The South West Early Music Forum (SWEMF) is a charitable organisation promoting all aspects of early music in the South West of England. SWEMF brings together amateur and professional musicians, musicologists, teachers and pupils, instrument makers, and early music enthusiasts. The SWEMF region includes Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. The constitution can be found here.
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.
An Annual General Meeting is held each summer. This provides an 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.
Subscriptions are due annually on 1st April. Membership forms can be printed from the website. For further details see the admin page.
A Membership Directory (which can be accessed via the members area – password required) gives information concerning members’ particular interests, instruments played, voices sung etc. so that they may arrange joint activities outside those organised directly by SWEMF – it is not to be used for any other purpose.
SWEMF is one of ten regional Fora, which cover most areas of the UK, and are affiliated to the National Early Music Association, NEMA.