About MEMF

Robert Hollingworth Tutors a Bach weekend eventMidlands Early Music Forum is an organisation which exists to promote all aspects of early music in the Midlands of England. It is one of a number of regional fora, which between them cover most areas of the UK. Each forum was set up by a group of enthusiasts, and each has its own aims and aspirations.

MEMF is an open forum. It brings together amateur and professional musicians, singers and dancers, researchers, teachers and pupils, instrument makers, costumiers, and enthusiasts.

We concentrate on music from the Mediaeval, Renaissance and Baroque periods. We’re very proud of our workshop programme which aims to provide opportunities across this wide spectrum of historic creativity.


Joining MEMF enables you to :

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  • Find out what’s going on in the area. We send out regular mailings to members. Our newsletter contains news, reviews, articles and a diary of events. The mailing usually contains other items of interest, such as promotional leaflets for early music events and services. If it’s happening, we’ll tell you about it.
  • Participate in workshops which MEMF organises on a wide range of early music topics. MEMF engages tutors of the highest reputation without charging silly prices to participants. Philip Pickett, Philip Thorby, Harry Christophers, Catherine Mackintosh… our list of past tutors reads like a Who’s Who of early music. MEMF workshops are open to the general public, but as a member you receive valuable discounts on our already reasonable entry fees, and advance notification, so that you will be first in the queue if there is a limit on the number of participants.
  • Attend our social events, which vary from small-scale evenings in members’ homes to Members’ Socials and Concerts, often held in historic buildings.
  • Contact other like-minded members. Our regularly updated membership list will allow you to locate members in your immediate area, or more importantly, members who share your specific interest. If you want to start a small choir, join a dance group, learn to play the spinet or find a local crumhorn maker, this is the place to start. Alternatively, you could take the blanket approach and insert a free member’s advertisement in the newsletter. Use the same channel to advertise instruments for sale, or performances in which you are involved.
  • Borrow one of MEMF’s loan instruments to try (if available) to see how you get on with it before buying one of your own.

Annual Membership Fees are as follows :

 

Individual £ 10.00 (Normal membership)
Concessionary £ 8.00 (Pensioners, Students, UB40s)
Group £20.00 (Organisations)

Group membership covers mailing to a single address, and entitles any two members of the group to attend a MEMF workshop at concessionary rates.

Recent Posts

Florentine Spectacular

In May we have another spectacular weekend workshop with Philip Thorby, who just gets better and better. This time the music will be from the Florentine Intermedii, originally written for the grand wedding of Ferdinando de Medici and Christine of Lorraine in 1598, The music is based on Mythological stories and culminates in a wonderful toe-tapping dance tune, a big hit in its day! Many fine composers contributed including Cavalieri, Malvezzi, Marenzio, Peri, Bardi and Caccini. As well as voices there are parts for many renaissance instruments including lutes, sackbuts, curtal, harpsichord, guitar, 2 violins, bass viols and even 4 recorders. Instrumentalists in particular need to book early so we can get the right balance.

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