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25th Haapsalu Early Music Festival

The festival that was born in 1994 in Haapsalu, one of the most beautiful coastal towns of Western Estonia, is considered to be one of the most momentous in its genre in Estonia and has also attracted the attention of many renowned foreign artists.

The festival projects bring together top Estonian musicians and the greatest masters from all over Europe – their collaboration aims to revive the music of many centuries and offer unforgettable experiences to the audience. Haapsalu Dome Church from the 13th century is an excellent place for that, but concerts also take place at Haapsalu St John's Church, resort hall and elsewhere.

Festival programme 2018

Wednesday, July 4 at 8 p.m., Haapsalu Dome Church
Ensemble Vox Luminis (Belgium)
Conductor Lionel Meunier
Bach Family Motets and Cantatas

Thursday, July 5 at 8 p.m., Haapsalu Dome Church
Maria Valdmaa (soprano)
Ensemble Floridante
Meelis Orgse (violin)
Ele Raik (oboe)
Lisa Kawasaki (flute)
Saale Fischer (harpsichord)
Handel Solo Cantatas and J. S. Bach's Instrumental Concerts

Friday, July 6 at 8 p.m., Haapsalu Dome Church
Ensemble Vox Clamantis
Gregorian song, John Dunstable, Gilles Binchois, Johannes Ockeghem, Helena Tulve

Friday, July 6 at 11 p.m., Haapsalu St John's Church
Sundown of the Hanseatic Towns
Ensemble LaBande:
Melissa Jõesaar, Laura Jörres (violin)
Tõnu Jõesaar (viola da gamba)
Kristiina Are (harpsichord, organ)
Robert Staak (theorbo)
Buxtehude, Meder, Reincken, Bernhard and others

Saturday, July 7 at 8 p.m. Haapsalu Dome Church
Tuuli Lindeberg (soprano, Finland)
Jaye Consort Helsinki:
Varpu Haavisto, Markus Kuikka, Arvo Haasma,
Johanna Kilpijärvi, Mikko Perkola (viola da gamba)
Mitra Virtaperko (organ)
John Jenkins, William Lawes, William Byrd

Sunday, July 8 at 7 p.m., Haapsalu Dome Church
Johann Sebastian Bach – St Matthew Passion
Ensemble Studio Vocale
Haapsalu Festival Baroque Orchestra
Benjamin Glaubitz (evangelist, Germany)
Uku Joller (Jesus)
Maria Valdmaa, Annika Lõhmus (soprano)
Iris Oja, Annely Leinberg (alto), Valter Soosalu (tenor)
Alvar Tiisler, Andreas Väljamäe (bass)
Sopranos of chamber choir Voces Musicales
Conductor Toomas Siitan

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