Discover the roots of modern music in Greenwich next month

For those on a journey of discovery around London, Greenwich is always the ideal starting point, as it’s here that everything begins, with the famous Meridian Line marking the beginning of time.

Next month, however, music fans will be able to get a glimpse of the influences that set the art form in motion by attending the Greenwich International Early Music Festival, which is being held at the Old Royal Navy College.

The event, which takes place from November 7th to 9th, aims to give an insight into how music developed from its infancy through to its current form, looking at the evolution of instruments, philosophies and techniques.


Organised in collaboration between The Early Music Shop, the Greenwich Foundation and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, this fascinating event is the world’s largest exhibition dedicated to early music, and visitors will be transported back to a time before rock and roll, hip-hop, or even classical composers.

A huge number of rare and valuable instruments will be on show, many of which will be rather unfamiliar to visitors, and there will also be the chance to hear these being played during a series of concerts.

The Trinity Laban Soloists, for example, will be performing as part of the event – as will the Baroque Orchestra.

Other highlights include a concert by Charlotte Barbour-Condini with David Gordon and David Bellugi.

If you’re planning on attending the Greenwich International Early Music Festival, be sure to check out some of the other wonderful attractions that can be found in the area, such as the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the National Maritime Museum and the Cutty Sark.

Greenwich park is another major highlight for tourists, and contains a hill which offers some of the best views of the London skyline to be found anywhere in the city.

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