Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival – 26-28 May 2023

The Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival was established in 1988 to celebrate this glorious county town’s historic association with musicians from medieval times. Blessed by a wealth of extraordinarily rich ecclesiastical buildings, and a wealth of musical carvings in stone & wood in both Beverley Minster and St Mary’s Church, Beverley is the perfect place for a festival of early music. Supported by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, and administered by the National Centre for Early Music, the festival draws in residents and visitors alike to its annual series of concerts, illustrated lectures and associated workshops.

The 2023 Festival, running from Friday 26 – Sunday 28 May, explores music from the medieval to the baroque – both sacred and profane – intertwined with the extraordinary history of the county town of Beverley. Guest artists include festival favourites The Tallis Scholars celebrating their 50th anniversary year with the music of Byrd, Tallis and Shepherd – presented in the glorious surroundings of Beverley Minster. They are joined by two instrumental ensembles making their debut at the festival – The Irish Baroque Orchestra and the EEEMERGING+ ensemble The Ministers of Pastime; the BBC New Generation Baroque Ensemble Moliere, lutenist Ariel Abramovitch & soprano Anne-Kathryn Olsen inviting you to spend time in their Elizabethan sound world and medievalist Leah Stuttard introducing us to the visionary Margery Kempe – a sadly reluctant visitor to 15th century Beverley! Youngsters and those wanting to join in the fun are not forgotten with activities for early years inspired by Louis XIV’s menagerie, and we invite singers to share the glories of the English Renaissance in a workshop led by Robert Hollingworth.


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