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SWEMF AGM

This will be held during the lunch-break at the workshop in Thornbury on 17th June. Details and application forms are available on the SWEMF Events page.

The AGM will include consideration of the Equal Opportunities policy, the draft policy is available here.


From Clare Griffel, Chair

Just a brief message from me this time, to introduce the very interesting item here. Many of you will know, or know of, Dr John Byrt, who has led workshops for SWEMF in the past, and who is well known for his 'inégale' performances of baroque choral music, and of Bach in particular. John has recently published a major work on the topic, An Unequal Music, further information about which is available from www.byrt.org.uk and has kindly given us permission to publish his short introduction to the topic. I hope you will find it, and the example recordings on John’s website, interesting and thought-provoking.

I hope that as many members as possible will be able to attend the AGM, which will take place at the workshop led by Ali Kinder in Thornbury on June 17th - it would be good to hear your ideas for the next year of SWEMF activity.

Finally, I wish you all a summer of happy listening and good music-making!

- Clare


From Lindsey Shaw-Miller, Diary Editor

I hope this June edition finds you enjoying both music and sunshine. We have some splendid workshops and concerts for the next quarter. In June we have Alison Kinder’s keenly-anticipated workshop in Thornbury, with the AGM. Onward into July we have an experimental workshop with Peter Leech in Yatton, do get your applications in as soon as you can (forms were with the March Diary). On the SWEMF Events page there are now forms for the exciting September workshop on music of the Thirty Years’ War (1618–48) with Gawain Glenton in Keynsham, and the much-enjoyed annual Baroque playing day in Cheddar with Sylvia Davies and Dick Little.

We are still without a Gloucestershire representative. Sara Scorey, already fully occupied maintaining our website, has valiantly agreed to be acting rep. until someone comes forward. Gloucestershire has a lively membership, with several who already organize workshops and suggest activities, so the role is not an onerous one. It is important, however, that we have a dedicated representative for the SWEMF members in that area, who will liaise with workshop organizers and represent the needs and interests of members. Please come forward if you can.

Finally, we have drafted an Equal Opportunities Policy, necessary for some of the venues that we use. It would be most helpful to the Committee if members could view this online in advance of the AGM, where it will be discussed, amended if necessary and, we hope, approved. We would love to know if you have suggestions for improvements, and we’d love to see you at the AGM!

- Lindsey

Rembrandt van Rijn, Saskia, as Flora, 1634, oil on canvas, 125 x 101 cm, St Petersburg, Hermitage

Introduction

The South West Early Music Forum (SWEMF) is a charitable organisation promoting all aspects of early music in the South West of England. Its constitution can be found here. It is one of ten regional Fora, which cover most areas of the UK, and are affiliated to the National Early Music Association, NEMA, who have recently produced a report on the future of Early Music in Britain.

The South West Early Music Forum region includes Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire and brings together amateur and professional musicians, musicologists, teachers and pupils, instrument makers, and early music enthusiasts.

Throughout the year a series of workshops and playing and singing days are organised within the region where members have the opportunity to study works under the guidance of early music specialist tutors. These activities include Baroque Chamber Music Playing Days, Singing Days focusing on particular composers or periods, and Workshops preparing larger scale works for both voices and instruments etc.

SWEMF also organises a number of social events including the Annual General Meeting in May which is sometimes combined with a residential weekend providing ample opportunity for music making and the opportunity for members to voice their views and suggestions on the future operations of the Forum

Members receive a quarterly Diary of Events announcing future activities of SWEMF, and other EM Fora, and also concerts and other events both within the region and elsewhere. Application forms for forthcoming SWEMF events are included in the Diary of Events mailing and are also available on the website.

Membership forms can be printed from the website. The next subscriptions are due on 1st April 2017 for for 2017/2018. For details click here.

A Membership List (last issued with the March 2012 Diary) gives information concerning members' particular interests, instruments played, voices sung etc. so that they may arrange joint activities outside those organised directly by SWEMF.



This site is maintained by Sara Scorey. Please send any comments or suggestions for improvements to webeditor@swemf.org.uk. Suggestions for additional links are particularly welcome.



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