SWEMF AGM: Saturday 3 May, Exeter School - the AGM will be in the lunch-break of a workshop with Peter Leech for voices and baroque strings. The agenda will include proposed changes to the SWEMF constitution. More details and application form in the March Diary. For a draft of the revised constitution please click here
Weíre in the process of arranging the AGM at the moment - it will take place in conjunction with a workshop by our former Chair, Peter Leech, and will be at Exeter School, on a Saturday in May or June. More information in the next Diary, but meanwhile I wanted to alert you to the fact that we will be asking you to approve some important changes to the Constitution of SWEMF at that meeting.
Full details will be sent to you well in advance of the meeting; in essence what we are doing is bringing the Constitution - which had not been updated since SWEMF was started back in the 1980s - into line with the way we actually work, and also making sure that we are compliant with Charity Commission requirements, and with current good practice in areas such as equal opportunities. So I donít think thereís going to be anything very controversial about the changes - as just one example, the original Constitution stated that in addition to the Chair, the society should have a President who would chair the AGM, something which has certainly not happened within the memories of any of the committee! - so we need to amend that requirement. Making these changes is involving quite a bit of work, and Iím grateful to the Committee, especially our secretary Madeline, for their efforts on this. I hope that many of you will come along to the AGM, not just to approve these changes but also to contribute your views on the running and development of SWEMF. Itís your organisation!
There has been a rather disappointing response to the request for emails that was made in the September diary and so this is the reason why you will find another insert in December diary. You should return the form to our membership secretary, Fenella Spiers, If you prefer, you can e-mail your details to Fenella. Even if you have sent us your e-mail in the past, we would appreciate it greatly if you could return the form so that we can check the accuracy of our records. Also, could you let us know if you do not use e-mail?
When I attended the AGM in May this year just before I took over as diary editor, there was a discussion about the purpose of the diary. There seemed to be a consensus that the diaryís function was simply to inform members of early music events and concerts with reviews of workshops and a place to advertise items for sale. I think the previous diary editor, Heather Gibbard, was keen to widen its scope with reviews of books and cds, articles of general interest and humorous items. As this is your diary, I would be very interested to hear your views on what you would like to see published. Do you want the diary to be purely functional or would you like it to contain reviews and articles as Heather was keen to introduce?
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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