For Sale

Some more instruments have been added to the for sale page. Medieval shawms, medieval flute, a pair of drums and a pair of cornamuses.


More workshop details

There are details and application forms for our day workshops in April and May on the workshops page

Deborah Roberts writes about Missa Confitebor Tibi. :-

 Enjoy a day exploring Palestrina’s  brilliant double-choir Missa Confitebor tibi. Although this mass was copied into one of the papal choir’s manuscripts in around 1577, it was originally dedicated to a Florentine convent. Like so many of Palestrina’s masses, the relatively small overall compass made it a perfect candidate for performance by all female or all male choirs – with transposition down a 4th or 5th bringing it into the range of adult male voices. It’s important to remember that the papal choirs did not include boys’ voices.
What has been largely forgotten until recent times is the huge importance of convent music in 16th century Italy. With so many women destined to become nuns, and priority in the form of reduced dowries given to musically talented girls, it is small wonder that convent choirs contained some of the best musicians in Italy. They not only sang, but in several convents also played a variety of instruments. Thus they could tackle a huge range of music, and not only that composed for equal voices.
We have become so accustomed to hearing sacred polyphony sung a cappella, that we have lost sight of the fact that the format in which music was copied or published indicated only one way of performing it.
This workshop will revive a sound that would have been very familiar to anyone living in or visiting a renaissance Italian city. The nuns would not be visible, but their music poured out through grills and screens from their own private cloistered chapel into the public church beyond. And anyone could listen to them. Not so for any of the great ducal chapel choirs, or the choir of the Sistine Chapel. That was for the few!

Concert in Manchester 9th February

The following information has just been received from Godfried Croenen.
Over the Christmas period I met a young professional violinist who is trying to set up a baroque orchestra in Manchester to have regular concerts in the region. Their debut concert will be on Saturday 9 February. I will be going and I thought I’d share this with you.

Tickets are very reasonably prized and can be bought online:

The programme looks very attractive indeed.

Arcangelo Corelli                            Concerto Grosso, D major, Op. 6/4

Antonio Vivaldi                                Flute concerto Del Gardellino, D major, RV428

Antonio Vivaldi                                Concerto for 3 violins L’Estro Armonico, Op.3/3, G major, RV428

Georg Philipp Telemann              Concerto for Flute and Recorder TWV 52

Antonio Vivaldi                                Concerto for Strings, d minor, R127

Georg Philipp Telemann              Concerto Polonois, TWV 43:G7

Johann Sebastian Bach                 Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, BWV 1050


Summer Schools

We add information about these events on our other events page as we receive information about them.

These are a couple that have an excellent reputation.

Higham Hall early music week. This in many ways has come to replace the Summer School that NWEMF used to run at Ambleside. The dates for 2019 are  the 4th to 10th August 2019 the web site with information is If you would like more information do contact Roger Wilkes our president via the contacts page on this web site.

The second is the Irish Recorder and Viol Course, An Grianán, Termonfechin, Ireland Designed for players of recorders, viols and other early instruments, covering a wide repertoire from ancient to modern. Sessions include one-to-a-part groups, workshops, consort songs, trio sonatas, choir, large and small ensembles. Tutors: Ibi Aziz, Marion Doherty-Hayden, Pamela Flanagan, Emma Murphy, Philip