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Festival of early sounds

PUBLISHED: 12:05 06 November 2008 | UPDATED: 17:16 16 August 2010

AN INTERNATIONAL festival of early music opens next Thursday at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. The seventh annual International Early Music Festival

AN INTERNATIONAL festival of early music opens next Thursday at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.

The seventh annual International Early Music Festival and exhibition returns to the Wren designed building offering a diverse programme of early music performance and exhibits featuring more than 100 instrument makers.

Running until next Sunday, the festival includes vocal ensemble Stile Antico with a performance of Song of Songs.

Other performances due to take place including instrumental duo Horses Brawl and the spirited improvisational medieval music-makers Joglaresa.

The Royal Wind Music, directed by Paul Leenhouts, will be performing The Gods' Flute-Heaven - consort music after the 17th century collections of Jacob van Eyck.

Students from Trinity College of Music, which hosts the performance festival, will open the event with Music for the Chapels Royal.

Other events include free masterclasses with Walter Reiter (Baroque Violin), John Henry (Harpsichord) and Sue Sheppard (Baroque Cello) and recitals by Chris Orton, winner of the 2007 Moeck/SRP Solo Recorder competition, baroque ensemble Passacaglia, James Johnstone (harpsichord) and recorder quintet Consortium5, and performances by Greenwich Baroque and students from Junior Trinity.

Ticket prices start at £2, for more information on the event, which is jointly hosted by the Early Music Shop, Trinity College of Music and The Greenwich Foundation, see www.earlymusicfestival.com email enquiries@earlymusicfestival.com or call 01274 288100.

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