You may not have heard much from us at Worcestershire Early Music since the summer – but that’s because we have been so busy behind the scenes! There are lots of events in the pipeline, including our Festival which is nearly ready to go. Our first event of 2020 is a collaboration with Ben Sawyer’s Oriel Singers, from Cheltenham, on Saturday 7 March, for which we’re providing instrumentalists including cornetts, sackbuts and other exotica. You might have caught Monteverdi’s Beatus Vir on Radio 3 the other day – that’s likely to be in the programme. It’s an extraordinary and exciting piece of music – don’t miss it!
We’re organising another come-and-sing-early-music day this year on Saturday 31 August, with specialist conductor/director Robert Howarth, and his singer wife Lisa Wilson. Don’t miss it! There’s further information on our Events page – we’ll be looking at some wonderful madrigals by Monteverdi, Gesualdo and Schütz.
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!