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Greenwich International Early Music Festival and Exhibition

The historic Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London, will resound with music and song on the weekend of 9 to 11 November 2007 as musicians and music-lovers gather to enjoy the 2007 Greenwich International Early Music Festival and Exhibition. Live music is the heart of the event, but there will also be numerous exhibitors displaying a wide variety of music related merchandise with the emphasis on mediaeval, renaissance and baroque musical instruments.

The Greenwich International Early Music Festival and Exhibition provides the perfect opportunity to compare, “test-drive” and buy instruments and music. Exhibitors can make the most of this event by demonstrating their products in front of expert musicians, as well as discussing various aspects relating to the instruments such as finishing, string replacement and basic servicing. Instruments that will be on display for sale include clavichords, harpsichords, spinets, baroque violins, medieval fiddles, lutes, trumpets, drums, tabors, recorders and hurdy-gurdies. Makers’ demonstrations and performances will take place on the hour throughout each day of the festival.

Eleven musical events are spread out across what promises to be a most enjoyable weekend. Friday starts off with a recital by the Trinity College of Music Ella Kidney Early Music Competition prizewinners. As the day progresses there will be performances taking place at different venues. These performances include Steven Devine playing fortepiano, and a recital by Philip Thorby on recorder together with Jacob Heringman on the lute. Friday ends off with a concert by James Bowman with members of the English Concert.

Saturday includes a recital by the Rose Consort of Viols, as well as a performance by students from Trinity College of Music junior department. The day concludes with a concert by the Trinity College of Music Early Music Ensemble, directed by Philip Thorby. Sunday begins with a concert by Walter Reiter, playing a baroque violin. At 2:00 pm Tim Galton, Stephanie Cettolo and Christopher Orton will compete for the first prize at the Moeck/SRP Solo Recorder Playing Competition 2007 finals.

Early music enthusiasts will definitely not want to miss the Greenwich International Early Music Festival and Exhibition. If you are a music-lover but have not explored this particular genre of music, why not take some time out to visit the festival. With the high level of skill demonstrated by these musicians, you are sure to be impressed.

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