Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival – a world class festival of early music
Established in 1988, The Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival, which this year runs from Friday 28th - Sunday 30th May, remains one of the cultural landmarks of the East Riding of Yorkshire, utilizing the remarkable architecture of the region to present an annual festival embracing some of the world's finest early music specialists alongside a series of illustrated talks and educational activities.
This year"s festival again promises a feast of musical talent with guest artists including vocal ensemble Stile Antico (Fri 28th), the internationally acclaimed Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment directed by Matthew Truscott (Sat 29th) and the Dunedin Consort & Players presenting their award-winning performance of Handel's Acis and Galatea (Sun 30th). As in previous years, audiences will be able to enjoy their chosen festival event in the wonderful surrounds of some of the East Riding of Yorkshire"s finest historic venues including Beverley Minster, Toll Gavel Methodist Church, Beverley Friary and the newly restored church of St James Warter.
Delma Tomlin, Director of the Festival said "I am particularly pleased to be able to welcome the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment to present one of the world's most famous - and enjoyable - masterpieces - JS Bach's Double Violin Concerto - and to celebrate the 400th anniversary of another musical genius Monteverdi with Stile Antico - recently returned from their world tour with rock star/Dowland exponent Sting.
Running alongside the Festival is a plethora of local talent highlighted by the Beverley Early Music Festival Schools' Chorus led by Sam Dunkley and Andrew Passmore, with students participating from South Hunsley, Woldgate College and Longcroft Schools alongside soloists from the University of York. Following on from their inaugural concert as part of the 2009 Festival, Delma Tomlin said "It was inspiring to hear so many young voices taking part in the festival and to facilitate such a beneficial collaboration between our senior schools in the East Riding and music students from the University of York.
The Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival is administered through the National Centre for Early Music in York, with financial support from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the Arts Council, England and Orchestras Live.
Tickets will be available from Monday 1st March and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01904 658338 between 9.00am - 5.00pm, Monday - Friday, or through the secure 24 hour online ticketing service at www.ncem.co.uk, where further booking information and a full programme of Festival events can also be found.
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