Other events



NWEMF Workshops


18/11   Russian Orthodox church music.  Tutor: Ivan Moody



20/01   St Matthew’s Community Hall, Chapel Lane, Stretford, M32 9AJ.  Cardoso Requiem & other Portuguese composers – for singers; Rory Johnston.

24/02  All Saints Church, Hoole, Chester; Schütz for voices and instruments; Andrew Griffiths

24/03  Morley Green;  Transition from the 14th to the 15th century;  Don Greig

21/04  Morley Green; Roger Wilkes,

26/05  St. Martin’s Chapel, Lancaster; Franco Flemish music including movements from Brumel’s Missa Et Ecce Terrae Motus for singers and invited instruments; William Carslake.

16/06  Tutor: Peter Syrus

22/09   Tutor: David Allinson

20/10   Tutor: Daborah Catterall

24/11   Christmas/Advent theme for voices and instruments.  Chester?  Tutor: Alison Kinder


Non-NWEMF Workshops

Please send information to: jmh@noc.ac.uk . I actively research our own & the workshops of our contiguous EMFs (BMEMF, EMFScotland, MEMF, NEEMF), Benslow, Jackdaws, Lacock, Rondo & West Dean.  Summer Schools & other workshops will only be included in the Contacts section, unless I am sent specific information by members or the organisers.



3-5       Rondo. High Leigh. Intermediate & Upper Intermediate.

3-5       Jackdaws.  Recorder Weekend with Anna Stegmann: Advanced.

4          West Galler workshop for singers and instrumentalists, St. Nicholas’ Church, King’s Norton, Birmingham.  www.immanuelsground.com .

4-5       MEMF.  Orazio Benevoli – Dixit Dominus & Gloria, Workshop for voices and instruments with Philip Thorby.  Venue: Knowle Village Hall B93 0NH.

10-12   Knuston Hall,  with Peter Syrus.

13-16   Benslow.  Harpsichord Accompaniment: Figuring It Out, with Robin Bigwood

17        EMFS  Patronage and Processionals: Courtly ritual in the reign of James VI.  Riddle’s Court, 322 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PG,  09.30 – 16.00

17-19  Scottish Recorder Course, Tulliallan Castle, EMFS.

17-19/20  Benslow.  Consorting Viols with Alison Crum, Roy Marks, John Bryan, Peter Wendland

18        Society of Recorder Players Wales Group playing day, Trecastle Village Hall, with Petrina Lodge. www.srp-wales.co.uk

19        NEEMF.  ‘Into the (moral and spiritual) woods’​ with Monteverdi – sacred music from the 1641 collection, for singers and instrumentalists with Robert Hollingworth.  Priory Street Centre, York.

19        Early Music workshop, Elgar School of Music, Worcester, with Hetti Price and Penelope Appleyard.  www.elgarschoolofmusic.org.uk .

24-26   Hawkwood.  Recorder weekend for experienced players (Piers Adams)

25        BMEMF. Tallis: Missa Puer Natus est Nobis; workshop for singers with Patrick Craig. Grange Court, Leominster.



2          MEMF. Christmas Music. Dale Street Methodist Church, Leamington Spa.  Workshop for Voices and Instruments (A=440) with Alison Kinder.

5-7       Rondo.  High Leigh.  Pre-formed Consorts.

9          EMFS Music making day for Advent and Christmas (for instruments and voices)

10        NEEMF.  A medieval Cristemas, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University, Queen Victoria Road, Newcastle NE1 7RU, for singers and instrumentalists, with Magnus Williamson.

28-2     Lacock.  Gombert, Clemens, Lassus, Palestrina; Ambleside, with Will Carslake.


January 2018

5-7       West Dean.  Viol consort music with Alison Crum and Roy Marks.  17th century English; for intermediate or advanced players of treble, tenor or bass viols who are confident in sight reading and playing one-to-a-part.

8-10     Benslow.  From Piano to Harpsichord with Penelope Cave.

13        MEMF.  A Renaissance Epiphany: workshop for voice and instruments, Selly Oak Methodist Church, with Robert Hollingworth.

13        NEEMF.  Victoria Requiem, St Benedict’s Church Hall, Garforth, with John Dunford.

18/19-21  Benslow.  Baroque Chamber music (A=415; upper intermediate / advanced) with Theresa Caudle, Mark Caudle, Robin Bigwood, Stephen Preston, Kate Latham.

22-25   Benslow.  Consorting Viols (upper intermediate / advanced) with Alison Crum, Roy Marks, Peter Wendland

28-2 Feb  Lacock.  Singing Tallis, Hassler and Will Todd in Castara, a small fishing village in Tobago, with Justin Doyle


February 2018

10        MEMF.  Ceremony and Devotion: Sacred Music of the Tudors (Tallis, Parsons, Sheppard & White) – workshop for voices with Sally Dunkley.  St.Faith and St.Laurence Church, Harborne.

10        NEEMF.  Bach, for singers and instrumentalists (A=415), St Paul’s Church, Whitley Bay, with Prof. Eric Cross.

10-11   Dorset Bach Cantata Club

16-18   Jackdaws.  The City Musick: Renaissance Wind Band Music for Court & City with William Lyons & Richard Thomas. Intermediate.

23-25   Rondo.  Elementary and pre-formed groups.  The Hayes

23-26   West Dean.  English Art Song 1600–2000, with Evelyn Tubb and Michael Fields, for performers to sing in an authentic and personal way, focussing on English ‘Art’ Songs from the Renaissance to the present.  Accompaniment by lute, guitar or piano; players of these instruments are also welcome.

24        BMEMF.  Music for Lent from the New World, for singers and instrumentalists with David Hatcher.  Bartestree Village Hall, nr Hereford.  marna.gowan@btinternet.com


March 2018

9-11     West Dean.  Recorder consort weekend with Helen Hooker, for players of intermediate ability who can play confidently on C and F recorders.  Repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day

9-11     Benslow.  Madsongs and Particles: madrigals from the Renaissance by Morley, Tomkins and Monteverdi and part-songs and opera choruses by Mozart, Brahms, Verdi, Sullivan and Rutter.  With Peter Broadbent.

10        MEMF.  Handel: Dixit Dominus – for voices and instruments with David Hatcher.  St Nicholas’ Church, Warwick

10        BMEMF. Workshop for recorder players with Grace Barton.  Lion Ballroom, Leominster. fjjohnstone@btinternet.com

15/16-18  Benslow LuteFest with Alex McCartney, Andrew Maginley, Roy Marks, Stewart McCoy, Jeni Melia.

16-18   Higham Hall Viol weekend

23-25   Rondo.  Advanced.  The Beeches

29 – 5 April.  Recorders for All.  Easter Recorder Course, The Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire. www.recordersforall.org.uk

31 – 1 April. Knuston Hall.  Renaissance Music at Easter for voices and wind.


April 2018

4-9       Easter Early Music Course at Ascot. www.easterearlymusiccourse.org.uk

4-9       Chalemie Easter School, Headington School, Oxford.  Early  music, dance, commedia, costume egc.

9-15     Benslow Baroque Opera: Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes (A= 415; Upper Intermediate / Advanced) with Dionysios Kyropoulos, Julian Perkins, Judy Tarling, Henrik Persson, Andrew Radley

13-15   Knuston Hall.  Recorder course.

15-21   Lacock  Willaert, Manchicourt, Ramsey, Lauridsen and MacMillan, in Gargonza, a fortified hilltop village in Tuscany, with Patrick Craig.

20-22   Rondo.  Intermediate and Upper Intermediate.  The Beeches

28        MEMF.  Dominique Phinot: Pater Peccavi, Missa si bona suscepimus and the Lamentations – workshop for voices with Paul Spicer.  Dorridge Village Hall.


May 2018

4-6       Benslow.  Harpsichord playing with a French accent (Upper Intermediate/Advanced) with Penelope Cave.

4-6       Jackdaws.  Singing Handel with Rosa Mannion.

11-13   Benslow.  The Seventeenth-Century String Band (A = 415; Upper Intermediate / Advanced) with Judy Tarling, Annette Isserlis

12        BMEMF.  The Anne Boleyn Songbook with David Skinner.

13-14   Dorset Bach Cantata Club

14-16   Benslow.  Advanced Harpsichord Accompaniment with Robin Bigwood

14-17   Benslow.  Gregorian Chant For All with John Rowlands-Pritchard

14-19   Lacock. Victoria Requiem, Venice church on the Grand Canal, with Carlos Aransay

19        MEMF.  Workshop for Voices and instruments with Jamie Savan.

21-23   Dillington House recorder course with Helen Hooker. Upper intermediate level, playing as a large conducted ensemble, Music from 16th to 21st century. Students need ability to play in F and C fingerings. www.dillington.com 01460 258648

21-24   Benslow.  Heinrich Schütz and his Contemporaries (Upper Intermediate / Advanced) with Peter Bassano, Jeremy West

25-27   Benslow.  Voices and Viols (A = 415; Upper Intermediate / Advanced) with Alison Crum, Peter Syrus

27 – 1 June. Renaissance flute course (A = 440), Moulin de Cajarc, Cordes, Southern France, with Clare Beesley.  www.moulindecajarc


June 2018

10-16   Lacock.  Weelkes, Ward, Tomkins, Deering and Ramsey, at Monteconero, a former mediaeval monastery on the Adriatic, with Gabriel Crouch.

18-21   Benslow.  Baroque String Orchestra: the Italian Concerto (A = 415; Upper Intermediate / Advanced) with Theresa Caudle, Mark Caudle, Robin Bigwood


July 2018

14        MEMF.  String workshop with Teresa Caudle.  Dale Street Methodist Church, Leamington

15-20   Benslow.  The International Viol Summer School (Advanced) with Alison Crum, Ibi Aziz, Roy Marks, Peter Wendland

16-18   Benslow.  Trio Sonatas (A = 415; Upper Intermediate / Advanced) with Da Camera (Emma Murphy, Susanna Pell, Steven Devine)

22-28   Beauchamp Early Music Course.  Wotton House, Gloucester.

28 – 4 August.  NORVIS XLVIII, Durham


September 2018

7-9       Jackdaws. Stylish Baroque with Theresa Caudle & Alastair Ross.  Baroque chamber music (A415) primarily for pre-formed groups, but applications from individuals “are welcome”; they “do our best to put together coherent ensembles. Level: Advanced”

7-9       Discoed weekend

22        MEMF.  Angels (Dering,Guerrero, Sweelinck, Hassler,etc) – workshop for Singers with Patrick Craig

28-30   Rondo.  Intermediate and Upper Intermediate.  Hothorpe Hall


October 2018

13        MEMF.  Italian Renaissance: workshop for voices and instruments, with Philip Thorby.


November 2018

2-4       Rondo.  Elementary and pre-formed groups.  High Leigh


Contacts for workshops

Baroque Dance Workshop.  Lis Talbott 01587 829072, edavies@edavies.co.uk

Baroque Week. Queen Anne’s School, Caversham, Berks. 01883 344031, info@baroque-week.org.uk, www.baroque-week.org.uk

Benslow Music Trust, Little Benslow Hills, Ibberson Way, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4 9RB. 01462 459446, info@benslow.org, www.benslow.org

Beauchamp Early Music Course, c/o Gloucester Academy of Music, Barbican House, Gloucester, GL1 2JF. 01452 688592, earlymusic@gamusic.co.uk, www.gamusic.co.uk

BMEMF, Sue Russell, 01568 780559, peterandsuerussell@btinternet.com, www.bmemf.org.uk

Brighton Early Music Festival, www.bremf.org.uk

Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools, 0844 808 2412, info@cemss.org, www.cambridgeearlymusic.org

Canford Summer School of Music, Sherborne School, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3AP. 020 8660 4766, canfordsummersch@aol.com, www.canfordsummerschool.co.uk

Chalemie Summer School, Headington School, Headington Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3. Barbara Segal 020 7700 4293, chalemie@thorn.demon.co.uk, www.chalemie.co.uk

Consort de Dansehttp://www.ukbaroquedance.com  Philippa Waite, 07976 374482.

Dartington International Summer School. 01803 847080, info@dartingtonsummerschool.org.uk, www.dartingtonsummerschool.org.uk

Dillington House Recorder Course. 01460 258648, dillington@somerset.gov.uk, www.dillington.com

Discoed Upper House, Discoed, nr Presteigne, LD8 2NW. 01547 560369, DiscoedEarlyMusic@BTConnect.com

Dolmetsch Summer School, Frensham Heights nr. Farnham, 01428 643235, brian@dolmetsch.com, www.dolmetsch.com

Dorset Bach Cantata Club, Sturminster Newton High School, Bath road, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, DT10 1DT.  http://www.dorsetbach.org.uk/, 01933 425 383.

Easter Early Music Course for recorder & viol players. St George’s School, Wells Lane, Ascot, SL5 7DZ. info@easterearlymusiccourse.org.uk, easterearlymusiccourse.org.uk

EEMF, committee@eemf.org.uk, www.eemf.org.uk

EMFScotland, events@emfscotland.org.uk, www.emfscotland.org.uk

Farncombe Estate, Adult Learning Centre, Broadway, WR12 7LJ. 01386 854100, enquiries@FarncombeEstate.co.uk, www.farncombecourses.co.uk

Fiori Musicali, 01327 360931, www.fiori-musicali.com

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset, TA4 4BD 01984 618274 office@halswaymanor.org.uk , www.halswaymanor.org.uk

            For Whitsun event contact 01353 778939, QuadQuotes@waitrose.com .

Hawkwood College, Painswick Old Road, Stroud, GL6 7QW. 01453 759034, info@hawkwoodcollege.co.uk, www.hawkwoodcollege.co.uk

Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9SH Early Music Summer Course. Details from 017687 76276, info@highamhall.com, www.highamhall.com

HISS (Historically Informed Summer School),  www.hiss.org.uk

Historical Dance and Music Summer School; http://historicaldance.org.uk/summerschool/year2017

IoM, Ballacottier School, Douglas, Isle of Man. 01624 695777, Helen.Kneale@liverpool.ac.uk, www.eileensilcocks.co.uk

Irish Recorder & Viol Course. Termonfechin, Ireland. 00 353 85 288 0389, info@irishrecorderandviolcourse.org, www.irishrecorderandviolcourse.org

Jackdaws Music Education Trust, Great Elm, Frome, Somerset BA11 3NY. 01373 812 383, music@jackdaws.org, www.jackdaws.org.uk

The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 0BQ, 01300 320684, kingcombe@hotmail.co.uk, www.kingcombe.org

Knuston Hall, Irchester, Wellingborough, Northants, NN29 7EU. 01933 312104, enquiries@knustonhall.org.uk, www.knustonhall.org.uk

Lacock, Andrew van der Beek, 01249 730468, avdb@cantax.freeserve.co.uk, www.lacock.org

Leicester Early Music Festival. 0116 270 9984, mail@earlymusicleicester.co.uk, www.earlymusicleicester.co.uk

Lute Society, Christopher Goodwin, 01483 202159, lutesoc@aol.com, www.lutesoc.co.uk

Lythe, www.lythechambermusic.wordpress.com

Maison Verte Music, http://www.lamaisonverte.co.uk/courses/

Medieval Music in the Dales, www.medievalmusicinthedales.co.uk

Meeting Musicale des Monts Dore, http://www.meeting-musical-des-monts-dore.fr/

MEMF, Mike Ashley (MEMF Chair), chairman@memf.org.uk, www.memf.org.uk

Mostly Music, Roger Wilkes, 01565 872650, mostlymusic@btinternet.com, www.mostlymusic.co.uk

Musica Donum Dei, Wendy Hancock, wendy@philidors.co.uk, www.musicadonumdei.org

NCEM, National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, Percy’s Lane, York, YO1 9TI. 01904 632220, boxoffice@ncem.co.uk, www.ncem.co.uk

NEEMF, secretary@neemf.org.uk, www.neemf.org.uk

NEMA, jane.beeson@btopenworld.com, www.nema-uk.org

NORVIS, Northumbrian Recorder & Viol Summer School, Durham, 07736 108771, enquiries@norvis.org.uk, www.norvis.org.uk

NWEMF viol weekend, https://nwemf.org/violweekend/

Opus Anglicanum, 01749 675131, info@opus-a.co.uk, www.opus-anglicanum.com

Osiris.   http://osirisbrass.com/summer%20academy/index.html

Oxford Baroque Week. Headington School, Oxford. 0161 281 2502, p.b.collier@googlemail.com, www.baroque-week.org.uk

Pro Cantione Antiqua, 01943 874649

Recorders For All Easter Recorder Course. The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 1AU. Jan Epps, 01752 481193, jan.epps57@gmail.com, wwwrecordersforall.org.uk

Recorders Scotland, Lynne Hope at Recorder Players, 19 West Burnside, Dollar, FK14 7DP, Scotland, UK

Recorder Summer Schoolhttp://recordersummerschool.org.uk/

Roger Wilkes, 01565 872650, mostlymusic@btinternet.com

Rondo Viol Academy. 07949 511619, www.rondoviolacademy.co.uk

Run by Singerswww.runbysingers.org  01438 840555.

Salts Mill, Saltaire,  01274 288100, sales@earlymusicshop.com, www.earlymusicshop.com

Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge, 01223 263063, scholacambridge@aol.com, www.scholagregoriana.org

Scottish Recorder Course.  https://scottishrecordercourse.wordpress.com/

SEMF, richard.j.whitehouse@btinternet.com, www.semf.org.uk

Sherborne Early Music. Sherborne Girls School, Bradford Rd, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3QN, info@sherborneearlymusic.com, www.sherborneearlymusic.com

Singers of Note, 01204 692797, martin.westhorp@ntlworld.com, www.singersofnote.com

Singing Days, 01943 874649, pca@singingdays.co.uk, www.singingdays.co.uk

Society of Recorder Players, Manchester branch normally meets 1st Friday & 2nd Saturday of every month. Ros Flinn, 01772 335801, manchester@srp.org.uk, www.srp.org.uk/manchester/index.php

SWEMF, secretary@swemf.org.uk, www.swemf.org.uk

Tallis Scholars Summer School, Oakham School, Rutland, 01223 693281, helen.poole@tsss.uk.com, www.tsss.uk.com

Tewkesbury Viol workshop: Jill Davies 01684 850112 oldchapelcourt@btinternet.com

Triora Musica, Deborah Roberts, 01273 823788, deborah@musica-secreta.com, www.trioramusica.com

TVEMF, www.tvemf.org, secretary@tvemf.org, tamesis@tvemf.org

VdGS (Viola de Gamba Society), 01904 706959, admin@vdgs.org.co.uk, www.vdgs.org.uk

West Dean College, Chichester, PO18 0QZ, 01243 811301, short.courses@westdean.org.uk, www.westdean.org.uk