For the New Year!

Lets all hope that 2021 will see life slowly start to return to a new and rather easier normal than has been the case for 2020.

All of us at NWEMF wish you a peaceful Christmas and very best wishes for the New Year. Stay safe and here’s to making music together before too long.

Sing and Discover Online Workshop with John Hancorn and Richard Wigmore Saturday 11 July, 4-6pm: Bach’s Magnificat and Mass in B Minor

Sing and Discover Online Workshop with John Hancorn and Richard Wigmore
Saturday 11 July, 4-6pm: Bach’s Magnificat and Mass in B Minor

Join John Hancorn and Richard Wigmore for this two-hour online workshop. John and Richard will look at the origins and cultural background of these magnificent works and explore the music in some detail, with recorded illustrations. You will then join in with several choruses.  

The session costs £10 (plus booking fee) and tickets are available from Trybooking – click on the link below: 

Saturday 11 July, Bach:

When you sign up you will receive details on how to join the Zoom online session and links for accessing the music on Youtube. If you have your own scores please do use them. 

We look forward to seeing you at the workshop. 


John Hancorn is music director of the BREMF Singers, Baroque Collective Singers, East Sussex Bach Choir and Eastbourne Choral Society. He leads workshops and masterclasses specialising in baroque repertoire including regular visits to Early Music Fora. He teaches at the University of Chichester and East Sussex Academy of Music and is a specialist examiner for Trinity Laban.

A former professional singer, Richard Wigmore works as a music writer, lecturer and broadcaster for BBC Radio 3. He writes for GramophoneBBC Music Magazine and other journals, appears frequently on BBC Radio 3’s CD Review, is in demand for pre-concert talks at the South Bank, Wigmore Hall, King’s Place etc, and is a regular lecturer on Martin Randall Cultural Tours. His publications include Schubert: The Complete Song Texts and Pocket Guide to Haydn.
John was wondering whether you might be interested in a ’Sing and Discover’ online session for NWEMF in the fairly near future while live events aren’t happening? We’re charging £10 per person for a two-hour session including provision of pdf music and/or Youtube links with ticket booking via Trybooking. John and Richard could do a ’NWEMF only’ session so you’d all know each other and it would be a bit of a ’social’, or we could promote it / them more widely.

They can offer a wide range of repertoire including Handel’s Samson; Purcell anthems and Dido & Aeneas; Bach St John Passion, Magnificat, Mass in B minor. Please see John’s website for full details:


An advance notice for a NWEMF RECORDER PLAYING DAY on the 21 MARCH 2020  tutor  Marion Scott. The venue is the schoolroom Capel Gad in the village of Cilcain CH7 5NW. NE Wales

Fantasias, Pavans and Galliards  

by Jerome and Augustine Bassano 

The Bassano family recorder consort stretched over several generations, originating with employment by Henry VIII in 1539, and continuing to serve successive monarchs, up until the Civil War.

Augustine Bassano came to London with his parents in 1539, at the age of about 13. He worked in the royal court as a recorder player and lutenist, as well as an accomplished composer, until his death in 1604.

Jerome Bassano was born in Barking in 1558, the second generation of his family to become a royal wind player. He worked up until the age of at least 72, being “the ancientest musician the king has.” He died a wealthy property owner in 1635, with several of his 12 children continuing the line.

Marion studied recorder, oboe, baroque oboe and piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has performed and recorded with many of the leading early music specialist orchestras, including English Baroque Soloists with John Eliot Garner, Academy of Ancient Music, English Concert and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She is a versatile teacher at all levels from beginner to music colleges. She also directs recorder ensembles.

Booking forms will be available shortly

Duo Salon

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Birkenhead Priory
Friday 18th October 19:30-21:00

Duo Salon (Richard MacKenzie & Grace Barton) present a programme of Baroque Music at Birkenhead Priory – to feature 18th- and 17th-century German music by unknown masters such as Weiss, Baron & Reusner, and others TBA.

Richard MacKenzie –

Grace Barton –

Tickets will be sold on the day, on a first-come, first-served basis:
£5 (Adult)
£3 (Concession: Senior Citizen, Student, Unemployed)
FREE (Aged 18 or under)

Liverpool Early Music Festival

Friday 20th September – The Sixteen- Our 2019 Choral Pilgrimage brings together music past and present, highlighting The Sixteen’s choral journey over the last 40 years. Our close relationship with Sir James MacMillan continues with a new commission O virgo prudentissima, contrasted with music by Fayrfax performed on our very first recording, alongside music by Wylkynson and Sheppard. These fine examples of English polyphony are juxtaposed with stunning music by Tavener and Eric Whitacre in our 40th anniversary year.
Saturday 21 September 2019, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Nordic Church and Cultural Centre, 138 Park Lane, Liverpool L1 8HG
Spanish Medieval Song Workshop
Acclaimed medieval group The Telling’s singer Ariane Prüssner will will walk participants through some beautiful and lively Spanish medieval songs. No experience necessary. Plus, if they wish, participants will have the chance to join Ariane and The Telling in a musical number during their performance of Into The Melting Pot the next day.
Tickets: £12 (£8 concs); under 12s: free
Saturday 21 September 2019, 8pm – 9pm
Nordic Church and Cultural Centre, 138 Park Lane, Liverpool L1 8HG
Acclaimed medieval group The Telling presents a candlelit concert of mesmerising medieval music including music by Hildegard of Bingen, chant and troubadour melodies.
Tickets: £14 (£10 concs) includes a glass of wine and the chance to meet the performers
Sunday 22 September 2019, 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Unitarian Church Hall, Ullet Road, Sefton Park, Liverpool L17 2AA
Into The Melting Pot
Acclaimed medieval group The Telling presents stories of integration, love, cultural heritage & radical intolerance experienced by a community of Jewish, Christian & Muslim women in Spain to a soundtrack of plaintive Sephardic songs & lively medieval Cantigas.
Tickets: £16 (£12 concs)
Tuesday 24 September 2019, 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Nordic Church and Cultural Centre, 138 Park Lane, Liverpool L1 8HG
Journey to the New World
Young and vibrant recorder quartet Palisander presents a musical illustration of journeys to the New World by Christopher Columbus, Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh, with music inspired by the sea of the explorer’s native courts performed on historically authentic recorders and music spanning more than 500 years: ranging from Thomas Tallis to Vivaldi to Vaughan Williams.
Tickets: £12 (£8 concs); under 12s: free
Friday 27 September 2019, 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Nordic Church and Cultural Centre, 138 Park Lane, Liverpool L1 8HG
The Secrets of Andalusia
Up and coming, diverse music group Lux Musicae London presents the story of Flamenco music’s embedded roots in medieval Spanish, Arabic and Sephardic music: an exciting coming together of one of Britain’s most exciting young early music groups, with masters of Flamenco and Arabic oud Ignacio Lusardi and Julian Harris.
Tickets: £16 (£12 concs) includes a glass of wine