Monday 20 February 2023

Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival

Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival

The National Centre for Early Music's (NCEM) Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival returns to the historic Yorkshire town for a weekend of music under the theme of Sacred and Profane, from 26 to 28 May 2023. Performers at the festival include the Tallis Scholars, the Irish Baroque Ensemble, Ensemble Molière, and EEEmerging+ rising stars The Ministers of Pastime.

Ensemble Molière opens the festival with Sacred Reflections, a reflective, sacred concert in the Quire of Beverley Minster, and the ensemble returns in lighter mood to close the festival with Theatrical Tastes presented in Beverley’s East Riding Theatre. 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.

This year the Tallis Scholars are celebrating both their own 50th anniversary and William Byrd's 400th, with Reflecting Byrd, a programme that will mix Byrd with works by Byrd’s friend and mentor Thomas Tallis and John Sheppard.

The Irish Baroque Ensemble appears in Beverley for the first time, with Quintessential, a programme of music from central Europe, featuring music by Muffat, Biber, Telemann and Weichlein. Rising stars, the Spanish ensemble The Ministers of Pastime make their UK debut with Phantastic Kapellmeisters, The Music of 17th century Vienna

There is also a lively programme of talks and walks reflecting Beverley's history, as well as workshops both for adults and children, not to mention an informal concert in the ancient and atmospheric Monk’s Walk Inn performed by the Eboracum Pub Band, who promise to recreate the bawdy atmosphere of a 17th century tavern.

Full details from the NCEM website.

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