It’s always interesting talking to members at events, and getting their feedback afterwards. One thing to which my attention was drawn after a recent workshop is the question of the accessibility of our events for members with some level of disability, be it related to mobility, sight or whatever. This seemed to me a very reasonable point, particularly as many of us (well, all of us!) are not getting any younger. We therefore discussed the matter at the last committee meeting, and we’ve agreed that in future workshop organizers will aim to include some accessibility information on application forms (for example, 'loos up a flight of stairs', ‘level access throughout' and so on). We hope this will be helpful, and of course if you have any particular requirements do let us know – we may, for example, be able to provide large-format music on request, though that rather depends on the workshop tutor.
We shall also try to offer a tick-box for ‘Would you like a lift? / Can you offer a lift?’ – an idea unashamedly stolen from BMEMF when we collaborated on the workshop last November. This may be particularly helpful in places where there is limited parking or poor access by public transport.
Arrangements are now in place for the workshop at which the AGM will take place: it will be given by Ali Kinder on June 17th, will be for all comers, and take place in Thornbury, just north of Bristol. Full details are elsewhere in this Diary, and I hope that as many members as possible will come along – this is your annual opportunity to have your say on the development of SWEMF, and we should love to hear your ideas. It promises to be a very enjoyable workshop too – 'A Polychoral Tour of Europe' seems a particularly appropriate topic at the moment (whatever your views!) and I can promise that Ali is never less than an inspiring tutor. So we look forward to seeing you there.
We have a great variety of workshops on offer over the next few months, thank you to all of the organizers for their ideas and commitment, and it’s time to think about summer schools again. Do book early! Jackdaws’ Stylish Baroque weekend in September is already booked up, although they will put you on a waiting list. As well as a very rich variety of Easter and summer schools, there are some marvellous concerts, including a series of Monteverdi operas to celebrate Monteverdi 450, semi-staged by English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Choir, directed by Sir John Eliot Gardiner at the Colston Hall. For three nights in April/May 2017, Bristol will be at the heart of the classical music world, with Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, L'incoronazione di Poppea and L'Orfeo.
|Illumination from Chrétien Legouais’ Ovide Moralisé, 14th century, Rouen, Bibliothèque Municipale, ms 1094, f. 103, verso|
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 2017 for for 2017/2018. 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: 07 March 2017