• Summary
  • Venue


This is Beverley’s most ambitious programme of events for the Early Music Festival yet. It offers a chance to discover a rich medley of history, striking architecture and music of the past.

Of Shoes & Ships and Sealing Wax

£3. 2pm, 26 May. Beverley Minster, Minster Yard North, Beverley.

These acts explore the intriguing 15th and 16th century repertoire of Petrus Alamire, renaissance polymath and royal spy. Of Shoes & Ships and Sealing Wax have blended the students’ own creative responses to the music, with Alamire’s work, telling incredible tales from his unusual life.

La Serenissima

£5 – £26. 7.30pm, 26 May. St Mary’s Church, Beverley, North Bar Within, Beverley.

Join ensemble La Serenissima for Vivaldi Double Concertos. This award-winning orchestral group continues to bring new audiences to this glorious music through their vivacity and musical brilliance.

A Choral Workshop with Patrick Craig

£6 – £18. 10am, 27 May. Beverley Minster, Minster Yard North, Beverley.

Singers are invited to join Patrick Craig as he returns to Beverley for an exploration of some of the repertoire featured in the Alamire collection, including works by Pierre de la Rue and Josquin des Prez.

Castello Consort

£5 – £12. 1pm, 27 May. Toll Gavel United Church, Toll Gavel, Beverley.

The Castello Consort are in Beverley following a busy programme of concerts in Utrecht, Norway and Finland. The concert, which marks their UK debut, takes its inspiration from the religious ceremonies of the 17th century with music by Monteverdi, Marini, Frescobaldi and Castello.

The Tallis Scholars

£3 – £30. 7.30pm, 27 May. Beverley Minster, Minster Yard North, Beverley.

Masterpieces of the 16th Century presented by festival favourites, The Tallis Scholars. The concert will highlight the architectural majesty of the Minster through the exquisite beauty of singers who are renowned world-wide for their understanding of works that include those of Josquin Desprez.

BBC Radio 3’s The Early Music Show

Free. 2pm, 28 May. Beverley Minster, Minster Yard North, Beverley.

Join Beverley Early Music Festival for a recording of this popular show which will be broadcast on Sunday 4 June. Presented by Lucie Skeaping, guests include Andy Watts and Vivien Ellis from The Carnival Band and the University of York’s MA vocal ensemble Cenere.

The Carnival Band with Vivien Ellis

£5 – £20. 8pm, 28 May. St Mary’s Church Beverley, North Bar Within, Beverley.

The ever-entertaining Carnival Band perform Heroines and Tricksters – Women in Balladry. In this concert the women take centre stage – female soldiers, cunning tricksters, noble heroines, and girls who know what they want and how to get it! Vivien Ellis and The Carnival Band bring these characters vividly to life with an array of instruments, full vocal harmony and an infectious sense of fun.

Made to Impress of Sing From?

£5. 10.30am, 29 May. Beverley Minster, Minster Yard North, Beverley.

This illustrated lecture by Thomas Schmidt explores how the so-called ‘Alamire’ manuscripts  could be many things to many people – to be sung from, to be looked at and interpreted together with the music, or perhaps just to be admired and revered from a distance.

The Marian Consort

£15 – £18. 7.30pm, 29 May. East Riding Theatre, 10 Lord Roberts Road, Beverley.

Breaking the Rules: The imagined testimony of Carlo Gesualdo, composer and murderer is part concert/part one-man play and explores the extraordinary life and music of Carlo Gesualdo, written by Clare Norburn and directed by Rory McCleery. The singers of The Marian Consort and lutenist Jamie Akers bring the music of Carlo Gesualdo to life.

Dr Dee’s Daughters & the Philosopher’s Stone

£5 – £8. 2pm, 29 May. Toll Gavel United Church, Toll Gavel, Beverley.

Award-winning recorder quartet Palisander joins theatre company Rust and Stardust, in an exciting new family show of magic, history and science.  Dr Dee’s Daughter and the Philosopher’s Stone follows young Katherine Dee as she starts her search for the Philosopher’s Stone – the Elixir of Life, a quest her father has abandoned.




If you have purchased a ticket for an event/activity at this venue through hull2017.co.uk, please do not contact the venue direct with enquiries for that purchase as they will be unable to help.

Opening times

Monday Varies
Tuesday Varies
Wednesday Varies
Thursday Varies
Friday Varies
Saturday Varies
Sunday Varies