Bristol Early Music Festival

Bristol Early Music Festival The Bristol Early Music Festival is an annual event which presents and showcases the best of early music. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 festival will take place 7th - 9th May, as a series of online events.

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Singers far and wide - Laetare Singers have a wonderful choral day workshop planned in October now that we are opening u...
17/08/2021

Singers far and wide - Laetare Singers have a wonderful choral day workshop planned in October now that we are opening up again!

Expect to sing a fantastic array of music by Vaughan Williams, Purcell, Monteverdi and Wilbye. A day not to be missed!

Please see attached for more information on how to book.

Singers far and wide - Laetare Singers have a wonderful choral day workshop planned in October now that we are opening up again!

Expect to sing a fantastic array of music by Vaughan Williams, Purcell, Monteverdi and Wilbye. A day not to be missed!

Please see attached for more information on how to book.

02/08/2021

We are very pleased to say that the trustees and planning committee have met for the first time to arrange the 2022 Bristol Early Music Festival and you are in for a real treat!

As you may already know, we are planning the same programme we had in store for the 2020 festival, with artists such as The Basilisk, Nova, His Majesty’s Sackbutts and Cornetts and many more. We can’t wait to finally put on this long awaited programme for all of our supporters! 🎶

Calling all early music lovers! We have a fantastic concert for you next week…‘A Cry Was Heard’ will be a programme of C...
26/07/2021

Calling all early music lovers! We have a fantastic concert for you next week…

‘A Cry Was Heard’ will be a programme of C17th music performed by local professional HP musicians, with all profits being donated to Help Musicians UK who have supported countless artists during the pandemic.

The concert will honour the memory of Audrey Sewell who spent her life promoting classical music, and will feature local professional musicians Emily White and Martyn Sanderson (sackbut), Guy James (countertenor), Andrew White (viola), Peter McCarthy (violone) and Robin Bigwood (harpsichord).

The performance will be Covid-managed for audience and performers both, and will kick start this new era in music making in what promises to be an evening to remember.

Please email [email protected] to book your ticket! 🎶

Calling all early music lovers! We have a fantastic concert for you next week…

‘A Cry Was Heard’ will be a programme of C17th music performed by local professional HP musicians, with all profits being donated to Help Musicians UK who have supported countless artists during the pandemic.

The concert will honour the memory of Audrey Sewell who spent her life promoting classical music, and will feature local professional musicians Emily White and Martyn Sanderson (sackbut), Guy James (countertenor), Andrew White (viola), Peter McCarthy (violone) and Robin Bigwood (harpsichord).

The performance will be Covid-managed for audience and performers both, and will kick start this new era in music making in what promises to be an evening to remember.

Please email [email protected] to book your ticket! 🎶

Today is the final day you can access our videos from this year's online festival! Make sure you use your lunch break wi...
14/05/2021
Bristol Early Music Festival - YouTube

Today is the final day you can access our videos from this year's online festival!

Make sure you use your lunch break wisely...

In 2018, a group of local early music practitioners, working on a voluntary and non-profit basis, began to plan an Early Music Festival weekend in Bristol, t...

Did you know you can catch all of last weekend's events on our Youtube channel? So no more wondering which pieces Nathan...
12/05/2021
Bristol Early Music Festival - YouTube

Did you know you can catch all of last weekend's events on our Youtube channel?

So no more wondering which pieces Nathaniel Mander played or which technique Peter Barnes used to tighten loose keys, you can just re-watch them online until May 14th!

Linked below:

In 2018, a group of local early music practitioners, working on a voluntary and non-profit basis, began to plan an Early Music Festival weekend in Bristol, t...

Are you still reminiscing about Passacaglia Duo's mesmerising performance? Or about Prof. Emma Hardy's detective work in...
10/05/2021
Bristol Early Music Festival - YouTube

Are you still reminiscing about Passacaglia Duo's mesmerising performance? Or about Prof. Emma Hardy's detective work into manuscript scribes?

Well if you are, don't fret - you can watch all the events from the weekend on our Youtube channel until May 14th. Linked below:

In 2018, a group of local early music practitioners, working on a voluntary and non-profit basis, began to plan an Early Music Festival weekend in Bristol, t...

09/05/2021

As promised, here is All Saints Clifton’s wonderful service from this morning. Fantastic music chosen for this special service!

That's all folks! Thank you so much to all of our artists, makers and scholars who contributed to this year's festival. ...
09/05/2021
Bristol Early Music Festival May 7-9 2021; medieval to baroque music

That's all folks! Thank you so much to all of our artists, makers and scholars who contributed to this year's festival. It's been fantastic to go ahead with the festival online this year, despite restrictions.

And thank YOU to all of our lovely supporters. We are very grateful for all of your support and your feedback.
If you wish to further support the festival, you can donate to the Bristol Early Music Festival via the link below.

We are a registered charity (Charity no. 1187125) and just like many others, the pandemic hit us hard. With your donations and support, we will be able to keep our festival running. Thank you for your continued support.

Bristol Early Music Festival is a weekend of music ranging from medieval through renaissance to baroque. There are concerts, workshops for singers and instrumentalists, and other events including an exhibition of instruments.

And that is our festival over for another year! All of our events are available to view on our Youtube channel until May...
09/05/2021
Bristol Early Music Festival - YouTube

And that is our festival over for another year! All of our events are available to view on our Youtube channel until May 14th.

You can search: 'Bristol Early Music Festival'

or follow the link below to catch up on events you missed or want to see again.

In 2018, a group of local early music practitioners, working on a voluntary and non-profit basis, began to plan an Early Music Festival weekend in Bristol, t...

Wow! A brilliant and insightful talk given by Poppy Holden on the subject of Border Ballads. Thank you to everyone who w...
09/05/2021
Poppy Holden Publications

Wow! A brilliant and insightful talk given by Poppy Holden on the subject of Border Ballads. Thank you to everyone who watched the event and to those who came to the Q+A for the interesting points made and ideas shared.

If you would like to purchase a copy of Poppy's book on Border Ballads, follow the link below to her website. These fine-press souvenir books are hand sewn, with beautiful illustrations by Chris Daunt, President of the Society of Wood Engravers.

Poppy gives popular talks on the subject of Border Ballads, and members of the audience often ask for a book to take home with them, detailing the history, tunes and stories. So, here you are!

Just one hour to go until we hear the wonderful Poppy Holden give a talk on Border Ballads from Ettrick and Yarrow. Clic...
09/05/2021
BEMF Poppy Holden, Border Ballads from Ettrick & Yarrow

Just one hour to go until we hear the wonderful Poppy Holden give a talk on Border Ballads from Ettrick and Yarrow. Click the link below to watch the event or head to our website.

Programme:The Border Ballads chosen for this talk are set in the landscape of the Yarrow and Ettrick Valleys, and to my mind they are among the cream of the ...

09/05/2021

Good morning early music lovers! Today is the final day of our 2021 festival and we can't wait for you to see what we have in store for you...

This afternoon at 14:30 we have Poppy Holden with us, giving a talk on Border Ballads from Ettrick and Yarrow. This will be followed by a LIVE Q+A over Zoom with Poppy at 15:30. Her talk promises to be exciting and moving and we hope to see many of you there virtually!

We also have the morning service recorded at All Saints Church, Clifton to share too. Stay tuned to find out more...

08/05/2021

Tomorrow, we will be sharing a link to listen to the special service at All Saints Church, Clifton, as well as hosting the talk on Border Ballads and LIVE Q+A given by the highly accomplished Poppy Holden. Thanks for joining us today and more from us tomorrow!

08/05/2021

A wonderful recital given by Nathaniel Mander tonight for the festival. The programme was very varied and beautifully played! We learned more about Nathaniel and the progression of his career during the Q+A so thanks for your questions tonight.

Tomorrow, we will be sharing a link to listen to the special service at All Saints Church, Clifton, as well as hosting the talk on Border Ballads and LIVE Q+A given by the highly accomplished Poppy Holden. Thanks for joining us today and more from us tomorrow!

A fantastic talk given by Professor Emma Hornby and PhD students Emily Wride and Marcus Jones this afternoon! Such an in...
08/05/2021
BEMF 2021 Nathaniel Mander, Harpsichord recital

A fantastic talk given by Professor Emma Hornby and PhD students Emily Wride and Marcus Jones this afternoon! Such an interesting and complex topic and we really enjoyed hearing about their detective work in their current research.

Later on today, we have Nathaniel Mander giving a Harpsichord recital at 19:30. You are in for a real treat tonight with his programme (see our website for further details)! Click the link below to access the event.

Programme:Nathaniel's programme includes a rich selection of Elizabethan Keyboard music centred around William Byrd and his contemporaries. Keyboard music at...

Just one hour to go until we hear Professor Emma Hornby and PhD students Emily Wride and Marcus Jones speak on Identifyi...
08/05/2021
BEMF 2021 Prof. Emma Hornby, Emily Wride and Marcus Jones, Identifying scribes in early manuscript

Just one hour to go until we hear Professor Emma Hornby and PhD students Emily Wride and Marcus Jones speak on Identifying scribes in early music manuscript. Click the link below to watch the event or head to our website

For those of you who have signed up to the LIVE Q+A, the Zoom will begin at 15:30, just after the event has finished. Grab a cuppa, and have your questions at the ready!

Programme:The 11th-century liturgical manuscript Santo Domingo de Silos, MS 6, is famous for including one of the earliest uses of paper in Western Europe. I...

A truly informative and interesting workshop tour given by Peter Barnes this morning! Many of you came along to  the Q+A...
08/05/2021
BEMF 2021 Prof. Emma Hornby, Emily Wride and Marcus Jones, Identifying scribes in early manuscript

A truly informative and interesting workshop tour given by Peter Barnes this morning! Many of you came along to the Q+A with Peter and we loved hearing your questions.

Next up, we have Professor Emma Hornby, Emily Wride and Marcus Jones giving a talk at 14:30 today on Identifying scribes in early music manuscripts. Click the link below or head to our website to watch the event!

Programme:The 11th-century liturgical manuscript Santo Domingo de Silos, MS 6, is famous for including one of the earliest uses of paper in Western Europe. I...

Good morning! We are starting off the Saturday of the festival in just 1 hour's time. At 11:00, a guided workshop tour w...
08/05/2021
BEMF 2021 Peter Barnes, Guided workshop tour

Good morning! We are starting off the Saturday of the festival in just 1 hour's time. At 11:00, a guided workshop tour with the notorious Peter Barnes will be taking place. The LIVE Q+A via Zoom with Peter will take place at 11:30.

To access the event, click the Youtube link below or head to our website.

In case you've forgotten, here is a little bit about this morning's video tour...
Many owners of early keyboard instruments in the South-West of England will be familiar with Peter′s work; one of his harpsichords featured in the instrument exhibition and a concert in the 2019 Festival.
In his video presentation Peter invites you into his Somerset workshop to see his work during April 2021. He will discuss the good and bad points of a number of varied keyboard instruments and show you a few of his repair, voicing and tuning techniques. This video will touch on many topics, and demonstrate just how much fun can be had working on other people's instruments! Most existing instruments are 90% ready to play, and Peter hopes to show you how to add that final 10%. We expect that this will be entertaining as well as informative.

(Pre-registration for the Zoom has now closed)

Programme:Peter Barnes invites you into his Somerset workshop to see his work during April 2021. He will discuss the good and bad points of a number of varie...

08/05/2021

What a fantastic concert given by Passacaglia Duo last night! We loved virtually hosting them and we hope you enjoyed their performance as much as we did.

Make sure you stick around to see Peter Barnes, instrument maker, give us a tour of his workshop at 11am later today!

Just 1 hour to go until our 2021 online festival takes place! Passacaglia Duo will be giving a recital tonight at 19:30....
07/05/2021
BEMF Passacaglia Duo, Annabel Knight (recorders/flutes) and Robin Bigwood (harpsichord) recital

Just 1 hour to go until our 2021 online festival takes place! Passacaglia Duo will be giving a recital tonight at 19:30.
Click the Youtube link below to access the event or head to our website. We can't wait!

https://www.bristolearlymusicfestival.uk

Programme:Annabel Knight - Recorders and Flutes Robin Bigwood - HarpsichordW Croft (1678 - 1727)Sonata in G for recorder and basso continuo (1700)Matthew Loc...

We are very excited to announce that the 2021 festival kicks off tonight at 19:30 with Passacaglia Duo! In case you've f...
07/05/2021
Bristol Early Music Festival May 7-9 2021; medieval to baroque music

We are very excited to announce that the 2021 festival kicks off tonight at 19:30 with Passacaglia Duo! In case you've forgotten, here is their programme for tonights performance.

To access the event, head to our website (linked below) or stay tuned on our social media pages for the video going live.

Programme:
Annabel Knight, Recorder and Traverso
Robin Bigwood, Harpsichord

W Croft (1678 - 1727) — Sonata in G for recorder and basso continuo (1700)

Matthew Locke (1621/22 - 1677) — Suite For Several Friends, No. 4 in E minor
Pavan – Almand – Courante – Ayre – Saraband – Jigg

G Salvatore (c1620 - c1688) — Canzone and Corrente

J Paisible (1656 - 1721) — Sonata II in E flat major (c1695)
Adagio – Presto – Allegro – Grave – Presto

Josquin des Prez (c1450/55 - 1521) / A Knight — Divisions on Plusieurs Regretz, after S Ganassi′s 1535 treatise

B Pasquini (1637 - 1710) The Cuckoo

GG Gastoldi (c1554 - 1609)/J Van Eyck (c1590 - 1657) Questa Dolce Sirena

M De La Barre (1675 - 1745) IXe Suite from Deuxieme Livre de Pieces Pour la Flûte Traversiere (1710)
Sonate L′Inconnue – Vivement – [Lentement] – Chaconne

Bristol Early Music Festival is a weekend of music ranging from medieval through renaissance to baroque. There are concerts, workshops for singers and instrumentalists, and other events including an exhibition of instruments.

06/05/2021

Registration for the LIVE Zoom Q&A’s has now closed, and links to the meetings will be sent by email on Thursday.
If you have not received the links by Friday (tomorrow), please check your spam or junk email folder, and if it′s not there, email us at [email protected]

If you have not registered and would like to attend the Zoom meetings, email us at the address above.

Just 1 more day until our 2021 festival begins! Here is the full programme for this weekend's festival events...Friday e...
06/05/2021
Bristol Early Music Festival May 7-9 2021; medieval to baroque music

Just 1 more day until our 2021 festival begins! Here is the full programme for this weekend's festival events...

Friday evening, 7.30pm: a concert by the Passacaglia Duo: Annabel Knight, recorder and traverso, and Robin Bigwood, harpsichord.

Saturday, 11am: a guided tour of Peter Barnes′s harpsichord workshop, followed by a LIVE Q+A with Peter.

Saturday, 2.30pm: Emma Hornby, Emily Wride and Marcus Jones talk about their detective work on an 11th century manuscript, followed by a LIVE Q+A with Emma, Emily and Marcus.

Saturday: 7.30pm: a harpsichord recital by Nathaniel Mander, followed by a LIVE Q+A with Nathaniel.

Sunday: 2.30pm: an illustrated talk by Poppy Holden about the Border Ballads of Ettrick & Yarrow, followed by a LIVE Q+A with Poppy.

To access the events, head to our website (linked below) or stay tuned on our social media pages for the video going live.
(Pre-registration for the Zoom's has now closed)

Bristol Early Music Festival is a weekend of music ranging from medieval through renaissance to baroque. There are concerts, workshops for singers and instrumentalists, and other events including an exhibition of instruments.

Registration for our LIVE Q+A's has now CLOSED but don't despair! You can still attend all of our online events across t...
06/05/2021
Bristol Early Music Festival May 7-9 2021; medieval to baroque music

Registration for our LIVE Q+A's has now CLOSED but don't despair!

You can still attend all of our online events across the weekend. Just follow the webpage to access the videos. We will also be posting them via our social media channels.

One day more!!

Bristol Early Music Festival is a weekend of music ranging from medieval through renaissance to baroque. There are concerts, workshops for singers and instrumentalists, and other events including an exhibition of instruments.

Just 2 more hours to sign up to our LIVE Q+A's over Zoom! Make sure you book your place by following the link below. Reg...
06/05/2021
BEMF registration

Just 2 more hours to sign up to our LIVE Q+A's over Zoom! Make sure you book your place by following the link below.

Registration closes at 12 noon today.

Please click the link to complete this form.

Just 2 more days to go! Make sure you have signed up to any of the LIVE Q+A's by 12 noon tomorrow. Follow the link below...
05/05/2021
BEMF registration

Just 2 more days to go! Make sure you have signed up to any of the LIVE Q+A's by 12 noon tomorrow. Follow the link below to sign up to the Zoom's.

Now all you need to do is think of which questions to ask...

Please click the link to complete this form.

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The Bristol Early Music Festival

The Bristol Early Music Festival is a new venture [2019], organised on a non-profit basis by a group of Bristol musicians, to present and encourage participation in early music. Join us in May for a weekend of workshops, concerts and talks, with a lineup of award-winning ensembles and musicians. We have an eclectic programme of music from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras. Learn more about the instruments and music of these fascinating periods with talks from expert guest speakers, watch performances on period instruments, experience the magic of a candlelit concert at the late evening recital and if you sing or play an instrument (even if you're not an expert!) you can get involved with practical workshops led by first-class tutors!*

*To find out more information and to sign up for workshops, please message us on Facebook or email [email protected]

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Come to this concert that includes Heinrich Schütz's Christmas Story with accompaniment from The Favonius Collective. Tickets £12.50 available on the door. https://www.facebook.com/events/363305957917549/
Congratulations to the organisers of Bristol Early Music Festival! It was a pleasure to take part and to attend the wonderful events. Those who admired Jonathan Rees' magnificent viol recital on Friday might be interested in supporting this new initiative, which is to promote contemporary music for viol, by women composers. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/phillipwserna/shattered-glass-new-music-for-viol-by-women-compos
What an amazing weekend, thank you so much to the organisers who put so much hard work into everything. We had a great time and hope to meet many of you again.
Never having tried anything like it before, I loved today's plainchant workshop. Emma Hornby exuded warmth, passion and deep knowledge, and the wonderful Schola singers dotted around the church helped give us the confidence to sing out. I really did feel as if my breath and heart were in sync with everyone in the church. Thank you!
Beautiful, varied and fascinating music, with an emphasis on workshops and trying things out. The organisers' enthusiasm is infectious, and the venue is stunning.
What a great atmosphere and lovely event. Thanks for having me and hope the rest of it goes well today!
This is MARVELLOUS! Fascinating, educational and vastly enjoyable.
Added a Description of the Festival to the ‘Open Concerts and Recitals’ Website: