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2019 Early Music Festivals and Exhibitions

Boston Early Music Festival

9 – 16 June 2019

Enjoy North America’s premiere celebration 
of Early Music! Featuring the fully staged centerpiece opera, Steffani’s Orlando— plus a full week of concerts, chamber opera, the world-famous Exhibition, and much more.


Stour Music
21 – 30 June 2019

Festival of Early Music in East Kent. Boughton Aluph Church.

This year's Stour Music will be the last to be directed by Mark Deller,
who is stepping down after 45 years as Festival Director. The programme therefore is something of a tribute to his long and influential tenure as director of the early music festival in Kent, founded by his illustrious father Alfred Deller in 1962.

For his final programme, Mark has invited some of the artists who have contributed  so much to the success of the festival over the years: Harry Christophers and The Sixteen, in their 40th anniversary year; I Fagiolini, with a production of Monteverdi's Orfeo; Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque with their much lauded version of Vivaldi's Four Seasons; Trevor Pinnock, Mark Padmore, Robin Blaze, Charles Daniels and many others. But, as usual, there will be a platform for artists making their first appearance at the festival – this year, the vocal ensemble Siglo de Oro with a programme of Marian music written in the 16th century for the Duomo at Milan.
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York Early Music Festival
5 - 13 July 2019

The UK's largest festival of classical music written before 1750 takes the theme of Innovation as its inspiration for 2019.
This year's festival artists include Alamire directed by David Skinner (St Michael le Belfrey Church); The Sixteen directed by Harry Christophers (York Minster); Prince Harry's wedding soprano Elin Manahan Thomas (St Lawrence Church, York); the acclaimed Belgian vocal ensemble Vox Luminis (Chapter House, York Minster) and the Italian/Jewish Ensemble Lucidarium presenting a fascinating programme of music associated with the greatest innovator of all - Leonardo da Vinci.

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Harps North West Festival 2019
26 - 28 July

The Festival will be held at the lovely University of Cumbria Ambleside campus. The opening concert on Friday evening will be in the Percival Lecture Theatre given by two of our Festival tutors; the internationally renowned harpists Meinir Heulyn and Ben Creighton Griffiths.
We have an exciting timetable of workshops led by not only Ben and Meinir, but also Lauren Scott, and Jean Altshuler.  There are specialist classes for absolute beginners and a fantastic opportunity for younger players to take part in a youth session which will include tuition from our guest tutors Meinir and Ben.
For further details and how to book please see the programme: click here 


Medieval Music in the Dales
Bolton Castle, Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 4ET 
6 - 8 September 2019 

Now in its fourth year, Medieval Music in the Dales is fast establishing itself as a unique forum for the best in medieval early music. This year, the festival goes back to the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, as we are theming the festival around the life of William Marshal – often called England’s greatest knight – who died exactly 800 years ago. William’s life story is like something from an epic romance. Born relatively obscure he rose to become Regent of England and, as a close associate of four Plantagenet kings, William was also at the heart of a very rich musical scene.

As usual, Medieval Music in the Dales 2019 will include an exhibition of fascinating and beautiful medieval instruments by some of the best contemporary makers from across Europe as well as an impressive array from The Early Music Shop who continue to be firm friends of MMitD. 

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Open Recorder Days Amsterdam
24 – 27 October 2019

Concerts, Competition, Composition Contest, Masterclasses, Workshops, Fringe, Exhibition, Teachers’ Conference.


London International Festival of Early Music
Blackheath Halls, Blackheath, London SE3 9RQ 
7 – 9 November 2019

The world’s largest and most vibrant music fair, attracting over 100 instrument makers from around the globe, alongside an eclectic concert programme including master classes  and demonstration recitals. 

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