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Welcome to the 2014 Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival presented by the National Centre for Early Music with financial support from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Arts Council England. We are delighted to host some of the world’s finest early music specialists in Beverley this year. Guests include the internationally acclaimed keyboard specialist Andreas Staier - joining us prior to a Wigmore Hall/BBC Radio 3 recording; soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, honoured for her voice of crystalline purity working with lutenist David Miller on a programme embracing Dowland, Purcell and Schubert; the wild, wacky and utterly brilliant vocal team that is Robert Hollingworth’s I Fagiolini

presenting their Venetian Carnival complete with masks and musical jokes and for the first time, Philip Cave’s choral group Magnificat - a group famous across the world for the brilliance of its recordings and fascination with 16th and 17th centuries.

We hope that you enjoy this musical feast and look forward to welcoming you. Thank you! Delma Tomlin MBE, Festival Director


NCEM Patrons enjoy specially organised rehearsals, supper parties and opportunities to meet with likeminded individuals. In 2013, NCEM Patrons were joined by East Riding historians Drs David and Susan Neave for a series of illustrative walks and talks and were particularly pleased to support a substantial education programme led by players from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment working with


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young people from Beverley Grammar and Girls’ High Schools. To see the film of this wonderful project, please log on to If you would like to join us in 2014, to support the festival in Beverley and enjoy additional activities organised around the festival programme, please contact us at Thank you

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We dnes day 2 1 M ay Event 1 Venue Tickets

7.30pm Toll Gavel United Church, Toll Gavel, Beverley £20.00 (concessions £18.00)

Elin Manahan Thomas soprano David Miller lute, theorbo, 19th century guitar If Music be the Food of Love Songs by Dowland, Purcell and Schubert, accompanied by lute, theorbo and 19th century guitar, with instrumental works by Dowland, Robert de Visée and Johann Kaspar Mertz. photographer William Unwin

A programme highlighting the most significant periods in musical history when singing to the accompaniment of plucked instruments flourished - works by three of the greatest song composers of all time! “What mostly matters here … is the intense singing of Elin Manahan Thomas and the exquisite lute playing by David Miller … theirs is a winning combination.” Fanfare USA

Festival Saver Ticket Buy a festival saver ticket for events 1 - 7 with top price seats for events 2 & 7and save nearly 20% Full price £110, concession £100

Early Music Concerts in York Saturday 8 February

Friday 21 March

Early Lieder Day

European Day of Early Music

Celebrating the life and music of CPE Bach with soprano Mhairi Lawson and bass Matthew Brook. Saturday 15 March

Bach, Mozart & Haydn 3.00pm Revolutionary Drawing Room 7.00pm St Matthew Passion Email for Double Discount Offer

Supported by UNESCO Saturday 3 May

Baroque Day With harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, Compangnia d’Istrumenti and the University of York Baroque Ensemble

Information and tickets from: NCEM, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate,York YO1 9TL

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Th u rs d ay 22 M ay Event 2 Venue Tickets

7.30pm St Mary’s Church, North Bar Within, Beverley Central nave: £20.00 (concessions £18.00) Side aisles: £15.00 (concessions £13.00; students £5.00)

The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments

Steven Player dancer, actor, musician Clare Salaman director, nyckelharpa, hurdy-gurdy, Hardanger violin Jeremy Avis voice, percussion, bandora Alison McGillivray bass viol, lyra d’amore Ian Harrison pipe & tabor, voice, dulcian, shawm, recorder, pipes Keith McGowan harps, flutes, curtals, rackets, pipes

Nine Daies Wonder With dance, songs and instrumental music, The Society explore an outrageous Elizabethan publicity stunt - Will Kemp's famous dance from London to Norwich in 1600. We think of the publicity stunt as peculiar to our age but the antics of Will Kemp, a shameless self-publicist and one of the leading actors in Shakespeare’s company, prove otherwise. In 1600 he danced his way from London to Norwich in nine days, entertaining an adoring public en route. The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments, with dancer, Steven Player, celebrate Will Kemp’s account of the journey, ‘Nine Daies Wonder’, with raucous dance tunes and more refined music of the Elizabethan age. They will breathe new life into this celebrated event, which remains awe-inspiring 400 years on, and still has the power to delight, baffle and amuse. “A Renaissance Fred Astaire... Steven Player was worth the price of admission by himself” Adelaide Review “One of our finest exponents of early music. They enchant and amaze in equal measure.” The Musician


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Frid ay 23 M ay Event 3 Venue Tickets

1.00pm – c.2.00pm Quire, Beverley Minster £15.00 (concessions £13.00)

Leah Stuttard gothic bray harp, voice Agnethe Christensen voice, bells, gusli, kanklés Oluf Strangeson’s Joust: Fleeing horses, duels, cold winter, midsummer and beautiful women This concert will be like a scrapbook full of music and poetry from Northern climes around 1500 with rustic songs, virtuosic instrumental music, nursery rhymes, lullabies, lively dances and serene hymns to the Blessed Virgin. The inspiration for the concert is a unique medieval Danish ballad, Oluf Strangesøns dystrit – Oluf Strangeson’s Joust. "Christensen was superb" Seattle Times. "dazzling fingerwork" Early Music Today

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Friday 23 M ay Event 4 Venue Tickets

7.30pm Toll Gavel United Church £25.00 (concessions £20.00; students £5.00)

I Fagiolini

directed by Robert Hollingworth

Anna Crookes soprano Clare Wilkinson mezzo-soprano William Purefoy counter-tenor Matthew Long, Nicholas Hurndall Smith tenors Eamonn Dougan baritone Charles Gibbs bass with Lynda Sayce theorbo, guitar Catherine Pierron harpsichord

Carnevale Veneziano From Monteverdi to Monty Python Venice at Carnival: the town doubled in size for weeks of misrule from St Stephen’s Day until Shrove Tuesday. The best musicians and commedia dell’arte groups were on first-name terms with princes, performing on the street but also in ticketed entertainments. I Fagiolini re-create an evening of such masques and musical mayhem: political caricatures; a trip down a canal via supposed Benedictine monk Adriano Banchieri; Gabrieli’s lament calling on the lagoon’s seafood to bewail the death of Willaert, and excerpts from Vecchi’s peerless madrigal comedy L’Amfiparnaso (Twin Peaks) introducing us to masked commedia characters Pantalone, the Dottore, the Spanish captain and more.

Banchieri Barca di Venezia per Padova 1605 (excerpts) Vecchi L’Amfiparnaso 1597 (excerpts) Croce Mascarate and music by Willaert, Monteverdi and Andrea Gabrieli

“Both singing and acting rose to the occasion magnificently” Daily Telegraph “evocatively breathes the air of the streets and squares of Renaissance Venice” Gramophone


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S atu r day 24 M ay Event 5 Venue Tickets

1.00pm – c.2.00pm St Mary’s Church £15.00 (concessions £13.00)

Pellingmans’ Saraband

Susanna Pell viols Jacob Heringman lute with Faye Newton soprano

Twenty Waies upon the Bels ‘Rounds and Grounds’ Pellingmans' Saraband presents another bonanza of delightful 16th and 17th–century division music interspersed with lute songs composed on ground basses, and a colourful selection of rounds by Thomas Ravenscroft performed by special guest singers. This varied and vibrant programme also features music by Thomas Campion, John Johnson, and Nicholas Lanier. “This is division music at its most sublime, played with deceptive and consummate ease.” North East Early Music Forum “Faye Newton's pure, vibrato-light soprano suggests Emma Kirkby with rouged cheeks!” The Times |

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S atu r d ay 2 4 M ay 3.30pm – c4.30pm Toll Gavel United Church £15.00 (concessions £13.00; students £5.00)

Event 6 Venue Tickets

Andreas Staier harpsichord From Bach to France d'Anglebert from "Pièces de Clavecin, Première Suite" G-Dur (1689) J.S.Bach

from der Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080


from "L'Art de toucher Le Clavecin" (1716)

J.S. Bach

from "Clavier-Übung .. op. 1" (1731): Partita 4 D-Dur, BWV 828

Undoubtedly one of the most prominent harpsichord and fortepiano performers in the world, Andreas Staier’s indisputable musical mastery has made its mark on the interpretation of baroque, classical and romantic repertoire. As a soloist, Andreas Staier has performed across the world and he regularly collaborates with artists such as Anne Sofie von Otter, Pedro Memelsdorff and tenor Christoph Prégardien. His extensive discography is testament to his fame and we are delighted to be able to welcome this master musician to the 2014 festival. “Staier surely comes close to an ideal synthesis of historical awareness and charisma … superb … “ International Record Review – March 2013

Supported by Middlethorpe Hall Hotel and Spa


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S atu r day 24 M ay Event 7 Venue Tickets


7.30pm Beverley Minster £25.00 reserved seating front central nave £20.00 unreserved seating front side aisles £15.00 (concessions £13.00) unreserved seating rear nave

Magnificat directed by Philip Cave

Amy Haworth, Emma Walshe sopranos Sally Dunkley, Caroline Trevor altos Simon Wall, Benedict Hymas tenors William Dawes, Giles Underwood basses

The Tudors at Prayer Henry VIII, Mary, and Elizabeth I dominated the political, social and religious life of England during the 16th century. They all valued music deeply, and it formed an important part of their daily lives, both public and private; each monarch had a profound impact on the form and function of sacred music. Magnificat performs a programme of some of the most ineffable and sublime music of the age, offering music that may have accompanied their Highnesses' more introspective moments. “Magnificat’s cast list is about as good as it gets …” BBC Music Magazine “The sound these singers make is exquisite..” The Sunday Times

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S un day 25 M ay Event 8 Venue Tickets

10.00am - 4:30pm Hexagon Centre, Coltman Avenue, Beverley £15.00 (students & observers £10.00) including music. Please book by 16 May to allow for provision of music.


2014 Festival guests include: Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI The Sixteen Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Ensemble Gilles Binchois Maria Cristina Kiehr The Cardinall’s Musick

A Tudor workshop for singers with Philip Cave A peaceful night and a perfect end: Music for Compline Following Event 7 singers are invited to join Philip Cave to explore the glorious repertory of the Tudor Church. Music studied will include Byrd’s ‘Lamentations’ and music for Compline by Tallis, White and Sheppard. The workshop is open to all voices; a reasonable level of sight singing will be advantageous. The day will conclude with an informal performance at 4.00pm open to all, free of charge. With thanks to the East Riding of Yorkshire Music Hub

Date Time Venue

Saturday 24 May 5.00pm Beverley Minster Admission free of charge

Festival Evensong Beverley Minster Choir directed by Robert Poyser Music by William Byrd

Tickets on sale from 3 March


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B ooking inform ation

Box Office 01904 658338 email: The National Centre for Early Music St Margaret’s Church Walmgate, York YO1 9TL

Concession prices: The price shown in brackets is the concession price for those aged 65 and over, registered disabled and a companion, and the unemployed.

In person: The NCEM box office is open Monday – Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm.

Refunds: We regret that refunds can only be given if the concert is sold out and we are able to sell on the ticket. Please note that there will be a 10% administration charge.

On-line: Visit our web site at and use the secure on-line booking service. By telephone: Please contact the box office on 01904 658338.

General enquiries: Please ring 01904 632220 for general information.

There is a non-refundable £1.00 administration charge for each transaction made on-line or by telephone. This includes the postage of your tickets if time permits.

Group bookings: Buy nine tickets for any one concert and receive one further ticket free! All tickets must be booked in advance at the same time.

By post: Write to the NCEM Box Office, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL enclosing an SAE. Cheques should be made payable to the National Centre for Early Music.

Accessible facilities: The Festival offers a warm welcome to everyone. The NCEM website is accessible to the partially sighted and assistance dogs are welcome at concerts. For detailed information, please ring 01904 632220. The NCEM is a Typetalk Approved business.

Seating: Seats are unreserved except where indicated. Reservations: Tickets must be paid for within three working days of reservation and at least 24 hours prior to the performance. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the venue immediately prior to the performance.

General enquiries: To book accommodation please telephone Tourist Information on 01482 391672, email or log on to

East Riding Concert Series

7.30pm Toll Gavel United Church Sat 18 January London Theatre Voices Thurs 6 February Tango 5 Thurs 20 March Orchestra of the Swan Thurs 10 April Richard Durrant

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Gift Vouchers These can be purchased from the Box Office in amounts of £5 and £10.

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Design | 01759319471 Front cover image: Ter Borch, Gerard the Younger (1617-1681): A Woman Playing the Theorbo-Lute and a Cavalier, c. 1658. Image copyright: The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Art Resource/Scala, Florence

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2 1 – 2 5 M ay 2 0 1 4 Wednesday 21 May Elin Manahan Thomas and David Miller Thursday 22 May The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments Friday 23 May Leah Stuttard and Agnethe Christensen I Fagiolini directed by Robert Hollingworth Saturday 24 May Pellingmans’ Saraband Andreas Staier Festival Evensong Magnificat directed by Philip Cave Sunday 25 May Vocal workshop

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The National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate York Y01 9TL

The Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival is directed by Delma Tomlin MBE and administered by the National Centre for Early Music through the York Early Music Foundation registered charity number 1068331. All details are correct at the time of going to press but the Festival reserves the right to make alterations to the published programme – if necessary.

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