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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.

2016 Season


Sunday, 6th November:

with Richard de Winter
Revel and Melody:
the Music of medieval England

TROUVERE with Richard De Winter (vocals) bring us their programme, Revel and Melody: the music of medieval England from the conquest to the Wars of the Roses - music for dancing plus songs of love, war and devotion.
2.30-3.30pm at St Andrew's Church,
Marks Tey

Sunday, 20th November:

Owre Kynge went forth:
A life of Henry V in Music

Blondel returns to Colchester Early Music to present a show based on their concert and recording project for Agincourt600
2.30-3.30pm at St Andrew's Church,
Marks Tey

Sunday, 27th November:

A Dialogue on a Kiss

Carl Suter (lute) with Tony & Lizzie Knight (vocals) bring us a posie of 16th and 17th century songs on the fancies of love, including music from Dowland, Ford, Campion and Lawes.
2.30-3.30pm at St Andrew's Church,
Marks Tey

Sunday, 4th December:

"When th'instruments they can scarce hold"

Tales and tunes of a Wait's life including readings from surprisingly entertaining entries from the Hall Books of Lynn.
2.30-3.30pm at St Andrew's Church,
Marks Tey

Sunday, 11th December:

Christmas music from the 12th - 17th centuries
on shawms & sackbuts, harp, gittern, fiddles, recorders, bagpipes, hurdy-gurdy and rommelpot.

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

Coming up in November & December 2017:

International Guild of Town Pipers loud winds workshop, tutored by members of Blondel.

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

Consort of 16...

Tickets for all concerts are £8, £6 concessions. Concessions are available to under 18s, students, pensioners, those on state benefits and to anyone who is struggling to make ends meet, no questions asked.

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.

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 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

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.