Preview: Greenwich International Early Music Festival

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Preview: Greenwich International Early Music Festival

A three-day celebration of all music from the earliest times up to the Renaissance takes place in the glorious setting of Greenwich's Old Royal Naval College and St Alfege's this weekend.

The centre of the festival is a daily exhibition of instrument makers, music shops, publishers and organisations in the impressive Painted Hall.

The concert diary is full of medieval, renaissance and baroque performances including local Trinity Laban students, Pantagruel (an international early music ensemble specialising in semi-staged performances of renaissance music) and "rock chamber" group Red Priest. Radio 3 present their early music show live from King William Undercroft at 1pm on Saturday (free but ticketed) and Saturday night's big gig in the Chapel comes from outstanding ensemble, L’Arpeggiata.

Throughout the weekend period instrument makers' will demonstrate Baroque flutes, the oboe d'amore, single and double action harps, a square piano, spinets, viols, bagpipes, harpsichords, a piccolo Cello and recorders. Most of these are free to exhibition ticket holders.

Greenwich International Early Music Festival starts today until Sunday evening. Exhibition tickets adults £8.00, 2 day ticket - £13.00, 3 day ticket - £17.00; concessions available.

Last Updated 11 November 2011