List of upcoming NEEMF events

Sat, 13 Jun 2020

Workshop for singers, with Rory McCleery

Infelix Ego - Recusant masterpieces by Byrd, Tallis & De Monte

Clements Hall York. 



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Sun, 14 Jun 2020

NEEMF performing day at Burton Constable Hall

Burton Constable, Skirlaugh, Hull HU11 4LN

An opportunity for the public to hear NEEMF performers and their friends in this magnificent setting


Sat, 18 Jul 2020

’T’Arty Tunes’ an instrumental workshop with Mary Tyers. 

St Benedict's RC Church, Garforth, near Leeds


Sat, 19 Sep 2020

Saturday 19th Sept 2020

Sisters of Ferrara:

An introduction to singing equal-voice polyphony

led by Laurie Stras

Clements Hall, York

A workshop for women’s voices (tenor range included)

supported by bass viol and keyboard

The musica secreta or concerto delle dame of Duke Alfonso II d'Este, was an ensemble of virtuoso female musicians that performed music behind closed doors at the castello in Ferrara. This workshop will be led by Professor Laurie Stras who has immense knowledge of this topic both as performer and scholar. She is co-director, with Deborah Roberts, of the performing group Musica Secreta, whose album Lucrezia Borgia's Daughter is a recording of the earliest known published music intended for performance by nuns. Her book, Women and Music in Sixteenth-Century Ferrara looks at the music-making of four generations of princesses, noblewomen and nuns in Ferrara, as performers, creators, and patrons. The book examines the role of the princess nun musician, Leonora d'Este, the only surviving daughter of Lucrezia Borgia and Alfonso I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara, and rethinks the relationships between polyphony and song, sacred and secular, performer and composer, patron and musician, court and convent. The workshop will include both sacred and secular pieces to allow us to see some of the range of this exciting repertoire. As usual, music will be provided but participants will also be able to download free scores from the Musica Secreta website.

Ideally, singers will be supported by one or two bass viols and a keyboard. These could be played by non-singers or by singers who would like to alternate singing and playing. Please indicate your preference when applying.

COVID-19: we are hoping that this workshop will be able to take place, but if not you will be offered a full refund.

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Sat, 24 Oct 2020

Saturday 24th October 2020

AGM workshop conducted by Alison Kinder

Ecco Vinegia Bella - Behold Beautiful Venice

Clements Hall, York.


An Italian polychoral day with pieces by Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli, Ascanio Trombetti and Leonardo Casolani. For everybody! Absolutely everyone is welcome to join us for a day in (mostly) Venice - singers of all voice parts, recorders, viols, baroque strings, brass, curtals. Realistically, though, there is unlikely to be a suitable home for windcaps on this occasion. The pitch will be A 440.

The joy of working in multiple choirs is that you can take the opportunity to find yourself in very different sound worlds. Alison will make it clear which instruments and voices are required in each choir, and then you can choose whether you fancy singing in a choir with brass, playing your viol in a viols and recorders choir, or at the bottom of a choir that is otherwise vocal, singing bass in an acapella choir, or in a choir where all the other parts are being played - if you look carefully at all the various options you should be able to plan yourself an adventurous day!

The pieces we will work on are:

Andrea Gabrieli – Ecco Venegia Bella a12 (two choirs) A secular text in the polychoral tradition that we would usually associate with great religious works for San Marco. It is in praise of Venice, and of the young King Henry III who was visiting the city.

Leonardo Casolani - Ave Maria a12 (three choirs) A short but exquisitely beautiful setting of the Ave Maria by a composer who is otherwise virtually unknown.

Giovanni Gabrieli – Amor, Dove Mi Guidi a12 (three choirs) Another secular text, this time about love (as always, unrequited!) but the author will laugh in the face of it, and be happy because his lady lives and therefore so does love!

Ascanio Trombetti – Misericordiae Tuae a12 (three choirs) Mr Trombone actually worked in Bologna rather than Venice, but we’ve allowed him to visit with this beautiful setting of Great Is Thy Mercy.

Alison Kinder is a viol player with Chelys consort of viols where she enjoys researching and performing programmes covering all aspects of consort music. She has a particular interest in Renaissance viols (early viols made with no soundpost) with The Linarol Consort who play on copies of the earliest surviving viol. Venturing into the 18th Century with a beautiful 7-string viol named Flo, Alison plays with lutenist Lynda Sayce in Apollo's Revels, working alongside two baroque dancers. Alison has a great love of working with singers, and the affinity between the sound of the viol and the voice. She has recently been enjoying working with Musica Secreta, recording the newly discovered complete Lamentations of Jeremiah by Antoine Brumel. 

A keen teacher of both children and adults, Alison is a tutor on a number of Early Music courses including the Easter Early Music Course and Norvis, and she regularly leads workshops for the various Early Music Fora. She is co-director of Rondo Viol Academy, which runs weekend courses for players of all standards from Elementary to Advanced.

Application form later, COVID-19 permitting.

Sat, 9 Jan 2021

NEEMF  workshop for Singers with David Allinson

Music for Epiphany and the Baptism of the Lord

Newcastle upon Tyne. Details later.