In conjunction with Southbank Sinfonia, Vox music, directed by Michael Berman, performs a varied programme throughout the festival in a wide array of concert venues. Click here for more information about the festival.

Bethany will also be appearing with the Parliament Choir as soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah, conducted by Simon Over.


Opera house Anghiari









View from Anghiari looking out over Tuscany







main concert venue in a beautiful square in Anghiari



I am very happy to announce I will recording Bach St Matthew Passion with Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, conductor Peter Seymour for Signum Records. The CD will be released early 2014.

Basilika St. Martin, Bingen, 8.00 pm

Johann Sebastian Bach: Motetten
Rheinische Kantorei,
Hermann Max – Conductor

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Mhairi Lawson, Bethany Seymour – Sopranos
Yorkshire Baroque Soloists

Yorkshire Bach Choir presents this Italian programme for the opening concert in the York Early Music Festival.

Italy at the start of the 18th century was the place to digest the latest compositional forms and performance styles, so it comes as no surprise that in 1706 the 21-year-old Handel’s insatiable passion for learning took him from Germany to Rome. There he met, performed with and no doubt learnt from musicians such as Corelli, Pasquini, Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti, and quite possibly Caldara too, as well as making influential friends at the aristocratic arts clubs that were the Arcadian Academies.
Our opening concert presents extracts from music Handel provided for a Carmelite Vespers service for the feast of the Madonna del Carmine in July 1707 including the famous Dixit Dominus, along with another of the latest fashions of the time – a Corelli concerto grosso – and spectacular motets both large and small.
 This concert is dedicated to the memory of Sir Marcus Worsley – President of York Early Music Festival 1981 to 1999.
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Bethany Seymour – soprano
Ian Hoggart – recorder
Peter Seymour – harpsichord

GF Handel 2 deutsche Arien:
Meine Seele hört im Sehen
In den angenehmen Büschen

A Vivaldi La Follia

JS Bach French Suite in C minor
Allemande – Courante – Sarabande – Air – Menuet – Gigue

Songs from Vauxhall Gardens
William Boyce Tell me lovely shepherd
Thomas Arne Where the bee sucks
Thomas Chilcott Orpheus with his lute

Handel Cantata: Mi palpita il cor

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