Diary

Heaven's GateDiary 2017

  • Friday 9 June, 1pm. Treasures of the Early Baroque, performed by Musicke in the Ayre (Helen Atkinson, soprano; Carmel Edwards, soprano; Marie Lemaire, soprano; Din Ghani, lute/archlute). St Helen’s Church, St Helen’s Square, York YO1 8QN. (Free entrance with retiring collection)
  • Friday 9 June, 7pmThe Prime of Monteverdi, Candle-light concert of Italian Baroque songs and duets, performed by Musicke in the Ayre (Helen Atkinson, soprano; Marie Lemaire, soprano; Din Ghani, lute/archlute). Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate, York. In association with the SPAB (Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings). Tickets £16 including drinks reception after the performance. To book please email membership@spab.org.uk or call 020 7456 0901.
  • Tuesday 4 July, 1pm. Thomas Campion & Company. (Marie Lemaire, soprano; Helen Atkinson, soprano/lute; Naomi Meredith, bass viol). Mill Hill Unitarian Chapel, City Square, Leeds, LS1 5EB. (Free entrance with retiring collection)
  • Wednesday 23 August, 7.30pm. Private concert for FAS (Faculty of Astrological Studies) – Summer School. Music of the Spheres - performers: Helen Atkinson, soprano; Angela Voss (treble viol, lyre); Esha Neogy (bass viol); Zia Mustaphia (reader). Exeter College Chapel, Oxford.
  • Sunday 27 August, 5pmTreasures of the Early Baroque, performed by Musicke in the Ayre (Helen Atkinson, soprano; Carmel Edwards, soprano; Marie Lemaire, soprano; Din Ghani, lute/archlute). Wolfson College auditorium, Linton Road, Oxford OX2 6UD. Tickets £10
  • Wednesday 20 September, 1pm. Thomas Campion & CompanyHelen Atkinson, soprano/lute; Esha Neogy, bass viol. St Helen’s Church, St Helen’s Square, York YO1 8QN. (Free entrance with retiring collection)

Diary 2016

  • Friday 8 Jan, 6.30pm. Private ‘Twelfth Night’ event run by FUAM – Friends of University Art and Music, Leeds. The poet and the spy. Poetry and song texts by William Shakespeare and Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke. Helen Atkinson, soprano/lute; with Richard Rastall, actor).
  • Saturday 23 April, 7pm. Private event – Shakespeare Dinner at the Northern Counties Club, Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • Sunday 24 April, 2.55pm. Shakespeare Songs - a mini-recital in the Picture Gallery of Temple Newsam House.  Part of NEEMF (North East Early Music Forum) performance day, 11am – 4.30pm. Temple Newsam Rd, off Selby Rd, Leeds LS15 0AE. (House admission charge only.)
  • Wednesday 11 May, 7.30pm. Sonnet Lumiere. Helen Atkinson joins Trio Literati in a programme of Shakespeare’s sonnets and songs – with sidelights on his mysterious life, some original pronunciation and a few surprises. Shadwell Independent Library & Arts Center, Shadwell LS17 8HL. (Tickets £5 to include refreshments. Please contact 0785 0283 529)
  • Friday 13 May, 6.30pm. ”Celebrating the life and work of Edward Herbert: an evening of lute music, poetry, rare books and biography” (Various speakers; Helen Atkinson, lute). York University conference at Heslington Hall. Free admission by ticket only, available online here.
  • Thursday 19 May, 7pm. Private fundraising concert. Some weddings and a few funerals. 17th-century songs and duets performed by Musicke in the Ayre (Helen Atkinson, soprano/lute; Melissa Scott, mezzo-soprano; Esha Neogy, bass viol; Din Ghani, lute/archlute). Naburn, York.
  • Friday 20 May, 1-1.50pmSome weddings and a few funerals. 17th-century songs and duets performed by Musicke in the Ayre. St Helen’s Church, St Helen’s Square, York YO1 8QN. (Free entrance with retiring collection)
  • Friday 17 June, 7pm. Private charity ball – Renaissance Venice theme. Knavesmire Racecourse, York.
  • Friday 8 July, 1-1.50pm. ‘Love in Fortune’s hands’ – songs and duets from the Renaissance (Helen Atkinson, soprano/lute; Anne Cope, alto/recorders). St Helen’s Church, St Helen’s Square, York YO1 8QN. (Free entrance with retiring collection)
  • Friday 22 July, 7.30pm. The Musical World of William Shakespeare. The Leeds Waits with Helen Atkinson. The 1620s House and Garden, Donnington le Heath, Leicestershire, Manor Road, Coalville LE67 2FW. (Tickets £12 adults, £10 concessions, £8 children)
  • Thursday 28 July, 7.30pm. ‘Love in Fortune’s hands’ – songs and duets from the Renaissance (Helen Atkinson, soprano/lute; Anne Cope, alto/recorders) St Frideswide Church, Botley Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 0BL. (Tickets £5 at the door)

Diary Archive

2015

  • Sunday 19 April, 3-3.30pm. Mini-recital in Picture Gallery, Temple Newsam House.  Part of NEEMF (North East Early Music Forum) performance day, 11am – 4.30pm. Temple Newsam Rd, off Selby Rd, Leeds LS15 0AE. (House admission charge only)
  • Saturday 16 May, 1-2pm. Lutesinger recital. St John the Evangelist Church, Mark Lane, Leeds LS2 8JA. (Free entrance with retiring collection in aid of The Churches Conservation Trust)
  • Saturday 6 June, 1-2pm. The poet and the spy. Poetry and song texts by William Shakespeare and Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke (with Richard Rastall, actor). St John the Evangelist Church, Mark Lane, Leeds LS2 8JA. (Free entrance with retiring collection in aid of The Churches Conservation Trust)
  • Monday 9 June, 1-2pm. The poet and the spy. Poetry and song texts by Shakespeare and Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke (with Richard Rastall, actor). St Helen’s Church, St Helen’s Square, York YO1 8QN. Performance is part of York University’s Festival of Ideas 2015: Secrets and Discoveries. (Free entrance with retiring collection)
  • Thursday 9 July, 6.30pm. Some weddings and a few funerals. 17th-century songs and duets performed by Musicke in the Ayre (Helen Atkinson, soprano/lute; Melissa Scott, mezzo-soprano; Esha Neogy, bass viol; Din Ghani, lute/archlute). Handel House Museum, 25 Brook St, Mayfair, London, W1K 4HB.  (Museum admission charge only)
  • Saturday 28 Nov, 6.15-7.45pm. ‘Flow, my tears’: the attraction to Melancholy in Renaisssance song.  Helen Atkinson, soprano/lute; Angela Voss, treble viol; Esha Neogy, bass viol; St Martin’s Priory, St Martin’s Hill, Canterbury. (Tickets £5)
  • Sunday 20 Dec, 2-4pm. ‘Sir Arthur Ingram’s Christmas 2015‘ with the Leeds Waits.Temple Newsam House, Temple Newsam Road, Leeds LS15 0AE. (Tickets £7.50 / £5.50 concessions)

2014

  • Saturday 15 Feb, 6pm. ‘Fair, Sweet, Cruel!’: Love songs from the Renaissance, Ilkley Baptist Church, Kings Road, Ilkley LS29 9AD. (Tickets £5)
  • Sunday 23 Feb, 5pm. ‘Fair, Sweet, Cruel!’: Love songs from the Renaissance. Warneford Chapel, Warneford Lane, Oxford OX3 7JX. (Free entrance with retiring collection in aid of Warneford Chapel)
  • Wednesday 23 April, 7pm. The Bard’s Big Birthday. Helen Atkinson joins Trio Literati on Shakespeare’s birthday and World Book Day in a performance of literary extracts and music from his plays. Headingley Library, North Lane, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3HG.
  • Saturday 17 May, 12.30-1.30pm: ‘Fair, Sweet, Cruel!’: Love songs from the RenaissanceSt John the Evangelist Church, Mark Lane, Leeds LS2 8JA. (Free entrance with retiring collection in aid of The Churches Conservation Trust)
  • Thursday 1st July, 12.45-1.45pm. Songs from Shakespeare’s Day (with Esha Neogy, bass viol). St Helen’s Church, St Helen’s Square, York YO1 8QN. (Free entrance with retiring collection)
  • Wednesday 5 November, Fundraiser concert for Singing City Choir, Philadelphia, USA.

2013

  • Saturday 23 February, 7:30pm: Jacobean Journey: exploring the lavish landscape of lute and consort songs, Musicke in the Ayre (Helen Atkinson, soprano / lute; Din Ghani, lute / bass viol) with viol consort (Roger Teichmann, Ghislaine King, Michael Fleming, Raymond Glaspole). Coach House, Quarry Road, Oxford OX3 8NU. (Free entrance with retiring collection in aid of Headington Quarry Church.)
  • Sunday 24 February, 4pm: Crafted Consonances: a sound picture of Jacobean England, Musicke in the Ayre (as above). Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath, Somerset BA2 4DB. (Tickets £5)
  • April and May, every Thursday (except 30th May), 12.45-1.10pm and 1.15-1.40pm: ‘Lute-songs at Lunchtime’ recitals. St Martin’s Church, Coney Street, York YO1 9QL – next to the CityScreen cinema. (Free entrance with retiring collection)
  • Saturday 25 May, 8.00pm: A Banquet of Renaissance Song, with Nancy Horseman (lute). St Martin’s Church, Coney Street, York YO1 9QL – next to the CityScreen cinema. (Tickets £5)
  • Saturday 15 June, 1pm: Mediterranean Miscellany: From Milan to Monteverdi, Musicke in the Ayre (Helen Atkinson, soprano; Din Ghani, lute, archlute & vihuela). St John the Evangelist Church, Mark Lane, Leeds LS2 8JA. (Free entrance with retiring collection in aid of The Churches Conservation Trust)
  • August – every Tuesday, 12.45-1.10pm & 1.15-1.40pm: Lutesongs at Lunchtime recitals. St Martin’s Church, Coney Street, York YO1 9QL – next to the CityScreen cinema. (Free entrance with retiring collection.)
  • Sunday 15 September, 3pm: Musical Migrations, Musicke in the Ayre (Helen Atkinson, soprano; Jeni Melia, soprano; Din Ghani, lute; Esha Neogy, bass viol). Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square  London WC1N 1AZ. Tel: 020 7841 3600, www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk. (Museum admission charge only)
  • Fri 29 November, 6.30-7.30pm. Mediterranean Miscellany: From Milan to Monteverdi, Musicke in the Ayre (Helen Atkinson, soprano / lute; Din Ghani, lute / viol). Lumen United Reform Church, 88 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9RS. http://www.lumenurc.org.uk/index.htm  (Tickets £7 / £5 concessions)

 2012

  • Saturday 24 March, 1pm: The People’s Prince, Musicke in the Ayre. Warneford Chapel, Warneford Lane, OX3 7JX
  • Saturday 26 May, 8pm: The People’s Prince, Musicke in the Ayre. Under the Edge Arts, Wotton-under-Edge, Glos GL12 7DN
  • Saturday 16 June, 1pm: The People’s Prince, Musicke in the Ayre. St John The Evangelist Church, Mark Lane, Leeds LS2 8JA
  • Saturday 16 June, 7:30pm: The People’s Prince, Musicke in the Ayre. St Margaret’s Church, Bishophill Junior, York YO1 6EN
  • Wednesday 15 August, 2-3pm: Music of the renaissance, with Nancy Horseman (lute). St John the Baptist’s Church, Knaresborough
  • Saturday 22 September, 12.15-1pm: Music of the renaissance, with Nancy Horseman (lute). Staithes Gallery, High Street, Staithes, North Yorkshire TS13 5BH
  • Friday 2 November, 1-1.30pm: Songs from the renaissance, Art & Music Exhibition, York Art Gallery, Exhibition Square, York YO1 7EW
  • Saturday 3 November, 3-4.30pm: Music of the renaissance, with Nancy Horseman (lute). Church of St Thomas a’Becket, Church Lane, Hampsthwaite, North Yorkshire HG3 2HA
  • Saturday 17 November, 2.30pm (Lute Society Meeting): 1612 Mini-overture, with Jeni Melia (violin/soprano), Din Ghani (lute), Esha Neogy (bass viol). Dutch Church, 7 Austin Friars, London EC2
  • Saturday 8 December, 2-4pm: Ilkley Baroque & Early Music launch party, with Nancy Horseman (lute). A cameo performance to publicise inaugural IBEM recital series at Ilkley Playhouse. Other cameo performances to include Jacob Heringman (lute) & Susanna Pell (bass viol). Free event, open to the public. Ilkley Playhouse 01943 609539, www.ilkleyplayhouse.co.uk