Lockdown Links

A page of links to Early Music related websites or Facebook posts which you may find useful
as a way of distracting yourself enjoyably during ‘these distracted times’ (Tomkins).

These links have been derived from many sources, with acknowledgments where possible, but particular thanks go to SEMF and their newsletter editor Tim Samuelson for many of them, and Nancy Slessenger & Sara Clymo of MEMF, for others.
And of course we are grateful to the musicians who put so much hard work into these online workshops, talks, concerts etc.

Please let me know of any broken links, errors, or any further suggestions you may have.
The list is not supposed to be exhaustive.


Talks and Tutorials

David Allinson has released further ‘From the Conductor’s Stand’ videos, made for the Renaissance
Singers. The videos include a performance by the choir. If you missed the previous videos, they are available on the Renaissance Singers’ website,
click on ‘Videos’ part way down the page. When you click on an ‘Episode’ button you will see two ‘Play’ buttons (triangles on their sides) towards the right of the screen.
The upper one starts the talk and the lower one starts a clip of the performance.
You will also see a ‘Donate’ button in various places…

David Allinson’s illustrated talks ‘From the Conductor’s Stand’, sponsored by the Renaissance Singers
(London). On the Renaissance Singers’ facebook page at
A little gem – Ave Maria a7 by Philippe Verdelot can be found at:

Sign up for SingTheScore Extra with Robert Hollingworth and I Fagiolini. It’s a web-based event on Saturday mornings when you can hear Robert’s introductory talk and join in with some singing using a score provided on screen or PDF. Link by courtesy of Midlands Early Music Forum and Nancy Slessenger. A voluntary donation is invited.
Catch up with the series to date at www.ifagiolini.com/singthescore

Choral ChihuahuaIn a series of episodes, Eamonn Dougan talks to Harry Christophers and Robert Hollingworth about how they started their own ensembles – respectively The Sixteen and I Fagiolini. Plus guests. Not participatory, but very listenable.

Booking is open for Prima la Parola (in Praise of Speaking Harmony), a Zoom talk by Dame Emma Kirkby on 10 October at 11am. Book on the website here. Under this title, misquoting Salieri and stealing a phrase from Dowland, Emma aims to celebrate the power and joy of song lyric. Poems in Tudor England were often published as “Songs”, and “lyric” means “apt for the lyre”. Though the human voice was dutifully admired as the perfect instrument because it was entrusted with the words, it was the alchemical blend of a voice with an instrument that had, as Dowland said, “higher authority and power”. These days the lucky singers of what we call “early music” have a plethora of historical instruments eager to accompany them, in a balance perfect for delivering the text. Emma has benefitted from this for decades now, finding endless interest and excitement in her search for ever more effective ways to “embody” a lyric. In her presentation for MEMF she will share her ideas on this, and play tracks of singers she admires, both those who inspired her early on, and the new voices that excite her now.
You don’t have to join MEMF to enjoy this talk.

Virtual tuition, quizzes, workshops and concerts

The EEMF Facebook page is a source of interesting things. You can play along with David Hatcher and Music Minus One, or sing along with Clare Norburn and Ariane Prüssner of The Telling in a medieval singing workshop, or follow Lizzie Gutteridge as she demonstrates her bagpipes among the great variety of ancient instruments she plays.

Lizzie Gutteridge writes:
For anyone who missed my reed maintenance sessions online earlier this month, here's a recording of the one I did for Medieval Music in the (virtual) Dales, covering ways to revive reeds that are not working any more, as well as some adjustments for ones that don't suit you. The MMITD Youtube channel also has loads of other great content, including workshops and performances from Consort of 1 (that's me again), Trouvere, Gaita and many more.”

Suffolk Villages Festival
This annual festival is under the direction of Peter Holman. As the 2020 Summer Festival has had to be postponed to 2021, Peter has prepared an online concert, which you can access at:

Peter introduces the concert and the recordings made by four of the SVF’s performers:
Helen Charlston (mezzo-soprano) & Terence Charlston (harpsichord) 
Mark Caudle (viola da gamba)
Steven Devine (harpsichord)

SVF launched the SVF Musicians’ Fund back in April with the aim of supporting their regular freelance professionals during lockdown. If you feel able to make a donation, please click on the following link:  https://www.suffolkvillagesfestival.com/support-svf/musicians-fund/
To stay up to date with SVF’s plans, you can get on their mailing list through the following link:

Alison Kinder has recorded a virtual Medieval Cantiga Workshop for SWEMF in which any instrument at A440 can take part. The music for the session, a Cantiga from the Red Book of Montserrat, can be printed off from LosSetGotxs.pdf and the video can be watched on the SWEMF website here.

Eboracum Baroque - Live Performances

Eboracum Baroque have given two live outdoor concerts (suitably distanced) at the Orchard Tea Garden, Grantchester, near Cambridge. They say they cannot wait to be performing live together again in such a beautiful place.
Chris Parsons, director of Eboracum Baroque, has penned an extensive essay for Oxford Academic (OUP) on his experiences as a musician during the lockdown period. Read it here.


Here are 2 fascinating links to music youtubes: (spotted by Frank Hopkirk)
Stile Antico sing Tallis 40 part:
The Covid fugue (after JSB): https://youtu.be/A_i8qdfW5u8

The websites of the other Early Music fora have links to online activities. Particularly useful is the South West forum site. Go to https://www.swemf.org.uk, click on the menu symbol and follow Links and Resources.

Bach Choir choral workshops

Choral workshops are organised regularly, with tutor David Hill. If you are interested in joining future ones, please email choralworkshop@thebachchoir.org.uk
to register. Please remember to check your spam folder for the response.

BENSLOW on-line Courses and Events:

Benslow Music Benslow Lane Hitchin Hertfordshire SG4 9RB+44 (0)1462 459446 www.benslowmusic.org info@benslowmusic.org

Benslow Music Online Courses
Online via Zoom

Recorder Consorts
5–7 October
With Consortium

https://benslowmusic.org/?PageID=2915 Benslow website
https://www.swemf.org.uk/events-list/ All SWEMF events

Follow the Benslow online music quiz series. A nice way to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday evening. You can play alone or in a team. The questions are on music in general and get quite difficult. Email Joanne@benslowmusic.org for details.

Benslow live concerts

Benslow, in addition to the online events listed above, are introducing their first concerts since the COVID-19 outbreak. Top priority is your safety and that of the performers and staff. They look forward to welcoming you back soon. See their website pages for details:
Live concerts
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

From ETO

ake an online singing lesson (adult or child) with stars of English Touring Opera, and learn to sing like an opera singer!
Visit englishtouringopera.org.uk
Some examples (not Early Music):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=756hiDbJeNE&feature=youtu.be (adult)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bf6U2_1zKQc&feature=youtu.be (child)

From Andy Blake - Music to play along with
I have found some play along music with members of City Musick. William Lyons is the organiser and I hear about it from Nick Perry the Lysard and Serpent maker. The music is 4,5 and 6 part Waits music for blowers! It’s good fun and available at City Musick’s web site

Thomas Gettys writes:
“I am putting together a website which offers MIDI files of both recorder and viola da gamba music. I have found them an invaluable aid in practicing for years, but especially in these days of social distancing their value is even more pronounced. You can rehearse with all parts present and perfectly in tune!

Please give it a look, and if you have suggestions for organization, presentation and/or content please let me know.”
You can find it here:

On his home page, Thomas Gettys explains that MIDI files can be set to play at any speed you wish and can be adjusted for pitch, giving players the option of playing at 415, 440 or whatever pitch they like. He suggests some free apps, with their links, which can be downloaded to enable these adjustments to be made. He also provides a link to IMSLP, where all the sheet music is freely available online.

James Sutton writes:
You may like to try PlayScore 2, currently for IPhone/iPad only.
 It allows you to take a photo of your music and it will play it, or you can import a PDF to play. It allows you to play at any speed you like, and you can set the instruments and transpose.
 It also exports MIDI if you want to do it that way.”

From Jacqui Robertson-Wade - Learning the viol in lockdown
There is actually quite a bit going on.
I am in the process of recording 150 lessons at 5 different levels, so it’s possible for complete beginners can learn the viol, as these are progressive lessons. I have nearly completed 30 lessons for the Elementary Level, with10 lessons on each viol. I have also created a Progressive Viol Lessons page with links to lessons from Alison Kinder, Sam Stadlen and myself. This is to help players find the right lesson for their ability and you can also search by piece or teacher.https://www.rondopublishing.co.uk/progressive-viol-lessons/
I have also made some How to videos – such as how to refret a viol and how to change a string.
Finally, I’ve recorded a harpsichord transcription of a beautiful piece by Couperin for all parents and grandparents missing their families.. I’m certainly missing mine! It’s called Le Dodo, or Love at the cradle.
Coming soon – Early Music Shop videos on learning the viol in lockdown (with me) and other related topics to the viol.
I hope you get a chance to enjoy some of this.

For all of us, some research: Music-making during the pandemic – what does science advise? On the infection risks of choral singing and wind instrument-playing.
This is from Slipped Disc.com. It is a full scientific assessment of the Covid risk of playing wind instruments and is peer reviewed. Please read it! Fascinating stuff even for a lay reader.
(spotted by Victoria Helby)

This is from Christian J. Kähler, Rainer Hain, Universität der Bundeswehr München.
It's not all doom and gloom!
It's on the Choral Chihuahua Facebook, but the link was not working when posted here. https://www.facebook.com/ifagiolini/posts/10159785263644622?__tn__=K-R

Annabel Malton writes:

I wondered if the EEMF membership might also be interested in what Gerald and I are doing.

A few years ago Gerald and I founded the charity
Angel Early Music to support musicians' projects that would otherwise not get off the ground for lack of funding. During the current crisis, we have been making grants available for people to make video or sound recordings at home. A number are now completed. The videos are on our YouTube channel
and all the projects we have supported can be found on our website
http://www.angelearlymusic.org.uk/ under the Current Projects- Video/Sound recordings page
They are very varied and interesting, so something for everyone. Several more are in the pipeline and will be released over the next few weeks.”

Stour Music Festival
Stour Music Festival sadly had to be cancelled back in June this year, but a lucky few were able to attend just three socially distanced concerts earlier this month and anyone can have the pleasure of watching online. Both the sound and visuals are of exceptional quality and available to view until 28th September. Sign up at www.stourmusic.org.uk then sit back and enjoy in the comfort of your own home (no mask required). (Reported by NWEMF)

The festival will be online this year. Its title is BREMF @ home – across the Earth.
23 October – 1 November
Check the website for details:

Performers include: Pocket Sinfonia, Spiritato, Ensemble Augelletti,
Dirk & Adam Campbell, Apollo’s Cabinet, Dramma per Musica,
Ensemble Hesperi, The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments,
James Duncan (from Sussex Wildlife Trust) with Piers Adams (of Red Priest),
Joglaresa, Musicke in the Ayre

This series of 10 individually devised programmes, merging performance with film, images,
animation and presentation, offers something different that can also reach across the earth. Each
programme will be online for a week, providing flexibility of viewing, while maintaining a Festival feel
with scheduled premieres on YouTube and Facebook.

BREMF are not restricting viewing with paywalls as they want to allow more people to sample BREMF, but they are encouraging advance donations in the form of voluntary ‘tickets’ (v-tickets) at a suggested minimum price of £10, or £75 for the whole series – or what you can afford.

Booking is already open at www.bremf.org.uk. View the poster here.

Currently streaming lots of recordings of past concerts etc. via YouTube,
Facebook etc: full info on all
BREMF’s online activities at:

SEMF member Brian White drbdwhite@gmail.com and friends have been providing short weekly
entertainments on-line.

Fieri Consort
New generation vocal group. Lovely one-to-a-part singing.
Full details on Facebook at
Lots of streamed performances on their YouTube channel at:
Also daily warm-ups for singers if you have an Instagram account.
Visit them on their website:

On-line Music Tutorials or Collaborative Music making

Early Music Sources: Video talks on a wide range of early music topics from tuning and temperaments to ornamentation. Link is here:

The Telling is following doctors' advice that singing is excellent for mental health, and is running a series
of free online singing workshops and concerts via Zoom: The Telling in Retreat. Every Friday at 11am,
Hastings-based singer Ariane Prüssner guides participants through a soulful song or two for 30 minutes.
To join, simply visit
Anyone with an internet connection can join. They don’t need a webcam and all mics will be muted so
the participants won’t be heard and they can sing to their heart’s content.
For details on future and past sessions, visit

Sam Stadlen. Tutorial videos for viol players (free) at
He has also produced an excellent (and fast growing) collection of high quality Music Minus One viol
consort videos for subscribers (£15 per month plus VAT) to his Patreon site. Details from his website

The UK
Viola da Gamba Society website has an excellent list of online learning resources for viol players. Link is here:

Asako Morikawa tenorviol@icloud.com has made some videos- multi-tracked versions of pieces for viol
consort. They could be for people to play along with, or just to listen to and is thinking of doing some
'music-minus-one' versions of consort pieces too, so that there would be gaps for viol players to fill in.
asakoviol - YouTube Please click on the link above and if you like subscribe the Youtube channel (just
one click and no fee) then you will know when I added more pieces. Also you could get the links to the
videos from Folkestone Early Music website. Go at the page ‘Viols at Home’. — Folkestone Early Music
Email contact: asakoviol@gmail.com

Online Lute concerts: Thomas Dunford on the AAM website
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NDYIk4b9_Q&feature=youtu.be These may have a donation
button. Also Angel Early Music https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsFNlwevYIe6EbMkMgx4wCg
Sam Brown has just recorded some Josquin on Youtube
The Lute Society website will soon feature a listings page for such online events

Peter Harrison music.ph@btinternet.com www.peterharrisonmusic.co.uk www.concertroyal.co.uk
A little home video of excerpts from 3 of the collections and a version of the Hallelujah Chorus from
'Harrison's New German Flute Magazine' of 1787. Enjoy the video! https://youtu.be/vRSgyN-EFss
I'm hoping through the video to raise funds for the Railway Children Charity supporting street children in
India, Africa and also has refuges in the UK. Please make a donation if you can:
www.railwaychildren.org.uk I can make copies of the music featured on the video if anyone's interested.

Michael Piraner <michaelpiraner@gmail.com> offers recorder lessons via Kompassera:
www.kompassera.com. Kompassera is about to add video functionality and other new features but
looking for people willing to test the video functionality. If anyone is willing to do some testing, I will
give a free online lesson.
This would take place on the test system rather than the live system. If anyone is interested, please do
email me for more information. Thank you. Michael Piraner 0790 665 3220

I Fagiolini's SingTheScore (via EEMF and MEMF)
Robert Hollingworth and his group i Fagiolini have made ‘sing along’ videos under the title
SingTheScore, which are shown on YouTube. Each video features i Fagiolini performing a track, with the
score appearing at the same time, so that you can sing along with the recording. You can play the track as
often as you like, and when you like. It’s free. The first five tracks are available now. Each track has
comments from Robert Hollingworth, as he would have commented during a live workshop.
Monteverdi Zefira Torno
Monteverdi Luci serene e chiare
William Byrd Miserere mihi Domine
Monteverdi Longe da te, cor mio
Tomkins Was ever wretch
The videos can be accessed via the following link:

I Fagiolini ask that anyone using the Free resource agrees to subscribe to the series. There is a red
SUBSCRIBE button lower right which you press in order to subscribe: subscribing simply ensures that
you get advice automatically when a new video is made available (very handy). There is no financial side
to the word
Subscribe”. Similarly, there is no specific number of videos: Robert is filming one video a
week in the SingTheScore series, and will continue as long as people are watching the videos.
The links to the two videos which appeared on 9 and 15 May are:
9 May: Pierre Regnault / Sandrin Madrigal “La volunté”
15 May: Monteverdi Anima mia, perdone https://www.youtube.com/watch?

You can catch up with the whole series to date with this link to the series:
The video of 23 May is Bennet’s lovely madrigal “Weep, O mine eyes”. Herewith the link:
Once you have registered, you can access all the videos published to date via the following website:
If anyone wants to contribute to the cost of making these videos, that would be very welcome of course
but there is no obligation. The money goes not to Robert, (he has a university position), but direct to the
musicians via the I Fagiolini Charitable Trust, to help generate some income to make up for cancelled
The address for donations is: Bank: CAF Bank Account name: I Fagiolini Charitable Trust
Sort code: 40-52-40 Account number: 00022449 Reference: SingTheScore

Emma Murphy is offering ‘consort with me’ opportunities on her website for recorder players:

Helen Hooker’s Virtual Consorts

Including Byrd, Bach and Purcell

With so many recorder players missing their consort playing right now I’ve been busy creating some virtual consort resources. I’ve created a new page on my website where I will host some consort music videos for you to join in with. I plan to create a new one each week and anyone can download the files for offline use. Please share the link with anyone you know who might be interested – these resources are open to all. Enjoy!


David Moses Downloads

It occurs to me that some of you will be stuck at home without any other musicians to play with.  So I’ve created some backing tracks for you to play along with, RecorderBoppers for grown-ups if you like.  They’re free to download or you can play them from the website.  Each piece has a written recorder part plus backings at ‘performance’ and ‘rehearsal’ (slower) speeds.  Most playback software shows the duration of the recording in minutes and seconds which I’ve included on the recorder parts in case you need to start playback part way through the piece.


Online Lute lessons: see www.lutesociety.org/pages/teachers for a list of teachers who teach remotely.

Alison Kinder: lessons via Zoom, online technical demos – incorporating “play-along” duets – on
YouTube (free, but donations welcome!), or subscribe to her Patreon site and get additional access. Ali
Kinder will help you set up Zoom and positioning etc. before the lesson, so the lesson isn’t wasted on
Ali’s online workshop on one of the Cantigas, suitable for singers and instrumentalists, A=440, is here:


Alison Crum: lessons via Zoom.

Suzanna Pel: video your playing and send it to Suzanna and get learning comments by return.

Julia Bishop is running online sessions on Zoom: once a week Wednesday morning seminars for
Baroque and modern string players (A440) on general string techniques and Baroque performance
practice; and fortnightly 5.30pm sessions for wind and string players on original instruments (A415) to
discuss and practise all kinds of topics, such as French Baroque ornamentation. She’s also offering 1 to 1 Baroque violin lessons. If you’re interested, either “DM” her on Facebook or email her at

Martin Perkins writes: “Lots more backing tracks added since I last posted: Cello sonatas by Vivaldi, flute sonatas by Bach, recorder sonatas by Telemann, Babell, Bach and Marcello, viola da gamba sonatas by Bach and Telemann.”


EEMF member Jennie Cassidy has started a new singing course which she has named “Unlock Your Singing”.

Jennie sings mezzo soprano, and has sung with the Taverner Consort and the Gabrieli Consort. She has sung at major venues on five continents, and has made over 30 CDs.

Since lockdown Jennie has been teaching singing pupils via Zoom and she commissioned a website to be built to help do that. She has made many video tutorials and uploaded scores with demo learning tracks and backing tracks to help the pupils continue singing. She has used that idea and offers an online course for all, and to that end she has made an introductory page which can be accessed at https://www.connectandteach.com/lesson/unlock-your-singing/

The link takes you to an introduction of the course and a sample page. The whole course is £20 and can be accessed by sending Jennie an email – there is a link on the page.

Music minus One:
Consort Music minus One with David Hatcher.
Gassenbauwerlein und Reutterliedlin. 78 Short 4-part pieces – German songs from the early 16th century.
Each piece £4 from
djhatcher@icloud.com as a downloadable folder with 6 files (the score and 5 mp3
sound files – with all the parts, and four with one part missing)

Lockdown Early Music Backing Tracks

In this period of isolation we are offering a number of mp3 files of accompaniments to solo instrumental
and vocal works on the renaissance and baroque periods. Each album contains multiple tracks of the same
work accommodating a variety of pitches, temperaments and tempi- perfect for the beginner, student or
professional musician. Click on ‘Download album’.
Menu: Temperament tuning tracks; Divisions on ‘Suzanne un jour’; Divisions on ‘Vestivi i colli’;
Divisions on ‘Ancor che col partire’; Divisions on ‘Un gay bergier’; Divisions on ‘John come kiss me
now’; Divisions on ‘The Duke of Norfolk’; Cima Sonata in g minor; Ortiz ‘Recercadas Italianas’;
Simpson Divisions for the Practice of Learners (A=415 or A==440).

The City Musick Corona Consorts (via NEEMF)
Over the past few weeks I and my colleagues in The City Musick have been putting together a remote
recording and multi-tracking project to provide consort music for all those players missing playing this
great repertoire. The recordings are versions with each part missing so people can play along.
The links to our site are: https://www.tcmusick.com/cck-music-store
https://www.tcmusick.com/cckabout William Lyons 07941 240060
Go to the CCK Music Store, and click on the ones of interest the proceed to checkout (Paypal) Each
download consists of the score pdf., and parts where necessary; a high quality audio file of the full piece,
and high quality audio files minus the part that you wish to play.
10% discount for 5 tracks. 20% discount for 10 tracks.
In addition, there is much music available from imslp.org for (mainly) instrumental music (including
viol consorts) and cpdl as a source of choral music scores and mp3s of all sorts, even though it is not a
specialist early music site. There are lots of obscure composers represented.

The Kings Singers have a virtual performance of Tallis’s If Ye Love Me with the score displayed so that
you can sing with them. Find them on YouTube

Voces 8 are live every day at 2pm in #Live From Home with interviews, online performances,
participation events and interactive sessions. See information and the timetable at

The Sixteen have posted a number of videos on their Facebook page including Eamon Dougan’s Top
Tips released on Saturdays, and a virtual performance of Sheppard’s Libera Nos.

The Tallis Scholars
have a Marathon Playlist which you can access from their website
www.thetallisscholars.co.uk .There is a large list of streaming services where you can play it and they get
royalties for every track you listen to. You can also donate on the home page.

Tenebrae have videos of past performances on their Facebook page and have a new CD of music by Gesualdo and Couperin.

Stile Antico have a virtual performance of Spem in Alium on their website

The Gesualdo Six have an interesting collection of videos on their Facebook page including
Robert Pearsall’s beautiful “Lay a Garland” with Andrew Cooper singing all parts.

Online Viol Lessons

Many viol teachers are now giving lessons online using zoom or other platforms - see below. The
UK Viola da Gamba Society has a lot of information about this and is a very useful source of
knowledge. Their link section will tell you where you can get replacement strings if one breaks and
lots of other useful information. You don’t need to be a member to access the majority of the site
which is here:

Jacqui Robertson-Wade can be found on YouTube and also on her website, the
Rondo Viol Academy at
Claire Horacek will also give lessons online: email clairehoracek@gmail.com
Alison Kinder’sThe Clinic” can be found on YouTube and on her website
Alison Crum another experienced teacher will also give beginner lessons online, her website is

Consort Playing

When you need someone to play with then the following resources have been produced enabling
you to play along with a pre-recorded consort, with whichever part you want to play missing:

David Hatcher’s “Consort Music Minus One” - downloadable mp3 files of beautiful renaissance
4-part pieces recorded at A440 see his website
David may also give lessons online - email him at djhatcher@icloud.com
Click here for an update from David Hatcher.

Sam Stadlen: play along videos and tutorials online:

Search on YouTube for viol music. Well known ensembles are
Fretwork and David Hatchers Linarol Consort.
Look for the Early Music Group and the Viola da Gamba Society on Facebook for posts by members.

If you are interested in learning to
play the lute, or just have an interest in the instrument the first
port of call is the Lute Society website:
On their homepage there is now a "Lute in Lockdown" which gives a list of teachers who can
teach via Skype or Zoom, and lists of upcoming events. This is very new but is expanding rapidly.

Lynda Sayce
has posted a youtube video on the history of the lute at
https://youtu.be/A1T2Bmpm_7o Lynda also teaches via the internet – details
on the Lute Society website.
The Early Music Shop has a similar arrangement with Jacob Heringman:

There is plenty to listen to on YouTube.
Recorders Online Lessons
Mary Tyers (usually teaches at the Early Music Shop) - mary@marytyers.co.uk or 0776 2374638
Alyson Lewin 01785 716957
Visit the Society of Recorder Players (SRP) website
https://www.srp.org.uk for lots of information
and a variety of links including
David Moses see below:
David Moses has produced a series of backing tracks, but so far almost the only early music is a
jazz accompaniment of Handel’s Sonata in F Op1 for treble recorder and some Playford dances
for descant, accompanied by a lute. His link is on the SRP website.
Emma Murphy has all sorts of useful stuff in her shop including consorts minus one to play along
with at
Sarah Jeffrey / Team Recorder has a large number of videos on YouTube about playing the recorder
including a couple of play along ones.
Helen Hooker has just recorded 3 Bach Chorales with music to play along to - see the SRP Facebook
page and keep an eye out for more.
Much of
David Hatcher’s “Consort Music Minus One” is suitable for recorders - David will advise
you. See consort playing in the viol section for details.
Go to YouTube and search for recorder music whether solo or ensemble, renaissance or baroque.
Well known ensembles are The Flanders quartet, The Royal Wind Music, Palisander and
There are also some jewels on the SRP page and on the Early Music Group page on Facebook.

Cat on the Keys Music:
has downloadable backing tracks of renaissance and baroque music
for all sorts of instruments at various pitches. See
City Musick, the Renaissance Wind Band - Corona Consort Karaoke Play-Along Store
They have recorded music ‘minus a part’ in whole and mixed consorts of recorders, cornets,
shawms, dulcians and sackbuts for you to play along with on any instrument. For £5 a piece (by
PayPal) you can download
a quality audio file of the full piece, an audio file of the piece
minus the part you want to play and a pdf score (with parts where necessary).
Ensemble Échos (flute, violin, viola da Gamba and Harpsichord) have a number of videos of
baroque music to listen to on their website. They have also recorded a virtual performance of a
Bach trio. See
Academy of Ancient Music: Streaming Sundays - a full length concert from the recent past
is shared every Sunday afternoon on YouTube. See
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment have a monthly series of illustrated talks called
Bach, the Universe and Everything”
National Centre for Early Music streams a concert on Facebook every Saturday at 1pm.
Bach Bites: Steven Devine plays a Preludes and Fugue every Wednesday at 6pm.
The Orchestra of the Age of Isolation play the beautiful Entrée de Polymnie by Rameau
at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc7TnLhhKmc

Some ideas from Nancy Slessenger (MEMF):
Here's an interesting email from David Turner - have a look at the video.

The Silver Swan - and a chance to record a video with a group.

Just in case it is of interest, for those interested in setting up virtual projects, I have learned how to do it quite effectively and was helped by a few friends who contributed material. I found short madrigals, like The Silver Swan, ideal material for learning and honing the techniques needed to compile the voices, splitting them from the visuals and recombining to make a presentation. Here is a film I made last week.
Feel free to share the link if you so wish. All relevant permissions have been obtained
Next up, Dowland’s “Come again sweet love”. I’ve also made a movie of our viol consort which was successful technically but I am not permitted to publish it. It would be good to assemble an online early music consort if there are enough volunteers.
Making the silver swan was a lot of fun and took me a week
If other members want to do such things while we aren’t able yet to get together in any other meaningful way, I am happy to be contacted.”

David Turner

Some goodies that Sara Clymo (MEMF newsletter editor) and others have collected:

Illustrated talks and concerts
Angel Music, a charity supporting Early Music Education and performance, have sponsored a number of illustrated talks and concerts on YouTube including Alison Kinder talking about Tobias Hume, Fieri talking about Marenzio and Halcyon performing on harp and Lute. Find them at: www.youtube.com/channel/UCsFNlwevYIe6EbMkMgx4wCg
Subscribe to the Angel Music mailing list at:
and you will be notified about new videos.

For playing with others over the internet Jamulus is an alternative to Jamkazam. The official page is at:
but there is a very useful video made by the string quartet Vierimpuls, describing how they use it to rehearse, at:

For details of how newly-formed Online Early Music Forum are using Jamulus in lockdown go to:
Musicians seeking Musicians

From Will Dawes
VOCES8: 'Ne Irascaris Domine' & 'Civitas Sancti Tui' by William Byrd
Sing along treat Gesualdo - Sacrae Cantiones I 18 Illumina faciem tuam – Score
And here’s a rather special treat - hint: it was to mark 40 days of lockdown.....

Instrumental: This one was found by accident when listening to the ones above:
Jordi Savall: Luis de Milán - Pavana & Gallarda

Hesperi Ensemble have live concerts every Friday at 1pm. Two of Ensemble perform pieces for harpsichord and recorder or flute with introductions to each piece setting the scene. You can ask questions or make comments on a real time chat line. To see the collection so far, go to https://wwww.facebook.com/pg/EnsembleHesperi/videos
and to https://www.paypal.me/ensemblehesperi to donate.

Sounds Baroque mini concerts: solos performed by Julian Perkins on keyboard and duets with Emma Abbate https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXULdyC7dmOaMlkB8zv77gw (not all are baroque!)

Follow the Historical Dance Society on Facebook for teaching videos (released each week) and webinars and find their Virtual Elizabethan Revels on YouTube.
Consort de Danse Baroque Online Beauchamp- Feuillet Notation Reading Classes with Philippa Waite. Three levels of classes on Thursdays and Sundays.

More well known viol players are now producing Tutorials – have a look at the VdGS website
Chelys Consort of Viols are also recording consorts minus one. Follow them on Facebook to hear when new videos are released.
Asako Morikawa has a series of Multitrack videos for you to listen to or play along with.

A Live recording, in Warwick's Court House, of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas by the Armonico Consort ... will be available for a while.
Early Music Shop show a variety of musicians performing Monday to Friday at 1pm. See the full list here.

Live From London
Online Festival of the world’s Finest Music by Voces8. I Fagiolini, Stile Antico, The Swingles, The Sixteen, The Gesualdo Six, Apollo5, Chanticleer and the Academy of Ancient Music. Ten weeks of Saturday concerts from 1st August – 3rd October streamed live, but available to listen to until the end of October. Here's a trailer. Hosted by Voces8 Foundation, Voces8 Ensemble and I Fagiolini. Tickets £15 per concert, or £80 for a season ticket for all 10 concerts, available from Voces8 Foundation website or email I Fagiolini at london@ifagiolini.com (who only have season tickets)

Did you ever wonder what a consort of crumhorns sounded like?
Early Music in a Different Way have a wonderfully pictorial video of Susato's Pavane "La Battaille" with drums, viols and crumhorns (and a lot else!)
Christopher Monks, director of Armonico, plays Bach's Goldberg Variations as part of their "Unlocking Musical Memories" series for people suffering from Dementia. All on their Facebook Page.

Les Arts Florissants celebrate their fortieth birthday in William Christie's stunning gardens with a really magical concert of Handel, Lully, Purcell and Rameau.

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s monthly series of illustrated talks called “Bach, the Universe and Everything” are now being recorded live in their home at Kings Place, London. The latest one is the Bach Cantata BWV39. See them all here.

The National Centre for Early Music have produced highlights of their recent Festival to download and stream for £4.99.

Now Hear This:
Handel Italian Style, a fascinating exploration by Scott Yoo, violinist and conductor of the Mexico City Philharmonic, of Handel's four years in Italy and its influence on him. Watch here.

The Oxford Bach Soloists (OBS) is a Baroque ensemble whose ambition is to perform, in sequence, the complete canon of J. S. Bach’s vocal works over 12 years. This has been somewhat interrupted during the Coronavirus Pandemic, but they have a few videos on their YouTube channel. Their series Back to Bach reveals how OBS musicians have returned to the works of JS Bach during lockdown.

Stroud Green Festival describes itself as ‘quirky and friendly’ but there is some early music, mostly French Baroque.

Historically Informed Summer School 2020 Online (HISS)

Featuring pre-recorded performances, live Q&A interview sessions and a live folk workshop.
These events are all free to access.
HISS Website
All SWEMF Events

11a Peacock Yard is a new YouTube channel created for renowned Lute makers Stephen Barber and Sandi Harris. As well as making beautiful lutes they have made a huge contribution to research into historical instruments. Please donate here.

Malaysia Bach Festival have released a series of documentaries about Bach, his life, and his music entitled Encountering Bach. Artistic Director is David Chin.

Ensemble Pro Victoria (8 voice a capella group):

Bach's Ascension Oratorio: Professor Ashley Solomon, Head of Historical Performance, directs the Royal College of Music's Baroque Orchestra and RCM Chamber Choir in an uplifting rendition of this oratorio here.

City Lit have an online course of 10 weeks on Handel London (Italian) Operas on Wednesday afternoons from 16th September to 25th November. Cost is £209 (£167 seniors). Full details on their website.

Variazioni Stravaganti: (The virtuoso violin in 17th Century Italy and Austria). Violinist Maxim Del Mar presents music by two of the greatest Austrian composers of the 17th Century, H.I.F. Biber and J.H Schmelzer, whose adoption and transformation of the new Italian style left us with some of the most extraordinary music ever written for the violin. The concert will be live streamed on 3rd September at 7.45 from Sands Music Room. Full details at Eventbrite, though the concert is free.


Burghclere Baroque has been formed by Theresa Caudle in 2020 to promote the performance and study of baroque music in the beautiful surroundings of the village of Burghclere in Hampshire. Chamber Days and Orchestral Days will provide the opportunity for keen amateurs to get together to play baroque music, coached or directed by well-known baroque violinist Theresa Caudle, either in her home or in the larger space of Burghclere’s village hall, The Portal Hall. Find out more here.

Consorts.co.uk is a new independent business supplying high quality ‘play-along’ recordings for the recorder playing community. It will be launching this bank holiday weekend and as a special opening offer, Consorts are offering free access to the whole site for this weekend only. At launch they are aiming to have about 80 works available, but are continually adding more. To find out more, Consorts have an introductory webpage with details and a video montage of some of the pieces.


One small candle may light a thousand….”

So wrote William Bradford, a Pilgrim on board the Mayflower. In September 1620, the small band of religious puritans sailed to what would become New England, seeking a life free from persecution. They were confident that God’s favour was with them, but their journey was beset with difficulties, and their arrival heralded an era of destruction for the native Wampanoag tribe.

Award winning vocal ensemble Stile Antico seeks to shine a light on the unheard voices of the Mayflower story. Using a script written for the group by dramatist Katharine Armitage, the hour-long performance breathes life into the Pilgrims and the Mayflower crew. The drama is woven around extracts from ‘Of Plimouth Plantation’, the diary of William Bradford, the colony’s first governor, who documented their extraordinary journey.

Interspersed with the spoken text are full-length performances of some of the finest vocal music of the time. Musical gems by William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons, Thomas Tomkins and others, bring this extraordinary story to life with passion and immediacy.

The film was released on 16th September, and you can watch a trailer here. The film is available to rent for a three-month period for £15, but if you use the code MAYFLOWER33 you can get it for £10! This code is valid until the end of September.
Here is the poster.

Wednesday 16th September at 2pm Stile Antico presents an exciting new programme, 'The Journey of the Mayflower', with extraordinary music and readings. It's a film version for release in mid-September, coinciding with the 400th anniversary of the famous voyage across the Atlantic when William Bradford and his fellow pilgrims set out on their fateful journey across the Atlantic in the Mayflower, seeking freedom from persecution... This programme explores the journey the pilgrims took using music of the time, interspersed with extracts from Bradford's diary and dramatic accounts from the pilgrims themselves, newly written for us. More details here and pre-order it here at a cost of £15 for 3 months rental.

Part of ThisChoirNerd series - conversation with Tallis Scholars director Peter Phillips and Byrd Ensemble director Markdavin Obenza about Peter's book, "What We Really Do: The Tallis Scholars." They talk about the Peter's inspiration for starting The Tallis Scholars, the sound, interpretation, tempo, authenticity, recording, ideal singers, Renaissance polyphony on the main stage, and a short Question and Answer session.

Stile Antico’s 2014 concert of Motets by Giaches de Wert was streamed on Facebook on 30th August and is still available here

Stile Antico sing John Taverner’s Christie Jesu as part of the Bitesize Prom Series Classical Music in miniature). Please donate in aid of Help Musicians.

Monteverdi and his Constellation: Podcast series | Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra John Eliot Gardiner presents a new podcast series exploring Monteverdi’s role at the centre of seismic shifts and tumultuous advances in all the arts and sciences during the early 1600s, spearheaded by his contemporaries - Galileo, Kepler, Bacon, Shakespeare, Caravaggio and Rubens. Across eight episodes, with the help of specially recorded musical illustrations and a handpicked team of experts, Gardiner guides listeners through an in-depth investigation into the development of the early-modern mind. Released every Friday – four now available.

Bayreuth Baroque has streamed live performances from the fabulously ornate Margravial Opera House on their Facebook page and these are still available afterwards. Their website says welcome to Baroque Heaven!

Armonico - their new season of live concerts beginning in October. They include their most successful touring programme ‘Naked Byrd’ (Victoria, von Bingham, Allegri, Purcell and many more), Vivaldi The Seasons, ‘A German Christmas’ (Praetorius and Corelli) and Carols by Candlelight in their usual venues in Leamington, Warwick, Malvern and Yeovil. There is of course limited seating so book early at

Angela Hewitt plays Bach on Saturday 19th September (preludes) and Monday 28th September (the Art of Fugue) online from the Wigmore Hall at 7.30. There will be more early music from there later in the year.

The gorgeous
Quomodo Cantabimus by William Byrd sung by the Fieri Consort. A Bite Size Prom on Facebook raising money for Help Musicians UK - please donate if you listen.

A short delightful song by
Josquin about knitting, performed by La Fiamma on YouTube!

The Marian Consort, directed by Rory McCleery (who is booked to Tutor a MEMF workshop in January 2021), has launched a major new strand of digital work. The headline feature of this is six 50-minute programmes available on-demand. Centred around vocal music, they’ve collaborated with poets, artists, actors, academics, filmmakers, and writers to shine new light and bring you something different. These are available pay-per-view via their website. For under a fiver you get carefully-crafted films shot in stunning spaces, featuring seraphic performances, incisive commentary, and beautiful visual art.

Robert Hollingworth last week recommended Early Music Sources Online which has a wealth of interesting material on their website including a series of video talks on YouTube, including subjects such as vibrato, countertenors, false relations, musica ficta and all sorts of things one has heard of, but didn't quite know what they were.

The Sigismundus Lauxmin
International Harpsichord Contest is taking place on Facebook. Watch it here. More details on their website.

Il Bianco e Dolce Signo, a renaissance madrigal by Arcadelt is here sung by the Kings Singers and here (arranged by Banchieri, an early Baroque composer) played by two dulcians. An interesting contrast.

Fretwork Viol Consort
14 October 2020, 7.30
Online via Wigmore Hall Website
Dowland and Williams

La Mascarade - Sergio Bucheli (Lute)
18 October 2020, 1.00
Online via YouTube
Bloomsbury Festival New Wave: Lunchtime Concert

Mahan Esfahani – Harpsichord
20 October 2020, 7.30
Online via Wigmore Hall Website
JS Bach - French Suites

The inaugural SEPTENARY FOUNDATION Historical Performance Research Seminars

These sessions aim to provide a platform for independent performer-researchers to present their work in return for a modest concert-type fee, and are supported by the Septenary Foundation and Music & Letters.



Early Music Young Ensemble Competition

This biennial competition, sponsored by the Rolex Institute, runs as part of the London International Festival of Early Music (LIFEM) which, this year, will be hosted virtually from 5-11 November 2020.
There are tempting cash prizes.
Ensembles can be any combination of singers and instrumentalists, and groups must have between two and twelve members. The average age must be 32 or less.
Adjudicators are Margaret Faultless, Lucy Crowe and Gill Graham.

For full information please
read the letter from the organiser, Alfie Buckley.
Closing date has passed.
View the
poster and visit the LIFEM website www.lifem.org

There is a new
composition competition run by Nick Hardisty and violinist Ada Witczyk that seeks short new works for baroque violin & harpsichord.
Panel of judges consists of Ada, Simon Standage and Stephen Devine.
Deadline has passed.

Full details at https://www.adawitczyk.com/composition-competition
Donate via https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/composition-competition

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Updated 26/09/2020. Please contact the EEMF committee with comments.