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Colchester Early Music was created in 2014 by local musician Lizzie Gutteridge to showcase some of her own, and some of her favourite, Mediaeval & Renaissance ensembles in her local community of Marks Tey. Previous performers include The York Waits and Blondel. The intention is to organise a few weekend afternoon concerts each autumn and perhaps also some workshops.

2017 Season


Sunday, 5 November 2017

In Concert

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2.30-3.30pm at St Andrew's Church,
Marks Tey

Sunday, 12th November:

A Multitude of Minstrels – Gaita

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2.30-3.30pm at St Andrew's Church,
Marks Tey
Gaita Medieval Music

Saturday, 18th November 2017
The International Guild of Town Pipers, Blondel & Colchester Early Music present:
Music for Medieval Street Band

Workshop for wind players on music from the 14th & 15th centuries

The IGTP would like to invite players of Medieval loud winds (shawms, slide trumpets, sackbuts & cornetts as well as capped reeds) for a one day workshop exploring repertoire from the 14th & 15th centuries. Other instruments such as bagpipes and recorders can be used in some sessions. The workshop will be led by leading wind players in the field of Medieval wind playing from Blondel – Belinda Paul, Lizzie Gutteridge & Emily Baines.

The repertoire:
This weekend will explore music from composers active during the 14th & 15th centuries which has been found to work well on wind instruments. We will be focussing on the classic Medieval Waits combinations of shawms with trumpets and sackbuts, there will also be some sessions where bagpipes can work alongside the shawm band and where either drones or quieter instruments will come into their own. Many of the pieces played are either chansons or dances but a few definite examples of instrumental works are also available. Composers include Machaut, Dufay, Morton and Binchois.

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Sunday, 19th November:

In Concert

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2.30-3.30pm at St Andrew's Church,
Marks Tey

Sunday, 26th November

1st anniversary concert
Consort of 1

Sunday, 3rd December:

"Old Christmas Returned"
Christmas celebrated, banned and restored
in 17th century England.

2.30-3.30pm at St Andrew's Church,
Marks Tey

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Tickets for all concerts are £8, £6 concessions for students, under 18s and OAPs. They 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.

Doors open 2pm, concerts start 2.30pm followed by tea/coffee & biscuits (donations to church funds) and chat with performers.

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.

Church interior

Extra events in Autumn 2017:

7.30pm Friday 17th November at St Mary the Virgin Church, Peldon CO5 7PT
Youth Must Have Some Dalliance!

European Music from the middle ages to the present including Medieval carols, songs from the court of Henry VIII, catchy catches and Eastern European folk songs, performed by singers from Quire with instrumentalists from the Colchester Waits.

1pm on 22nd November at Lion Walk URC Colchester
CONSORT OF 1: The Medieval set
Live-looped Medieval music on bagpipes, fiddles, pipe & tabor and recorder.

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.