Join MEMF

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, Jeffrey Skidmore… 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
Students free
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.

Click here for group membership.

Our administrative systems haven’t yet extended to online credit card facilities. Give us a chance – we tend to regard anything after 1750 as modern, and the website was enough of a shock to the system. So if you want to join (of course you do!), here’s how you do it :

  1. Download the appropriate application form:
    Form for ordinary membership
    Form for student membership
  2. Complete the application form, and send it (for ordinary membership, together with with a cheque made out to MEMF) – to:
    MEMF Membership Secretary,
    40 Oak Hill,
    Wolverhampton
    WV3 9AA

Please use the email addresses on the Contact Page if you have any problems.

Recent Posts

Sing as though the sun is beating down on the back of your neck…

Another excellent workshop on Saturday with the irrepressible Richard Wilberforce guiding us through some Spanish Renaissance vocal Villancicos. The manuscript from which these delights were taken is the Cancionera di Upsala. Any relief that we didn’t have to sing Swedish was quickly swamped by the realisation that summer holiday Spanish wasn’t a lot of help! However, although Richard spent some time going over rough pronounciation (more to get some sense of style and some consistency), he was much more concerned with bringing out the beauty of the music.
The Villancicos are a mixed lot; some sweetly longing for the lover who never turns up, much praise of the Virgin Mary, and in one case a stern warning against becoming a cuckold! All share a definite sense of the strong tune (usually from a popular song) and often a chorus with a strong beat crying out for a backing group of percussion and plucked strings. We were encouraged to sing keeping in mind “the sun beating on the back of our necks and the colour of red tomato that you only get in a very hot climate”.

Looking forward; Heironymus Praetorius in Loughborough (June) and French music for the Baroque band in Warwick (July).

M Ashley retirement J SpencerA sad day at the AGM as we bade farewell to our retiring Chairman Mike Ashley, who has stepped down after 3 years in the Chair preceded by 9 years as Treasurer. Heather Holt will take on the role as Acting Chair. David Yates also retired from the role of Secretary after several years. Two new Committee members were elected. Details will be in the minutes which will be circulated to members as usual.

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