Greetings to all SWEMF members - I hope you are enjoying a good summer and that the hot and humid weather hasnít had too much effect on your instruments.
Following the AGM, we welcome Steve Walter as our new Diary Editor, and thank Heather Gibbard who carried out the task so effectively and for so long. We also welcome Wendy Carnell as the new Dorset rep, replacing Paula Biss who has put in sterling service in that role. Finally we thank Sue Young for holding the fort as membership secretary for a year, and are grateful to Fenella Spiers for agreeing to take on the job. We still need a new Wiltshire rep to replace Stella Worrall who is taking a well-earned break - if anyone is interested in the post, please get in touch.
Enclosed with the September Diary you will find a form requesting your e-mail address. We have thought for some time that it would be useful to have a list of membersí e-mails - for example, if we need to get in touch to cancel a workshop at short notice due to illness of a tutor - so it will be much appreciated if you are willing to provide that information. As the form indicates, we will ensure that your details are kept secure, and will not release them to any third party. We are also considering the possibility of circulating the Diary electronically, but we will not take any steps in that direction unless there is a clear majority of members in favour - and we would still provide the print version to anyone who does not use e-mail. So please return the form letting us know what you think - many thanks.
This is the season of summer schools, and I have just returned from my usual week of teaching at NORVIS in Durham. The eleven students in my singing class ranged in age from 16 to - well, letís just say Ďin possession of a bus passí - all working happily together, supporting and encouraging one another. Is there any other activity which could bring together such a variety of people? Iím hoping that the baroque string playing day in November (application here) will help to attract some new members to SWEMF, so please spread the word to any string players of your acquaintance. Happy music-making!
The South West Early Music Forum (SWEMF) is an organisation promoting all aspects of early music in the South West of England. 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 2012 for for 2012/2013. 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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