Vespers Workshop

Directed by Tomós Watkins The Village Hall, Culmstock; 6th July 2019 An exploration of Vespers repertoire in the Southern European tradition for Voices and Portative Organ It was warm in the Culm valley on 6th July, when we gathered, just … Read More

Portuguese Polyphony

Workshop directed by David Allison Gloucester Cathedral; 11th May 2019 Joint Workshop with BMEMF On a lovely sunny day, Gloucester Cathedral was looking wonderful, with the forecourt, previously simply a car park area, newly renovated. There were more treats in … Read More

Renaissance Wind Band

Workshop directed by Tim Bayley Gloucester Cathedral, 16th March 2019 Once again in the lovely setting of the Parliament Room at Gloucester Cathedral, we had a very successful day’s playing under the baton of Tim Bayley of the York Waits. … Read More

Ecce … Peter Philips

A Workshop for Singers directed by Peter Syrus St John’s Church, Glastonbury, 26th January 2019 One of the pleasures of SWEMF events is being introduced to little known composers like Peter Phillips. (For example, I have on computer file 3300 … Read More

Workshop for Voices and Instruments

Directed by Matt Kingston St. John’s Church, West Bay, 22nd September 2018 It was a dull, sea-misty sort of day on 22nd September at West Bay, Dorset this year, but spring arrived when the assembled company of three dozen singers and … Read More

Bath SRP Singing and Playing Day

Directed by Graham Coatman St. Luke’s Church Bath, 7th July 2018 Splendours of la Serenissima – Lo Sposalizio del Mare Singing and Playing day for singers and players of recorders and other instruments, hosted by the Bath Society of Recorder Players. … Read More

The Nine Days’ Wonder

A Workshop for Voices and Instruments directed by Alison Kinder Backwell, 9th June 2018 Many people know the story of William Kemp, the clown with the big ego who Morris-danced (‘daunced’) his way from London to Norwich in nine days; … Read More

Chair’s Report – September 2018

Looking back over the list of past workshops, one cannot help noticing that most of the repertoire we cover is from the Renaissance and early Baroque. This is perhaps not surprising, since works from that period are more suited to the kind of … Read More

Monteverdi Madrigals

A workshop for voices directed by Tim Mirfin Thorverton, 28th April 2018 This was difficult music, and the 42 singers who attended St Thomas of Canterbury at Thorverton, under Tim Mirfin’s enlightening direction and Becky Stannard’s excellent organization, had to … Read More

O What Evil is War!

A workshop for voices and instruments on the music of the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) – directed by Gawain Glenton Keynsham, 23rd September 2017 This was the first workshop run by Gawain for SWEMF, but all of us present hope it … Read More

A Polychoral Tour of Europe

Workshop directed by Alison Kinder Thornbury, 17th June 2017 NB: where voice parts are indicated below — SATB etc. — these are the composers’ original voicings, not necessarily as we performed the works, with instruments replacing voices rather than doubling! … Read More