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Beverley and East Riding Festival 2018

20 February 2018

Community and Young People at heart of - Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival 2018

Emerging ensembles and a vital connection with the community, are core themes for the recently REYTA shortlisted 2018 Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival, 24 - 27 May.

Following a successful 30th anniversary in 2017, which included an exhibition at Beverley Minster, the Festival was shortlisted for a Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Award (REYTA) in the Remarkable Small Tourism Event category, to be announced later in March.

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.

A new recorder project with Castaway Goole Accessible Music Theatre. The group has started working with York-based youth early music group, Minster Minstrels on a four-month project to prepare and learn the Rondeau from Henry Purcell's Abdelazer, as part of the BBC Ten Pieces. The finale show will feature specially-created compositions and a massed-recorder performance which begins promenading Pied Piper style through the streets of Beverley.

The 24 - University of York's exceptional student choir, who performed in the York Early Music Festival in York Minster last year. They are directed by the enthusiastic and energetic Robert Hollingworth.

Young Ensembles Exaudi, LuxMusicae London and Il Quadro Animato are all internationally acclaimed and performing 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 equally delightful, and we are bringing some new finds to Beverley, something a little special and intimate, involving performers who are now 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 offer a recorder session with one of the leading players 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."

Organised by the National Centre for Early Music and supported by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the festival is grateful to its funders, audiences, and supporters.

2018 Festival Programme
▪ Il Quadro Animato
A Sentimental Journey

A fascinating tour across 18th-century Europe, visiting its most important cultural centres and musical towns, inspired and guided by composer and diarist Charles Burney (1726-1814). A real man-of-his-times, he wrote a Journal during his long European Grand Tour: The Present State of Music, London 1773.

Featuring music by Telemann, Hasse, CPE Bach and others, the performance recalls stages of his journey, highlighting the stylistic changes and newest compositional techniques of the late 18th century.

Lorenzo Gabriele, flute / Emanuele Paolo Breda, violin / Francesca Venturi Ferriolo,  viola / Bartolomeo Dandolo Marchesi, cello / Flóra Fábri, harpsichord

Thursday 24 May, 7.30pm - 9.30pm, Toll Gavel United Church

▪ The 24, directed by Robert Hollingworth
Media Vita

In the Nave of Beverley Minster, the University of York's acclaimed vocal ensemble The 24 celebrate the rich German choral traditions of Schütz, Schein and Mendelssohn. Formal, daring and beautifully crafted - presented here alongside the rarely heard English Tudor masterpiece John Sheppard's 'Media vita'. The glorious sound-scape could have been designed to celebrate this magnificent building.
Friday 25 May 1.00pm - 2.00pm, Beverley Minster

▪ In Echo
Echoes of the Danube: The Flow of the Habsburg Power

Power and influence flowed from 17th-century Vienna and across the Holy Roman Empire. The Imperial capital was a hub of Italianate music and culture, with many musicians recruited directly from Venice and Rome. Gawain Glenton directs the ensemble on a musical journey of Muffat, Biber, Johann Schenck and Johann Staden amongst others, which enlivened by 'rising star of the countertenor world', Alex Potter.

Gawain Glenton director, cornetto / Bojan Cicic, violin / Anas Chen violin, viola / Richard Boothby, viol / Silas Wollston organ, harpsichord with Alex Potter countertenor
Friday 25 May 7.30pm - 9.30pm, St Mary's Church, North Bar Within.

▪ The Revolutionary Recorder!
A workshop for advanced recorder players directed by Piers Adams

If you are Grade 6+, join this morning workshop with Piers Adams, followed by an informal performance as part of the inspiring community event Purcell's Twist. Piers Adams, known as the "modern day Pied Piper", is regarded by many to be the greatest recorder player of our time.
Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Book online, a detailed application form can be found at
Saturday 26 May, 10.00am registration. 1.00pm informal performance. Beverley Minster Parish Hall, Highgate.

▪ Purcell's Twist

A showcase of regional talent, bringing together young musicians from Castaway Goole Accessible Music Theatre and York-based youth early music group Minster Minstrels, students from the University of York, participants from the Revolutionary Recorder workshop and recorder virtuoso Piers Adams.

This informal event is part of BBC Ten Pieces and celebrates a blend of early music and modern creativity. Centred on one of this year's selected Ten Pieces - the Rondeau from Henry Purcell's Abdelazer - the show features new arrangements, specially-created compositions and a massed-recorder finale!
Saturday 26 May, 1.00pm - 2.00pm, Toll Gavel United Church

▪ A Tale of Three Cities
An illustrated talk by John Bryan

This tale of musical life in three great renaissance and baroque cities provides the context for which much of the music in the Festival's concert programmes was created.

In the days before mass communication, musicians and their patrons could only discover new musical styles by travelling, or by collecting music from the great European centres of musical production. John Bryan, Professor of Music at the University of Huddersfield, highlights musical activities in 16th- and 17th-century Venice, Vienna and London and investigates how these cities acted as hubs.
Saturday 26 May, 3.30pm - 4.30pm, St John of Beverley RC Church, 5 North Bar Without

▪ Exaudi
'Quel augellin che canta...' the EXAUDI Italian Madrigal Book

In recent years the vocal ensemble EXAUDI has received international acclaim for its brilliant and imaginative performances of 16th-century Italian madrigal repertoire, often paired with new madrigals by living composers. They offer a (nearly) all-rennaissance programme, contrasting the sparkling virtuosity of the pastoral madrigal with the darker colours of the later expressionist style. At the heart of this programme is an encounter between two of the madrigal's greatest masters, Marenzio and Monteverdi.
Saturday 26 May, 7.30pm - 9.30pm, St Mary's Church, North Bar Within

▪ Ashley Solomon - flute
Father, Son and Godfather

Ashley Solomon explores repertoire for unaccompanied flute by three giants of the baroque era. Six Fantasias by Telemann are performed either side of works by Johann Sebastian Bach and his most famous son Carl Phillip Emmanuel. All three composers were very closely linked, with Telemann being CPE Bach's Godfather.

All twelve Fantasias have recently been recorded by Ashley Solomon for Channel Classics, one instrument used for this is believed to have been owned and played by King George III.
Sunday 27 May, 2.00pm - 3.00pm Beverley Minster Quire

▪ Beverley Minster Choir - directed by Robert Poyser
Choral Evensong: Canticles by Adrian Batten (c1591- c1637)
5.30pm - 6.30pm, Beverley Minster

▪ Lux Musicae London
The New Troy

A sonic journey through the City of London as its poets began imagining their home as the new Troy. Exploring the links between London and myth through its landscape and culture, the English-based ensemble will create a beautiful and intimate experience in this unique location.
Sunday 27 May, 7.30pm - 9.30pm St James Church, Wharter

Under 35s ticket offer
Under 35s and full-time students can purchase £5.00 tickets.
These can be purchased online; by ringing the Box Office on 01904 658338 or email   This is a limited offer and is on a first-come, first-served basis. See

Ticket prices range £3 - £30
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Editors Notes:
The 2018 Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival is supported by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council; Arts Council England; the Mayfield Valley Arts Trust; Creative Europe through the Eeemerging programme; and the National Centre for Early Music.

The Festival celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017.

Purcell's Twist is made possible thanks to the generous support of Youth Music, the East Riding of Yorkshire Music Education Hub, and the Mayfield Valley Arts Trust. The Minster Minstrels are supported by York Music Hub.

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