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All concerts start at 7.30pm.

All concerts are in association with The Arts at Dartington.

Tickets for non-members for all concerts are £12 except for the 4th November concert in Dartington which are £14. Tickets for students & under 18s are £5.
All tickets are available in advance from the Dartington Box Office 01803 847070 (daily from 12.30 to 7pm) or online at www.dartington.org from 1st July or on the door.

Lynda Sayce (theorbo) studied at the Royal College of Music and has a PhD for her research on the history of the theorbo. She is principal lutenist with Ex Cathedra, the King’s Consort, and the Musicians of the Globe and performs regularly with top period ensembles.


Pour le Souper du Roi

An outstanding trio of musicians from this renowned ensemble perform music written for Louis XIV by his favourite composers. Those allowed into Louis' inner circle were titled ‘musicien pour la chambre du Roy’ and provided music for the king in his private chambers. This concert offers a chance to hear music by harpsichordist and composer Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, and includes Marin Marais’s enactment of a surgical operation (with narration) and his stirring Sonnerie.·

Nicolette Moonen (violin) is founder, artistic director and leader of the Bach Players. She directed the Dartington baroque orchestra from 1998 to 2013, has played with English Baroque Soloists and the OAE, and has led major ensembles such as Ex Cathedra and the European Union Baroque Orchestra.

In 1600, Will Kemp, a shameless self-publicist and a leading actor in Shakespeare’s company, danced from London to Norwich in nine days, entertaining an adoring public en route. Four musicians and dancer Steven Player, plus an array of unusual instruments, celebrate his journey with raucous dance tunes and more refined music of the age.

[See the Nine Daies Wonder video on YouTube for more on this special performance combining music and theatre.].


Friday 4th November in The Great Hall, Dartington


Saturday 17th September in St. Mary's Church

Clare Salaman (Director, nyckelharpa, hurdy gurdy, hardanger fiddle, medieval vielle) was a member of the Dufay Collective, played accordion for a dance company, written music for theatre, led projects for the Royal Academy of Music, and has twice presented Radio 3’s Early Music Show.

Jeremy Avis (tenor, percussion, cittern) is known to us as a member of Joglaresa. A former cathedral chorister, he has travelled widely and now performs in a variety of musical styles including early music, world music, and jazz.

Ian Harrison (pipe and tabor, voice, cornett, whistle, pipes, shawm, tambourine) discovered early music in his teens. He organises two groups: mediaeval wind band·Les Haulz et les Bas,·and The Early Folk Band.

Alison McGilllivray (baroque cello, viola da gamba) has been principal cellist and soloist with The Academy of Ancient Music and The English Concert, but is now focussed on small scale performance·with The Bach·Players amongst others.

Steve Player is a dancer, musician, actor, and lecturer who specialises in early dance. He has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company amongst many others, and has performed worldwide with leading period ensembles. He studied guitar and lute at the Royal College of Music.


Friday 25th November in the United Free Church

Galilei's Well Tempered Lute

Vincenzo Galilei (c1520 - 1591) was an Italian lutenist and composer and the father of the astronomer Galileo Galilei.· A crucial figure in the development of the late Renaissance and early Baroque musical styles, he heavily influenced many composers, including Monteverdi, Caccini, and J.S. Bach.··
Among Galilei’s most important compositions is this fascinating predecessor of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier: a complete cycle of dances for solo lute in all 24 keys. Published 138 years before Bach’s collection, this was one of the most influential collections of instrumental music in the late Renaissance.·Žak will perform the most interesting, virtuosic, and beautiful pieces from Galilei’s·Libro, which is being brought to modern audiences for the first time.· His recording of Vincenzo Galilei’s Well- Tempered Lute was released in February 2016.

Žak Ozmo is music director of L'Avventura London, a lutenist, and a scholar in historical performance. He undertook a doctorate in early music performance at the University of Southern California, and postdoctoral study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. An expert on early plucked instruments, he has performed as a chamber musician and a soloist across Europe, North America, and Asia on the archlute, theorbo, Renaissance lute, and Baroque guitar.



Friday 3rd February in the United Free Church

A Musical Melting Pot

Nine Daies Wonder

18th-century Europe was a melting pot of cultures, fashion and languages. At its geographical centre, German composers borrowed, adapted, and recycled musical styles from other European cultures, following the rapidly changing fashions of the time, whether through their own travels, or through other musicians who spread their country-specific compositional ideas by passing through or settling in Germany. European capitals were expanding fast, and the growing urban middle classes developed a huge appetite for new and foreign fashion, music and food, attracting immigrants from all over Europe. Tonight's programme shows an interesting cross section of German composers who took an interest in writing for the viola da gamba using an eclectic mix of European musical styles, showing off their adaptability and skills.

Susanne Heinrich (viol) has performed with many leading period-instrument ensembles, and for many years toured worldwide with the Palladian Ensemble. Until 2008 she was a founder member of Charivari Agréable, with which she has made sixteen recordings, most of which feature her as a solo artist. One of the leading viol players of her generation, Susanne taught at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, has written for various journals, and took on the administration of the Viola da Gamba Society in 2009. She is editor of Charivari Publications, which focuses mainly on unpublished music for viols.


Jonathan Manson (viol) is a founding member of the viol consort Phantasm. His recordings with Trevor Pinnock of the Bach sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord are acclaimed; he has appeared with leading ensembles including the Dunedin Consort, Arcangelo and the OAE and in recitals with Elizabeth Kenny, Carolyn Sampson and Iestyn Davies. As a concerto soloist, he has played at the Wigmore Hall, the South Bank Centre and New York’s Carnegie Hall. He is professor for baroque cello and viola da gamba at the Royal Academy of Music.




Saturday 18th March in St. Mary's Church

This a capella quintet demonstrates the variety of early music available for unaccompanied voices. Its programme ranges from traditional drinking songs to madrigals and from plain chant to motets, with music from Campion, Weelkes, Dowland and Purcell to Talli s, Byd and Buxtehude.

Brought together by a love of madrigals, the ensemble was prize-winner in the Tolosa Choral Competition in 2014 and has since been coached and mentored by former Kings Singer Paul Phoenix.


Sing We and Chant It

The group has recently been selected to compete in the 2017 London International A Cappella Choral Competition in association with the Tallis Scholars. It has performed widely across the UK, while its work with charities brings a cappella music to those who may not otherwise experience it. The singers are graduates of the Birmingham Conservatoire and Guildhall School of Music and Drama and individually pursue busy musical careers as soloists and with some of the UK's leading ensembles.

[Hear Chapter Five perform "Never weather-beaten sail" on YouTube]


Saturday 29th April in St. Mary's Church

A programme of exquisite secular solo cantatas and oboe sonatas from Alessandro Scarlatti, Lotti, Vivaldi and Handel (who spent 3.5 years in Italy). All were influenced by the Italian Academy of Arcadia of which Scarlatti was a member, and which favoured a simple idyllic, pastoral style. The ensemble's eponymous CD has already been much enjoyed by committee members ("they are stunning and will go down a storm" wrote one).


Et in Arcadia Ego

American soprano Emily Atkinson has appeared as a soloist in more than forty Bach cantatas with the Sweelinck Ensemble. She has toured extensively with the Tallis Scholars, and performs with viol consorts, baroque chamber groups and other early music ensembles in the UK and abroad.

Belinda Paul (oboe and recorder)·is co-founder of Concentus VII, and plays and records with orchestras including The Academy of Ancient Music, The Sixteen, The Gabrieli Consort and Players and Ex Cathedra.

Louise Strickland (recorder)·has performed with many ensembles including·Il Giardino Armonico,·The Gabrieli Players,·and·Les Arts Florissants. She has a Masters in Historical Musicology from Goldsmiths, London.·

Dan Tidhar (harpsichord) has directed the Cambridge University Baroque Ensemble for several years, and has performed as a soloist and continuo player with ensembles such as The Kings Consort and Chelys.

Sophie Willis (cello) has performed with singers such as James Bowman and Emma Kirkby and with orchestras such as the European Union Baroque Orchestra and Florilegium.


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Reiko Ichise (viola da gamba) studied viola da gamba at the Royal College of Music. She now performs regularly with many orchestras and ensembles and is a member of Fretwork, Florilegium, and Passacaglia. She teaches viola da gamba at the Royal College of Music.


17 September

The Bach Players

St. Mary's Church

4 November

The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments

Dartington Great Hall

25 November

Zak Ozmo

United Free Church

3 February

Susanne Heinrich & Jonathan Manson

United Free Church

18 March

Chapter Five

St. Mary's Church

29 April

Concentus VII

St. Mary's Church