Some Early Music Links

Other Early Music Forums in the UK :

Societies, Festivals, Web portals, etc.

Ashford Baroque Ensemble (Middlesex)
Under its director, Philip Buckmaster, the ABE aims for an authentic playing style, for practical reasons playing mostly at modern pitch. They play music from about 1550-1775.

Baroque Music in Winchester Guildhall
A new concert series, starting in March 2012.

Beauchamp Early Music Course 
23-29 July 2017:   ‘Holy Week’ directed by Philip Thorby and David Hatcher.
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 have a new home this year at Wotton House, a quiet oasis in the city of Gloucester, and are pleased to offer some bedroom accommodation in addition to camping/local B&Bs.  For more information visit and follow the link to holiday music courses or email

Benslow Music Trust
Residential Music Courses for Amateur Musicians
Little Benslow Hills, Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG4 9RP
Tel: 01462 459 446 (9am-5pm weekdays)
Email: info[at]

Brighton Early Music Festival
An annual event in October and November.

British Harpsichord Society
Aims to promote the awareness, enjoyment, study, performance and ownership of harpsichords and related plucked keyboard instruments in Britain.
The website contains a wealth of links to harpsichord related information, including teachers, concerts, makers etc. It is entirely email and web based and is free to join.

Cambridge Early Music
Cambridge Early Music runs summer schools - short intensive study courses - in Baroque, Renaissance and Medieval music, and organises an annual programme of concerts, many of which take place alongside the summer schools. Cambridge Early Music was founded in 1992 and run as a not-for-profit organization by Selene Mills.

Canterbury Gregorian Music Society
The Canterbury Gregorian Music Society was launched towards the end of 2007 by a group of enthusiasts who wanted to learn more about Gregorian Music and have opportunities to sing Gregorian Chant and meet others with similar interests. It is a secular society, in that it does not belong to any particular religious group.
CGMS hopes to explore the breadth of the Gregorian tradition as well as overlaps with other chant traditions such as the Jewish, Byzantine, Orthodox and Sufi traditions.
It is hoped to organise three or four events per year.

Dartington International Summer School of Music
The Summer School is held in late July and August each year and includes early music strands.

Dolmetsch Historical Dance Society 48th Annual Summer School 2016:
Dances from the 15th Century Courts of Europe
Sunday 7th to Sunday 14th August 2016 at Stoneyhurst College, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 9PZ
Tutors for Dance are Hazel Dennison and Bruce Gondoni.  The Music Tutor is Keith McGowan.
For further information, visit where there is a full descriptive on-line brochure, and booking forms.

Dolmetsch Early Music Links 

Early Music Network Early Music Today
A quarterly magazine (reduced price for annual subscription), also available as a digital download.

Easter Early Music Course
This course began life as the Welsh Early Music Week at Swansea in 1984 and in 2000 found a new and comfortable home in St. George's School, Ascot. It is designed for players of viols, recorders and other early instruments.
The 2017 course will take place on 1st to 7th April and will include a focus on the 450th anniversary of the birth of Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643). 

Early Music Muse
A blog by Ian Pittaway with 'musings on medieval, renaissance and traditional music' with lots of pictures. Index of articles.
Ian Pittaway is 'a singer and player of mediaeval, renaissance and early baroque music on period instruments – lute, bray harp, cittern, etc. – and traditional/folk music on modern guitars in various tunings'.

English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble 
The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble is a virtuoso period instrument ensemble at the forefront of the early music scene.  Their next playing weekend will be at Cartmel Priory from 25-27 September 2015.  For further details, contact Jenny Walsh (email)

Folkestone Baroque Choir
Directed by Ross Winters
Started in September 2012 in association with Folkestone Baroque, the choir will focus on smaller scale works by composers such as Buxtehude, Carissimi, Sweelinck, Schutz and Purcell as well as venturing into suitable cantatas by Bach.
For further information, contact Ross Winters (email).

The Golden Pages: Conference listings in musicology and other links for musicologists

Hawkwood College, Stroud, Gloucestershire: see the course listings for early music events

HISS (Historically Informed Summer School)
Residential summer school, organised by North East Early Music Forum
2012: York St John University

Irish Recorder and Viol Course
One-to-a-part and ensembles for recorders, viols and other early instruments.

courses for singers and players of renaissance and baroque instruments

Morley College Music Department
Morley's Music department provides a high standard of tuition for musicians at all levels of ability, from absolute beginners to aspiring professionals.
We offer a wide range of courses covering everything from drum kit to opera, world music to Pro-Tools, and renaissance polyphony to 20th-century composition. There are many opportunities for performance and, for those wishing to go on to study music at university, we offer a successful one-year Access to HE Diploma in music or music technology.

The Musick Cabinet
The Musick Cabinet is a group of like-minded musicians based in Kent, UK, playing a variety of instruments to bring to life a selection of curious old classical, baroque, renaissance and mediaeval music. For each playing session or performance, a different group of friends focus their instruments, interests and talents on the particular repertoire to be explored. Music played is mainly for small ensembles but from a wide historical range, from mediaeval through renaissance, baroque and classical to romantic and modern.

NORVIS (Northumbrian Recorder and Viol School)
NORVIS early music summer school is held annually in Durham England.
The course covers all aspects of early music and is suitable for beginners through to advanced and solo players.
There are technique classes for viols, recorders, singing, harpsichord, lute and baroque strings.
Other activities include consort playing, concerts, lectures, trio sonatas, renaissance band, choir, baroque orchestra and early dancing.
For further information please e-mail:

NWEMF Summer School of Renaissance music
An annual event organised by North West Early Music Forum.
Further details on the NWEMF web site

Oxford Early Music Festival - 15th-17th May 2015
The 2015 Oxford Early Music Festival features a wide range of fantastic concerts given by renowned early music artists, as well as expanding to broaden participation with two practical workshops.
Events include a free drop-in session giving you the chance to try playing a viol and a workshop giving singers a chance to learn how to read from Renaissance notation.

Other musical treats to look forward to include a gala performance of the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610, renowned early music vocal ensemble Stile Antico with a programme of meditative Tudor music, organist and early music expert John Butt and young ensemble Oxford Baroque with programmes spanning over two centuries of music from Taverner to Bach. 

For full details of all events, please visit

Petworth Festival
Annual festival in July with occasional events throughout the year. 

A blog about the twentieth-century pioneers of early music.

Sherborne Early Music was created by a collective of friends and like-minded musicians who met whilst studying at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland:  cornettist Gawain Glenton, harpist Kirsty Whatley, singer Katharine Hawnt and fidel, viol and recorder player Uri Smilanksy. Most of our events are Early Music Days and Workshop Weekends.
See the events diary for further information.

Society of Recorder Players
The SRP brings together recorder players of all ages all over the UK. There are over 50 across the British Isles, meeting monthly (or in some cases more often) for playing sessions. Most branches are conducted by a Musical Director or by conductors from within the branch, but also have well-known visiting conductors at some of their meetings.

Stour Music
Festival of Music in East Kent.
Founded by the counter-tenor Alfred Deller in 1962, the annual early music festival of Stour Music takes place at the end of June each year in the beautiful pilgrim church of All Saints' Boughton Aluph, situated in the heart of the Kent countryside and renowned for its superb acoustic.

The Early Music Pioneers Archive (TEMPAR)
Early Music (i.e. music up to around 1800) started to become more widely popular after World War II. This blog will primarily be about the pioneers who re-discovered this repertoire and started playing it on original instruments, or modern copies, in the authentic style, which is now often called historically informed performance, or HIP for short.

Triora Musica
Courses on early music for singers and players in the beautiful Ligurian hill town of Triora, Italy.
Run by leading musicians, courses cover a range of ability from complete beginners to advanced students and young professionals.
Triora Musica's director is Deborah Roberts who also intends to develop weekend singing courses in Brighton where she is co-artistic director of the Brighton Early Music Festival.

Viola da Gamba Society
The Viola da Gamba Society was founded in 1948 with the aim of advancing the study of viols, their music, their playing, and their making.
From 2008, the Viola da Gamba Society Journal is available free of charge online.

The Waits Website
The Official Website of the International Guild of Town Pipers.
From medieval times up to the beginning of the 19th century, every British town and city of any note had a band of Waits. Their duties varied from time to time and place to place, but included playing their instruments through the town at night, waking the townsfolk on dark winter mornings by playing under their windows, welcoming Royal visitors by playing at the town gates, and leading the Mayor's procession on civic occasions.

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