Events Diary

Booking Forms go out to members about six weeks in advance of each event. If you’re not a member, but would be interested in attending one of these excellent events, either as a participant or as audience, please contact our Chairman. See our Contacts Page

Alternatively if the booking form is available to download, either print it out and send with a cheque for the appropriate amount to the workshop organiser (will be listed on the form), use our new electronic booking system , details of which you will find on the relevant booking form.

A plea from the Web Tzarina (Caroline Hogarth) – I believe some people have had problems with downloading forms. If this happens to you please let me know so I can help out, it’s probably something I’ve forgotten to set up.

For a glimpse into the past, go to our Gallery where various people kindly provided photos of events.

Last Update : 8th January 2018


Saturday 13th January 2018

A Renaissance Epiphany – a workshop for voices

Tutor: Robert Hollingworth

Venue: Selly Oak Methodist Church

Click here for the leaflet and the booking form


Saturday 10th February 2018

Ceremony and Devotion:Sacred Music of the Tudors (Tallis, Parsons, Sheppard & White) – workshop for voices

 Tutor: Sally Dunkley

Venue: St.Faith and St.Laurence Church, Harborne

Click here for Leaflet and  Booking form


Saturday 10th March 2018

Handel: Dixit Dominus – workshop for voices and instruments @ A415

Tutor: David Hatcher

Venue: St Nicholas’ Church, Warwick

Click here for the   leaflet  and  booking form


Saturday 28th April

Dominique Phinot: Pater Peccavi, Missa si bona suscepimus and the Lamentations – workshop for voices

Tutor: Paul Spicer

Venue: Dorridge Village Hall


Saturday 19th May 2018

Workshop for Voices and instruments @ A440 – music tba

Tutor: Jamie Savan

Venue: tba


Saturday 9th June 2018

Italian Concertos  –  workshop for strings @ A415

Tutor: Teresa Caudle

Venue: Knowle Village Hall


Saturday 22nd September 2018

Angels (Dering,Guerrero, Sweelinck, Hassler,etc) – workshop for Singers

Tutor: Patrick Craig

Venue: tba


Saturday 13th October 2018

Italian Renaissance – workshop for voices and instruments @ a440

Tutor: Philip Thorby

Venue: tba

Past Events

Below is a list of workshops we’ve organised in the past. For older events click here. Whilst we love to tantalise you with the workshop you’ve only just missed, trawling back through over ten years worth was too much misery for one page. On the other hand, if you’d like to fondly reminisce, they’re still there… Of course if you join MEMF we’ll send you all the details in plenty of time and you need never think “if only…” again.

Saturday 2nd December 2017

Christmas Music – workshop for voices and instruments A440

Tutor: Alison Kinder

Venue: Dale Street Methodist Church, Leamington Spa

Click here for the Christmas Music leaflet & booking form 2nd Dec 2017


Saturday and Sunday 4th & 5th November 2017

Orazio Benevoli: Dixit Dominus & Gloria  – workshop for voices and instruments

Tutor Philip Thorby

Venue: Knowle Village Hall, St.John’s Close, Knowle, B93 0NH

Click here for the Benevoli leaflet & booking form 4-5th Nov 2017


Saturday 14th October 2017

The Noodle Factory

Improvisation, Ornamentation and Decoration – workshop for voices and instruments A440

Tutor Paula Chateauneuf

Venue:Dorridge Village Hall, Grange Road, Dorridge, Solihull, B93 8QA

Click here for the Noodle Factory Leaflet & Booking Form


Saturday 16th September 2017

Purcel: King Arthur – workshop for voices and instruments A415

Tutor John Hancorn

Venue: Selly Oak Methodist Church, Langley’s Road, Selly Oak.

Click here for the Purcell King Arthur leaflet and Purcell King Arthur booking form


Saturday 22nd July 2017

French Music for Baroque Band (A415)

Instrumental Workshop with Tutor Steven Devine

Venue: St.Nicholas Church, Warwick, CV34 4JD

Click here for the Steven Devine instrumental workshop flyer & booking form 22nd July 2017


Saturday 3rd June 2017

Hieronymus Praetorius – Music from Hamburg around 1600

Workshop for voices with Tutor Andrew Carwood          

Venue: Emmanuel Church, Forest Road, Loughborough, LE11 3NW

Click here for the Praetorious Leaflet 3rd June 2017 and Praetorious booking form 3rd June 2017


Saturday 6th May (includes the MEMF AGM)

The Catholic Kings – Music of the early Spanish Renaissance

Workshop for voices with Tutor Richard Wilberforce

Venue: St.Faith & St.Laurence Church, Harborne, B17 8RE

Click here for the Spanish Renaissance leaflet 5th May and the Spanish Renaissance booking form 5th May


Saturday 22nd April 2017

Monteverdi the Sacred Dramatist

Workshop for voices and instruments (pitch A440)

Tutor:Justin Doyle                      

Venue: St.Andrew’s Parish Centre, Sandhills Road, Barnt Green,                Birmingham B45 8NR

Click here for Monteverdi leaflet April 22nd and  Monteverdi booking form April 22nd


Saturday March 18th 2017

Josquin, Dufay and Ockeghem

Workshop for Singers with Tutor Andrew Kirkman

Venue: The Dome, Bramall Building, Birmingham University, Edgbaston

Click her for the Josquin Ockeghem Dufay leaflet March 18th and the Josquin Ockeghem Dufay booking form March18th


Saturday 4th February 2017

Muffat – music from Armonico Tributo and Florilegium Primum

Workshop for strings ( pitch A415) with Tutor Nicolette Moonen

Venue: Dale Street Methodist Church, Leamington Spa, CV32 5HL

Click here for muffat-string-workshop-booking-form-4-2-17


Saturday 14th January 2017

O Admirabile Commercium – Renaissance music for Epiphany

Workshop for Singers with Tutor David Allinson

Venue: St.Nicholas Church,  Warwick, CV34 4JD

Click here for o-admirabile-commercium-leaflet-booking-form14-01-17


Saturday 10th December 2016

Charpentier- Messe de Minuit

Workshop for voices,  instruments and organ.

Tutor: Jeffrey Skidmore

Venue: Selly Oak Methodist Church, Langleys Road, Birmingham, B29 6HT

Click here for charpentier-leaflet-booking-form-10-12-16


Saturday 24th September 2016

Zielensky – the Gabrieli of Poland

Workshop for Voices, Strings, Wind instruments and continuo (Pitch A440)

Tutor: Graham O’Reilly       Venue: Dale Street Methodist Church,   Leamington Spa, CV32 5HL

Click here for the Zielenski leaflet & booking form 24th September


Saturday 22nd October 2016 

Italian Masters of the Renaissance incl. Padovana’s 24 part Mass and Striggio in 40 parts if we have sufficient numbers.

Workshop for voices and instruments A440

Tutor: Philip Thorby

Venue: David Turnbull Music School, Solihull School, Warwick Road, Solihull B91 3DJ

Click here for Italian-masters-of-the-renaissance-booking-form-22nd-oct


Sunday 23rd October 2016

Baroque Band Telemann Workshop  A415

Tutor: Philip Thorby 

Venue: David Turnbull Music School, Solihull School, Warwick Road, Solihull B91 3DJ

Click here for baroque-band-telemann-booking-form-23-october


Saturday 12th November 2016

Martin Peerson’s Grave Chamber Music of 1630 Workshop for voices, viols and organ to promote a forthcoming recording.

Tutors:Robert Hollingworth and Richard Boothby  

Venue: St Faith and St.Laurence Church, Harborne,  B17 8RD

Click here for martin-peerson-booking-form-and-leaflet-12th-november


Saturday 16th July 2016

Renaissance Fest for Voices and Viols with Strawberries, cream and cake!

Venue: St George’s Church, St.John’s Avenue, Hillmorton, Rugby, CV22 5HR

Click here for details and the Renaissance Fest booking form 16th July 2016


Saturday 18th June 2016

Renaissance Polychoral Music (A440) Instrumental workshop for recorders, voices and viols

Tutor: Alison Kinder                   Venue: The David Turnbull Music School, Solihull  School

Click here for Polychoral leaflet June 16th 


Saturday 21st May 2016

Baroque Band – Handel Concerto Grossi Instrumental workshop for strings, oboes and bassoons A415

Tutor: David Hatcher             Venue: Dale Street Methodist Church,  Leamington Spa

Click here for details in the Instrumental workshop leaflet 21st May


Saturday 16th April 2016

Schein.   Workshop for voices and instruments.

Tutor: Peter Syrus              Venue:  Methodist Church, Blossomhill Road,                                                                                             Solihull

Click here for MEMF Schein Leaflet and Booking Form 16 April 2016


Saturday 12th March 2016

de Rore and Jacquet de Mantua. Workshop for singers.

Tutor: Stephen Rice           Venue: St Nicholas’Church, Warwick

Click here for de Rore and Jacquet leaflet & booking form 12th Mar 2016


Saturday 13th February 2016

Princeley Splendour – Choral music from C18th Rome Workshop for voices and continuo.

Tutor: Peter Leech Venue: St Andrew’s Church Hall, Barnt Green

Click here for Princely Splendour Leaflet & Booking Form 13th Feb 2016


Saturday 5th December 2015

Come and sing /play some of Handel’s Messiah – bring your friends! Mince pies included.

Tutor: Steve Davis Venue: Dale Street Methodist Church, Leamington Spa

Messiah Leaflet and Booking Form 5th Dec 2015

Sunday 15th November 2015

Master classes for pre-formed groups with Philip Thorby

Venue: Solihull Music School

Click here for leaflet and booking form. Thorby Masterclass Leaflet 15th Nov 2015


Saturday 14th November 2015

Andrea Gabrieli – workshop for voices and instruments A440

Tutor: Philip Thorby             Venue: Solihull Music School

Click here for leaflet and booking form: Andrea Gabrieli workshop 14th Nov 2015


Saturday 3rd October 2015

Baroque String Workshop – Purcell and Scheidt A415

Tutor: Kate Fawcett                 Venue: Dorridge Village Hall, Grange Road,                                                                         Dorridge

Click here for the String workshop flyer Oct 2015


Saturday 19th September 2015

Giaches de Wert: Ascendite Jesu and Vox in Rama –  workshop for voices.

Tutor: Will Dawes                Venue: St Faith and St Laurence Church,                                                                                  Harborne

Click here for the De Wert leaflet 19th Sept and De Wert booking form 19th Sept

Saturday 11th July 2015

Johann Jasper Kerll: Missa in fletu solatium Workshop for voices and instruments A440

Tutor: David Hatcher                      Venue: St George’s Church, Rugby


Saturday 6th June 2015  

Rigatti Magnificat – workshop for voices and instruments A440. This workshop will include the AGM at 1.45pm.

Tutor: Richard Roddis               Venue: Solihull School


Saturday 16th May 2015                                                            

 Madrigals – an informal afternoon, singing one / two / three or more to  a  part as you choose.                 Venue: Selly Oak Methodist Church


Saturday 25th April 2015                                                                       

Three Generations of Bach – a workshop for voices and instruments (pitch A415)  to commemorate  Edwin Griggs our past Chairman. Includes a free buffet lunch.

Tutor: Paul Spicer                     Venue: Solihull Methodist Church Hall


Saturday 7th March 2015                                                      

 Palestrina, Victoria and de Padilla – a workshop for voices

Tutor: Nigel Short.     Venue: St Nicholas Church, Warwick, CV34 4JD


Saturday 7th February 2015                                                  

 Workshop for Baroque Instrumentalists (Pitch A415)                 Early booking required

Tutor: Martin Perkins                                                                          Venue: St Nicholas Church, Warwick, CV34 4JD