Early Music for the Festive Season

The churches, concert halls and music schools of this our city and Shire have much to offer in the way of early music during the festive season.

These all include at least some pre 17th century music, sometimes amid a mixed programme.

THUR 3 DEC, 7.30pm
Mediaeval Baebes: Christmas Tour, Of Kings and AngelsP1030639
St James’s Church, London

FRI 4 DEC, 7.30pm
The Cries of London
Shoreditch Church (St Leonard’s)
Viol consort Fretwork and vocal ensemble Red Byrd bring 16th century London to life through a series of intricate works fusing bawdy songs and sounds of the hubbub of the city’s streets with refined music for viols.

FRI 11 DEC, 7.30pm
Tenebrae – A Very English Christmas
Kings Place: Hall One 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
“a new programme of Christmas music featuring traditional carols, festive favourites and newer pieces all by English choral composers.”

SUN 13 DEC, 12pm
A Christmas Celebration Hampton Court Palace
Gabrieli are delighted to be returning to perform at Hampton Court Palace this December to perform a beautiful Christmas celebration programmed by our leader, Catherine Martin, featuring seasonal repertoire by Charpentier, Buxtehude, Torelli and Bach. Do join us for an afternoon of early and late Baroque repertoire in the beautiful, intimate Cartoon Gallery between midday and 3pm. The programme will include soprano Emma Walshe singing Bach ‘Susser trost, mein Jesus kommt’ from cantata 151 and the Coventry Carol.

SUN 13 DEC 7:30PM
Hespèrion XXI; Jordi Savall director, treble viol
Musical Europe: 1550 – 1650
“Their programme shows how simple dance forms were transformed into works of irresistible elegance for the ears of Renaissance Europe’s powerbrokers and leaders.”

MON 14 DEC, 7.00pm
The Marian Consort
Shoreditch Church (St Leonard’s)
“Taking its name from the Virgin Mary, The Marian Consort make their festival debut, presenting a sequence of works inspired by the visitation of the shepherds at the nativity.”

TUES 15 DEC, 7.30pm (Doors 7pm)
A Wondrous Mystery
The Temple Church
“Alongside a glorious, richly-scored Christmas mass by the Flemish composer Clemens non Papa, Stile Antico performs traditional old-German carols and motets, many of them still familiar today.”

SAT 19 DEC 7.30pm
Platinum Consort: A Perfect Love
Kings Place: Hall One, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
“An evening of Advent choral music”

SUN 3 JAN 2pm & MON 4 JAN 7.30pm
Exquisite Love: Andreas Scholl and Tamar Halperin
Wannamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe
“English songs exploring the exquisite melancholy of lost love, interspersed with harpsichord solos”

THU 14 JAN 1pm
‘Shakespeare on my mind’
Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s, London
“Shakespeare-related songs and lute solos”
If you can’t make it for this one, it’s also going to be on Radio 3. There’s a pre-concert guided Shakespeare Walk.

Cecily Arderne