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Beverley Early Music Festival History

The Beverley Early Music Festival was initiated in 1988 at the request of Beverley Borough Council and has been supported by East Riding of Yorkshire Council since 1994.

The festival is designed to celebrate the best of early music set within some of Yorkshire's finest ecclesiastical venues - most notably Beverley Minster and St Mary's Church, Beverley.

The Festival has been directed from the outset by Delma Tomlin who was initially engaged by the local authority and subsequently by the York Early Music Foundation the registered charity responsible for the National Centre for Early Music. The Festival is supported by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Arts Council England and a variety of trust funds, corporate sponsors and individuals. Please see below for brochures relating to the 2010 festival to the present day.

2016

Beverley Early Music Festival 2016 - Brochure

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Beverley Early Music Festival 2016.pdf

The 2016 Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival ran from Friday 27 - Monday 30 May with guest artists including Florilegium celebrating their 25th anniversary with a programme of JS Bach's remarkable Brandenburg Concertos; soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and lutenist Elizabeth Kenny in a gloriously 'mad' programme of Purcell, Handel and Carissimi; the Cardinalls' Musicke led by Andrew Carwood focusing on masterpieces written in honour of the Virgin Mary by Lassus, Byrd and Victoria and the Fitzwilliam String Quartet in a thoughtful and expressive programme of Beethoven quartets. Concerts took place in a variety of venues across Beverley, including the Minster and St Mary's Church, as well as St James' Church, Warter. The weather was kind, the concerts well attended and the artists on excellent form - an all-round enjoyable experience! A highlight of the 2016 festival was 'The Age Old Story' presented by OAE Education at Beverley Grammar School. To watch the film of the show, please click here

The 2016 Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival was supported by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council; Arts Council England, Yorkshire; Schroder's; Mayfield Valley Arts Trust; Creative Europe Culture; D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust; OAE Education and the National Centre for Early Music.

2015

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NCEM Beverley Early Music Festival 2015.pdf

The 2015 Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival was a great success. Festivities opened in the Toll Gavel United Church with the Girasoli ensemble presenting Beethoven's Septet and concluded in Beverley Minster with a glorious mix of Tallis, Shepherd and Pἃrt delivered by The Tallis Scholars. Highlights in between a joyous celebration of the music of Handel led by members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment working with students from Beverley Grammar and High Schools and the University of York; workshops for school children based around the music which may have been heard at the time of sealing of the Magna Carta presented by Joglaresa an improvisatory workshop for adults focusing on medieval and folk music led by Belinda Sykes and a choral workshop for all ages embracing both the music of the Tudors and the present day led by Patrick Craig of The Tallis Scholars.

2014
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Beverley Early Music Festival 2014 Brochure.pdf
To see some of the images from the 2014 Beverley Early Music Festival click here

2013
To re-live the success of the 2013 Festival and to see the film of the educational residency with students from Beverley Grammar and Girls' High School working with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the University of York. Click here

2012
Pictures and video about Games in the Park - presented as part of the 2012 Cultural Festival leading into the London Olympics can be viewed here

2011


2010