BMEMF Workshop with Mary Tyers

We will be comparing two versions of a tune: the traditional tune, and then William Byrd’s ‘art’ version. We will learn something of the history of the tune, and will have plenty of opportunity to play (muted) both versions.

MEMF Talk by Rory McCleery

In this workshop, Rory McCleery, Artistic Director of The Marian Consort, explores the fascinating history and rich musical lineage of Jean Mouton’s exquisite motet Quaeramus cum Pastoribus.

NEEMF Talk by Alison Kinder

Michael East (1580 – 1648) was one of the most published composers of his time. His output was varied, but it seems that today he is remembered mostly for his vocal music, and primarily for his madrigals. 

NEEMF Talk by David Allinson

Jean Mouton, Nesciens Mater  –︎  Philippe Verdelot, Beata es, Virgo Maria As Christmas approaches, in a year like no other, NEEMF spends a December evening exploring two of the greatest Renaissance motets in honour of the Virgin Mary. 

TVEMF Talk by Andrew Griffiths

Join in with your renaissance instruments and voices, or just enjoy listening to Andrew Griffiths as he explores well-known renaissance Christmas music, focussing particularly on Hieronymus Praetorius’s Magnificat Quinti Toni, famous for the carols (In dulci jubilo and Josef Lieber) interpolated between the verses.

SEMF Workshop with Alison Kinder

This short course will combine two live teaching sessions via Zoom and two specially prepared “play-along” videos for practising what we’ve learnt. The second session will be on Thursday 3rd December at 7pm.

NEEMF Talk with John Bryan

Spaces for music and how early musicians used them An illustrated talk for NEEMF by NEEMF’s founder, John Bryan Since March 2020 most of us have been frustrated, unable to meet and perform music together in our usual ways, and with few ‘live’ concerts to attend. The need to keep a safe distance from each…

TVEMF Talk by David Allinson

In this talk, David Allinson will explore the roots of the mythology that surrounded Josquin’s name, and look briefly at the tradition of musical epitaphs which he helped to develop at the end of the 15th century, before surveying the musical tributes that were written upon Josquin’s death, and Richafort’s astonishing ‘Requiem for Josquin’ in…

MEMF Talk by Will Dawes

The four works scored for seven parts by Thomas Tallis are amongst his most spectacular compositions. They are Loquebantur, Suscipe Quaeso, Missa Puer Natus est Nobis, and Miserere nostri. Each is perfectly created and two of them contain some exceptionally clever compositional devices. This session will give a little history to each of the pieces and allow you the…

BMEMF Workshop with David Allinson

In recent months our music has necessarily been muted and we are all yearning to sing again. For this, the first live online event run by BMEMF, David Allinson brings singers together, virtually, to study and sing two utterly ravishing settings of Psalm 137, which speaks of exile and the suspension of song. Further Information

MEMF Talk by Dame Emma Kirkby

Prima la Parola – In praise of Speaking Harmony Under this title, misquoting Salieri and stealing a phrase from Dowland, Emma aims to celebrate the power and joy of song lyric. Poems in Tudor England were often published as “Songs”, and “lyric” means “apt for the lyre”. Though the human voice was dutifully admired as…

SEMF Talk by Patrick Craig

‘When David Heard’ – The death of Prince Henry, 1612 When the eighteen year old heir to the throne, Prince Henry, died suddenly after an unwise dip in the Thames in 1612, the country mourned the loss of a potentially brilliant monarch. Musical grief poured out from the composers of the day led by William…

MEMF Talk by Bill Lyons

The role of wind and brass players in Renaissance Europe The talk will discuss the various and varied roles of wind and brass players in civic and court bands in the 16th and 17th centuries. The splendid sight and sound of shawms, sackbuts, cornetts, trumpets and other wind instruments was considered an essential element in…

TVEMF Talk by David Allinson

Perhaps the most ‘secular’ book in the Old Testament, the Song of Songs is an extended love poem which has been interpreted as an allegory of God’s love, either for the Israelites or for the Christian soul. The text, filled with vivid evocations of longing and passion, has always appealed to church composers, giving them…

TVEMF Talk by Patrick Craig

Palestrina spent most of his working life in Rome, including many years as maestro di cappella at St Peter’s. At his funeral in 1594 many of the composers he taught and influenced paid their respects at the lavish ceremony in St Peter’s Basilica. While looking at Palestrina’s genius and influence, we shall also look at…

Online Early Music Forum (OEMF)

Most of us know that making music over the internet is not possible with systems like Zoom, (because of something called latency).  People have been recording their parts solo, then mixing them into video performances. Well, now we can make real harmony online.  We have been testing Jamulus, which minimizes latency and enables us to sing or play…

Online Early Music Forum (OEMF)

Most of us know that making music over the internet is not possible with systems like Zoom, (because of something called latency).  People have been recording their parts solo, then mixing them into video performances. Well, now we can make real harmony online.  We have been testing Jamulus, which minimizes latency and enables us to sing or play…

NWEMF Workshop for Voices and Instruments

The workshop is for singers in all ranges reinforced by brass and loud winds (A=440), and also two violins, a basso continuo keyboard and other basso continuo instruments such as harpsichords, theorbos, violones, cellos, bassoons, curtals.

MEMF Portugese Polyphony Workshop

A workshop exploring Renaissance music of Southern Portugal We will sing music by Duarte Lobo, Estevao de Brito, Estevao Lopes Morago, Filipe de Magalhaes, Manuel Cardoso and Pedro de Cristo. This music has a lot in common with Spanish Music of the 16th century, by composers such as Victoria and Guerrero, but with a greater…

MEMF Baroque Strings Workshop

A Workshop of Baroque Music for strings (A=415) Music to be studied: – JS Bach: Orchestral Suite no4 in D major (with wind parts played by strings)– John Stanley: Concerto Grosso op2 no3 – concertos for strings in 7 parts– Vivaldi: L’Estro Armonico – Concerto in B minor for 4 violins