Forthcoming EEMF events


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16 May

Spem in Alium – click here for details and booking

The annual polychoral workshop
With Philip Thorby

Featuring Thomas Tallis’s great 40-part motet, for singers and instrumentalists. There will be other repertoire also.
Pitch A = 440

The Centre at St Paul’s, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1JP
A joint event with TVEMF

Organiser: Ellen Sarewitz

18 July

Renaissance polyphony workshop – click here for details and booking


With the welcome return of tutor David Allinson.

This time the programme focuses on Franco-Flemish music. In the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, many composers of what is called the Franco-Flemish School fanned out from their Northern European homelands bringing their new style of fully-developed polyphony to the towns and royal courts of Europe for the delectation of their employers. We too will appreciate these sumptuous works when we study motets by composers such as Nicolas Gombert and Jean Mouton, and if time permits we may sample the music of the greatest master of their time, Josquin des Prez.

For SATB singers with reasonable sight-reading. Men’s voices are particularly welcome in this rich repertoire.

In the chapel of Churchill College, Storey’s Way, Cambridge CB3 0DS               Map of the campus

Organiser: Robert Johnson

Some previous EEMF events
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In 2015

The Epiphany Party: “Music of the Spheres” including Praetorius's brightly shining morning star leading the Magi to the Christ child and an entire galaxy blazing alongside the moon to create the "blessed light" at the heart of Alessandro Striggio's great 40 part motet Ecce Beatam Lucem.
The traditional feast of music and food at Beccles – music directed by Philip Thorby, food prepared by Jennie Cassidy and members

The Original Byrd – singing masses, motets and anthems from facsimile rather than modern score, including use of the beautiful Dow partbooks. With John Milsom. At Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

In 2014

The Epiphany Party – “…abiding in the field…” What the angels said to the shepherds, set by Samuel Scheidt and Hans Leo Hassler; what happened when the shepherds saw the angels, set by Giulio Osculati and Johann Hermann Schein; and what the shepherds said, set by Felice Anerio.
Danish music from the manuscript Copenhagen 1541 – a day for Renaissance wind players with Renate Hildebrand at the Unitarian Church, Cambridge


Singing from facsimile, with John Milsom, in Fitzwilliam College Chapel, Cambridge, using the Dow Partbooks, a very clear edition of Tudor music made by the copyist Robert Dow in the late C16. A day for singers and viols

Padovano’s 24-part Mass for the Munich Royal Wedding, with Philip Thorby, in St Sepulchre’s Church, Holborn (the Musicians’ Church). A joint event with TVEMF.

Verse anthems with William Hunt, in Burrell’s Field, Trinity College, Cambridge, concentrating on works by Orlando Gibbons and one by William Byrd in a reconstruction by Andrew Johnstone

Scenes from Purcell, including the Frost Scene from King Arthur, and substantial chunks of Dioclesian and The Fairy Queen. For singers and Baroque orchestra. Tutored by Peter Holman at the Old Baptist Chapel, Elsworth. In memory of Selene Mills a funeral anthem by Jacob Handl was sung under Clifford Bartlett’s direction.

The White Rose and the Red, presented by EEMF and the York Waits. Music from the age of Richard III, from chansons and quodlibets to dance tunes from the English Gresley Manuscript. A workshop for voices and instruments of the period, tutored by Tim Bayley and Deborah Catterall at firstsite, Colchester.

In 2013

Epiphany Party – Rex Gloriae – Christmas music by the ever-inventive Michael Praetorius led us from the annunciation to the incarnation and on to the manifestation with the arrival of the three kings, taking in some jolly Christmas carols on the way.

The Plangent Prophet – settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah. A workshop for singers in Girton College Chapel, Cambridge, with Philip Cave, director of Magnificat. The deeply moving Lamentations of Thomas Tallis are well known, but here, less familiar settings by fellow 16th century English composers William Byrd and Robert White offered a wealth of exquisite music for study

Gabrieli reconstructions by Hugh Keyte, including the Magnificat a 28 and Lechner’s Quid, chaos at Waltham Abbey, for voices and instruments, with Philip Thorby. A
joint event with TVEMF

Voices and Viols with William Hunt, a co-founder of Fretwork, in
Burrell’s Field, Trinity College, Cambridge, concentrating on a work by Thomas Tomkins and one by Orlando Gibbons in a reconstruction by David Pinto

Music for the Peace of Utrecht: Handel and Croft. A
workshop for singers and Baroque orchestra, at Elsworth, with Peter Holman

A workshop for singers on the music of maverick prince-composer Gesualdo, with Gerald Place, leader of The Gesualdo Consort, at Fitzwilliam College Chapel, Cambridge, in the 400th anniversary year of Gesualdo’s death

Biber’s Missa Bruxellensis: a weekend workshop leading to a fully-rehearsed performance of this magnificent work, which was the subject of the joint EEMF/TVEMF workshop in 2012. Directed by Philip Thorby in St Mary’s Church and at 1 Myddylton Place, Saffron Walden

In 2012


Epiphany Party Giovanni Gabrieli’s sumptuous 12-part Angelus ad pastores ait and pieces by Andrea Gabrieli and Hans Leo Hassler

Motets by Marc Antoine Charpentier. A workshop on some fine examples of French Baroque music, for singers and instruments, tutored by Graham Sadler at


Richafort’s Requiem – a workshop for singers with John Milsom, one of Britain’s leading authorities on Renaissance polyphony, at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge


Bach’s cantata no. 4, ‘Christ lag in Todes Banden’, one of his most powerful cantatas, for singers and Baroque band, with John Butt, at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge


Biber: Missa Bruxellensis a25. The annual polychoral workshop at Waltham Abbey for singers and instruments with Philip Thorby. Another joint event with TVEMF


‘Unser Gott ist im Himmel’: A workshop for singers and instrumentalists on the music of Heinrich Schütz with Peter Syrus, at Bury St Edmunds Unitarian Church


Music by Thomas Linley the Younger (The “English Mozart”), a workshop for singers and Baroque orchestra, at Elsworth, with Peter Holman


A workshop on sequences and hymns of Hildegard of Bingen with tutors Sara Stowe and Matthew Spring, at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

In 2011


Epiphany Party Rudolphus Rubrinasus: music inspired by deer, composed by Palestrina, Ockeghem, Dumont, Ferrabosco, Taeggio, Tallis and others

Honour, Glory, Light of Flanders: The Music of Philippe Rogier. A day for singers and instrumentalists with Philip Cave and Sally Dunkley at Girton College, Cambridge


Striggio’s 40-part Mass at Waltham Abbey. A workshop for singers and instruments with Philip Thorby. Although most of Striggio's piece is in 40 different voice parts, the last movement is for 60 separate voices. A joint event with Thames Valley Early Music Forum

The Eton Choirbook: A workshop for singers tutored by Peter Syrus of the Royal Northern College of Music, at St Cyriac’s, Swaffham Prior

Heinichen in Dresden: A workshop for singers and instrumentalists with Ralph Woodward, in Fitzwilliam College chapel, Cambridge.

Choruses from Handel’s Israel in Egypt. A Baroque workshop with Peter Holman in the Old Baptist Chapel, Elsworth.

Exploring medieval music, a workshop for voices and instruments, with Belinda Sykes at the Unitarian Church, Cambridge

Tomás Luis de Victoria: Doyen of the Spanish Golden Age. A choral workshop with David Allinson at Fitzwilliam College,

In 2010

Epiphany Party – Noe! noe! French motets and carols from the Annunciation to Epiphany

Philip Thorby’s talk on Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610. Lecture, discussion and workshop at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

Tallis: Gaude gloriosa. An a cappella singing day at Waltham Abbey with Philip Thorby. A joint workshop with TVEMF

Henry Du Mont – Grands Motets. A workshop for singers and Baroque strings and continuo, tutored by Graham Sadler, at Stow-cum-Quy.

Ruggiero – an opera by Francesca Caccici. Studied and performed over a weekend at Westleton, Suffolk, under the direction of Philip Thorby.

John Blow’s God spake sometime in visions, and Purcell’s Praise the Lord, o Jerusalem. A Baroque workshop with Peter Holman in the Old Baptist Chapel, Elsworth.

A further workshop on medieval music, for voices and instruments, with Jon Banks, at the Unitarian Hall,


Polyphony workshop: the genius of Palestrina. A day for singers with tutor David Allinson at Bury St Edmunds Unitarian Meeting House

In 2009

Epiphany PartyRoman Christmas music: Benevoli Dixit Dominus and Palestrina polychoral music including Hodie.

Verse Anthems by Gibbons and Tomkins, with William Hunt, at Elsworth

Interfora/NEMA Weekend Workshop at Nottingham University
To commemorate Handel’s 250th anniversary, a weekend course & informal performance of Saul


Loquebantur variis linguis – choral hymns and responds by Tallis, Taverner, White and Sheppard
A workshop with David Allinson at the Centre at St. Paul’s, Cambridge

Handel’s Dixit Dominus. A workshop with Peter Holman in the Old Baptist Chapel, Elsworth


A workshop on medieval music, for voices and instruments, with Jon Banks, at the Unitarian Hall, Cambridge

Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit: a workshop led by Peter Holman, for soloists, chorus and small Baroque orchestra, at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.
This event was combined with the NEMA
AGM and Margot Milner lecture by Annette Landgraf on ‘Editing Handel’.

In 2008

Epiphany Party – featuring a four-choir Te Deum by Hieronymus Praetorius, with Philip Thorby

Josquin – a workshop for singers at Sidney Sussex College with David Skinner

A Schütz workshop at Waltham Abbey with Philip Thorby (joint event with TVEMF)

A vocal polyphony workshop with David Allinson on Masterworks of the Portuguese Golden Age at The Centre at St Paul’s, Cambridge


Venus and Adonis, by John Blow. A workshop with Peter Holman in the Old Baptist Chapel, Elsworth


Music for Voices and Instruments by Tomás Luis de Victoria, suitable for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

A workshop with Roger Wilkes (President of NWEMF) in St. Mary’s Church, Bury St. Edmunds

In 2007

Epiphany Party – O Great Mystery: seasonal and sumptuous 16th century settings, with Philip Thorby

Byrd and Tallis: Cantiones 1575, with David Skinner at Sidney Sussex,

Charpentier's Messe pour les Trépassés: a workshop with Peter Leech in Rushmere St Andrew, Ipswich

Monteverdi Vespers weekend with Philip Thorby (King's Music edition).
In St Stephen's Church, Norwich, including a performance at 4.30pm on the Sunday

Giovanni Gabrieli Magnificat a33 with Philip Thorby, in two reconstructions. A joint event at Waltham Abbey with TVEMF

My Heart is Inditing – a day of Purcell anthems at Elsworth with Peter Holman

In 2006

Epiphany Party – a selection of 16th and 17th century pieces, with Philip Thorby

Festal Mass weekend in Trinity College, Cambridge, with Michael Procter

Bach cantata choruses workshop, tutor Peter Leech

Striggio: forty-part Ecce Beatam Lucem, with Philip Thorby, a joint event with TVEMF

Restoration choral workshop at Swaffham Prior with Peter Leech (a private event publicised by EEMF)

Dido and Aeneas – a day's workshop with Peter Holman

In 2005

Epiphany Party – 'Praetorius and travel' with Philip Thorby

The Singing Body: Voice workshop and seminar, tutor Ashley Stafford

Lalande: choral workshop with Jeffrey Skidmore

Tallis: Spem in Alium day with Philip Thorby, in conjunction with TVEMF

Scenes from Purcell's Fairy Queen tutored by Peter Holman

Viol masterclass and workshop with Amit Tiefenbrunn

In 2004

Epiphany Party – polychoral music by Schuetz with Philip Thorby

A day with Dufay (and Philip Thorby)

Festal Mass Salve Regina in Trinity College, Cambridge, directed by Michael Procter

Scenes from King Arthur (Purcell) tutored by Peter Holman

Polyphonic and popular medieval songs – a workshop tutored by Andrew Lawrence-King

In 2003

Epiphany Party – Palestrina 12-part motets with Philip Thorby

Byrd and his Chester contemporaries – a workshop with Roger Wilkes

Singing weekend coached by Richard Wistreich

Draghi: Song for St Cecilia's Day with Peter Holman

Klezmer Day with Ilana Cravitz and friends

In 2002

Epiphany Party – Praetorius, Polyhymnia Caduceatrix et Panegyrica with Philip Thorby

Monteverdi Madrigals and Arias – Singing Masterclass with John Potter

Handel and others – choral and baroque orchestra workshop, tutor Peter Holman

Choral weekend in Cambridge with Michael Procter

In earlier years

Epiphany Party – every year in January

Instrumental music and dance workshop with Steve Player

NEMA workshop: Biber Requiem with Philip Thorby

Mexican music by Gaspar Fernandez, with Andrew Lawrence-King

'Historically-informed performance': a UEA seminar with Clifford Bartlett

Medieval and Traditional Song, tutor Belinda Sykes

Service at Framlingham, tutor Alistair Dixon

An Italian Entertainment for the Wedding of Lucrezia Borgia, tutor Nancy Hadden

Purcell Ode – Hail Bright Cecilia – photos, tutor Peter Holman

Singing Masterclasses for soloists and ensembles, tutor John Potter
Sponsored by the Music Faculty of the University of Cambridge

Choral and baroque orchestral workshop with Catherine Mackintosh

Philippe Rogier's magnificent Mass in 12 parts (1596), tutor Alan Lumsden

Purcell choral and baroque orchestra workshop Come Ye Sons of Art, tutor Peter Holman

Music for the 800th anniversary of Ipswich's Charter, tutor Belinda Sykes

La Dafne, tutor Philip Thorby – two weekends of workshops and an informal performance

Recorders and Viols, tutor Margaret Westlake

Music of Lassus, Gabrieli, and Croce, tutor Alan Lumsden

Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, tutor Philip Thorby

Spanish music and dance, tutors Andrew Lawrence-King and Steve Player

Updated 10/03/2015. Please contact the EEMF committee with comments