Your committee and fellow members are well into the process of organising the timetable of workshops for next year, and we have some exciting events coming up. In particular, I’d like to give you advance notice of a workshop to be given by our former Chair, Peter Leech, on July 8th (venue to be announced nearer the time). Peter has, of course, given us many wonderful workshops in the past, but this one will be a bit different. Several members felt that, given that Peter is not only a practical musician but also a scholar and musicologist, it would be interesting to know more about the structure of the music we’re performing, and about how he goes about editing it for performance – our appetites have been whetted by tantalising snippets of information at previous workshops. So it was suggested that we ask Peter to arrange a session with more time devoted to discussion of the music, and rather less to performing. This is a bit of an experiment, but our Treasurer tells us that our finances are in a very healthy state, and so we can afford to try some slightly more ‘left field’ ideas, which may not attract quite so many participants, while of course not neglecting our core activity of providing opportunities for members to play and sing together. If you have any ideas for other less standard types of workshop, or less mainstream choices of repertoire, do let me or another committee member know – and I hope many of you will be interested and will come to the July workshop.
By the time you read this, we will be well into the season of Christmas concerts (as I write, I have just finished transcribing some mediaeval carols which I will be singing as part of the Christmas event at the Red Lodge in Bristol on December 10th - and yes, that’s an unashamed piece of advertising!). So I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you, and your families, a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and music-filled 2017.
Already we are getting leaflets, notices and information about summer schools, and you will find with this Diary leaflets for Beauchamp Early Music Course in July, which is continuing its anti-seasonal trend by migrating its theme from Christmas to Holy Week. Taking place at Easter is the Easter Early Music Course at Ascot and the Chalemie Easter School of Early Music, Dance, Period Costume and Commedia. All look wonderful, and there is more to come with the NORVIS Early Music Summer School in August; see the summer schools section of the website for further details.
Our own workshops begin with Peter Syrus in Glastonbury, this time a full day, on ‘refashioned’ music from England’s golden age, and the continental models that inspired it. In March there will be the regular ‘loud wind’ workshop with Tim Bayley of the York Waits in Gloucester, and a day on Spanish music from the court of Philip II with Frances Eustace in West Bay.
So much to look forward to as we enter the dark months!
|St Cecilia and the Angel by Carlo Saraceni, c. 1610, oil on canvas, 172 x 139 cm, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica, Rome|
The South West Early Music Forum (SWEMF) is a charitable organisation promoting all aspects of early music in the South West of England. Its constitution can be found here. It is one of ten regional Fora, which cover most areas of the UK, and are affiliated to the National Early Music Association, NEMA, who have recently produced a report on the future of Early Music in Britain.
The South West Early Music Forum region includes Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire and brings together amateur and professional musicians, musicologists, teachers and pupils, instrument makers, and early music enthusiasts.
Throughout the year a series of workshops and playing and singing days are organised within the region where members have the opportunity to study works under the guidance of early music specialist tutors. These activities include Baroque Chamber Music Playing Days, Singing Days focusing on particular composers or periods, and Workshops preparing larger scale works for both voices and instruments etc.
SWEMF also organises a number of social events including the Annual General Meeting in May which is sometimes combined with a residential weekend providing ample opportunity for music making and the opportunity for members to voice their views and suggestions on the future operations of the Forum
Members receive a quarterly Diary of Events announcing future activities of SWEMF, and other EM Fora, and also concerts and other events both within the region and elsewhere. Application forms for forthcoming SWEMF events are included in the Diary of Events mailing and are also available on the website.
Membership forms can be printed from the website. The next subscriptions are due on 1st April 2016 for for 2016/2017. For details click here.
A Membership List (last issued with the March 2012 Diary) gives information concerning members' particular interests, instruments played, voices sung etc. so that they may arrange joint activities outside those organised directly by SWEMF.
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Last modified: 18 January 2017