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.

Renaissance Singers workshop with Andrew Griffiths

Dum vastos Adriae fluctus by Jacquet of Mantua, published in 1554, hints at the esteem in which Josquin’s music was still held fully a generation after his death in 1521, exactly five hundred years ago.  This workshop with Andrew Griffiths (a member of Stile Antico, and a sought-after choral conductor) takes Jacquet as a guide,…

SingTheScore Extra

Another in the popular series of webinars with Robert Hollingworth of I Fagiolini and a special guest.  Robert is a natural chat show host and these Saturday mornings are always entertaining and informative.  Plus there is something to sing along with – music links are sent out in advance with the booking form in the…

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. 

Cheltenham & Gloucester SRP

Cheltenham Branch of the Society of Recorder Players are hosting a Zoom Get-together.  There will be a Quiz devised by Paul Collacott, and some surprise items. Non branch members very welcome!

The Telling in Retreat Sephardic Songs

Make singing your new year’s resolution and join Ariane on Zoom for the next 3 Friday mornings to learn some beautiful Sephardic Jewish songs. Can’t make that time? The workshops will also be made available post-broadcast for you to watch at your leisure.

Baroque at the Edge

Imagine if Vivaldi was a folk-fiddler, Purcell a protest-singer, or Bach a techno-geek Baroque at the Edge invites leading musicians from all genres to take the music of the Baroque and see where it leads them.

SWEMF Zoom Meeting

We’d like to make this a bit of a celebration (hopefully the New Year will be better than the old one!) so feel free to wear a festive hat, eat a mince pie, or whatever else suggests itself. I’ve planned a little music-making for us: below you will find links to five pieces of early…

The Sixteen

We round off the year with a special Christmas concert broadcast ‘as live’ from Cadogan Hall in London, weaving six centuries of choral masterpieces into a stunning celebration of music written for the voice.

VOCES8

Winter Tales VOCES8 sings you some seasonal a cappella choral music that is peaceful and joyful in equal measure.

Virtual Recorders at Christmas

Join Pam Smith for half an hour every morning on the run up to Christmas for recorder duets! Music will mostly be from Mediaeval Christmas Carols ed. by Greg Lewin. You will need a treble and tenor recorder, and access to zoom.

The Sixteen

Mediaeval carols were for everyone from festivities in the town square or village green to celebrations in church. This programme demonstrates the way these carols have influenced musicians of more recent times, in the historic medievel setting of Kent’s Penshurst Place. Presented by actor Sir Simon Russell Beale, this special series, produced by The Sixteen,…

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.

GreenMatthews’ Midwinter Revels

Spanning several centuries, GreenMatthews’ Midwinter Revels is a celebration of Yuletide Past guaranteed to warm the cockles of the most Scrooge-like heart. Featuring Christmas carols, winter folk songs, toe-tapping tunes and a plethora of weird and wonderful instruments.

Eboracum Baroque

Eboracum Baroque present a festive programme of Baroque music filmed in Wimpole Church and Wimpole Hall with instrumental and vocal pieces by Bach, Charpentier, Vivaldi and more. 

SingTheScore Extra

Another in the popular series of webinars with Robert Hollingworth of I Fagiolini and a special guest.  Robert is a natural chat show host and these Saturday mornings are always entertaining and informative.  Plus there is something to sing along with – music links are sent out in advance with the booking form in the…

Platinum Virtual Vocals

Sing four sublime Christmas motets by Renaissance composers with the Platinum Consort. The motet for this week’s workshop is: Praetorius Angelus ad pastores ait a12.

York Christmas at Home

Christmas concerts from: Stile Antico, Spiritato, Palisander, The Marian Consort, Matthew Wadsworth & Kate Bennett Wadsworth, Illyria Consort, Steven Devine, Chiaroscuro Quartet, Bethany Seymour, Helen Charlston, Frederick Long & Peter Seymour.

The Sixteen

Set in Elizabeth I’s childhood home of Hatfield House, the music of William Byrd and Arvo Pärt make for a perfect match. Both spent many years facing adversity and persecution and both sought solace through their sacred music. Presented by actor Sir Simon Russell Beale, this special series, produced by The Sixteen, explores choral music…

Joglaresa – Bring Us Good Ale

Join the UK’s most toe-tapping medieval band for an evening of wassails, carols and yuletide songs to conjure up darkness, firesides, feasting and singing designed to blow those Covid blues well away!

A Brief History of Christmas

Acclaimed musicians Chris Green and Sophie Matthews are joined by Jude Rees to present a festive romp through 600 years of Christmas music, songs and carols. Beginning in the Middle Ages and ending in the 20th century, ‘A Brief History of Christmas’ is a whistle-stop tour of the origins of our midwinter festivities. Featuring long-forgotten…

Ensemble Échos

Telemann ‘Paris Quartet’ in A major TWV 43:A1 Five O’Clock Baroque!  Trios and quartets by the giants of the baroque period, Bach, Telemann and Handel.  Recorded before lockdown at St. Helen’s Church in Worcester.

Musicke in the Ayre

Sing, sang, sung: time-telescoped celebration of 12 years of musical inspiration This virtual recital celebrates Musicke in the Ayre’s 12-year relationship with JACKDAWS in deepest Somerset. Their “Sing, sing, sing” course taught by renowned lute-song duo Evelyn Tubb and Michael Fields has been a keystone in the project’s development. This video is a compilation of…

Virtual Sing at Home Messiah

Each December we present a sold-out performance of Handel’s Messiah in the composer’s own church, St.George’s Hanover Square in London’s Mayfair.  This year, because of restrictions around live performances, it will be different; the movements for orchestra and soloists will be performed live in the church, but the choruses will be pre-recorded by partner choirs from around…

Great Works: Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas

Greek mythology, northern European witches, court masques and a boarding school in Chelsea… The story of Purcell’s masterpiece Dido and Aeneas has it all! We’ll investigate the theatrical and musical world of late seventeenth-century England and the curious tale of two lovers divided by fate and sorcery.

The Sixteen

Purcell wrote for court, church, tavern and the place he loved most, the theatre. This programme is set in the Sam Wanamaker Theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe, an amazingly atmospheric space that slightly predates Purcell but feels like the perfect place to revisit his music. Presented by actor Sir Simon Russell Beale, this special series, produced…

Rachel Podger & VOCES8

In a special Advent edition of their acclaimed collaboration A Guardian Angel, Rachel Podger and VOCES8 open LIVE From London – Christmas with reflections from the metaphorical ‘Guardian Angel’ on the top of our Christmas trees.

Ensemble Échos

Bach, Organ Trio in G major BWV 525 Five O’Clock Baroque!  Trios and quartets by the giants of the baroque period, Bach, Telemann and Handel.  Recorded before lockdown at St. Helen’s Church in Worcester.

Musicke in the Ayre: a virtual recital

Over the last 8 years, Musicke in the Ayre have enjoyed performing a number of Sunday afternoon concerts at The Foundling Museum. Current circumstance led us to offer a virtual recital via YouTube, premiering at the usual time on Sunday 29th November, which happens to on the anniversary of the death of Claudio Monteverdi in…

Annemarie Klein (recorder)

Annemarie Klein (recorder)with John Kitchen (harpsichord) Featuring the 1755 Baillon harpsichord and a late Baroque programme of works by JM Hotteterre, JS Bach, GP Telemann, G Finger and J Pachelbel. Live-streamed concert from St Cecilia’s Hall, Edinburgh.

SingTheScore Extra

Another in the popular series of webinars with Robert Hollingworth of I Fagiolini and a special guest.  Robert is a natural chat show host and these Saturday mornings are always entertaining and informative.  Plus there is something to sing along with – music links are sent out in advance with the booking form in the…

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.

The Sixteen

There are surely few composers who can boast a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, let alone one who survived kidnap by pirates on his return journey home! This programme explores one of Spain’s finest Renaissance composers, Francisco Guerrero. Presented by actor Sir Simon Russell Beale, this special series, produced by The Sixteen, explores choral music…

Ensemble Échos

Music for St. Cecilia’s Day: Handel, Trio Sonata in b minor HWV 386 Five O’Clock Baroque!  Trios and quartets by the giants of the baroque period, Bach, Telemann and Handel.  Recorded before lockdown at St. Helen’s Church in Worcester.

Eboracum Baroque & Palisander Recorder Quartet

A collaborative concert between singers from Eboracum Baroque and the Recorder Quartet, Palisander. Presenting works by Byrd, Tallis, Tomkins and Dowland in exciting new arrangements. The concert will be pre recorded in the beautiful surroundings of Peterborough Cathedral and broadcast online.

Musica Antica

Musica Antica perform love songs from some of the earliest songbooks, printed by Ottaviano Petrucci from 1501 onwards. Collating a tradition of 15th Century music that was sometimes written down, but often improvised, Petrucci left us with one of the greatest musical legacies of the Italian Renaissance, if now all-too rarely heard.

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…

The Sixteen

The first programme in the series focusses on two towering works by Renaissance composers John Sheppard and Richard Davy, performed in the surroundings of Magdalen College Chapel, Oxford where both were resident and wrote their music. Presented by actor Sir Simon Russell Beale, this special series, produced by The Sixteen, explores choral music from across…

Josquin, Master of Notes

An exploration of the enduring appeal of Josquin des Prez, one of the most influential composers of the Renaissance. The music includes Josquin: Ave Maria, Mille Regretz, El grillo, Salve regina a5; Gombert Mille regretz; Victoria Salve regina; Jacquet de Mantua Dum vastos Adriae fluctus; Morales Missa ‘Mille regretz’.

Sing and Discover: Bach: Christmas Oratorio

In this two-hour online video workshop, with a fifteen minute social break, conductor and singer John Hancorn and writer and broadcaster Richard Wigmore explore Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. We shall look at the music in some detail, with recorded illustrations, while participants will join in with some of the choruses. Sing & Discover online workshops are…

SingTheScore Extra

Another in the popular series of webinars with Robert Hollingworth of I Fagiolini and a special guest.  Robert is a natural chat show host and these Saturday mornings are always entertaining and informative.  Plus there is something to sing along with – music links are sent out in advance with the booking form in the…

The Telling in Retreat Carols

Get into the festive spirit by joining singer Ariane to learn how to sing a mixture of medieval and traditional carols from around Europe. Following their popular In Retreat weekly online workshop series which began at the start of lockdown, The Telling is thrilled to present a six-week Carol edition to help you get into…

Enchanted Music

An examination of how composers of the Renaissance incorporated medieval Gregorian chant into their compositions. The music includes Robert White, Christe qui lux es et dies III; Byrd Christe qui lux es et dies; Sheppard Gaude, gaude, gaude virgo; Gombert Magnificat Primi toni; Guerrero, Surge propera amica mea; Morales Jubilate Deo; Tallis Missa Puer natus est nobis; Byrd Miserere mihi.

Ensemble Hesperi

Mary-Jannet Leith – RecordersThomas Allery – HarpsichordFlorence Petit – Baroque CelloMagdalena Loth-Hill – Baroque Violin You don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch: just head to our Facebook Page at 1pm, and, as soon as we start to stream, the video should pop up in the middle of the page under ‘Videos’ and…

Playford Then & Now

Playford – “The ‘Why’ and ‘How’ of his continuing success today through dances, bands, his London, his contemporaries and choreography. Following the success of the HDS Webinar Talks and the Online Dance Tutorials – both of which can be found on our YouTube channel – we’re delighted to announce the HDS Playford Weekend Festival –…

The Telling in Retreat

Early music group The Telling’s singers Ariane Prüssner and Clare Norburn present an online singalong concert featuring the songs covered in the previous two workshops as well as a few glorious solos. All welcome, no experience necessary and you don’t need to have attended the workshops. Link to join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83647362000(Meeting ID: 836 4736…

LIFEM: Digital

London International Festival of Early Music is one of the world’s largest and most inclusive early music festivals in the world. We produce an annual festival in Blackheath, London, which brings together the world’s largest early music exhibition, live concerts from leading artists, makers’ demonstration recitals, workshops and masterclasses. We have made the positive decision…

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…

Baroque Ornamentation Demystified

Tutor: Oliver Webber This course explores methods of learning the art of florid ornamentation, as practised by musicians in the 17th and 18th centuries, by studying surviving historical examples and at the same time developing our own inventive skills.

Unconventional Women

A survey of the remarkable female monastic composers living and working in Renaissance Italy. The music includes Hildegard von Bingen: O viridissima Virgo; Leonora d’Este Veni, sponsa Christi and Sicut lilium inter spinas; Palestrina Sicut lilium; Rafaella Aleotti Exaudi, Deus; Victoria Versa est in luctum; Sulpitia Cesis Ascendo ad Patrem and Cantemus Domino; Andrea Gabrieli Benedictus Dominus.

Ensemble Hesperi

Mary-Jannet Leith – RecordersThomas Allery – HarpsichordFlorence Petit – Baroque Cello You don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch: just head to our Facebook Page at 1pm, and, as soon as we start to stream, the video should pop up in the middle of the page under ‘Videos’ and you just need to…

SingTheScore Extra

Another in the popular series of webinars with Robert Hollingworth of I Fagiolini and a surprise guest. Robert is a natural chat show host and these Saturday mornings are always entertaining and informative. Plus there is something to sing along with – music links are sent out in advance with the booking form, usually the…

The Telling in Retreat

Early music group The Telling’s singer Ariane Prüssner will guide participants through a beautiful Sephardic song to be confirmed. All welcome, no experience necessary. Link to join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83363946082(Meeting ID: 833 6394 6082) You don’t need a webcam and all participants are muted so you can sing without fear!

Choruses from Handel’s Messiah

Join The Bach Choir for a free online choral workshop with David Hill, Musical Director. David will lead some vocal warm-up exercises before taking singers thought the choruses from Handel’s Messiah, movement by movement, giving tips before singers have the opportunity to join in with a recording of the work.

Thomas Tallis, A Composer for All Seasons

An exploration of sixteenth-century English politics, church and music, through the lens of the works of Thomas Tallis. The music includes Tallis: Loquebantur, Salve intemerata, If ye love me, Purge me, O Lord, O sacrum convivium, Miserere nostri, God Grant with Grace, and Te lucis ante terminum.

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…

The Telling in Retreat

Join The Telling singer Ariane as she guides participants through a beautiful medieval song to be confirmed. Link to join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86986111311Meeting ID: 869 8611 1311 You don’t need a webcam and all participants are muted so you can sing without fear!

BREMF@home

BREMF@home – across the EARTH On the last two weekends in October we will present a series of 10 individually devised programmes, merging performance with film, images, animation and presentation, offering something different from the many filmed concert performances we have been able to watch during the lockdown.  We are not restricting viewing with paywalls…

Brecon Baroque Festival 2020 Online

At the heart of our online festival weekend, we are delighted to present The Goldberg Variations Reimagined. The Festival’s Artistic Director, Rachel Podger, has commissioned harpsichordist Chad Kelly to create an ambitious re-imagining of Bach’s Goldberg Variations for nine instruments. Our online festival programme will open on October 23rd, and will première our live film of…

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

Mahan Esfahani – Harpsichord

Exactly what makes Bach’s French suites French is hard to define, but their use of the standard dance forms of the day such as the Allemande, Courante, Sarabande and Gigue have made them unusually attractive to generations of listeners as well as keyboard players.

A Glimpse of Earthly Delights

Välkommen! Join us online for this year’s festival concert on the 18th October, celebrating all delights of life at a time when we need it more than ever! In the magical setting of London’s Swedish Church, we will bring you a sensational performance of music and poetry about food, drink, love and all that’s wonderful…

La Mascarade – Sergio Bucheli (Lute)

In the 17th century, the lute was one of the most popular instruments across Europe. Its repertoire ranging from the songs of the Scots to stylised French dance suites and the melancholy of the English Jacobean composers. This Bloomsbury Festival lunchtime recital by Sergio Bucheli is a celebration of music traded and shared across borders…

SingTheScore Extra

Another in the popular series of webinars with Robert Hollingworth of I Fagiolini and a surprise guest. Robert is a natural chat show host and these Saturday mornings are always entertaining and informative. Plus there is something to sing along with – music links are sent out in advance with the booking form, usually the…

Fretwork Viol Consort

Since its foundation in 1985, the viol consort has helped disseminate and renew a tradition of music formerly little known beyond a small band of specialists, its extraordinary standard of playing wedded to an approach to repertory that has seen it seek out forgotten music as well as commissioning new works from contemporary composers. In…

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…

The Telling in Retreat

Early music group The Telling’s singer Ariane Prüssner will guide participants through a beautiful lullaby or two. All welcome, no experience necessary. Link to join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87317700297 (Meeting ID: 873 1770 0297) You don’t need a webcam and all participants are muted so you can sing without fear!

Angela Hewitt – Piano

Left incomplete on his death in 1750, Bach’s vast contrapuntal work nevertheless stands not only as a monument to his extraordinary abilities in this field but also to his determination to create an exemplar for others to follow. Angela Hewitt’s recording had The Times extolling its ‘radiant majesty and humanity’.

Carolyn Sampson and Matthew Wadsworth

Anon, Dowland, Johnson, Purcell and Snowden Soprano Carolyn Sampson and lutenist Matthew Wadsworth present a programme of some of their favourite 17th-century songs, touching all corners of society, from plaintive folk songs and ballads to the genius and depths of Dowland, Johnson and Purcell. Music has always been played and heard everywhere; in the street,…

The Telling in Retreat

Join The Telling singers Ariane Prüssner and Clare Norburn as they present a singalong concert featuring the songs covered in the previous two workshops as well as a few glorious solos. Link to join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87616552039 (Meeting ID: 876 1655 2039) You don’t need a webcam and all participants are muted so you can…

Reed Maintenance with Lizzie Gutteridge

This webinar is free and is meant for players of crumhorns, shawms etc. that have little or no experience so far in adjusting a reed or in the maintenance of a reed. Lizzie will explain in the webinar how you can do this. NB: the host organisation is Dutch but Lizzie will be teaching in…

The Telling in Retreat

Early music group The Telling’s singer Ariane Prüssner will guide participants through a beautiful medieval song. All welcome, no experience necessary. Link to join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86828580343 (Meeting ID: 868 2858 0343) You don’t need a webcam and all participants are muted so you can sing without fear!

Music Theory: Grade 6

Develop your understanding of musical language by learning to write four-part harmony, harmonise and write diatonic melodies, modulate, and analyse scores (harmony, melodic decoration, phrase structure, performance instructions, stylistic implications). 

Handel London Operas 1

Study the cultural history, plots and structure of Handel’s Italian operas written for London audiences between 1720 and 1728. Learn about recitative, aria-types and discover the stories behind these great works. 

Music Theory: Grade 4

Study more complex musical language including duplets, double-dotted rhythms, alto clef, double sharps/flats, the concept of enharmonic equivalence, and recognising and writing common triads. Learn the technical names for scale degrees, and standard ornaments and instruments.

Music Theory: Grade 7

Learn more complex elements of music: figured bass, melodic and harmonic decoration, writing for instrument or voice with given accompaniment, and score analysis of harmonic and phrase structure, style, performance and directions. 

The Telling in Retreat

Join one of the singers of The Telling Ariane Prüssner as she guides participants through traditional Irish lullaby, Hush, the waves and Georgian lullaby, Naninai. Link to join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87317700297 (Meeting ID: 873 1770 0297) You don’t need a webcam and all participants are muted so you can sing without fear!

Stour Music Festival Online

This small but beautiful early music festival takes place on the pilgrim trail between Canterbury and Ashford.  It was set up by Alfred Deller in the 1960s. Initially postponed, we are now going ahead with three wonderful early music concerts that will appear online from September 11th-28th and can be enjoyed by anyone with a…

Medieval Music in the (Virtual) Dales

Our Online Festival this year is a mix of: live performance, original recorded video receiving its premiere at our event, workshops, talks, informal gatherings.. Medieval Music in the Dales is organised and run by Trouvere Medieval Minstrels.

The Septenary Foundation

The inaugural Septenary Foundation Historical Performance Research Seminars. These sessions aim to provide a platform for independent performer-researchers to present their work in return for a modest concert-type fee, and are supported by the Septenary Foundation and Music & Letters.

The Telling #HomeTour

The Telling singers Clare Norburn (soprano) and Ariane Prüssner (mezzo and medieval harp) present timeless songs of love and longing from the Sephardic tradition from the Jewish diaspora after their expulsion from Spain in 1492 to a small audience in Stroud Green. Watch via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thetellingmusic/videos Watch via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thetellingmusic Plus, join Ariane for a…

The Telling #HomeTour

Join The Telling’s singer Ariane Prüssner as she guides participants through Sephardic song Morena me llaman so you can singalong during the Sephardic Song Concert screening at 8pm. Link to join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85144187048 (Meeting ID: 851 4418 7048) You don’t need a webcam and all participants are muted so you can sing without fear!

Baroque Ornamentation Demystified

Tutor: Oliver Webber This course explores methods of learning the art of florid ornamentation, as practised by musicians in the 17th and 18th centuries, by studying surviving historical examples and at the same time developing our own inventive skills.

The Telling in Retreat

Singers of The Telling, Clare Norburn & Ariane Prüssner, present a singalong featuring the medieval and Sephardic songs covered in the previous two workshops as well as a few glorious solos. All welcome. You don’t need a webcam and all participants will be on mute so you can sing without fear! Link to join via…

Variazioni Stravaganti

Violinist Maxim Del Mar presents a free concert of music by two of the greatest Austrian composers of the 17th Century, H.I.F. Biber and J.H Schmelzer, whose adoption and transformation of the new Italian style left us with some of the most extraordinary music ever written for the violin. A. Notari (1566 – 1663): Variazioni…

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…

Handel Flute Sonatas

Tutors: Elizabeth Walker, Sarah Murphy A five-day online flute course for baroque and modern flautists, looking at the flute sonatas by George Friedrich Handel, connecting these to arias found in the operas and looking at the construction of the basso continuo line, including an understanding of figured bass, baroque style, use of ornamentation, tone and…

The Telling in Retreat

One of The Telling’s singers Ariane Prüssner will guide participants through a beautiful Sephardic song to be confirmed. Practice video and lyrics coming soon. Check the website closer to the time. Link to join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81262055111(Meeting ID: 812 6205 5111)

The Telling #HomeTour

Watch on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thetellingmusic/videos Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thetellingmusic The premiere of a brand new story with music from harpist Joy Smith who is also a wonderful storyteller. The Tiller Girl is a beautifully re-imagined folk tale from medieval Italy. A story of the power of a brave and true heart and the unexpected rewards reaped…

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…

The Telling in Retreat

Early music group The Telling’s singer Ariane Prüssner will guide participants through another song from the Llibre Vermell de Montserrat, Stella Splendens. All welcome, no experience necessary. Link to join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84074312068(Meeting ID: 840 7431 2068) You don’t need a webcam and all participants are muted so you can sing without fear! Singalong to…

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…

HISS at Home

Featuring pre-recorded performances, live Q&A interview sessions and a live folk workshop. These events are all free to access.

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…

Grade 5 Theory with Katharine Bramley

This five-day course leads you through all the main elements of the ABRSM Grade 5 Theory syllabus, in a topic-based, classroom-style, supportive approach with plentiful examples and instant feedback. Each day will start with a group log-in to Zoom at 10am for the first session, which will last until 11.30am.  The second session of the day will…

Annemarie Klein (recorder)

Annemarie Klein (recorder)with John Kitchen (organ & harpsichord) Virtual concert including works by Vivaldi, Handel, Purcell & Sammartini. Live from John Kitchen’s music room!

An illustrated talk by Patrick Craig

The last time St Paul’s Cathedral was deprived of music for this long was after the devastating Fire of London in 1666. But in 1697 Christopher Wren was able to triumphantly declare RESURGAM as the phoenix rose from the ashes. Patrick will look at music from either side of this momentous event. He will also…

Ensemble Hesperi

Mary-Jannet Leith – RecordersThomas Allery – Harpsichord This week it’s Part 2 of our exploration of Thomas Britton, 18th-century London’s extraordinary musical coal merchant! You don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch: just head to our Facebook Page at 1pm, and, as soon as we start to stream, the video should pop up…

The Telling in Retreat

Every Friday at 11am we will bring you a live online workshop or concert via Zoom. Consider it a 30-minute coffee break to escape lockdown and learn something new with some musical enlightenment. Your feedback is invaluable for shaping our future plans. We would be really grateful if you could tell us what you think. It…

Bach’s Magnificat and Mass in B Minor

Join John Hancorn and Richard Wigmore for this two-hour online workshop. John and Richard will look at the origins and cultural background of these magnificent works and explore the music in some detail, with recorded illustrations. You will then join in with several choruses. When you sign up you will receive details on how to…

Ensemble Hesperi

Mary-Jannet Leith – RecordersThomas Allery – Harpsichord, Organ You don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch: just head to our Facebook Page at 1pm, and, as soon as we start to stream, the video should pop up in the middle of the page under ‘Videos’ and you just need to click play.

The Telling in Retreat

Every Friday at 11am we will bring you a live online workshop or concert via Zoom. Consider it a 30-minute coffee break to escape lockdown and learn something new with some musical enlightenment. Your feedback is invaluable for shaping our future plans. We would be really grateful if you could tell us what you think. It…

On the Wings of a Dove

In this live session, David will look at two wonderful motets of longing — Vigilate by Elizabethan composer William Byrd, whose text speaks powerfully of watching and waiting at a time of great turbulence, and Sitivit anima mea by Portuguese composer Manuel Cardoso, which conjures with images of longed-for peace, of flying like a dove and finding rest. Cardoso’s…

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…

The Telling in Retreat

Every Friday at 11am we will bring you a live online workshop or concert via Zoom. Consider it a 30-minute coffee break to escape lockdown and learn something new with some musical enlightenment. Your feedback is invaluable for shaping our future plans. We would be really grateful if you could tell us what you think. It…

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…

SingTheScore Extra

We are singing two relatively unknown English madrigals this week – both quite a handful: you’ll enjoy getting to know them! Wilbye – Cruel, behold my heavy ending(There’s a recording of The Consort of Musicke on Youtube) Tomkins – Oft did I marle (I’m sure we’ll find out what ‘marling’ is on the day)(on I…

Ensemble Hesperi

This week, we’re exploring the music of the French Loeillet family of composers, and there’s plenty of it to choose from! You don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch: just head to our Facebook Page at 1pm, and, as soon as we start to stream, the video should pop up in the middle…

The Telling in Retreat

Every Friday at 11am we will bring you a live online workshop or concert via Zoom. Consider it a 30-minute coffee break to escape lockdown and learn something new with some musical enlightenment.

“This is Your Life”

Patrick Craig is a countertenor, harpist, teacher, lecturer and conductor who is a longstanding member of both St Paul’s Cathedral Choir and The Cardinall’s Musick. For twenty years he also sang over a thousand concerts with the Tallis Scholars. He founded and conducts this country’s pre-eminent all-female professional choir ‘Aurora Nova’ and is in great…

Ensemble Hesperi

So this week, we’re going to be playing “Galant” music – what’s this? Well, the term “galant”, unlike our modern terms “Baroque” and “Classical”, was actually used during from around 1720 to 1770 to describe a style of music that preferred simple and immediately appealing musical features, counteracting the contrapuntal complexity of the late Baroque…

The Telling in Retreat

Every Friday at 11am we will bring you a live online workshop or concert via Zoom. Consider it a 30-minute coffee break to escape lockdown and learn something new with some musical enlightenment.

Mary Mohan

As promised, I shall be performing my next livestream lunchtime recital on my Baroque cello. I’ve found some wonderful unaccompanied works, including of course a good dose of JS Bach. To find the event please head to my main Facebook page at 12.30pm BST and the livestream will start.

SingTheScore Extra

Our two pieces will be: Andrea GabrieliIo mi sento morire (SSA ATBarB) Thomas TomkinsO let me live for true love and its 2nd part O let me die (SATB)

Bach Oboe and Flute Sonatas

4 musicians – one terraced house in North London – presenting some concerts from our living room – Bach to Bartok, folk to fantasias – 3.30pm, every other day. Wednesday’s concert was The Red Priest and London Bach – watch again here.

Ensemble Hesperi

This week, we’re returning “home” to Scottish Early Music, so get ready to tap your toes and be whisked away to the mountains and heather! You don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch: just head to our Facebook Page at 1pm, and, as soon as we start to stream, the video should pop…

The Telling in Retreat

Every Friday at 11am we will bring you a live online workshop or concert via Zoom. Consider it a 30-minute coffee break to escape lockdown and learn something new with some musical enlightenment.

Bach Flute Sonatas

Explore the Bach Sonatas and gain confidence in practising, interpreting and performing them. The six Bach flute sonatas are a cornerstone of the repertoire, but they can be daunting. This class will provides hints and tips on style, ornamentation, articulation and phrasing, as well as musical and historical context. Participants will have opportunities to play,…

The Self-Isolation Choir

At this time of self-isolation, our regular choir rehearsals and concerts have been postponed or cancelled. We wanted to continue to sing, so here is Messiah at Home, in association with www.choraline.com. We have chosen this work in conjunction with ChoraLine because at this time of lock-down, isolation and worry for us all, Messiah is…

The Great WEM Baroquathon – Online!

We can’t get together this year for our annual fundraising Baroquathon – so we’re going online instead. We invite you to submit audio or video recordings of a short piece written before c.1850, which we will upload to our website between Friday 8 May (the proposed date of our 2020 Baroquathon) and Sunday 31 May…

SingTheScore Extra

We will be singing John Wilbye’s ‘Oft have I vowed’ (missed last time) and George Marson’s ‘The nymphs and shepherds’ from The Triumphs of Oriana. There will be a mystery guest and, as always, lots of fun.

Ensemble Hesperi

This week, we’re exploring composers who were associated with hospitals and charities in the 18th century! You don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch: just head to our Facebook Page at 1pm, and, as soon as we start to stream, the video should pop up in the middle of the page under ‘Videos’…

The Telling in Retreat

Every Friday at 11am we will bring you a live online workshop or concert via Zoom. Consider it a 30-minute coffee break to escape lockdown and learn something new with some musical enlightenment.

Grade 6 Theory and Beyond with Katharine Bramley

Following on from our Grade 5 Theory course, Katharine Bramley returns with a course designed for those who are interested in progressing with theory to the higher grades. Whether you are intending to take a theory exam in the near future, or would like to learn more about harmony and melody writing, this is the…

Ensemble Hesperi

You don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch: just head to our Facebook Page at 1pm, and, as soon as we start to stream, the video should pop up in the middle of the page under ‘Videos’ and you just need to click play.

The Telling in Retreat

Every Friday at 11am we will bring you a live online workshop or concert via Zoom. Consider it a 30-minute coffee break to escape lockdown and learn something new with some musical enlightenment.

Free Up Your Playing with Martin Lawrence

Log-in daily for an online open class, followed by a 45 minute individual lesson in the afternoon to explore issues that stop you playing as well as you can: including physical tension; performance anxiety; or just the feeling that you want to express yourself better. A fun course looking at serious issues. As no-one is rehearsing…

SingTheScore Extra

Monteverdi Birthday Edition We know that this is no substitute for in person workshops, but it is at least a way to meet up with Early Music friends and sing some music. This will be an informal session, with an excellent surprise Early Music guest, a chance to sing along with some lovely music, a…

Ensemble Hesperi

You don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch: just head to our Facebook Page at 1pm, and, as soon as we start to stream, the video should pop up in the middle of the page under ‘Videos’ and you just need to click play.

The Telling in Retreat

Every Friday at 11am we will bring you a live online workshop or concert via Zoom. Consider it a 30-minute coffee break to escape lockdown and learn something new with some musical enlightenment.

JS Bach and CPE Bach for solo flute

Log-in daily for an online open class, followed by an individual lesson based around J.S and C.P.E. Bach’s solo Sonatas in A minor. An advanced five-day online flute course for baroque and modern flautists, comparing and contrasting two exceptional baroque solos by J.S. and C.P.E. Bach, written in the same key – but there the…

Gramophone Charity Gala

To support all the musicians whose work has dried up due to the Covid-19 crisis, and who are finding themselves in severe financial difficulty, Gramophone has organised an online gala featuring former Gramophone Classical Music Awards winners. Each artist will introduce and perform a short programme from their own home and viewers will be encouraged to donate to Help…

Ensemble Hesperi

You don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch: just head to our Facebook Page at 1pm, and, as soon as we start to stream, the video should pop up in the middle of the page under ‘Videos’ and you just need to click play.

The Telling in Retreat

Every Friday at 11am we will bring you a live online workshop or concert via Zoom. Consider it a 30-minute coffee break to escape lockdown and learn something new with some musical enlightenment.

Ensemble Hesperi

Tom and Mary-Jannet from Ensemble Hesperi will be live from their living room – performing for around half an hour, and chatting with you too! You don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch: just head to their Facebook Page at 1pm, and, as soon as they start to stream, the video should pop…

The Telling in Retreat

Every Friday at 11am we will bring you a live online workshop or concert via Zoom. Consider it a 30-minute coffee break to escape lockdown and learn something new with some musical enlightenment.

Beautifully Baroque

This class will develop your understanding of baroque flute music and help you perform it with style and confidence. Suitable for players of around Grade 5 and above.

Grade 5 Theory with Katharine Bramley

This five-day course leads you through all the main elements of the ABRSM Grade 5 Theory syllabus, in a topic-based, classroom-style, supportive approach with plentiful examples and instant feedback. Each day will start with a group log-in to Zoom at 10am for the first session, which will last until 11.30am.  The second session of the day will…

Ensemble Hesperi

Tom and Mary-Jannet from Ensemble Hesperi will be live from their living room – performing for around half an hour, and chatting with you too! You don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch: just head to their Facebook Page at 1pm, and, as soon as they start to stream, the video should pop…