Early Music Festival 2021 Live

Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival ’21 LIVE

Friday 28 – Sunday 30 May

Beverley ’21 ONLINE: Concerts, Talks and Hidden Gems

Saturday 5 – Sunday 6 June

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There is a new look to this year’s Beverley Early Music Festivities.  As the phases of easing lockdown unfold the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) and the Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival are delighted to bring you not one, but two, musical celebrations from this beautiful town.

Social distancing restrictions and the festival’s commitment to accommodating all those who booked for last year’s festival mean that currently a limited number of tickets are on sale for ‘in person’ concerts at the end of May. All the concerts will however be available to enjoy in a specially created digital festival Beverley ’21 Online to be shared Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 June. 

Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival LIVE 28 – 30 May

The 2021 Festival celebrates the joy of music making with the people of Beverley. Concerts include: 

Friday 28 7.30pm Beverley Minster

Stile Antico Toward the Dawn

The programme charts a course from twilight to sunrise, seductive and unsettling in equal measure. Thrill to the spine-tingling sounds of Allegri’s beloved Miserere and enter into the glorious sound world of Nico Muhly’s Gentle Sleep, a haunting setting of words by Shakespeare, written especially for the twelve voices of Stile Antico.

Saturday 29 1.00pm St Mary’s Church

Alva  Angels in the Architecture

Vivien Ellis, Giles Lewin and Leah Stuttard perform songs and melodies spanning 1,000 years, revealing some of the stories hidden in the stones of the beautiful St Mary’s Church.

Saturday 7.30pm Toll Gavel United Church

La Serenissima with Tabea Debus recorder “The Italian Gang”

Life-affirming music of 18th-century Venice, including music by Sammartini and Vivaldi.

Sunday 3.00pm Toll Gavel United Church

Kati Debretzeni violin Through the Eye of a Lens 

A virtual tour of Europe through the “lens” of a violin performed by one of the world’s leading exponents.

Sunday 6.30pm St John’s RC Church, Beverley

Ex Corde Heaven on Earth

Reflections based on Thomas More’s Utopia with vocal music by Robert Fayrfax and Josquin des Prez, plus the premiere of a commission by Christopher Fox inspired by Thomas More’s vision.

Saturday & Sunday Beverley Ballad Walks

Also taking place over the weekend are the hugely popular Ballad Walks, led by Vivien Ellis, brimming with songs and stories from the streets. The tales span 800 years of history and reveal Beverley’s sometimes murky past as well as the fascinating tales of some of the inhabitants.

Beverley ’21 Online Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 June

To ensure that the festival can be enjoyed by the widest possible audience, all five concerts will be filmed and available online, with an added bonus of many exclusive treats.  Historian David Neave will talk about the Pilgrims of the East Riding who left these shores in 1638 to set out for a new, and better, world in the US; Stile Antico share the music of the period through a specially commissioned film available to all ticket holders; and John Bryan, Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Huddersfield, introduces the festival from the Rococo splendour of Beverley Guildhall.

There will also be opportunities to visit some of the Beverley’s hidden gems in the company of guest curators Fiona Jenkinson and Dr Jennie England.