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Workshops/Festivals 2017: (UK) 30th Anniversary Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival (26-29 May 2017)

Contributed by admin on Jan 17, 2017

"2017 marks the coming of age of the much loved Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival, (Friday 26 – Monday 29 May) as the Festival celebrates its thirty years of music-making alongside an extraordinary year for culture in the region, as Hull is 2017 City of Culture.

Initiated by the local authority, with the aim of attracting visitors to the area to discover a rich medley of history, striking architecture and music of the past, over the years the Festival has grown to be recognised as a ‘jewel in the cultural crown’ of the region, attracting internationally renowned performers of early music to appear in a programme alongside emerging youth ensembles and engaging community projects. ...

In this landmark year, the Festival, organised by the National Centre for Early Music, York, (NCEM), in partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council, will present its most special programme to date. The historic Yorkshire market town of Beverley will be filled with some of the world’s finest musicians, including The Tallis Scholars, The Carnival Band and La Serenissima. And to join in with the broader regional Capital of Culture activities, the Festival this year incorporates a visual exhibition of one of the most extraordinary pan-European music collections in history, Through the Looking Glass, an exhibition of illustrated music manuscripts, which runs from 25 May – 16 July in Beverley Minster.

Delma Tomlin, Festival Director and Director of the National Centre for Early Music says, "The partnership with Beverley Borough Council, and now Beverley & East Riding Council, has been an absolutely delightful one, and we are grateful for the continued support and enthusiasm displayed for the Festival. We began all those years ago with a dozen events, including practical demonstrations of the making of musical instruments and street entertainment, and the Festival has grown in size and in stature since then. With the addition of the touring exhibition, we are confident that the programme in 2017 is one of our best ever.”

Councillor Richard Burton says, “We are delighted to still be promoting and celebrating the fantastic Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival thirty years on. This has always been a highlight festival in our annual events calendar, as it reaches out to encompass the local community and their activities, in addition to drawing in new visitors.

“The council originally requested the creation of the event to promote the region and its many historical venues, and thirty years on we can still say that the festival continues to make a positive contribution to our community.”

The exhibition Through the Looking Glass in Beverley Minster is the first of its kind for the Beverley Early Music Festival in this cultural year, and it arrives direct from Antwerp Cathedral, ahead of a pan-European tour, before going on to New York. The music manuscripts of Petrus Alamire – musical scribe, composer, singer and producer, are some of the most decorated illustrated choirbooks in history. They portray the opulent world of the 16th century lived in by rulers and musicians amongst others. The media installation, ‘Speculum Musurgica’ by the Belgian contemporary artist Rudi Knoops, invites visitors to discover up-close the world of the musicians at work.

This exhibition also provides a central point for the influences of the festival programmes, with many of the performances and family activities taking their inspiration from the many great and varied works of Alamire.

Visit the Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival website for more information and of ticket availability.