Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival 2013

Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival 2013

The annual (22 – 26 May 2013), one of the cultural highlights in the East Riding of Yorkshire, presents a celebration of from the medieval to the baroque by some of the world’s finest early ensembles and .

This year’s programme features internationally acclaimed harpsichordist Trevor Pinnock; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s award-winning educational team; the fun-loving Carnival Band with singer Vivien Ellis and the outstanding vocal ensemble Gallicantus.

, Festival Director says: “We are delighted to be able to welcome some of the world’s truly great early specialists to this beautiful town. It is particularly exciting that, for the first time, students from Girls High School and will work with members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment from Monday 20 May to prepare their own performance of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen directed James Redwood on Thursday 23 May.

And we are very pleased to welcome the University of Early Ensemble, directed for the first time by Žak Ozmo, whose ‘Flights of Fancy’ programme features some of the most entertaining and uncommonly beautiful of the seventeenth-century.”

2013 Highlights include:

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) From Twig to Bow

Join members of the outstanding Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for a fascinating exploration of the development of string, wind and keyboard instruments over the centuries and find out how composers used instruments in a variety of contexts.

Wednesday 22 May, 7.30pm, , ,

Leah Stuttard The Wool Merchant and The Harp

Medieval harpist, singer, composer and arranger, Leah Studdard, presents a beautifully crafted lecture recital which tells the intriguing story of George Cely, a late fifteenth century Wool Merchant. Leah’s recital features the gorgeous songs and lively dance tunes Cely played for the discerning gentry.

Thursday 23 May, 1.00pm,

University of York Baroque Ensemble, Chamber Choir and Education Group

and Girls’ High School

The Fairy Queen Revisited

Throughout the week of 20 May members of the OAE, students and members of the University of York Education Group will work with year 7 and 8 pupils from and Girls’ High School on a collaborative opera project based on Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen led by composer James Redwood. The students will explore themes from the opera and Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, on which the opera is based, to compose their own songs, drama and movement, as well as learning to sing some of Purcell’s own wonderful music from this ‘Restoration Spectacular’.

Thursday 23 May, 7.30pm, St Mary’s , Within,

Le Jardin Secret In Splendid Disgrace: Music for Exiled Kings

Le Jardin Secret, winners of the first prize and the audience prize in the 2007 Early Music Network International Young Artists’ Competition, features the beautifully expressive voice of Elizabeth Dobbin soprano and Sofie Vanden Eynde’s exquisite theorbo playing. The ensemble will explore the glorious music of Louis XIV’s Roman music master, Innocenzo Fede, along the transalpine, international and local music which coloured the rich musical life of court.

Friday 24 May, 1.00pm, The Quire,

Gallicantus Music of Penitence

One of the UK’s most outstanding vocal ensembles perform a powerful programme which combines Thomas Tallis’ beautifully crafted Lamentations with Orlande de Lassus’ dramatic tour de force Lagrime di San Pietro.

Friday 24 May, 7.30pm, St Mary’s , Within, Beverley

Trevor Pinnock Journeys through Music

Internationally renowned harpsichordist, conductor and founder of the English Concert, presents a programme inspired by the travels of the great organist and composer Antonio Cabezon across Europe in the 1550s, featuring music by Cabezon, Byrd, Bull, JS Bach and Frescobaldi.

Saturday 25 May, 1.30pm, , , Beverley

University of Early Music Ensemble Flights of Fancy

Žak Ozmo directs this talented young ensemble in a programme of striking chamber music by the seventeenth century composers Marini and Merula, haunting melodies by Monteverdi and sprightly dances by Zanetti and Garsi.

Saturday 25 May, 3.00pm, The Quire,

The Carnival Band with Vivien Ellis voice

Chapel and Tavern ‘Choristers and Carousers in Early Modern Britain’

A unique double venue experience which marries Chapel and Tavern music by moving musicians and audience from The Angel in Butcher Row for rousing performances of catches, ballads, songs and dance tunes to to experience the reflective songs for private devotion and the enthusiastic music of the gallery bands.

Saturday 25 May from 6.30pm, The Angel Tavern, Butcher Row, Beverley. from 7.45pm. Late night back at the Tavern

Tickets: £5.00 to £25.00 are available from the NCEM at St Margaret’s , Walmgate, York YO1 9TL. Telephone: 01904 658338. Email:

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