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After 3 years, we're back!

Following on from our successful new residency in Liverpool, we were thrilled to host the first ever Liverpool Early Music Festival in September 2019. Plans for a follow-up festival in 2020 had to be abandoned but we're pleased to finally return in September 2022!

Quirky, Lively, Heartfelt

Classical, early, world music & theatre shows and a workshop at multiple venues across Liverpool with some exciting, pioneering & international musicians lined up:

The Sixteen, The Telling & The Linarol Consort.


Tickets are available to book for each individual event or book day/weekend tickets for a saving:

Saturday Ticket: £28 / £20 concs

Sunday Ticket: £20 / £16 concs

Weekend Ticket: £45 / £35 concs

Singing & Recorder Workshop

Saturday 17 September 2022 | 2.15pm - 3.15pm

Liverpool Parish Church, Old Churchyard, Chapel Street L2 8TZ

The Telling

Learn to sing or play some beautiful Spanish medieval and Sephardic songs from the 5.45pm concert with Clare Norburn (singer) & Emily Baines (recorders) of The Telling. Beginners welcome - no experience necessary. Bring your own recorder if you have one. Plus, you’ll be invited to perform what you’ve learnt at the concert if you wish.

Tickets: £12 / £8 or free with a ticket to the 5.45pm concert (or included in Saturday / Weekend Savers Tickets)

Music from the Spanish Melting Pot

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Saturday 17 September 2022 | 5.45pm - 6.45pm

Liverpool Parish Church, Old Churchyard, Chapel Street L2 8TZ

The Telling

A joyous hour of lively medieval music stirred together with Sephardic Jewish songs of love and longing. The programme includes Alfonso el Sabio's Cantigas de Santa Maria, the earliest song cycle by Martin Codax (13th century) and Christian pilgrim songs from the Llibre Vermell (associated with the monastery of Montserrat).

Tickets: £15 / £12 concs (or included in Saturday / Weekend Savers Tickets)

The Telling Unchained

Saturday 17 September 2022 | 8.45pm - 10pm

Nordic Church, 138 Park Lane, Liverpool L1 8HG

The Telling

Join the Telling for an informal evening of music including a set of Irish harp music with Jean Kelly, music of singer-songwriters from the 12th to the 20th centuries, some requests and some jamming. If you play an instrument and fancy a jam, then bring it along! Anything could happen… and probably will!

Tickets: £8 / £5 concs (or included in Saturday / Weekend Savers Tickets)


Medieval & Traditional Lullabies from around Europe

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Sunday 18 September 2022 | 1.30pm - 2.15pm

Ullet Road Church Hall, 57 Ullet Road, Liverpool L17 2AA

The Telling

The Telling’s soprano Clare Norburn and harpist Jean Kelly perform and teach beautiful lullabies from the 13th and 14th centuries alongside traditional lullabies from Ireland, Scotland, Italy and Ukraine.

Tickets: £5 per adult / babies & children Free (or included in Sunday / Weekend Savers Tickets)

Unsung Heroine


Sunday 18 September 2022 | 8pm - 9.35pm

Ullet Road Church Hall, 57 Ullet Road, Liverpool L17 2AA

The Telling

Music and theatre collide: delve into the heady atmosphere of 12th century Provence, France to uncover the imagined life and love of ‘medieval Amy Winehouse’, Beatriz de Dia, soundtracked by plaintive music and poetry of the troubadours (French medieval poets) and medieval dances. Directed by the BAFTA-nominated Nicholas Renton (BBC Mrs Gakell’s Wives and Daughters). 
“mesmerising” The Guardian

Tickets: £20 / £16 concs (or included in Sunday / Weekend Savers Tickets)

Epitaph For a Green Lover

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Thursday 22 September 2022 | 7.30pm - 9.05pm

Nordic Church, 138 Park Lane, Liverpool L1 8HG


The Linarol Consort

The Linarol Consort with soprano Héloïse Bernard tells the remarkable story of Marguerite of Austria, one of the 16th century’s greatest patrons of the arts, through music from her own manuscripts.

Marguerite not only loved to dance and sing: above all she loved her green parrot. The programme’s title comes from the remarkable chanson 'Soubz ce tumbel', with its tragic text by Marguerite’s court poet, Jean Lemaire, taken from his 'Epitaphe de l’Amant Vert', in which the Green Lover refers to the beloved green parrot.

The programme comprises of songs and instrumental music played by renaissance viols, with a rebec, pipes and drums making an appearance too.

“A really enchanting and uplifting evening” audience member

Tickets: £18 / £12 concs

The Choral Pilgrimage 2022

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Friday 23 September 2022 | 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Cathedral House, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5TQ

The Sixteen

The Sixteen’s 2022 Choral Pilgrimage is a powerful and emotional programme of English choral music. Centred around Hubert Parry’s heartfelt Songs of Farewell, the tour also explores music by Campion, Howells, and award-winning composer Cecilia McDowall.

Tickets: £16 / £8 concs

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