Events >> 2013 WEMW


Here we give news of our plans for the Worcester Early Music Festival 16, 21, and 23 March 2013.


A word of welcome
Frequently Asked Questions

A word of welcome

The festival is back by popular demand!

Worcestershire Early Music administers the Worcester Early Music Festival as well as other activities, and hopefully to attract funding for our education work.

Sat 16 March 11am-12:00 noon a Workshop with Stratford Renaissance
                        7.30pm we have a staged production of Charpentier's Acteon in English translation

Thurs 21 March, 7.30pm is a concert by the Hills Singers with recorder player Michelle Holloway

Sat 23 March  8pm-11pm A Pride and Prejudice Ball with caller Barbara Dunn and Cat's Whiskers Band
We are planning to open the box office from 15 January so we will update you on the details when available.
See below for more details.

Many thanks for your support!

Barbara Dunn, Micaela Schmitz and Ian Wilson

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The programme

Sat. 16 March 2013

Workshop/demo with Stratford Renaissance, a costumed group.
Worcester. Tickets £4 (Students pay £2) at Angel Centre, Angel Place, WR13QN

Sat. 16 March 2013

7.30pm Charpentier’s Acteon, performed by the Harpsichord Collective
Guildhall, Worcester. Tickets £10 (Students pay £5)
the last thing that Diana and her nymphs want
    during their open-air bathing party
    is to be surprised by ... a man!

a dramatic, costumed, semi-stage performance
of a little jewel of a French baroque opera
by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
in a new English translation
with hunters, nymphs,
small woodland creatures,
two goddesses, and a bear.

A rarely staged performance of M.A. Charpentier’s “Acteon”.
Marc Antoine Charpentier (1634-1704) was a prolific French
composer of the Baroque Period and this work tells a story
from Greek mythology of Acteon, a huntsman who is surprised
one day when out in the forest. It is scored for chorus and
soloists and is accompanied by instruments of the period.
This production was first performed in Cheltenham earlier
this year and we are very lucky to be offered the opportunity
to see it here in Worcester. Click here to download flyer.

Thurs. 21 March 2013

7.30pm Concert 'Laudate Dominum: music for the church year
with The Hills Singers directed by Carol Green, with instrumental interludes by
Ensemble Mousai (recorder, cello, harpsichord), Director Michelle Holloway.

St Stephen’s Church, Barbourne. Tickets £7.50
There will be a mixture of sacred and secular music on the menu,
as well as an instrumental interlude. The Hills Singers have been
performing together for some 20 years with their conductor Carol Green. In 2012
they performed in the Malvern Theatre with William Towers and the Armonico Consort in an opera pasticcio of Handel arias and choruses entitled 'Too Hot to
Handel'. Click here to download flyer.

Sat. 23 March 2013 

8-11pm 'Pride and Prejudice Ball with caller Barbara Dunn and Cat's Whiskers Band
Guildhall, Worcester. Tickets £10/11. Click here to download flyer.

Dances from the 17th and 18th Century will be walked through and called;
costumes are positively encouraged and a light supper will be served.
This is a popular annual event, so don’t be left out!

The Festival are also proud to be


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How to Book Tickets

By Post

Tickets will become available from 15 January 2013. Please send your ticket request and payment (cheques to 'Worcestershire Early Music') and a self-addressed stamped envelope to Worcestershire Early Music, 65 Addison Rd, WR3 8EA

If you have a burning query ring 01905 20207 or email.

On the door

Please note- we need advance bookings for the 'Pride and Prejudice' Ball. You pay less  --£10 rather than £11 if you book in advance.

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Venues, Maps and Directions

All venues are wheelchair accessible.


Angel Centre, Angel Place, WR13QN. Click here for map.

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, pedestrianised 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. Photo contributed by D. Johnston.

St Stephen’s Church, Ombersley Road, Barbourne, Worcester WR3 7HS. The venue, consecrated in 1862, has parking.

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FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)

Do I need to prebook?

  You can simply turn up, but do note we have some very good ticket deals on offer – especially for the ball.

Who supports and funds you?
The Elmley Foundation, Worcestershire County, Worcester City, Wychavon District Council and The Bransford Trust have supported us.


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