Courses & Workshops

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2 Dec, MEMF workshop for voices and instruments (Christmas Music)
Alison Kinder. Dale Street Methodist Church, Leamington Spa
5-7 Dec
Christmas Consorts, Rondo Viol Academy, High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire website

10 Dec, NEEMF workshop for singers and instrumentalists, Medieval Christmas
Tutor: Magnus Williamson. Venue: Armstrong Building, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. Organiser: Alice Brunton or 07505 148982
17 Dec, TVEMF Christmas Workshop
Philip Thorby. Amersham
13 Jan, MEMF workshop for voices and instruments: A Renaissance Epiphany
Tutor: Robert Hollingworth. Venue: Selly Oak Methodist Church, Langleys Road B29 6HT
19-21 Jan, Viol Consorts with David Hatcher and Jane Francis
Ideally pre-formed consorts should apply, with music selected and prepared in advance to get more out of the weekend’s coaching. For a minimum of three out of the seven coached sessions, the groups will be mixed up, offering opportunities to play from facsimile on renaissance viols, and to give participants a chance to play with different people in a smaller or larger consort than their pre-formed group. Players are expected to be competent readers and players, although a pre-formed group of more elementary players, able to work at a compatible level, would be welcome.
Hawkwood College , Painswick Old Road, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6 7QW 01453 759034
3 Feb, SWEMF Workshop for voices and continuo on the music of Schuetz
Peter Syrus, St Mary's Church Hall, Magdalene Street, Glastonbury BA6 9EJ
details available from SWEMF

24 Feb, TVEMF Renaissance playing and singing day
David Fletcher. Burnham
24 Feb, NWEMF workshop for singers and instruments. Schuetz
Tutor: Andrew Griffiths. All Saints Church, 2 Vicarage Road, Hoole, Chester CH2 3HZ
24 Feb, BMEMF workshop for singers and instrumentalists, Music for Lent from the New World
Tutor: David Hatcher. Venue: Bartestree Village, Ledbury Road, Bartestree HR1 4BY. Organiser: Marna Gowan
17 Mar, NEEMF workshop, 15th-century music and dance with Gaita
Venue: Friends Meeting House, Skinnergate, Darlington DL2 7NB
24 March, SWEMF Workshop for voice and instruments
Frances Eustace. St John's Church, West Bay, DT6 3NN
details from SWEMF
24 Mar, NWEMF workshop on the transition from the 14th to the 15th century. Tutor: Don Greig. Venue: Morley Green Club SK9 5NT
14 Apr, SEMF workshop for voices and instruments, A Polychoral Tour of Europe. Tutor: Alison Kinder. Venue: Bosham, near Chichester
14 Apr, NEEMF performing day out at the bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
A day when groups of singers and musicians play for the public in this wonderful setting
21 Apr, NWEMF workshop for voice and instruments, The Music of Giovanni Croce. Tutor: Roger Wilkes. Venue: Morley Green Club, Mobberley Road, Wilmslow SK9 5NT
19 May, MEMF workshop for voices and instruments
Tutor: Jamie Savan. Venue tbc
26 May, NWEMF workshop for singers and invited instruments.
Franco-Flemish music including movements from Brumels' Missa et Ecce Terrae Motus. Tutor: William Carslake. Venue: St Martin's Chapel, Lancaster
9 June, SWEMF Workshop for voice and instruments on Will Kemp, His Journey from London to Norwich
Tutor: Alison Kinder, Venue Blackwell (tbc)
Organiser: Heather Gibbard. Details from SWMEF
22 Sep, SWMEF Workshop for voices and instruments
Matt Kingston. St John's Church, West Bay, DT6 3NN
details available from SWMEF
13 Oct, MEMF workshop for voices and instruments.
Italian Renaissance. Tutor: Philip Thorby. Venue tbc
Ongoing opportunities to play with others
VdGS Try a viol opportunities The society currently organises a 'Try a viol' day course every other year, the next being planned for 2017. These courses provide an introduction to the viol for those who have never played the instrument before, or who have very little experience. The next course is planned for 2017, but 'Try a Viol' sessions (of a day, or part of a day) can be organised at any time provided that there is sufficient demand. If you or anyone you know is interested, please contact the VdGS administrator (contact details on page 2) who will be keeping a list of possible participants; once there are a minimum of four on the list, the VdGS will try to arrange a session for them.
Looking for a place by the sea for meeting, consort playing and walking? Get your friends together and meet here: Holiday house in Westward Ho! North Devon, available to rent with sea views. Space for two consorts to play. Sleeps 8; 2 double bedrooms, 2 twin rooms. En suite master bedroom. Dogs allowed. Owned by Jacqui Robertson-Wade. Viol lessons or consort coaching may be possible. or 0774 0298 337. Follow the link from Holiday and search Woodbine Sea View.
Join a New Viol Consort in Worcester
Instruments provided to begin.
Beginners Mondays 2-3pm, Experienced Mondays 3-4pm
For more information phone 01905 28613
Elgar School of Music

Early Music Mornings at Henstridge (Somerset)
Wednesdays 10am-12pm (starting 9 Nov 2016)
Frances Eustace or phone 01963 370109
Rondo Viol Academy runs courses at various levels for individuals and pre-formed groups, at centres in Birmingham, the East Midlands and Hertfordshire., or telephone Jacqui Robertson- Wade, 07949 511619

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