Sun 17 Dec 2017

2.00 - 4.00 pm, Leeds Waits, 'A 17th Century Christmas', (Entertaining Sir Arthur Ingram), Temple Newsam, Leeds.

Sun 17 Dec 2017

TVEMF Christmas workshop with Philip Thorby.

Tue 19 Dec 2017

7.30 pm, 'Welcome Yule', Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham. Local chamber choir Antiphon is teaming up with West Northumberland Food Bank for a pre-Christmas evening concert of jollity and wassailing. All proceeds will go to boost the Food Bank’s work over the Christmas season. There will be a mixture of well-known and lesser-known festive items, ancient and modern, and the chance for lusty audience participation at suitable moments! Tickets cost £10, from Cogito Books in St Mary’s Chare, or at the door. Free admission for under-16s. Refreshments will be served, and there will be the opportunity to make additional cash donations during the evening.

Wed 20 Dec 2017

7.30pm St Marys Church, Beverley. The York Waits with Deborah Catterall. Tickets will be available from the beginning of November at the Beverley Tourist Information centre on Butcher Row (Telephone 01482 391672) or on the door on the night of the performance, priced at £10 each and £7 for concessions.

Wed 20 Dec 2017

7.30 - 9.30 pm, Chantry Chapel, Wakefield, St. Austin's Choir Christmas Concert with guest instrumentalists, Leeds Waits. Apart from the music which will be superb, this is a historic building not often open to the public.

Thu 21 Dec 2017

6 pm sharp, York Waits, Micklegate Bar, York. Yule Riding, the annual procession through the Medieval city to the sound of shawms and sackbuts.

Fri 22 Dec 2017

7.30 pm, The York Waits with Deborah Catterall. Wentworth Church near Rotherham, Yorkshire.

Sat 13 Jan 2018

NEEMF choral workshop, Victoria Requiem, led by John Dunford at Garforth, near Leeds. More details on the NEEMF workshop page of this website.

Sat 13 Jan 2018

MEMF, A Renaissance Epiphany, workshop for voices with Robert Hollingworth.

Sat 20 Jan 2018

NWEMF, Cardoso Requiem & other Portuguese composers, for singers with Rory Johnston.

Sat 20 Jan 2018

TVEMF, Domenico Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater, workshop for singers and continuo with Stephen Jones.​

Wed 31 Jan 2018

7.30 pm, I Fagiolini, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, York. Robert Hollingworth director.

Piatto misto:

Monteverdi Lagrime d’amante al sepolchro dell’amata

Ravenscroft There were three ravens

Tomkins Too much I once lamented

Janequin La Chasse

Britten Sacred and profane

Cathy Berberian Stripsody

Janet Wheeler Music to Hear

William Brooks Oooh Will!

Adrian Williams Sonnet (new commission)

Sat 3 Feb 2018

SWEMF, Schütz for voices with Peter Syrus.

Sat 3 Feb 2018

Historical Dance Society, Putting the steps into Playford dances, St Barbara's Scout Hut, Rochester Road, Earlsdon, Coventry, CV5 6AG. (car park adjacent to the hall)
Music workshop: 10.30 a.m.‒1 p.m., led by Andrew Swaine
Dance workshop: 2‒5 p.m., led by Anne Daye
To book, contact Jen Morgan, email:, or tel.: 01926 810415

Sat 10 Feb 2018

NEEMF workshop, Bach at A = 415, for singers and instrumentalists, led by Eric Cross at Whitley Bay. Details on the NEEMF workshop page of this website.

Sat 10 Feb 2018

MEMF, Ceremony and Devotion:Sacred Music of the Tudors (Tallis, Parsons, Sheppard & White) – workshop for voices with Sally Dunkley.

Sat 24 Feb 2018

NWEMF, Schütz, pieces from Geistliche Chormusik (1648, Op 11) & Psalmen Davids (1619, Op 2) for voices & instruments with Andrew Griffiths.

Sat 24 Feb 2018

BMEMF Workshop for singers and instrumentalists with David Hatcher. Music for Lent from the New World.

Wed 28 Feb 2018

7.30 pm, The 24, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, York. Robert Hollingworth director.

Our German cousins

Schütz Ach Herr, straff mich nicht; Die Himmel erzählen;
O primavera!

Hassler Ach Weh des Leiden!

Schein Da Jakob vollendet hatte;
Mein Freund, komme in seinen Garten; Quem quaeris

Mendelssohn Mitten wir in Leben sind op. 23

Brahms Songs opp. 42 & 104

Rheinberger Abendlied

R. Strauss Lied der Freundschaft

Fri 2 Mar 2018

7.30 pm, A concert by Fretwork - The World Encompassed, Sir Francis Drake’s Circumnavigation of the Globe. Asako Morikawa, Reiko Ichnise, Sam Stadlen, Emily Ashton, Richard Boothby - VIOLS - with a Narrator. Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax. Box Office: 01422 349422

Sat 3 Mar 2018

EEMF facsimile singing workshop with John Milsom.​

Tue 6 Mar 2018

1.15 pm, Chetham's School of Music, St Paul's Hall, Huddersfield. Students from Chetham's School of Music give a lunchtime concert of music from 17th and 18th Century France. This concert is part of Chetham's French Baroque Project, marking 350 years since the birth of François Couperin. The concert includes chamber works by Couperin, Rameau and Marais, and is directed by Dr Martyn Shaw.

Wed 7 Mar 2018

7.30 pm, University Chamber Choir, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, York. University Chamber Choir, University Baroque Ensemble, Compagnia d’Istrumenti, Peter Seymour conductor.

JS Bach Easter & Ascension Oratorios:

‘Kommt, eilet und laufet’ BWV 249

‘Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen’ BWV 11

Sat 10 Mar 2018

BMEMF Workshop for recorder players with Grace Barton.

Sat 10 Mar 2018

MEMF, Handel: Dixit Dominus – workshop for voices and instruments with David Hatcher.

Sat 17 Mar 2018

NEEMF workshop, Fifteenth-Century Music & Dance with Gaita, Friends Meeting House, Skinnergate, Darlington DL2 7NB. Details and an application form on the NEEMF workshops page of this website.

Sun 18 Mar 2018

SEMF, Handel for chorus and orchestra, directed by John Hancorn.

Thu 22 Mar 2018

7.30 pm, Old and New, Four's Company, The University of Huddersfield Chamber Choir and Early Music Ensemble, Director: John Bryan, St Paul's Hall, Huddersfield.

Liturgical texts have been set by composers of many different generations: this programme explores contrasts between older and newer versions, from the Renaissance to the present day, interspersed with colourful dance music played on viols, recorders and sackbuts, and elegant baroque trio sonatas.

The University Chamber Choir and Early Music Ensemble give students the opportunity to perform a range of music from the Renaissance and later periods, using replicas of the original instruments. They perform regularly on campus but also at venues including Wakefield Cathedral and the National Centre for Early Music in York. Four’s Company is an ensemble-in-residence at HuCPeR, the University of Huddersfield’s research centre for performance. The focus of the group’s work is on performing trio sonatas of the 17th and 18th Centuries, from early Italian composers such as Cima and Marini to later ‘core’ repertory by Purcell, Corelli and Handel. The ensemble rethinks music that is familiar, often exploring less well-known repertory, guided by current concepts of historically informed performance.

Sat 24 Mar 2018

NWEMF, The transition of music from the C14th to the C15th, Tutor: Don Greig.

Sat 24 Mar 2018

SWEMF workshop, voices and instruments, with Frances Eustace.

Thu 29 Mar 2018

Thu - Thu, 29 Mar - 5 Apr 2018, Easter Recorder Course, The Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire.

Wed 4 Apr 2018

Wed - Mon, 4 - 9 Apr 2018, Easter Early Music Course at Ascot.

Wed 4 Apr 2018

Wed - Mon, 4 - 9 Apr 2018, Chalemie 'Summer' School in Early Music, Dance, Period Costume Making and Commedia. Leading performers will direct a series of workshops on 17th/18th century music, song, dance, commedia and costume making, with a particular emphasis on the English repertoire of this period.

Mon 9 Apr 2018

Mon - Sun, 9 - 15 Apr 2018, The Benslow Baroque Opera: Rameau's Les Indes Galantes.

Tutors: Dionysios Kyropoulos, Julian Perkins, Judy Tarling, Henrik Persson, Andrew Radley

Our Baroque Opera Project returns in 2018 with Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes. We are delighted to welcome back Dionysios Kyropoulos, a specialist in historical acting and Baroque opera, for this production, which will feature scenes from this colourful and vibrant work (complete with an earthquake and volcanic eruption!). Our team of tutors is led by the musical duo of Julian Perkins and Judy Tarling, with Henrik Persson providing the all-important continuo tuition, and Andrew Radley, our vocal coach. We are seeking competent Baroque players with period instruments at A=415 (flutes, oboes, bassoons, trumpet, strings and continuo) and choral singers who are able to learn their lines before the course, and in early 2018 we will be auditioning singers – who must be of a professional standard – for the solo roles. The course begins at 4pm on the Monday and will culminate with a semi-staged performance in French in front of a public audience on the evening of Saturday 14 April.

Sat 14 Apr 2018

The NEEMF Northern performing day out at the Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, a day when groups of musicians and singers play for the public in the wonderful setting of the Bowes Museum.

Sat 14 Apr 2018

SEMF, A polychoral tour of Europe for voices and instruments with Alison Kinder.

Sun 15 Apr 2018

EEMF Baroque day with Steven Devine and Kate Semmens, jointly with TVEMF.

Sat 21 Apr 2018

NWEMF, The music of Giovanni Croce for voices & instruments with Roger Wilkes.

Sat 28 Apr 2018

MEMF, Dominique Phinot: Pater Peccavi, Missa si bona suscepimus and the Lamentations – workshop for voices with Paul Spicer.

Sat 28 Apr 2018

SWEMF workshop for voices: Monteverdi Madrigals with Tim Mirfin.

Sun 29 Apr 2018

NEEMF annual 'day out' at Temple Newsam, Leeds, a day for all of us to enjoy a variety of performances by NEEMF members and friends throughout the day in this magnificent house.

Fri 4 May 2018

Fri - Sun, 4 - 16 May 2018, Benslow Music - Harpsichord Playing with a French Accent. Tutor: Dr Penelope Cave

This year, Dr Penelope Cave will address particular issues in the interpretation of a wide range of French music and its influence throughout Europe. French mannerisms, ornamentation, dance-movements and rhythmic inequality will be covered along with general harpsichord technique, in a friendly workshop situation. Please bring at least one unmeasured prelude and/or one from Couperin’s L’Art de Toucher le Clavecin; a prepared dance movement or two by Lebegue, Dieupart or Rameau; and one from a Bach suite (Partita, French or English Suite). These should all be downloadable from IMSLP the free music site. Edition HH publishes Dieupart very reasonably, and the Ut Orpheus editions of Lebegue and Couperin are also recommended.

Sat 5 May 2018

12.30 pm, Towards the String Quartet, Baroque Day 1, National Centre for Early Music. Compagnia d'Istrumenti

Telemann Quartet in G, TWV 43: G5

Richter Quartet no. 1 op. 5

Mozart, arr. Anon Excerpts from Die Zauberflöte, K 620

Haydn Quartet no. 2 op. 20

Sat 5 May 2018

3.00 pm, Kemp English Fortepiano, National Centre for Early Music.

Mozart Fantasia in D minor K.397
Koželuch Sonata in D
Schubert Moments Musicaux D.780
Koželuch Sonata in F minor

Sat 5 May 2018

7.00 pm, Towards the Symphony, Baroque Day 3, National Centre for Early Music. University of York Baroque Ensemble

Mozart Divertimento in D K 251

WF Bach Sinfonia in D minor F65

Haydn Symphony no.49 in F minor (La Passione)

Fri 11 May 2018

Fri - Sun, 11 - 13 May 2018, Benslow Music - The Seventeenth-Century String Band. Tutors: Judy Tarling, Annette Isserlis

Join historical specialists Judy Tarling (violin) and Annette Isserlis (viola) as we seek to re-create the string band of the 17th-century court, emulating the '24 violons' of Louis XIV which was copied in the theatres of Restoration England. The '24' was composed of varying sizes of members of the violin family, particularly strong in the three viola parts, with equal treble and bass sections. We are seeking an orchestra of baroque string players at A=415 and continuo players (harpsichord, theorbo, baroque guitar) to explore repertoire ranging from Lully to Purcell, including German suites by Fischer and the Austrian Schmelzer. Suites, overtures and dances will all demonstrate how the French dance style raged around Europe.

Sat 12 May 2018

SEMF, Top tunes of the Early Renaissance, Loud Wind Day directed by Lizzie Gutteridge.

Mon 14 May 2018

Mon - Wed, 14 - 16 May 2018, Benslow Music - Advanced Harpsichord Accompaniment. Tutor: Robin Bigwood

This new course is aimed at harpsichordists who have covered the fundamentals of figured bass realisation (perhaps after completing our ‘Figuring It Out’ course) and are now looking to develop their skills further. In whole-class and small group sessions (and with a real live soloist and bass player on hand for you to work with) you’ll develop your expressive range, learn how to vary your approach according to style and period, and cope with everything from intimate solo sonatas to large orchestral works. Participants should be keyboard players fluent in reading treble and bass clefs, and comfortable realising typical baroque basses (eg. Corelli or Handel) from the figures. An ability to sight-read figured basses is an advantage, but not essential - it will be possible to prepare some standard repertoire for the course in advance.

Sat 19 May 2018

EEMF Polychoral day with Philip Thorby, joint event with TVEMF.

Sat 19 May 2018

MEMF Workshop for Voices and instruments with Jamie Savan.

Mon 21 May 2018

Mon - Thu, 21 - 24 May 2018, Benslow Music - Heinrich Schütz and his Contemporaries. Tutors: Peter Bassano, Jeremy West

We are delighted to welcome back Benslow Music regular and Music Director of the Gentlemen of the Chapel Peter Bassano who is joined by one of the world’s foremost cornett players and a founding member of His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts for this brand new course. We are looking for singers, sackbuts, cornetts and strings, as well as a continuo group of cello, bass and keyboard to spend some time focusing on Venetian Music written for voices and brass by Schütz and his contemporaries. From instrumental works by Schein, Scheidt and Hassler to music from Schütz’s Psalms of David, Peter and Jeremy will lead you through this wonderful music. An opportunity not to be missed!

Sat 26 May 2018

NWEMF, Franco Flemish music for singers and invited instruments with William Carslake.

Sun 27 May 2018

Sun - Fri, 27 May - 1 June 2018, Renaissance Flute course with Clare Beesley,

Following on from a successful “taster” Renaissance flute day in conjunction with SEMF in May, I’m delighted to be holding a Renaissance flute course at the beautiful Moulin de Cajarc, in Cordes, Southern France in 2018.

The course will run from 27th May until 1st June, will be relatively small-scale (about 10 participants) and based within an idyllic setting. Renaissance consort playing (at pitch A=440Hz) forms the focus of the course, with encouragement in reading from original notation and clefs, alongside sessions aimed at developing tone and technique. Additional topics will include articulation and text, diminution playing and an introduction to the use of sol-fa hexachord theory in consort.

Moulin de Cajarc, Cordes-Sur-Ciel, France.

Sun 10 Jun 2018

Sun - Sun, 10 - 17 Jun 2018, Chorus Week, Il Laboratorio musicale, in Venice, for experienced singers. Leaders: Martin Schmidt and Frank Leenen, both former professors for choir-conducting at the Musikhochschule in Karlsruhe. Email for details.

Sat 16 Jun 2018

NWEMF workshop, Peter Philips, Tutor: Peter Syrus.

Sat 23 Jun 2018

SEMF Choral workshop with David Allinson.

Sat 30 Jun 2018

EEMF Renaissance polyphony singing day with David Allinson.

Sat 14 Jul 2018

MEMF String workshop with Teresa Caudle.

Sun 22 Jul 2018

Sun - Sat, 22 - 28 Jul 2018, Beauchamp Early Music Course, “ANGELS and MINISTERS OF GRACE….”, directed by Philip Thorby. The course is open to singers and instrumentalists and is unique in that, with its strong brass and loud wind sections, it is possible to play large-scale pieces. We are able to offer bedroom accommodation in addition to camping/local B&Bs.

For more information (leaflet, booking form, etc) visit and follow the link to holiday music courses or email

Sat 28 Jul 2018

Sat - Sat, 28 July - 4 Aug 2018, NORVIS XLVIII - an annual week-long early music summer course in Durham. We welcome players of recorders, viols, lutes, baroque strings, harpsichord and voices. There is a wide range of activities with repertoire from early renaissance to late baroque. We are lavishly staffed with inspirational tutors who also feature strongly in our evening concerts. Generous bursaries available. See or tel 07736 108771

Sat 28 Jul 2018

Sat - Sat, 28 July - 4 Aug 2018, Recorder Summer School at Bishop Burton College, Beverley.

Sun 5 Aug 2018

Sun - Sat, 5 - 12 Aug 2018, THE 50th HISTORICAL DANCE AND MUSIC ANNUAL SUMMER SCHOOL - Masque Dance and Music at the Jacobean Court. Stonyhurst College, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 9PZ.

Delegates choose either the dance or the music route, spending the mornings in technique classes with their chosen tutor. Afternoon sessions feature a range of workshops focusing on elements of the masque: music, song, rhetorical gesture and speech; antimasque (dances of character and action), torchbearers’ dances and main masque dances by courtiers. You are welcome to contact the course administrator, Lynne Spicer,
to discuss your needs (tel. 01664 822404 or email
Full course: £575 (Sun 5th to Sun 12th August). Short course: £250 (Sun 5th to Wed 8th August)

Sun 5 Aug 2018

Sun - Sun, 5 - 12 August 2018, Meeting Musical des Monts Dore, France. Annual, multi-lingual summer school for recorders, harpsichord and viol at La Bourboule in the Auvergne. Tutors: Marion Doherty and Kate Hearne.

Sun 12 Aug 2018

Sun - Sun, 12–19 Aug 2018, Baroque Week, annual summer school, Baroque chamber music and larger projects, for singers and players, Caversham, Berkshire.

Mon 13 Aug 2018

Mon - Fri, 13 - 17 Aug 2018, HISS, The Historically Informed Summer School at Bishop Burton College, Beverley.

Sat 18 Aug 2018

Sat - Sat, 18 - 25 Aug 2018, the Irish Recorder and Viol Course at An Grianán ('The Sunny Place'), Termonfechin, on the coast north of Dublin.

Mon 27 Aug 2018

Mon - Sun, 27 Aug - 02 Sep 2018, Musica per San Marco, Early Music Course for experienced singers
Led by: Edzard Burchards and Kai Schulze-Forster, Venice. E-Mail:

Sat 22 Sep 2018

SWEMF workshop, voices and instruments with Matt Kingston.

Sat 22 Sep 2018

MEMF Angels (Dering,Guerrero, Sweelinck, Hassler,etc) – workshop for Singers with Patrick Craig.

Sat 13 Oct 2018

MEMF Italian Renaissance – workshop for voices and instruments with Philip Thorby.