“All I want for Christmas is a sackbut.” ~ Sara Hessel, KMFA Music Director

A review of the Dufay Collective concert – by Sara Hessel, , music director and producer of “Ancient Voices” on Austin’s KMFA 89.5.


…I couldn’t believe my luck when I heard that the UK-based Dufay Collective would be performing in Houston! I’ve been a fan of their spirited performances for years, and have played their excellent recordings on Ancient Voices many times. Their program of 16th- and 17th-century English music was sheer joy to listen to. Vocalist Vivien Ellis seemed to have stepped right out of one of Henry VIII’s Christmas revels with her clarion tone, excellent diction and storyteller’s sense. Especially memorable was an anonymous ballad called “To drive the cold winter away,” and the very moving “Thys endere nyghyt,” gorgeously arranged by director William Lyons. It was fascinating to watch the players switch effortlessly from one instrument to another: Mr. Lyons played flute, recorder, curtal (an ancestor of the bassoon) and bagpipes!…

Press Release: Houston Early Music to feature harpsichordist Richard Egarr, February 3

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Houston Early Music to feature harpsichordist Richard Egarr, February 3

 HOUSTON, TX – December 19, 2011 – Houston Early Music continues its 2011-2012 season with a performance by British harpsichordist and conductor Richard Egarr on Friday, Feb. 3. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin in Houston, TX 77004. Egarr will also offer a pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m.

 For the program, entitled The Harpsichord’s Golden Century, Egarr will present a fresh look at works of 17th century composers Louis Couperin and Johann Jakob Froberger, who were known to be great friends and colleagues.

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Chronicle: Dufay brings music from the past to the present

Dufay brings music from the past to the present

Published 10:46 a.m., Friday, December 9, 2011

England’s Dufay Collective has been exploring Medieval and Renaissance music since 1987. In those years, they’ve released 10 recordings and have performed all over the world, from Morocco to Australia – but never before in Texas.

That will change Sunday when Houston Early Music brings the group to town to present To Drive the Cold Winter Away – Christmas Revelry in Renaissance England at Christ Church Cathedral.

Earlier this week, Dufay Collective artistic director William Lyons spoke from London about his ensemble, the program they’ll present in Houston – and his experiences in the film business.

Q:What can you say about the music you’ll be performing?


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Sunday, Dec. 11: DUFAY COLLECTIVE: Christmas Revelry in Renaissance England

Sunday, December 11, 2011
To Drive the Cold Winter Away – Christmas Revelry in Renaissance England

Christ Church Cathedral, 5:00 p.m.
1117 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77002

Pre-concert talk at 4:15 p.m.
Dufay Collective members

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Houston Early Music presents UK-based Dufay Collective

HOUSTON, TX – October 4, 2011 – Houston Early Music will celebrate the holiday season with a performance by the Dufay Collective on Sunday, December 11. The concert, which will feature Christmas music from Renaissance England, begins at 5 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Avenue, Houston, Texas 77002.

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La Donna Musicale gives women their due

An article by Colin Eatock in Houston Chronicle about the upcoming concert

,,,, But for La Donna Musicale’s music director, gambistLaury Gutiérrez, the music of female composers active in the baroque era has been a passion for 20 years. Her ensemble – which varies in size from about six to eight musicians, depending on the repertoire – has played more than 100 concerts in the U.S., Europe and South America. (Sunday’s concert will mark the group’s second appearance in Houston.) Continue reading

Houston Early Music 2011-12 Season Opens with Passionate Enemies

Houston Early Music will launch its 2011-12 season with a performance by La Donna Musicale on Sunday, October 2. The concert, which showcases the music of rival German courts of the 18th century, begins at 5 p.m. at Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at 2353 Rice Boulevard, Houston, TX 77005.

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