Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival

The annual & East Riding Early Festival (24 – 26 May) celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2012. Widely regarded as one of the cultural landmarks of the East Riding of Yorkshire, the Festival presents some of the world’s brightest stars in the early firmament in many of the region’s stunningly beautiful ecclesiastical buildings. This year’s programme features from the 15th – 18th centuries and includes a thoughtful exploration of ’s own musical presented in the Guildhall, one of the town’s finest Georgian gems.

, Festival Director says: “When we started in 1988 we had no idea that it would prove to be such an outstanding success. Huge thanks go to Borough Council for having the foresight to initiate such an event and to the and Arts Council for offering the financial stability which has allowed the Festival to develop and grow. Thanks also to the National Centre for Early for taking on the administration, and to our audiences for their loyalty and enthusiasm over the last 25 years.”

Programme details for the & East Riding Early Festival’s Silver Jubilee celebrations:

▪ Stile Antico – the highly talented vocal ensemble present a new programme of from the Renaissance entitled ‘The Rose in Flower’ which captures the allure, political intrigue and religious tumult of the Tudor era and the extraordinary flowering of poetry, , painting and architecture. (Thursday 24 May, 7.30pm, Minster)

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▪ La Serenissima – a welcome return from the award-winning orchestral ensemble who bring Antonio Vivaldi’s most famous and joyous Le Quattro Stagioni (Four Seasons) played with staggering virtuosity by Adrian Chandler and his band, along with the fantastic Paris concerto, and three virtuosic concertos for soloist and orchestra.
(Friday 25 May, 7.30pm, Minster)

▪ Lutenist William Carter, founder member of the Palladian Ensemble, performs J S Bach’s stunning, but rarely heard, for lute – as intensely beautiful as the more famous ‘cello suites. (Friday 25 May, 1.00pm, The Quire, )

▪ Red Priest perform stolen masterworks and long lost treasures of the Baroque with swashbuckling virtuosity, including their own pirated versions of J S Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor and Brandenburg Concerto No 3.
(Saturday 26 May, 7.30pm Methodist , Beverley)



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