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Colchester Early Music


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.


Sunday, 8th November:

Zephirus his
Sweete Breethe

Blondel launch their debut album, featuring trios of shawms, bagpipes and recorders in consort music from the 14th and 15th centuries including works by Machaut, Dufay and Binchois.
2.30-3.30pm at St Andrew's Church,
Marks Tey

Sunday, 15th November:

Deborah Catterall (voice)
& Martin Eastwell (lute)
Farre from Triumphing Court

A journey through one of the great centuries of English song with the music of Dowland and his contempories. Generations of English composers have found their inspiration in the ballads and traditional music surrounding them. This programme includes English and WScottish ballads and traditional music from England and the Scottish borders.
2.30-4pm at St Andrew's Church,
Marks Tey

Sunday, 22nd November:

A History of Dance in Music

An expanded Blondel line-up brings you dance tunes spanning from the 13th to the 17th centuries on shawms & sackbut, recorders, bagpipes, percussion and fiddle.
3-4pm at St Andrew's Church,
Marks Tey


Tickets for all concerts are £7, £5 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.

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 congregation kindly provide hot drinks at the end of each performance, for which donations to the church are gratefully accepted.

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.