Greenwich International Early Music Festival

I love the Greenwich International Early Music Festival. Held every November in and around the Old Royal Naval college, it is an opportunity for beardy blokes in sandals & socks and ladies of a certain age in pony tails and colourful patchwork velvet jackets to get together, and enjoy the joy of the crumhorn, sackbutt and rommel pot. It’s a weekend of instrument-building, museum displays, masterclasses and concerts and I go every year. There’s something so reassuring about listening to music of Henry VIII’s court played on the lute in sumptious surroundings whilst the candles flicker and the wind blows the leaves in swirls around the courtyard outside. Splendid. Pick up a leaflet from the visitors’ centre.


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