Apr 13, 2010

Exciting plans for August

The Worcester Early Music Weekend is going to be fantastic this year, and I'm so excited, I can't keep it to myself! With the help of Barbara Dunn, we have now founded an organisation called Worcestershire Early Music, which will administer the weekend

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Posted by: micaela

as well as other education activities in the area. Each year I'm amazed by the goodwill of the Worcester Festival and many Worcester venues, but this year I'm bowled over.

e are going to be offering events at Worcester City Library, the Friends Meeting House, St Swithun's Church, and The Art House Cafe next to Huntingdon Hall are all involved.

Performances will be given by The Bach Duo, Lady Georgianna, Passacaglia, Piva, and the Dew-Schmitz Duo with Andrew Watts. Workshops will be a large part of this and will feature 'Nursery Rhymes from early times' for early years, Pirate Madness (singing and songwriting), Boomwhacking Great Fun, an Early Music Band for voices and instruments age 10-16, a Bach themed keyboard masterclass, and some fantastic demonstrations including 'Meet the Flute Family', 'The Secret Life of a Curtal', and 'Try it! Early keyboards'.

There are two exciting themes - Tudor music inspired by Shakespeare, and The Bach Circle in the 18th Century Coffeehouse. In support of the first theme, a charity ball with live music and 'barn dance' caller will be held at the prestigious Guildhall on Fri 20 August. Whilst it's being called a 'Pride and Prejudice' Ball, it will feature a costumed demonstration of Tudor and Playford dance and music by Stratford Renaissance. On Sat 21 August, students aged 8-16 who take part in early music workshops will be invited to perform at the start of Piva's costumed concert entitled 'Measure for Measure'.
The theme of the coffee house will be amply supported by concerts performed by The Bach Duo (18 August) and Passacaglia Duo (19 August) at St. Swithun's Church. A half day (Sat 21 August) of keyboard workshops will introduce students of all ages to keyboards and music of Bach's time, including a chance to try out different ones and to perform on them with Micaela Schmitz. Two concerts will actually take place in the Art House Cafe (next to Huntingdon Hall) - one by Lady Georgianna at 7.30pm on 18 August and one at 3pm on Sunday 22 August with Cathryn Dew, Micaela Schmitz, and Andrew Watts. Ticket holders will be able to arrive early to enjoy a meal or indulge in drinks, coffee and sweets whilst listening. The weekend always features education and there are some knock-down prices available for under 16's. For three of the evening concerts, students who come to a demonstration or workshop earlier that day may attend the concert free

I'd say more but I have a leaflet to organise and when it's sorted out, all these will be listed on the events page. This year I'm hoping to use Wegottickets for the early booking period and in mid-May, the Worcester Festival box office will be open for phone bookings on 01905 611427. Watch this space- I hope to have all the information in by 15 April.