Early Music Festivals 2018

The Early Music Shop Guide to Early Music Festivals in 2018
Key events on the 2018 Early Music Calendar for your diary....
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11-13 May 2018, Altrheinhalle, Insel-Kühkopf-Straße 164589 Stockstadt am Rhein

Instrument makers, publishers and specialist dealers from all over the world bring together an exciting range of offers to create an exhibition without equal.

Visitors get to view a huge display of historical instrument in an exhibition area covering more than 1,200 square metres.

Among the countless stalls belonging to recorder makers – who occupy the greater part of the exhibition space – you will find baroque flutes, historical single and double-reed instruments and finest-quality gems horns. Historical keyboard instruments, hurdy-gurdies and drums are a pleasing complement to the exhibition.

Browsing through special-edition sheet music and rare sound carriers is just as tempting as the limitless discussions between musicians, instrument makers and publishers, which makes this event so attractive to an expert audience every year.

The Early Music Shop will be attending with a spectacular range of recorders, early woodwinds, stringed instruments and accessories..

Exhibition opening times
Friday: 1 p.m. – 6.45 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6.45 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 2.30 p.m.

Web Site - Click Here for further information


May, 2018, St. John's Smith Square and other locations, London

The London Festival of Baroque Music, known before 2015 as the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music, was founded in 1984 and aims to put before London audiences the highest quality performers in the field of Baroque music from abroad and from the UK.

The Lufthansa Festival was jointly founded in 1984 by Ivor Bolton and Tess Knighton to enrich the already-strong London scene for 17th- and 18th-century music by inviting over top-quality foreign artists, many to make their UK debuts. It quickly won recognition as one of the world’s foremost early-music festivals, with a reputation for intelligent theme-based programming and for offering London audiences the opportunity to see live artists they may previously have only heard in recordings.

Programme of Events Click Here


24-27 MAY 2018, Various Locations, Beverley

Beverley has just been shortlisted for the annual Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards (REYTAs) which is very good news and the spring festival is a celebration of music from London - to Venice - to Vienna, following the European 'Grand Tour' and is presented in some of England's finest churches. From the majesty of Beverley Minster to the award-winning heritage centre that is now St James' Warter. This is a season of firsts and extraordinary encounters for the Festival. Highlights of the festival include rising stars Il Quadro Animato, Lux Musicae London and the University of York's 24 with internationally acclaimed artists Exaudi and In Echo presenting concerts too. The National Centre for Early Music's youth instrumental ensemble The Minster Minstrels will also perform in Beverley for the first time. Delma Tomlin, MBE, Festival Director and Director of the National Centre for Early Music says, "We had a wonderful celebratory year last year, and the engagement with audiences and with the local community was exceptional. This year the programme is as equally delightful, and we are bringing some new finds to Beverley, something a little special and intimate, involving performers who are now really quite established on the international stage. "I'm proud to highlight that one of our founding principles all those years ago, was to engage with the local community and create music and performance to reach all ages, abilities and interests. This remains very much at our core, as we begin a new and exciting project with Castaway Goole, we open a recorder session with one of the leading flautists in the country, Piers Adams, and we add to that a mix of illustrated talks and high-quality performance. There's a great deal to look forward to."

Full programme details from www.ncem.co.uk/bemf

Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival Ticket Offer
Friday 25th May 7.30pm, St Mary’s Church, Beverley
Receive 2 tickets for the price of 1 when booking to see this critically acclaimed ensemble – book via www.ncem.co.uk/bemf or email boxoffice@ncem.co.uk and quote ECHO18.
In Echo
Gawain Glenton director & cornetto, Bojan Cicic violin
Anaïs Chen violin, viola Richard Boothby viol
Silas Wollston organ, harpsichord
with Alex Potter countertenor
Echoes of the Danube: The Flow of Habsburg Power
Available on full price tickets booked before 18th May, offer subject to availability.

SWALEDALE FESTIVAL 28th May - 9th June 2018

28 May - 9 June Various venues, Swaledale

The 2018 Swaledale Festival programme is now complete. For those planning their visit to the Festival, here are some of the headlines for each of the two weeks:
Week 1: Craig Ogden & Gary Ryan, Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band, PuppetCraft, Seckou Keita & Catrin Finch, Jennifer Pike & Petr Limonov, Mahan Esfahani, Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir, David Owen Norris’s Mozart Project, The Young’uns…
Week 2: Marian Consort, Sacconi Quartet & James Gilchrist, Hut People, E.U. Chamber Orchestra Wind Soloists & Martin Roscoe, Apollo Saxophone Quartet, Maya Youssef Trio, Angela Hewitt, Dodo Street Band, Hallé Orchestra…



Boughton Aluph, nr Ashford, Kent TN25 4EU

22 June-1 July

Stour Music, the festival of early music founded by countertenor Alfred Deller in 1962, takes place at the end of June each year, with concerts being held in the lovely 13th-century Pilgrim church of All Saints’ Boughton Aluph, renowned for its excellent acoustic.  The rural setting is also part of the attraction, with the Festival Marquee overlooking the Stour Valley on the Pilgrim route to Canterbury. 

Details of the 2018 programme will be available from April 2018 – please contact Stour Music if you would like to receive a brochure or join the email mailing list.

contact@stourmusic.org.uk, box office 01227 769075


Boughton Aluph, nr Ashford, Kent TN25 4EU


22 June - 1 July, Various Locations, Gregynog

Gregynog Festival is the oldest festival in Wales and one of the UK’s premier classical music events. It brings the finest international artists together in a house-party atmosphere to perform programmes inspired by an annual curatorial theme.

Each Festival includes a full span of music from the medieval to the twenty-first century and favours chamber, choral and early music, presented in historically-informed performances using authentic instruments and practice.

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6-14 July 2018, Various locations across York

Power & Politics: From the medieval courts of Avignon to the drama of Beethoven's revolutionary politics!

The essence of York 2018 is around the theme of Power & Politics - one of the most seductive, intoxicating and pertinent subjects of the modern age, is the overarching theme of the York Early Music Festival 2018, taking place Friday 6 - Saturday 14 July. Highlighting that nothing in the world is new, music from across 400 years illustrates conflicts from medieval popes to Napoleon, punctuated along the way by the Catholic Church's endeavours to bring order to the clergy, the politics of England during the English Civil War, and a glimpse into the opulent court of Louis XIV. Comments Delma Tomlin, MBE, York Early Music Festival Administrative Director: "Throughout all the chaos and conflict, from the medieval popes to Beethoven, the resilience of musicians to continue with their lives, travelling across borders, exchanging ideas and rebuilding society, is something to be marvelled at. We are delighted to present this year's programme and what we believe is a very strong and relevant theme. "This Festival is a celebration of the human spirit. And our spirits could not be any higher as we welcome musicians of the uppermost calibre and reputation to our vibrant and culturally alive York City. Highlights include Brecon Baroque directed by violinist Rachel Podger, Gallicantus directed by Gabriel Crouch with the Rose Consort of Viols and The Sixteen directed by Harry Christophers.

"There is also a strong focus on emerging young talent, as Sollazzo Ensemble - winners of the 2015 International Young Artists Competition - return to perform. In two years they have already established an international career, and their inaugural CD Parle qui veut: Moralizing Songs of the Middle Ages has received the highest accolades. They are joined by four ensembles of exceptional talent: Prisma, Voces Suaves, Rumorum and BarrocoTout (winners of the York International Young Artists Competition in 2017). We are looking forward to the energy and enthusiasm from these young performers, to add to the mix of a full and exciting programme ahead for the York Early Music Festival."
Full programme details are available at: www.ncem.co.uk/yemf  
 Tickets: £30.00 to £10.00 are available from the NCEM at St Margaret's Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL.

Website: www.ncem.co.uk/yemf
Email: boxoffice@ncem.co.uk
Phone: 01904 658338

UTRECHT EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL 24th August - 2nd September

24 August - 2 September, 2018, Various Locations, Utrecht

The Utrecht Early Music Festival is a ten day event that takes place every year at the end of August, in the historic centre of Utrecht. During the festival the programme is filled with over 150 concerts and other activities like Summerschool Lectures, an Early Music Exhibition and a STIMU-Symposium.

Utrecht Early Music Festival 2016 – 24 Aug to 2 Sep
The Burgundian Lifestyle

Burgundy’s court culture played a leading role during the Renaissance. It was in this period that Franco-Flemish polyphony blossomed, and gradually became the model for European art music.

One of the central figures in this Festival is Josquin Desprez, chosen in honour of the 150th birthday of The Royal Society for Music History of the Netherlands (KVNM). The Society has played a crucial role in the dissemination of the music of the Low Countries, not least by means of its two integral Josquin editions.

The great source of inspiration for this Festival is Huizinga’s monumental Herfsttij der Middeleeuwen, (The Autumn of the Middle Ages)  which will soon be celebrating the 100th anniversary of its publication. Following in Huizinga’s footsteps, our story, in all its vitality, will inevitably concern death and the culture of death: a death that is not hidden away but is an essential part of life. Lamentations and requiems will take centre stage in the programme, in which Graindelavoix, anthropologist Bjorn Schmelzer’s ensemble, will be playing a leading role.

Website: http://oudemuziek.nl/festival/
Phone: +31 (0)30 232 9000


6-9 September 2018, Bolton Castle & Redmire

Medieval Music in the Dales is England's festival of medieval music. Totally unique in the UK, it's a glorious weekend dedicated solely to playing, listening to and enjoying medieval music. The setting is absolutely stunning - glorious Bolton Castle, built in 1399 by the noble Scrope family and still in the ownership of their descendants to this day. Concerts and illustrated talks take place in neighbouring St Oswald's, the small but perfectly formed parish church which stands in the shadow of the castle.

Over the weekend, the Castle comes to life with music in every corner. It's true living history and a chance to make this magnificent setting your home for the weekend - or just for the day. Whether you want to play, dance, learn or simply sit back and soak up the wonderful sounds, this is for you.

Website: http://www.medievalmusicinthedales.co.uk/
07931 357618