Midlands Early Music Forum 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.
MEMF brings together amateur and professional musicians, singers and dancers, researchers, teachers and pupils, instrument makers, costumiers, and enthusiasts in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
Our workshop programme is open to anybody with an interest in early music, and concentrates on music from the mediaeval and renaissance (A440 pitch) and baroque (A415 pitch) periods.
|We are sorry to tell you that Beresford King-Smith, a past and eminent chairman of MEMF for sixteen years, has died. He had been very unwell for some time and had reached the stage where he could not manage at home. He was admitted to Good Hope hospital three months after his 90th birthday, and died peacefully three days later on the 28th September.|
MEMF would not be so successful as it is today without the huge contribution made by Beresford. He set the highest standards for the workshop programmes and indeed led some of them himself. His understanding and knowledge of early music was key to persuading top musicians to come and tutor for us. And he used to organise excellent New Year parties! He was a giant in our little world and will be hugely missed.
The funeral will take place on Thursday 21st October at Sutton Coldfield United Reform Church,1 Bassington Avenue, Sutton Coldfield B73 6AA.
Do visit his website, which has biographical detail and will serve very well as a memorial
Any further details will be posted on it.
You will see that we are cautiously resuming live workshops in October, assuming no further restrictions are re-imposed, with a wonderful celebration with Robert Hollingworth and I Fagiolini on the 9th.
Online events were suspended for the summer after a very busy year for all the Early Music Fora. We are in discussion as to whether to continue with occasional online talks/workshops/events by Zoom as we know there is some appetite for these from those less mobile and from our overseas members. Some other Fora have already planned some, so have a look at their websites via the links page.
There is still some innovative and interesting early music online to listen to with information about Instrumental Teachers, who may continue to teach online, and many musical treats!