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Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival 26 - 29 May 2011

11 February 2011

The 2011 Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival (26 - 29 May) showcases some of the world's finest early music specialists in some of the most remarkable ecclesiastical settings the region has to offer in a wide range of events which provide a brief exploration of the history of music from the Renaissance to the present day.


  • The internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble The Tallis Scholars, directed by Peter Phillips, open the Festival with their Magnificat programme which mixes Palestrina, Tallis, Allegri and Byrd with the majestic sounds of the acclaimed Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt. (Thursday 26 May, 7.30pm, Beverley Minster).
  • The superb Academy of Ancient Music continues the Festival's theme looking at music from the church's year and indulges in the joys of Bach, Handel, Corelli and Vivaldi's Christmas music before plunging into Zelenka's vivid settings of Lamentations used during Holy Week. (Friday 27 May, 7.30pm, Beverley Minster). 
  • England's foremost Jewish music band, The Burning Bush, led by the inimitable, Lucie Skeaping, bring their irresistible magic to Beverley with 'When The Rabbi Sings' which traces the movements of the Jewish communities throughout the Diaspora. (Saturday 28 May, 8.00pm, Toll Gavel Methodist Church).
  • Leading instrumentalists Pamela Thorby recorder and Susanne Heinrich viola da gamba appear in recital with Peter Seymour, harpsichord in the 'Portrait of an Old Master' programme which features solos, duos and trios by Bach, Abel and Telemann. (Saturday 28 May, 12.30pm, The Quire, Beverley Minster).
  • Joglaresa's Belinda Sykes, Tim Garside and Jean Kelly present a typically lively show looking at the music from South Asia to Eastern Europe, which follows on from their work with Beverley schools. (Friday 27 May, 1.00pm, Toll Gavel Methodist Church, Beverley).
  •  'A Muses Garden', presented by leading lights in the Early Music world, Faye Newton soprano, Pamela Thorby recorder, Susanna Pell viola and Jacob Heringman lute is an uplifting and celebratory garden-themed concert of songs by Thomas Morley, Thomas Campion and instrumental works by Jacob Van Eyck, Tobias Hume and John Dowland. (Sunday 29 May, 7.30pm, St James' Church, Warter YO42 1XY).

Delma Tomlin, Festival Director says: "The East Riding of Yorkshire is justly proud of its many glorious historical and musical settings which play a considerable role in attracting such exceptional artists to this corner of Yorkshire. We are particularly pleased to welcome senior schools across the Riding who form the Beverley Early Music Festival Schools Chorus, supported by instrumentalists and soloists from the University of York and the NCEM for a performance of Mozart's Te Deum and Coronation Mass. And it is always a pleasure to welcome back BBC Radio 3's 'Voice of Early Music' Lucie Skeaping who will round off the festival weekend with what promises to be a thoroughly bawdy afternoon's entertainment with an illustrated lecture 'Have I got News for Thee!"

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


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Editors Notes:

1. Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival is funded by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council with support from Orchestras Live, Arts Council England, Yorkshire, The Worshipful Company of Grocers and the National Centre for Early Music.

2. Diary of Performances: Box Office 01904 658338 Ι

Thursday 26 May at 7.30pm, Beverley Minster
The Tallis Scholars
Directed by Peter Philips
Tickets: £15.00 - £25.00 (conc £13.00)
Friday 27 May at 1.00pm, Toll Gavel Methodist Church
Belinda Sykes, Tim Garside and Jean Kelly
Yorkshire's Musical Melting Pot
Tickets: £5.00 (students free of charge)
Friday 27 May at 7.30pm, Beverley Minster
Academy of Ancient Music
Directed by David Watkin, cello
Tickets: £15.00 - £25.00 (conc £13.00)
Saturday 28 May at 10.00am - 4.30pm, St Mary's Church Hall, North Bar Within, Beverley
Choral Workshop - MAGNIFICAT
Directed by Dr David Allinson
Tickets: £15.00 (students £10.00) - including refreshments and music.
(Please book by 20 May)
Saturday 28 May at 12.30, The Quire, Beverley Minster
Pamela Thorby recorder, Susanne Heinrich viola da gamba, Peter Seymour harpsichord
Portrait of an Old Master
Tickets: £15.00 (conc £12.00)
Saturday 28 May at 4.00pm, Toll Gavel Methodist Church, Beverley
Beverley Early Music Festival School's Chorus
Directed by Sam Dunkley and Andrew Passmore
Tickets: £5.00 (students free of charge)
Saturday 28 May at 8.00pm, Toll Gavel Methodist Church
The Burning Bush
With Lucie Skeaping vocals, violin
WHEN THE RABBI SINGS: Early and traditional music from the old Jewish world
Tickets: £25.00 (conc £20.00, children £10.00)
Sunday 29 May at 3.00pm, St Mary's Church Hall, Beverley
LUCIE SKEAPING with Robin Jeffery lute, cittern
An illustrated lecture on the broadside ballads of 17th century England
Tickets: £12.00 (conc £10.00)
Sunday 29 May at 7.30pm, St James' Church, Warter, YO42 1XY
Faye Newton soprano, Pamela Thorby recorder, Susanna Pell viol, Jacob Heringman lute
Tickets: £20.00 (conc £17.50)
26-29 May Beverley Minster
Admission Free of charge
A fascinating and diverse exhibition of photographs of religious architecture, drawn from the world-class collections of the National Media Museum in Bradford designed to complement the 2011 Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival. The exhibition is part of New Worlds: The Many Routes to Yorkshire - a strand of the 'imove' Cultural Olympiad programme.This section is under construction.