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Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival Thu 24 – Sat 26 May 2012

17 January 2012

The annual Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival (24 - 26 May) celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2012. Widely regarded as one of the cultural landmarks of the East Riding of Yorkshire, the Festival presents some of the world's brightest stars in the early music firmament in many of the region's stunningly beautiful ecclesiastical buildings. This year's programme features music from the 15th - 18th centuries and includes a thoughtful exploration of Beverley's own musical history presented in the Guildhall, one of the town's finest Georgian gems.

Delma Tomlin, Festival Director says: "When we started in 1988 we had no idea that it would prove to be such an outstanding success. Huge thanks go to Beverley Borough Council for having the foresight to initiate such an event and to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Arts Council for offering the financial stability which has allowed the Festival to develop and grow. Thanks also to the National Centre for Early Music for taking on the administration, and to our audiences for their loyalty and enthusiasm over the last 25 years."

Programme details for the Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival's Silver Jubilee celebrations:

▪ Stile Antico - the highly talented vocal ensemble present a new programme of music from the Renaissance entitled 'The Rose in Flower' which captures the allure, political intrigue and religious tumult of the Tudor era and the extraordinary flowering of poetry, music, painting and architecture. (Thursday 24 May, 7.30pm, Beverley Minster)

▪ La Serenissima - a welcome return from the award-winning orchestral ensemble who bring  Antonio Vivaldi's most famous and joyous Le Quattro Stagioni (Four Seasons) played with staggering virtuosity by Adrian Chandler and his band, along with the fantastic Paris concerto, and three virtuosic concertos for soloist and orchestra.
(Friday 25 May, 7.30pm, Beverley Minster)

▪ Lutenist William Carter, founder member of the Palladian Ensemble, performs J S Bach's stunning, but rarely heard, music for lute - as intensely beautiful as the more famous 'cello suites.  (Friday 25 May, 1.00pm, The Quire, Beverley Minster)

▪ Red Priest perform stolen masterworks and long lost treasures of the Baroque with swashbuckling virtuosity, including their own pirated versions of J S Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor and Brandenburg Concerto No 3.
(Saturday 26 May, 7.30pm Toll Gavel Methodist Church, Beverley)

▪ Grand Désir make their Festival debut with a medieval banquet of musical delights, featuring vocal and instrumental music, which links some of the most important musical styles of the 15th century.
(Saturday 26 May, 12.30pm, The Quire, Beverley Minster)

▪ Alva, Vivian Ellis voice and Giles Lewin fiddle, explore a wide range of newly discovered treasures from the popular songbooks of the 18th Century in the magnificent surroundings of the Guildhall.
(Saturday 26 May, 3.00pm, Guildhall, Beverley)

▪ Piers Adams, one of the world's finest recorder players, will lead a recorder workshop in Beverley's beautiful Guildhall.
(Saturday 26 May, morning, Guildhall, Beverley. Contact: for further details.)

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


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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 24 May at 7.30pm, Beverley Minster
Stile Antico
The Rose in Flower: Masterpieces from the Tudor Era
Tickets: £15.00-£25.00 (conc £13.00)

Friday 25 May at 1.00pm, The Quire, Beverley Minster
William Carter
Bach and the Lute
Tickets: £15.00 (conc £13.00)

Friday 25 May at 7.30pm, Beverley Minster
La Serenissima
Katy Bircher flute
Adrian Chandler violin
Peter Whelan bassoon
Vivaldi: Maestro De'Concerti
Tickets: £15.00-£25.00 (conc £13.00)

Saturday 26 May morning, Beverley Guildhall
Piers Adams
Recorder Workshop

Saturday 26 May at 12.30pm, The Quire, Beverley Minster
Grand Désir
Anita Orme Della-Marta recorders, harp
Anne-Marieke Evers mezzo-soprano
Marc Lewon lute
Elizabeth Rumsey viola d'arco
Danse et Chanson
Tickets: £15.00 (conc £13.00)

Saturday 26 May at 3.00pm, Beverley Guildhall
Vivien Ellis voice
Giles Lewin fiddle
A Beverley Banquet: 18th Century Songs from Yorkshire
Tickets: £15.00 (conc £13.00)

Saturday 26 May at 5.00pm, Beverley Minster
Beverley Minster Choir
Directed by Robert Poyser
Choral Evensong
Admission free of Charge

Saturday 26 May at 7.30pm,Toll Gavel Methodist Church, Beverley
Red Priest
Piers Adams recorders
Julia Bishop violin
Angela East cello
David Wright harpsichord
Bach and the Pirates
Tickets: £25.00 (conc £20.00) students £5.00

24-26 May, Guildhall, Beverley
Beverley's own musical history is presented in a thoughtful visual display at the Guildhall during the Festival weekend.
Admission free of charge