New this year, an Early Music Festival in Bristol. A great sucess, with lots to participate in and good concerts! All details below were copied from the festival website in January 2019. See you there next year!
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3-5 May 2019, at All Saints, Pembroke Road, Bristol

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 opening concert is on Friday evening, seventeenth century vocal and instrumental music given by the London-based group Sounds Baroque, followed by Bristol's favourite baroque cellist and gamba player, Jonathan Rees, playing solo viol music. On Saturday and Sunday there will be workshops open to all, concerts and other events.


  • 7.30pm: The Italian Connection, a concert by Sounds Baroque: vocal and instrumental music from seventeenth-century England, including Italian composers working in London at the court of Charles II.
  • 9.30pm: The Kite and the Nightingale: candle-lit late-night viol music, and fables by La Fontaine, performed by Jonathan Rees.


  • 10am - 4pm: exhibition of early instruments, with talks and demonstrations of some of the instruments between 10.30 and 12.30. The instruments demonstrated will be: early guitars, clavichord, a consort of viols, and the medieval lap-harp.
  • 10.30 - 12.30: recorder workshop for recorder players of all ages, led by Annabel Knight.
  • 12.30 - 1.30: music in the open air (weather permitting) from the Gloucester Waites.
  • 2.15 - 4.30: polychoral workshop for singers and instrumentalists, led by Bruce Saunders.
  • 7.30pm: a concert with the Bristol groups RosafrescaBristowe Consort, and Musica Mundi. Details to be announced.


  • 11am: High Mass sung by the choir of All Saints Church, directed by John Davenport
  • 2.00 - 3.45pm: medieval chant workshop led by Prof. Emma Hornby, in preparation for Vespers at 4pm
  • 2.30 - 4pm: viol workshop for young cellists, led by Jane Francis
  • 4 - 4.30pm: Vespers, with medieval chant.
  • 8pm: The Essence of Genius — a musical reflection on the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci, given by the vocal ensemble Nova.