Sun 28 Apr 2019

NEEMF annual Northern Playing Day at The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle. An opportunity for the public to hear NEEMF members and their friends perform in this most magnificent of museums. Details later.

Sat 4 May 2019

Peter Holman

English Coronation Anthems

by John Blow and Henry Purcell

A workshop for voices, strings and continuo, A= 415

St Benedict’s RC Church, Garforth, Leeds LS25 1PX

Peter Holman has taught at many conservatories, universities, and summer schools in Britain, Europe and the USA. He is director of The Parley of Instruments and the choir Psalmody, and musical director of Opera Restor'd. Professor of Historical Musicology at Leeds University, he also is well-known locally as a conductor of Leeds Baroque. Peter was appointed MBE in 2015 for services to early music.

We shall be performing;

John Blow, God spake sometime in visions (1685) SSAATTBB, strings, continuo

Henry Purcell: My heart is inditing (1685) SSAATTBB, strings, continuo

Henry Purcell: Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem (1689), SSATB, strings, continuo

The workshop is open to voices (SATB) and players of violin, viola and cello, Baroque players particularly welcome. We shall play @ A= 415. There are also parts for a lutenist, theorbo player and a bass viol as continuo. A competent keyboard player who can read figured bass is also sought. Download application form.

Sat 8 Jun 2019

Orlande de Lassus: Missa Osculetur Me.

A workshop for voices and instruments led by John Dunford

Clements Hall, York.

John Dunford has achieved a strong reputation as a music teacher and for his work as a conductor and soloist. He has worked across a broad range of periods and styles of accompanied and unaccompanied choral music. Many Neemf singers will remember his positive and encouraging leadership of the Victoria Requiem workshop in January 2108, but this workshop will be open to players as well as singers.
We shall be performing Lassus’s magnificent mass, based on his motet Osculetur me (‘let him kiss me’ etc from the Song of Solomon). Lassus makes use of a double choir in order to gain both great fullness of sound and at other moments the use of separate voice-parts defining their own roles in the structure.
The workshop is open to SATB singers, and to bowed strings (viol or violin family), recorders, curtals, cornetts and sackbuts. However, parts this mass will, on the day, remain the province of singers only. Download application form.

Sun 16 Jun 2019

A NEEMF playing day in the East Riding. NEEMF members and their friends will play for the public at Burton Constable Hall, Skirlaugh, East Yorkshire, HU11 4LN, a truly gorgeous Elizabethan mansion which incorporates parts of much earlier buildings. Details later

Sat 20 Jul 2019

Playing Medievally

a workshop for singers and instrumentalists led by Ian Pittaway

Friends Meeting House, Darlington.

Details later.

Sat 21 Sep 2019

Four-part Lute Songs, a workshop in Shadwell, Leeds, led by Jacob Heringman,

a workshop run jointly with The Lute Society.

Details later

(Please note that this was originally listed as an untutored workshop.)

Sat 19 Oct 2019

NEEMF AGM and workshop

Polyhymnia Caduceatrix et Panegyrica

Large-scale motets from Praetorius’s seminal collection of 1619

a workshop for voices and instruments led by David Hatcher

Clements Hall, York

Details later.

Sun 17 Nov 2019

Sunday 17th November 2019

‘The Noodle Factory’

A workshop on ornamentation open to singers and instrumentalists

led by Paula Chateauneuf

Priory Street Centre, York

A gentle introduction to the art of improvisation, ornamentation and decoration in the manner of the great 16th- and 17th-century Improvisation Masters.

Some people think one needs to be born with an 'Improvisation Gene' to be able to extemporise, but this couldn't be further from the truth. All that's required is to learn some basic techniques which can be 'plugged in' to a given situation. 16th- and 17th-century writers recognised this, and their fascinating improvisation manuals contain all the materials you could ever need or want to learn to improvise, and expand your ear and musical imagination. This workshop will be a taster session for anyone who would like to try their hand at doing some early improvisation - it's very informal and no prior improvisation or early music experience is necessary to take part.

The day will explore the materials in 16th- and 17th-century manuals and how to use them practically, and then apply those techniques to learn to extemporize on ground basses, create variations on popular tunes, and add your own graces and ornamentation to pre-composed pieces. Improvisation enhances, intensifies, and ‘seasons’ performances, and helps you to make a piece your own. Singers and instrumentalists are welcome - come along and dip your toe in the water!

More details later.