Sat 9 Mar 2019

Saturday 9 March 2019

Piper, strike up!

A workshop on playing for dancing at Clements Hall, York

led by de Mowbray's Musicke

You are invited to a workshop on Playing for Dancing. de Mowbray’s Musicke will be taking us through several centuries of dance, from the 14th to the 20th century. They welcome all instruments (at A=440), including percussion, and even hope to persuade some musicians to dance! They will send you the music in advance so that you can familiarise yourself with it, leaving you on the day free to get a feel for the dance you’re playing for; to come up with some variations on the tunes and perhaps some improvisations; and most importantly to watch the dancers. They plan to have some full sessions and some small group sessions. It should be a rewarding and fascinating day. Dancers: you are also welcome but you may have to sit around quite a lot.

The workshop will be led by Kate Billmore, Sammi Tooze, Peter Barnard and Ray Wiseman of de Mowbray’s Musicke, who are well known for their work in teaching dance to new audiences and for playing great music for dancing. They specialise in music, songs and dances from the 15th and 16th centuries, although Peter and Kate also play as folk dance musicians and callers. Download application form.

Sun 14 Apr 2019

The NEEMF annual playing 'day out' at Temple Newsam House, Leeds. A day when NEEMF members and their friends perform for the public in this splendid setting.


Leeds Waits

Renaissance town band


Gina Le Faux

Baroque violin and mandolin


Geoff Walker

Broadside ballads


Atkinson and LeMaire

Lute songs



Les Chansonniers

C17th-18th instrumental music


Shadwell Lutes

Lute ensemble



Medieval minstrels


Simon Nisbett



St. Austin's Choir

Renaissance polyphony

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.