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Colchester Early Music
Medieval and Renaissance concerts on Sunday afternoons

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Colchester Early Music showcases small groups performing Medieval and Renaissance music to the highest standards. Regular performers include Blondel & The York Waits and other past performers include Trouvere, Gaita and Passamezzo.

All this year's concerts are held in the wonderful Mediaeval St Andrew's Church in Marks Tey which combines a beautiful period backdrop & acoustic with modern amenities including ample parking, disabled access, modern WCs in the adjacent church hall, comfortable seating and under floor heating. The church is located in Church Lane, Marks Tey CO6 1LW and is signposted from the A120. It is a 10-15 minute walk from Marks Tey railway station or 5-10 from the nearest bus stop.

2018-19 Season


7th October 5.30-6.30pm
The Telling £12/£8
Vision: the imagined testimony of
extraordinary medieval Abbess and
composer Hildegard von Bingen.

2nd December 2.30-4.30pm
The York Waits £15/£11
Christmas concert: Ancient music for the festival season on shawms & sackbuts, fiddles, harp, bagpipes etc. With Deborah Catterall

3rd February 2.30-3.30pm
Consort of 1 £10/£7
Ma fin est mon commencement: Lizzie's live-looping of some of the High Middle Ages' most complex musical forms.

11th November 2.30-3.30pm
Leah Stuttard £10/£7
Sacred Fragments: 13th and 14th
century sacred music and readings
from England.

6th January 2.30-4.30pm
Blondel £15/£11
Ce jour de l'an: Medieval music for New Year and epiphany on trios of shawms, bagpipes & recorders.

3rd March 2.30-4.30pm
Passamezzo £15/£11
The battle between Shrovetide and Lent: Music, words and song from 16th and 17th Century Britain

Tickets can be reserved by emailing, or bought on the door. A £1 discount is available to ticket holders to previous concerts in the same season. Concession rate tickets are available to anybody on request, no questions asked.

This festival receives no arts or other funding. Instead, it is run by musicians for musicians, on a cooperative basis. If you are looking for a chance to perform please bear in mind the following:
There are no guaranteed fees for concerts. Performers receive takings on the door minus expenses for church hire and possibly a small charge for administration. Basic local advertising will be undertaken for the series as a whole but participating performers will be asked to do anything they can to spread the word. The number of concerts each year is limited by the one administrator's time to organise.