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at Blackheath
Thursday 8 – Saturday 10 November 2018

The World’s Leading Early Music Exhibition returns to Blackheath for a third year, reverting to its original name which many of our exhibitors and visitors will remember from the first exhibition held in 1973 at the Royal College of Music.

The Exhibition takes place in the recently refurbished Blackheath Halls, providing the perfect location for this vibrant showcase of early musical instruments, shops, music publishers, societies and forums. Instruments on display and for sale will include: recorders, flutes, crumhorns, shawms, rackets, lutes, viols, fiddles, sackbuts, trumpets, rebecs, harps, hurdy-gurdies, drums, harpsichords, plus a superb collection of sheet music, CDs and books. 

Formal concerts will take place at nearby churches;  All Saints’, St Margaret’s and St Alfege and Makers’ Demonstration Recitals & Performers Platform Recitals will be held at St Michael & All Angels Church.

Highlights of this year’s concert programme include: the inaugural Early Music Young Ensemble Competition, launched by the Early Music Shop as part of its 50th Anniversary celebrations and commitment to the promotion of young talent.   The competition adjudicators are Dame Emma Kirkby, James Johnstone, and Tom Beets.

Dame Emma Kirkby will also perform with the Chelys Viol Consort in a programme, which includes songs by Dowland, John Danyel, Robert Jones and Anthony Holborne.

Tom Beets will also make a second appearance at this year’s event with the Flanders Recorder Quartet. On the last lap of their Farewell Tour, Tom, Bart Spanhove, Paul Van Loey and Joris Van Goethem will perform unique new arrangements prepared especially for this concert. The audience will also get the opportunity to pose questions to the group during a pre-concert interview.

Alternative History brings together singers Anna Maria Friman and John Potter with lutenists Ariel Abramovich and Jacob Heringman in a project which creates unique new repertoires from historical performance practice. The musicians’ live concerts are unique one-off events and have often featured spontaneous performances with guest musicians. At a recent performance of Gavin Bryars’ Shakespeare sonnet, the composer himself emerged from the audience to play the postlude on piano. At the Swaledale Festival, festival direct and jazz bassist Malcolm Creese joined the line-up with Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones on mandolin.  This is a project like no other!


Concerts and Recitals will include:

Thursday 8 November

Da Camera
17:30 - 18:45  All Saints’ Church
Da Camera plays works by Telemann, Bach, Eccles, O’Carolan & others
Emma Murphy – recorders
Susanna Pell –viols
Steven Devine – harpsichord


Chelys Viol Consort with Dame Emma Kirkby & Jamie Akers
19:45 -21:45   St Margaret’s Church
A Pleasing Melancholy

‘Many men are melancholy by hearing music, but it is a pleasing melancholy that it causeth’ from The Anatomy of Melancholy, Robert Burton, 1621. The Lachrimae Pavans of John Dowland, with melancholic songs by Dowland, John Danyel, Robert Jones and Anthony Holborne


Friday 9 November

Silvia Berchtold

17:00 – 18:15  All Saints’ Church
Silvia Berchtold, winner of the 2017 Moeck/SRP Solo Recorder Competition, returns to perform her winner’s recital, accompanied by harpsichordist Gerhard Abe-Graf.

Alternative History  - Anna Maria Friman and John Potter - voices,
Ariel Abramovich and Jacob Herigman - lutes             

20:00 – 21:15  All Saints’ Church
Amores Pasados
Alternative History is a project which creates unique new repertoires from historical performance practice. The programme will include music by Warlock, and Dowland alongside new works by John Paul Jones, Peter Erskine and Tony Banks written very recently for the group. This is an early music project like no other!


Saturday 10 November

Flanders Recorder Quartet
17:00 - 18:45  All Saints’ Church

Reclaiming Bach for the recorder – with pre-concert interview
On the last lap of their Farewell Tour, Tom Beets, Bart Spanhove, Paul Van Loey & Joris Van Goethem,  perform unique new arrangements prepared  especially for this concert


Thomas Tallis Society Choir with Orchestra of The Sixteen & Soloist Julia Doyle

19:45 - 21:45  St Alfege Church, Greenwich
Handel – a celebration
Overture to Jephtha
Coronation anthems Zadok the Priest and The King shall rejoice
Dixit Dominus

Performance Platform Recitals continue the celebration of youth, showcasing the talents of budding young musicians, including:

Guildhall School of Music students – Programme to be confirmed

Chetham’s School of Music students – Programme to be confirmedPurcell School for Young Musicians with Daniel Swani and David Gordon. Daniel is a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music  studying flute with Michael Cox and recorder with Anna Stegmann and Pamela Thorby. He previously studied the flute with Anna Pope and recorder with Barbara Law at The Purcell School and Junior Royal Academy of Music where he won the senior woodwind prize at both institutions. He is a member of award-winning London based recorder trio Parandrus, also featuring Charlotte Barbour-Condini and Sophie Westbrooke. The trio were the winners of 2017 ORDA professional consort competition Amsterdam and have performed numerous recitals this year.



For press information, images, press tickets or to schedule and interview please contact

Heather Sager

T: 0113 2888819
M: 07711 715483



London International Exhibition of Early Music - Venues

Blackheath Halls
23 Lees Road
London SE3 9RQ

St Margaret’s Church
Lee Terrace
London SE13 5DL

All Saints’ Church
Greenwich Church Street
London SE10 9BJ

 St Michael & All Angels Church
1 Pond Road
London SE3 9JL


Exhibition Opening Times
Thurs 8 Nov 10:30 – 17:30
Fri 9 Nov 10:00 – 17:00
Sat 10 Nov 10:00 – 17:00


Concert Ticket information