Bristol Early Music Festival – May 2019

Date(s) - 3rd May 2019 - 5th May 2019

This Festival is a new venture, organised on a non-profit basis by a group of Bristol musicians, to present and encourage participation in early music.

The first concert is on Friday evening at 7.30, a programme of seventeenth century vocal and instrumental music given by the London-based group Sounds Baroque, followed by late-night viol music from Bristol’s favourite baroque cellist and gamba player, Jonathan Rees.

On Saturday and Sunday there will be workshops, concerts and other events. The following are planned:

Saturday morning and afternoon:

  • performances by the Gloucester Waites and by a consort of viols;
  • workshops open to all:
    • a recorder workshop for young people and adults
    • a viol workshop for young cellists
    • a polychoral workshop for singers and instrumentalists
  • an exhibition of instruments, and talks and demonstrations of some of the instruments.

Saturday evening: performances by Bristol groups Bristowe ConsortMusica Mundi and Rosafresca.

Sunday morning and afternoon:

  • Choral Eucharist in the morning
  • in the afternoon: a viol workshop for young cellists and a workshop on medieval chant, followed by Vespers.

Sunday evening: a concert by the Bristol vocal ensemble Nova.

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