News of approaching concerts

Three dates for your diaries this Summer and Autumn, follow the links for ticket details

Friday July 12th 2024 in All Saints’ Church  CULMSTOCK

James Akers, guitar, in a programme called LOST TREASURES ; forgotten masterpieces for 19th century guitar

Saturday August 24th 2024 in St John’s Church, WELLINGTON Soms

JanJoost van Elburg conducts a choral programme of Lassus &  Palestrina including the extraordinary PROPHETIAE SIBYLLARUM

Friday  October 25th 2024 in All Saints’ Church  CULMSTOCK

Phaedrus present THE KING’S FLUTES, this exciting ensemble of Renaissance traverso flautists explore the world of Henry VIII’s court from a musician’s perspective.

Vespro alla Milanese

Think Milan in 1623… wonderful music in a bustling Cathedral full of singers, sackbuts, violins, maybe a cornetto tucked away somewhere, too! Transport yourself to the Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Wellington, Soms at 4pm on November 5th and enjoy a recreation of that atmosphere led by musical director Gawain Glenton, assistant director Emily White with a team of sackbuts and violins and keyboard player Masumi Yamamoto. This will be a full on Italian baroque immersion experience….come and try it!

Ticket information here

A welcome return for Newe Vialles

We are delighted to welcome Caroline Ritchie, Henrik Persson and Lynda Sayce back to Culmstock.

Highlights of their concert programme this year include music by the German violist August Kühnel, who visited England in the late 17th century  to study
with the English masters. His music shows the influence of Christopher Simpson, especially in his flashy duos for two viols and continuo.
This is followed by a concerto by a later Kühnel, possibly his son, for obbligato lute, viol and continuo, in a more galant style.
Also featured are the solo fantasias for the viol by Georg Philip Telemann, rediscovered only in 2015, and the one surviving sonata for viol by Georg Frideric Handel, alongside music for German baroque lute by Silvius Leopard Weiss. More information here

NB Coaching for experienced viol players will be available on Wednesday 13th and Friday 15th September.
Please email for more details.

A Choral Feast…1623

A cappella Concert – more information  here

Four hundred years after the death of William Byrd, we still
delight in singing a huge number of his works. For him music was an
entire language, telling of the religious changes through his
lifetime as well as describing the lighter side of life.

1623 saw the passing of two other notable composers:

Thomas Weelkes, a prolific composer and organist at
Winchester and then Chichester Cathedral, by all accounts
a somewhat controversial fellow in Church circles.

Danish composer Mogens Pedersøn was the most highly regarded
musician in the court of Christian IV. He studied extensively in Italy
and accompanied the entourage of Anne of Denmark when she
came to England to marry James I of England and VI of Scotland,
possibly meeting William Byrd during his several years in London.

New events in June and July

Two concerts are lined up for  June and July as part of the Third Thursday series in the perfect acoustic of All Saints’ Church in Culmstock

On June 15th hear the sounds of  early twentieth century America, when Julia Titus sings the blues as first performed by Ma Bessie Smith.

More information about Spirit of the Blues  here and tickets here

Then on July 20 we return to the C17 for a concert of music  such as Purcell would have known at court and in the countryside, Enlightenment & Entertainment  provided by three multi-instrumentalists, information here and tickets here.

BEMP in 2023

Looking forward to bringing music to our audience in 2023. Several events lined up to share with you very soon, some Third Thursday events, and larger choral concerts in preparation.

CANCELLATION of Third Thursday concert 20th October

We are extremely sorry to report that the concert on Thursday, Jude Rees and friends’  ‘Enlightnment & Entertainment’ has had to be cancelled as one of the performers has been taken ill and will not be able to perform on Thursday.  We wish them well and will rearrange the concert in 2023.  All prepurchased tickets will be refunded in full, look out for emails from TicketSource.

In the meantime, if you are interested, the last of the 2022 Third Thursday series is on November 17th, when John Kemy will be offering his one man recital / historical passage through the development of blown instruments from the conch shell to the mighty Carnyx and beyond.  John is a consummate performer and speaker and this promises to be a highly entertaining evening.  More information is available on the concert page.

Taro Takeuchi concert POSTPONED

We are very sorry to hear today that the train strike called for September 15 will prevent  the Japanese artist Taro Takeuchi from travelling from Cambridge, where he is performing on September 14th, to perform for us in Culmstock.  We have therefore decided to postpone the concert to a later date which will be announced as soon as possible.  Ticket holders will be informed and will receive the option to transfer tickets to the new date when announced or to receive a refund.  This is a very unfortunate circumstance and completely out of our control.



Taro Takeuchi: Three centuries of British guitar music

Thursday 15th September at 7.30pm  in All Saints’ Church, Culmstock… more information here

Bach B Minor Mass: the afterglow

…. this was a very special performance, unforgettable, poignant, exciting… such an achievement for all the choral participants who worked for three days with JanJoost van Elburg on the immensely  complex score.  Add the band and soloists in Exeter Cathedra with a very receptive audience and a perfect match was made!