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.

COVID UPDATE January 2022

We cautiously resumed live workshops in October and have others planned for every month, meeting in large halls/churches, where we can increase ventilation. We ask participants to take a Lateral Flow Test on the day and and request masks to be worn when arriving and walking about. We aim to space people out as much as possible whilst singing and playing and also take measures to avoid queues. Please contact the Chairman if you need more details.

However, in view of the alarming rise of Covid infections in December we cancelled our workshop at the beginning of January and replaced it with a Zoom session with the same Tutor, Rory McCleery, on Sunday 23rd January – see events page. The February workshop will be live if no further restrictions are announced.

Our previous online events were suspended for the summer after a very busy year for all the Early Music Fora. We plan to run 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 also planned some, so have a look at their websites via the links page, especially SWEMF and TVEMF.

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!

SAD NEWS – September 2021

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.  

Do visit his website, which has biographical detail and will serve very well as a memorial