Thanks to everyone involved our festival this year was a great success. We attracted visitors from Spain, Dublin, Aberystwyth, Peterborough, Cheltenham and of course many from nearer to home. Our return to the Guildhall for the two evening concerts was well received and our new venture, the family concert proved popular.
The Musical and Amicables gave a glittering performance of Baroque trio sonatas (you can hear a clip on the Worcester Arts Council website). Fontanella recorder consort gave us a rich variety of music spanning from the fifteenth to 21st century, and the Emily Askew Band proved to be a fitting finale to our festival with their medieval music presented in a folk tradition.
We’re all very much looking forward to the Worcester Early Music Festival this weekend. There’s really something for everyone – from Fontanella’s family concert on Saturday, 3pm, to the early music/folk mix of the Emily Askew Band on Sunday afternoon. We are honoured and delighted to be welcoming the wonderful Dame Emma Kirkby with Dowland Works on Saturday evening. The whole thing kicks off with some classic trio sonatas by JS Bach, Telemann and Janitsch from the Musical & Amicable Society with oboist Mark Baigent on Friday evening at Worcester Guildhall. See you there!
Our third Baroquathon took place on Monday 6th May and was another roaring success with some 40 participants; there were 12 ensembles, 6 solos, 6 duos, as well as group singing and recorder playing.
A variety of compositions from before 1850 were performed on viols, sackbut, recorders, flutes, French horn, oboe, saxophone, bassoon, violin, viola, accordion, concertina, guitar and wind synthesiser.
We collected over £200 which will be shared between the Elgar School and Worcestershire Early Music to help fund outreach projects offered by both organisations.
Worcestershire Early Music is grateful to the Elgar School of Music for its support, and we look forward to future collaborations, including Baroquathon 4 in 2020.