sep 2022

NEEMF loud winds playing day, Clements Hall, York, led by Peter Barnard and Kate Billmore of de Mowbray’s Musicke. Details on the NEEMF workshop page of this website.

Thu, 22 Sep 2022

Evening, SEMF, “Mary, Mary, quite contrary” – Zoom talk by Patrick Craig on music inspired by the Blessed Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene.

Sat, 24 Sep 2022

TVEMF workshop for singers, The Lambeth Choirbook, including mass movements by Fayrfax and Ludford, with Patrick Allies.

Sat, 1 Oct 2022

BMEMF workshop for singers with Sally Dunkley

Fri, 7 Oct 2022

Fri - Sun, 7 - 9 Oct 2022, Rondo Viol Academy course for Intermediate and Upper Intermediate players, High Leigh, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire

Sun, 9 Oct 2022

SEMF Workshop for voices and instruments, directed by Gawain Glenton, probably focusing on Schutz. Details later.

Sat, 15 Oct 2022

NWEMF workshop, Dunkeld Part Books for singers with Rory McCleery

Sat, 15 Oct 2022

EEMF, Missa Dominus Regnavit, A glorious 16-part work by the Flemish composer Lambert de Sayve who served at a number of Austrian courts. A workshop for voices, cornetts, sackbuts, curtals and organ with additional strings and recorders, with Philip Thorby.

Sat, 29 Oct 2022

NEEMF Workshop for voices and instruments, with AGM. David Hatcher on the music of Constanzo Porta, Clements Hall, York. Details later.

Fri, 11 Nov 2022

Fri - Mon, 11 - 13 Nov 2022, Recorders at Rydal Hall, Ambleside, LA22 9LX Tutor: Mary Tyers, Upper Intermediate/Advanced.

Sat, 12 Nov 2022

NWEMF workshop, Heinrich Schütz – Geistliche Chormusik (1648) for singers and players with Roger Wilkes

Sat, 19 Nov 2022

SWEMF online talk by Clare Griffel - A Plaine and Easie Introduction ... to the mathematics of tuning and temperaments, online via Zoom. Clare will explain why it's impossible to have every interval in a 12-semitone scale in tune at once, and look at some of the methods which have been adopted to get around this problem.

Sat, 26 Nov 2022

NEEMF workshop for instrumentalists, music for Advent and Christmas led by Tim Bayley, Newcastle Area. Details later.

Sat, 17 Dec 2022

NEEMF workshop, Seasonal fun for voices and Instruments led by Tricia Moores,Clements Hall, York. Details later

Fri, 20 Jan 2023

Fri - Sun, 20 - 22 Jan 2022, 17th & 18th century chamber music course, Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH.

For pre-formed groups of instrumentalists with or without a singer, working on self-selected repertoire at either A=415 or A=440. Tutor`s concert on Saturday evening at 8pm, with an informal participant`s concert before lunch on Sunday. Beautiful surroundings to explore too.

Tutors: Eden Baroque (Michael Sanderson baritone/ baroque violin & viola, and Katharine May harpsichord)

Residential £280 Non-residential £210. Course begins 18.30 Friday and ends 13.30 Sunday.

To register your interest please contact Higham Hall ( or 01768 776 276) who will contact you when booking opens.

Sat, 6 May 2023

BMEMF Byrd Quatercentenary workshop for singers with David Skinner

Sat, 16 Sep 2023

BMEMF workshop for singers with David Allinson