Monday 21 February 2022

Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival

Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival 2022

This year's Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival is presenting an action-packed weekend of events from 27 to 29 May 2022, in a variety of historic venues in this picturesque Yorkshire town. The festival is opened by Florilegium with celebration of the music of JS Bach mixing Brandenburg Concertos with an orchestral suite and violin concerto. Then to close the festival, I Fagiolini present Draw on sweet night,  celebration of the madrigals of John Wilbye, and there will also be a screening to Tony Britten's film Draw on Sweet Night which looks at how John Wilbye spent his working life in the service and home of Suffolk recusants Sir Thomas and Lady Elizabeth Kytson.

You performers appearing at the festival include the Spanish Ensemble Sarbacanes with Music for Garden and Table with music from Haydn, Mozart and Salieri, whilst Prisma recreate the atmosphere of the pubs and bars of 17th century London during the third year of the Civil War when theatres and opera houses were closed. Sarbacanes and Prisma are supported by EEMERGING+ a Europe-wide funding programme for young up-and-coming ensembles in the field of early music funded by Creative Europe. 

Ensemble Molière is the first ensemble to be chosen as the New Generation Baroque Ensemble supported by BBC Radio 3, the Royal College of Music, and the National Centre for Early Music. Their programme The King’s Playlist is a selection of music chosen as a soundtrack to Louis XIV’s daily rituals and includes works by Charpentier, Lully, Couperin Delalande and Marais.

Other performers include Richard Egarr and Alexandra Nepomnyashchaya in four-hand piano duets by JC Bach, Mozart and Dussek.

There is also a programme of talks and lectures, including Dr Jennie England on fascinating local histories connected to St Mary's Church, a workshop with Ashley Solomon, artistic director of Florilegium, and a practical workshop for players of medieval and renaissance instruments.

Full details from the National Centre for Early Music's website.

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