The Journey of the Mayflower

Stile Antico – The Journey of the Mayflower “One small candle may light a thousand….”  So wrote William Bradford, a Pilgrim on board the Mayflower. In September 1620, the small band of religious puritans sailed to what would become New … Read More


OneVoiceCampaign is a grassroots campaign to save the UK’s Performing Arts.  Their website includes some interesting videos that are relevant for anyone organising musical activities. Their latest video is of an interview with Barbara Eifler – CEO of Making Music … Read More

Burghclere Baroque

Burghclere Baroque is an organisation formed by Theresa Caudle in 2020 to promote the performance and study of baroque music in the beautiful, peaceful surroundings of the village of Burghclere in rural North Hampshire. Chamber Days and Orchestral Days will … Read More

Consort Music Minus One – Update

An update from David Hatcher on his project Consort Music Minus One There are now over 140 pieces available as Consort-Music-Minus-One tracks, ranging from two-part pieces by Agricola to a thirteen-part canon from the Eton Choirbook by Robert Wylkyinson, with … Read More

Online Early Music Forum (OEMF)

Early Music in Lockdown with Jamulus Meeting Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, at 6pm 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, … Read More

Online Dance Classes

Beauchamp-Feuillet Notation Reading Classes with Philippa Waite As the coronavirus pandemic has forced the cancellation of the majority of classes this term, Philippa is now offering a series of 5 notation reading classes for different levels – Beginner/Improver/Intermediate & Mixed … Read More

Recorder Music Resources

Helen Hooker’s Virtual Consorts Including Byrd, Bach and Purcell With so many recorder players missing their consort playing right now I’ve been busy creating some virtual consort resources.  I’ve created a new page on my website where I will host … Read More

Renaissance Wind Band

Workshop directed by Tim Bayley Gloucester Cathedral, 29th February 2020 What a joyful day! Tim provided a fabulous programme of music on the theme of Exultate and Laudate, beginning with a piece for 24 parts, Handl’s Laudate Domine, that was … Read More

Cat on the Keys Music

Cat on the Keys Music is a small publishing company producing scores and parts of music from the 16th to 19th centuries. Critical editions, performers editions and arrangements for a variety of voices and instruments are reasonably priced and offered as download for you … Read More

Peter Harrison on Historic Flute

In these difficult times we can’t make music with friends and colleagues so I’ve been digging out my solo flute music.  Flute playing was a popular pastime in the eighteenth century and a number of pocket-sized collections of music were published … Read More

I Fagiolini’s SingTheScore

Sing the Score with I Fagiolini A new series of videos coming out once a week where a Fagiolini track is played with the score appearing simultaneously.  Currently we have two Monteverdi madrigals and you can play the thing … Read More

Alison Kinder YouTube Channel

Viol player Alison Kinder, known to many in SWEMF, has started a YouTube channel which you can view, and subscribe to, here: The first video is also available below: This is the first video on a new channel for … Read More

West Country Carols

Workshop Led by Eddie Upton Leigh, near Sherborne; 25th January 2020 This workshop, organised with admirable efficiency by Alison Suter, took place in the beautiful and well-equipped village hall in Leigh (pronounced ‘Lie’) near Sherborne.  This was a new venue … Read More

BMEMF Music Library

The Border Marches Early Music Forum (BMEMF) have lots of consort music available to borrow – see their website for further details, including the full list of music available:  BMEMF Music Library

Music on the Levels

Music on the Levels are looking for early music performers/groups who might be interested in taking part in an event – performers do get paid. Please contact with any suitable proposals. Music on the Levels Brings high-quality music to … Read More

Baroque and Historical Dance Classes

Spring Term 2020 dates for Philippa Waite’s regular Baroque and historical dance classes in London, Bath, Cardiff and Exeter are now available online at: In addition to regular classes, there will be a weekend Baroque dance workshop at Improver, … Read More

A Consort of Tabor Pipes

On Saturday 14th September 2019 a significant musical event occurred.   As part of the International Pipe and Tabor Festival organised by the Taborers Society, a consort of tabor pipes played in the historic Holy Trinity church in Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare’s burial place) … Read More

New Publication – Palestrina For All

Palestrina For All: Unwrapping, Singing, Celebrating by Jonathan Boswell This new book on Palestrina is written for the general reader.  It describes large numbers of the works in accessible fashion, including many neglected treasures.  It addresses the history and explores … Read More

Vespers Workshop

Directed by Tomós Watkins The Village Hall, Culmstock; 6th July 2019 An exploration of Vespers repertoire in the Southern European tradition for Voices and Portative Organ It was warm in the Culm valley on 6th July, when we gathered, just … Read More

Portuguese Polyphony

Workshop directed by David Allison Gloucester Cathedral; 11th May 2019 Joint Workshop with BMEMF On a lovely sunny day, Gloucester Cathedral was looking wonderful, with the forecourt, previously simply a car park area, newly renovated. There were more treats in … Read More

Renaissance Wind Band

Workshop directed by Tim Bayley Gloucester Cathedral, 16th March 2019 Once again in the lovely setting of the Parliament Room at Gloucester Cathedral, we had a very successful day’s playing under the baton of Tim Bayley of the York Waits. … Read More

Ecce … Peter Philips

A Workshop for Singers directed by Peter Syrus St John’s Church, Glastonbury, 26th January 2019 One of the pleasures of SWEMF events is being introduced to little known composers like Peter Phillips. (For example, I have on computer file 3300 … Read More

Workshop for Voices and Instruments

Directed by Matt Kingston St. John’s Church, West Bay, 22nd September 2018 It was a dull, sea-misty sort of day on 22nd September at West Bay, Dorset this year, but spring arrived when the assembled company of three dozen singers and … Read More

Bath SRP Singing and Playing Day

Directed by Graham Coatman St. Luke’s Church Bath, 7th July 2018 Splendours of la Serenissima – Lo Sposalizio del Mare Singing and Playing day for singers and players of recorders and other instruments, hosted by the Bath Society of Recorder Players. … Read More

The Nine Days’ Wonder

A Workshop for Voices and Instruments directed by Alison Kinder Backwell, 9th June 2018 Many people know the story of William Kemp, the clown with the big ego who Morris-danced (‘daunced’) his way from London to Norwich in nine days; … Read More

Chair’s Report – September 2018

Looking back over the list of past workshops, one cannot help noticing that most of the repertoire we cover is from the Renaissance and early Baroque. This is perhaps not surprising, since works from that period are more suited to the kind of … Read More

Monteverdi Madrigals

A workshop for voices directed by Tim Mirfin Thorverton, 28th April 2018 This was difficult music, and the 42 singers who attended St Thomas of Canterbury at Thorverton, under Tim Mirfin’s enlightening direction and Becky Stannard’s excellent organization, had to … Read More

O What Evil is War!

A workshop for voices and instruments on the music of the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) – directed by Gawain Glenton Keynsham, 23rd September 2017 This was the first workshop run by Gawain for SWEMF, but all of us present hope it … Read More

A Polychoral Tour of Europe

Workshop directed by Alison Kinder Thornbury, 17th June 2017 NB: where voice parts are indicated below — SATB etc. — these are the composers’ original voicings, not necessarily as we performed the works, with instruments replacing voices rather than doubling! … Read More