September 2013

A lively mix of exhibition, workshops, performance and demonstrations featuring:

The English Concert, directed by Trevor Pinnock, Michala Petri with James Johnstone, Joglaresa, Trinity Laban Soloists & Baroque Orchestra, Charlotte Barbour-Condini. Moeck/Society of Recorder Players Recorder Competition Finals.

Recognised worldwide as the ‘Premier’ Annual Early Music Event, we are thrilled and proud to present a most impressive and vibrant showcase of concerts, masterclasses and workshops, together with the UK’s largest Early Music Fair, welcoming leading instrument makers from around the globe.

The Early Music Fair:
Set against the fabulous backdrop of the historic Painted Hall and the Queen Mary Undercroft, it attracts over 100 exhibitors, including instrument makers, shops, music publishers, societies, forums and educational institutions – all under one roof. There is the widest range of instruments imaginable on display and for sale: from lutes and flutes, through sackbuts and spinets to hurdy gurdies and harpsichords. This is the perfect and unique opportunity for visitors to meet the instrument makers and try out, compare,contrast and buy the instrument they have always promised themselves.

Performance events take place throughout the weekend in several venues including the Chapel of the Old Royal Naval College, The Peacock Room, King Charles Court and St Alfege Church. Makers’demonstration recitals take place in the King William Undercroft. Workshops and masterclasses with some of the finest early musicians take place in King Charles Court.

Headlining Concerts this year include: The English Concert, celebrating their 40th anniversary and directed by Trevor Pinnock . The concert is dedicated to Lina Lalandi, Founder and Director of the English Bach Festival who died in 2012. She presented Trevor Pinnock and the English Concert in their first engagement in 1973. (It will be preceded by a private reception in her memory - for details of this please contact

We are equally thrilled and privileged to welcome some of the world’s most inspiring and diverse recorder players to this year’s festival:
Michala Petri with James Johnstone will perform a programme which includes music by Bach, Tartini, Handel, Telemann and Vivaldi. Michala has established herself as the world’s leading exponent of the recorder. She has toured the globe, appearing as a soloist with major chamber and symphony orchestras and with artists such as Pinchas Zukerman, Sir James Galway, Joshua Bell, Maurice Andre, Gidon Kremer, Heinz Holliger, Claudio Abbado and jazz icon Keith Jarrett.

David Bellugi with Charles Matthews. “If David Bellugi had been a pianist or violinist he would undoubtedly be talked about as much as Pollini or Perlman ... Bellugi is not only an exceptional virtuoso but also an exceptional musician.” This quote is from one of Italy’s most important music critics confirming that David Bellugi has for years been considered one of the most captivating musical figures, both in Italy and internationally. Surrounded by his ‘forest’ of recorders, Bellugi — through his extroverted and communicative intelligence and curiosity — transforms his concerts into performances dense with musical surprises and discoveries.

Charlotte Barbour-Condini - Charlotte from Stoke Newington in North London, made history by being the first recorder player to win the BBC Young Musician Woodwind Final, and reach the Final of BBC Young Musician 2012 which took place at the Sage Gateshead in Newcastle on 13th May - her 16th birthday.

Moeck/Society of Recorder Players – Solo Recorder Player Competition Finals. Adjudicator: David Bellugi, Rachel Brown and Charles Matthews.

Visitors to the exhibition can also attend a variety of Makers Demonstration Recitals held throughout the 3 day event. Admission is free to exhibition ticket holders.

Demonstrations to note:
ELODY – The electrifyingly cool, innovation by Mollenhauer.
Elody is an extremely versatile instrument with a new look, powerful sound and wide range of notes that can be played in two ways: purely acoustically or as an electric recorder via cable connection. Elody unites many new features. It was developed in the space of four years. Nik Tarasov, the instrument's developer will be at the exhibition to demonstrate and answer questions.

Performance programme tickets available via the Early Music Shop T: 01274 288100


Advance purchase 3 day exhibition tickets available for £10 (before November 1st) from The Early Music Shop T:01274 288100 E:

Individual day tickets can be purchased on the day at the door.

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