2010 Worcester Early Music Weekend


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by phone 01905 611427 (from late June)
Information only 01386 898162 worcesterfestival@earlymusica.org

A word of welcome
The programme
How to Book
Venues and maps
Frequently Asked Questions

A word of welcome

We're back and the weekend is growing- now 15 events in 5 days! This year we have started an organisation called Worcestershire Early Music to administer the Worcester Early Music Weekend as well as other activities, and hopefully to attract funding for our education work.

It's great to welcome back Cathy Dew and Andrew Watts, who first performed in the 2006 weekend, along with a return visit from Piva, and new this year, an appearance from Passacaglia Duo. The themes this year are 'Tudor Tales' and 'Bach and the Coffeehouse.'  The idea of popular music alongside the courtly music is always appealing, and we welcome you to sample our 'penny university' in residence at a new venue for us, the Art House Cafe. This is our way of re-viving the atmosphere of the 18th century coffeehouse, which function like 'the village well,' 'the modern day pub' or the 'internet cafe.' Admission, just a penny, which allowed you to sit, read the papers, catch up on news, drink coffee and have heated debates -- all in an age where news did not travel as fast as it does today.

We are also continuing our popular education work for all ages. Our early years work is taking place at the Worcester City Library and Museum. We continue to present at the atmospheric St Swithuns and the peaceful yet central setting of the Friends Meeting House. Finally we are pleased to continue offering dance opportunities this year with a special 'Pride and Prejudice' Ball.  There is an early link as we shall do some Playford Dances on the first half, a demo of Tudor dance at the interval and then turn our attention to later dances in the second half. All dances will be called, so no experience is needed.

This year we have two methods for booking tickets in advance. You can book through the Worcester Festival Box Office (in person or by phone) or book online with Wegottickets, an agency who specialise in selling tickets of a low cost.

Many thanks for your support!

Micaela Schmitz and Barbara Dunn
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The programme
More about the artists and programmes can be found by clicking the links

Wed 18 August
12.30-1.30pm, St Swithuns Church
'Music of Peace for all Time': a lunchtime concert by
The Bach Duo (cello and harpsichord)
Tickets £8/7

4.00-5.00pm, Art House Café
Pirate Madness- singing and songwriting workshop for ages 8+ with
Lady Georgianna.
Tickets £5 (see ticket offer below)
7.30pm, Art House Café
'Georgianna's Ghostly Adventures': a show with (voice, cello and harpsichord).
Cafe open from 6pm for meals. Tickets £8/7
Ticket Offer
Under 16's pay £5 for one ticket, giving them entry to workshop and concert
Adults pay £8/7 for a concert ticket

Thurs. 19 August
6.45-7.15pm, St Swithuns Church
'Meet the Flute Family', a demonstration with the
Tickets £3 (see ticket offer below)

7.30pm, St Swithuns Church
'The Age of Elegance': a concert with
(baroque flute and harpsichord). Experience the musical delights of the 'penny university' or coffee house of the 18th Century with works by Telemann, Handel, Marais and more.
Ticket Offer:
Under 16's pay £3 for workshop and concert
Adults pay £9/8 for a concert ticket which includes the workshop

This concert is kindly supported by The Bransford Trust

Fri. 20 August
10.00-10.30am 10.30-11.00am, 11.15-11.45am, 11.45am-12.15pm, Worcester City Library, children's section
Nursery Rhymes from Old Times; music session for early years (ages 3-7) with and Micaela Schmitz.
We'll explore nursery rhymes and their history, many of which originate from the Tudor era! Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer (who is not charged). Tickets £3
You can see a link on the Worcester library site here (scroll down)

Keyboard Workshops & Concert
1.00-1.30pm, St Swithun's Church
Try it!
session on Early keyboards for age 8+ with Micaela Schmitz Tickets £2 for under 16's, who must be accompanied (parents/carers are not charged to accompany children in their care). Under 16's who hold a workshop ticket attend concert free.

1.30-3.30pm, St Swithuns Church Early Keyboard
Hands on Masterclass with Micaela Schmitz focused on Bach and his circle, including his sons, Kirnberger, Telemann, and more. Grade 5+, Age 10+ Tickets £11/8 (concessions apply to under 16's only). Under 16's who hold a masterclass ticket attend concert free.

If you know the OUP Anthology of 'Early German Keyboard' music, that's a good compendium for those who are looking for repertoire just preceding Bach.

4.00-5.00pm, St Swithuns Church
'Bach's Coffee Compatriots': a concert on early keyboards with Micaela Schmitz and some of the students from the course, featuring
Bach and his coffeehouse contemporaries, including his sons, Kirnberger, Telemann, and more. Tickets £6 (Tickets free to under 16's who hold a Try it! ticket and to all keyboard masterclass participants.)

8.00-10.30pm, Guildhall, High Street
'Pride and Prejudice Ball' in aid of the Mayor's Charities.
With , caller and live music; to include a costumed demonstration  by Stratford Renaissance in the interval. Costumes encouraged! Tickets £9 in advance.   £10.50 for the very few that might be left on the night.  Proceeds are in aid of the  Mayor's Chartities.  This year The Right Worshipful, The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Mike Layland has designated his main charity is Acorns Childrens Hospice, with money also going to the three cadet forces in the city and to Perdiswell Young People's Leisure Centre.

Sat. 21 August
2.00-5.00pm, Friends Meeting House
Early Music Band : Chamber group from scratch A440 with Micaela Schmitz and Andrew Watts
For young and old alike singers (no grade required) and instrumentalists Grade 5+ and Age 11+, with opportunity to present at the concert on Saturday. Tickets £6.  (Under 16's should be accompanied or parents and carers can sign a form giving us permission to supervise.)

5.00-6.30pm, Friends Meeting House
Boomwhacking Great Fun! for age 8-12,  singers (no grade required) and Grade 2+ for instrumentalists. Make music of the Tudors and more but with some colourful instruments. Led by Micaela Schmitz and Tickets £4
(Under 16's should be accompanied or parents and carers can sign a form giving us permission to supervise.)

7.00pm, St Swithuns Church
'The secret life of a Curtal- it’s innermost workings': a demonstration with

Tickets £3 (Under 16's who hold a ticket to this workshop can attend the concert free.)
7.30pm, St Swithuns Church
'Measure for Measure': a concert with
(costumed renaissance band)

Ticket Offer
Under 16's who hold a ticket to the demo attend the concert free, as well as any who are performing.
Adults pay £9/8 for a concert ticket which includes the demo

This concert is kindly supported by The Bransford Trust

3.00-5.00pm, Art House Cafe: 'Coffee Cabaret': a concert with
Cathryn Dew, recorders and Micaela Schmitz, harpsichord with Andrew Watts, bassoon.  Step into the 18th century coffee house, where you can enjoy coffee, and a delightful interactive experience of our very own, musical 'penny university'. Our special guest is Telemann, who jams at Zimmerman's with Bach and his sons. Tickets £8/7.


This concert is supported by The Elmley Foundation.

The Elmley Foundation is a grant-making charity founded by the late Countess Beauchamp, widow of Viscount Elmley, the 8th and last Earl Beauchamp of Madresfield Court, near Malvern. Over many generations, Madresfield Court established a tradition of support for all forms of the arts, crafts and design. Now that charitable sources have come to replace the personal enthusiasm and commitment shown by many family benefactors of the past, The Elmley Foundation perpetuates Madresfield’s considerable encouragement to the cultural life of Herefordshire and Worcestershire. The Foundation’s Trustees are therefore particularly delighted to support the Worcester Early Music Weekend.

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How to Book Tickets

By Phone Worcester Festival Box Office, at Huntingdon Hall, Crowngate Shopping centre from mid-June
01905 611427  (Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. Sun 10am-4pm)
For all transactions for tickets over £5 there will be a £1.50 booking fee, other than for bookings made in person. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Payment can also be made by cheque, payable to ‘Worcester Live Ltd’.
On the door  All events, except Please note- we need advance bookings for the 'Pride and Prejudice' Ball. You pay less  --£9 rather than £10.50 if you book in advance.

For the Nursery Rhymes, Hands On Early Keyboard Masterclass, the Early Music Band or Boomwhackers session, you may wish to ring in advance to let us know who is coming, so we can plan ahead. Ring 01386 898162 or email.
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Venues, Maps and Directions

All venues are wheelchair accessible.

Art House Cafe at Huntingdon Hall,
6-20 Deanway, Worcester WR1 3LD (Pedestrian entrance via Chapel Walk).

Enter the cafe area upstairs (or take the lift). Serving meals, light bites, and drinks. Fully Licenced. For our events you are welcome to come early and have a bite, or you can order at the interval.  In other words you can eat while we perform, but if you can restrict ordering and talking to before or after the first half we'd be grateful.  Restaurant Tel: 01905 617161 We reserve the right to check tickets if you've come in prior to our front of house being set up. Photo by Eric Hardy.

Friends Meeting House, Sansome Place, WR1 1UG
This appears to be in Sansome Walk. Entrance is via an archway and along a path to the door. It's around the corner from the Worcester Arts Workshop. No parking at the site unless you are a disabled blue badge holder, and even then it's very limited. The view shown in the photo is the hall istelf once you've found the pathway from the quiet garden.

Guildhall, High Street,
Worcester WR1 2EY

This beautiful building begun in 1722 features a long gallery room with a wooden floor, ideal for dancing. This is enterered by the front, pedestrainised area. Vehicular access for setting down is via, and this is the location for wheelchair access. Nearest carpark is Copenhagen Street carpark, however it's cheaper to use St Martin's Gate. As the cafe is now removed from the building, for this event, we will provide non-alcoholic drinks and a light snack but you are welcome to bring your own alcohol and glasses. We do reserve the right to ask people to leave if they misbehave- but of course you won't! Costume is optional -- some of  us will wear Jane Austen garb, others Tudor. Photo contributed by D. Johnston.


St Swithuns Church,
Church St, (corner of St Swithuns), Worcester WR1 2RH

This is a beautiful redundant church used by kind permission of the Churches Conservation Trust. This photo is from the church's website. A Georgian gem! Use public loos at Cornmarket until 4.45pm. After 4.45pm, ask nicely at a pub.

Worcester City Library,
Foregate Street, Worcester WR1 1D

The view of the front entrance is from the library's website.Vehicular and wheelchair access via Taylor Lane is a little more quiet than Foregate Street for setting down. Again there's not much street parking round here. The racecourse carpark near the Swan Theatre, Moor Street is just as close as St. Martin's Gate.

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Benedicto's Restaurant - one of our sponsors!

Benedicto's, the home of Italian cuisine in the heart of Worcester,.
are proud to sponsor The Worcester Early Music Weekend.
Present a programme, ticket or e-ticket code upon payment to receive 10% off your food bill.

Mon - Sat 12.00 - 14.00 & 18.00 - 22.30 (Sun Closed )
Pasta Festival on Thursday evenings
34 Sidbury, Worcester, WR1 2HZ 01905 21444 www.benedictos.com

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FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)

What's new this year?
We are trying some new venues give a real coffeehouse flavour and students are getting an opportunity to perform alongside professionals. Also, we are holding a 'Pride and Prejudice' Ball, where every dance is called (no experience necessary), and costumes (optional) are encouraged.  Whilst it has a Jane Austen theme, we will dance from an earlier time, including the Tudors.
check our full web listing for locations of events.

What do you mean by Coffeehouse?  It's not the Amsterdam variety but the Leipzig, 18th Century 'penny university' where important issues were discussed, newspapers read, and debates had, all over a cup of joe or something stronger.  It means for our concerts at the Art House Café, you can enjoy a drink or nibble.

Do I need to prebook?

For most you can simply turn up, but do note we have some very good ticket deals on offer – usually if it involves someone under 16 they can pay a low price for a workshop and attend the concert for free. If they are over 16 they pay the concert price, and attend the demo free.

If you are interested in the Keyboard masterclass or the Early Music Band, please contact me in advance on 01386 898162. For the keyboard class, I can give you advice on what to prepare, as we need to know numbers and instruments to prepare parts. 

Aren't there any workshops for adults?
The answer is emphatically, yes. The keyboard 'try it' and masterclass are designed for advanced players to try their hand at early keyboards, different interpretations and more.  It's not about flawless performance but about exploration of repertoire, so please consider booking.

Also, new this year, the Early Music Band for Grade 5+ is open for anyone age 10 and up.  We don't put an upper limit on ages and would welcome an all-ages group.

Who supports and funds you?
The Elmley Foundation, Worcestershire County, Worcester City, and The Bransford Trust are supporting this mini-festival. We are awaiting word from other charities.


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