Totnes Early Music Society concerts

Dartington Hall is one of several venues hosting regular concerts organised by Totnes Early Music Society (TEMS), in partnership with The Arts at Dartington.

The Arts at Dartington is delighted to once again work with TEMS for the 2017-18 concert season, with all concert tickets being available to purchase through the Dartington Box Office.

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About the 2017-18 programme

This season’s programme ranges from early Medieval dance music to elegant baroque music for the royal courts of Europe, and has some outstanding young performers who organisers say are destined for the top.

Former KEVICC student Katie Cowling will be performing a baroque programme in October with her quartet Convivio. This is the inaugural concert in an exciting new collaboration between TEMS and  the Royal College of Music to bring the best of their students and former students to Totnes.

Prize-winning young harpsichordist Masumi Yamamato is joined by flautist Boris Bizjak for Class of 1685 which features music by Bach, Handel and Scarlatti, all born in that special year. Ensemble Moliere are an outstanding  quartet who met up originally at the Dartington International Summer School & Festival in 2013, have already appeared at the Brighton Early Music Festival and the London Baroque Festival, and are quickly gaining wider recognition.

Elsewhere, the TEMS programme has a strong emphasis on the context of the music being performed. September sees a sparkling programme of Medieval and Renaissance dance music from wind band Blondel, while Rosafresca perform early Spanish music from the time of Ferdinand and Isabella (c1520) in December.

Convivio

Convivio

Ensemble Moliere

Ensemble Moliere

Blondel

Blondel

Masumi Yamamato and Boris Bizjak

Masumi Yamamato and Boris Bizjak

Rosafresca

Rosafresca

Passamezzo

Passamezzo

Finally, in March Passamezzo return with a concert of music from the English Restoration, featuring everything from tavern rounds and theatre songs to ballads describing the Great Fire of London and other contemporary events.

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Event booking

Class of 1685-Masumi Yamamoto & Boris Bizjak

Class of 1685-Masumi Yamamoto & Boris Bizjak

  • Fri 19th Jan 2018
  • 7:30pm
  • £12.00

This is the fourth in a season of six concerts organised by the Totnes Early Music Society. This programme of works by composers born in 1685 covers a wide range of styles. Handel studied in Italy and became British; Scarlatti worked in Portugal and Spain; Dornel was French; and Bach German.

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Passamezzo - Music from the Restoration

Passamezzo - Music from the Restoration

  • Sat 10th Mar 2018
  • 7:30pm
  • £14.00

This is the fifth in a season of six concerts organised by the Totnes Early Music Society. An evening of music, words and song from Restoration England to partner a lecture by historian Ian Mortimer in conjunction with the Totnes Museum Society.

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Convivio - A Royal Engagement

Convivio - A Royal Engagement

  • Fri 6th Apr 2018
  • 7:30pm
  • £12.00

This concert has now been rescheduled after cancellation, and is part of a season of six concerts organised by the Totnes Early Music Society. Convivio celebrates the anniversary of Bach’s appointment as Kappellmeister to Prince Leopold, exactly 300 years ago.

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Ensemble Moliere-Telemann & his Friends in Paris

Ensemble Moliere-Telemann & his Friends in Paris

  • Sat 28th Apr 2018
  • 7:30pm
  • £14.00

This is the final concert in the 2017/18 Totnes Early Music Society Season. This programme belatedly marks the 250th anniversary of Telemann's death in 1767. In 1737, he met several great musicians in Paris including Blavet, Guinon, and Forqueray.

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