The recorder competition takes place on February 16 and 17 at Birmingham City University's city centre campus on Jennens Road. Open masterclasses will be held on the same days, with taster workshops for baroque instruments, including harpsichord, flute, violin and oboe, being held on February 17 and 18.
During the event a variety of instrument makers, shops and organisations will set up stalls in the foyer areas to create an early music market.
The festival has attracted some leading performers who can be seen in concert:
The Gonzaga Band: a UK ensemble dedicated to the authentic performance of 16th and 17th century music. They will present their recently recorded programme Venice, 1629.
Bonfire Radicals: the Birmingham-based contemporary folk band (pictured above) weave raucous woodwind, delicate vocals, progressive violin, hard-hitting bass, psychedelic electric guitar and percussive beats to create their own unique brand of music.
Dan Laurin and Anna Paradiso: Swedish recorder player Dan and harpsichordist Anna (below) will perform a mixed programme of Swedish baroque music.
London Handel Players: joining the performers (below) are baroque dancers Mary Collins and Steven Player to present a programme in full 18th-century costume.
The Art of Moog: to mark the 50th anniversary of Wendy Carlos' seminal Switched on Bach – in which Bach was played for the first time using synthesizers - multiple synthesizers will be used in the Art of Moog Plays Bach performance (below).
Annabel Knight and members of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Recorder Department: a performance of 20th Century Originals, influential recorder works from the mid-20th century.
Musical and Amicable Society: performance of Bach's concerto for four harpsichords, alongside the première of a Vivaldi concerto newly arranged for four harpsichords.
Jamie Savan: an experimental presentation blending old and new technology and featuring some of the earliest music written for cornett.
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Early Music Department: a concert of music from the 16th to the 18th centuries.
Walter Bergmann 30th Anniversary Celebration Concert: a special event commemorating the life and achievements of the recorder player and early music pioneer Walter Bergmann, 30 years after his death. The concert will feature performances of Walter's music given by Ross Winters, Chris Orton and Annabel Knight, plus Conservatoire students and young recorder players.