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Dear EMFS members and friends 

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Recorder playing events


3rd June     Scottish Recorder Festival  Glasgow
12th June       Edinburgh Branch SRP Summer Evening Concert
1 - 3rd  September  Scottish Recorder Course Tulliallan Castle
21 - 22nd  October   Dollar Recorder Weekend with Tom and Joris

Contact Lynne Hope at Recorder Players, 19 West Burnside, Dollar, FK14 7DP, Scotland, UK for further detail about these events.


A Highland Day

of Making Music

Eden Court Theatre in Inverness
Saturday 13th May

Following the success of last year's Festival, members and guests are warmly invited to join us for another day of creative music making, this time in the heart of the Highlands.

Whatever your musical level, instrument or voice, you'll join with award-winning educator Professor Richard Michael BEM and his colleagues – drawn from across the classical, traditional and jazz spectrum within Scotland – in exploring shared concepts of rhythm, melody and harmony using simple and familiar Scottish tunes as a basis for improvisation.

Sound scary? Don't worry, mistakes are fine, and we can guarantee that you will have plenty of fun making them! And you'll go away with new skills, new confidence, new friends and a renewed vision for your music-making.

Cost: £20 - includes all teaching materials and light refreshments during the day. Tickets are reserved for those who did not attend the 2016 Festival.

Find full details or book now on the Making Music website (

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Festival Manager Ruth Irons ( or 0751 8384 546).

This project is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.


"The Gargoyles of Gargunnock"

at Traquair House Medieval Festival
27th and 28th May

Performing all weekend




The Rose Consort of Viols

Music of Peter Philips and Richard Deering

King’s College Chapel

Sunday 28 May 2017 at 3pm


Music by two English Catholics who spent time on the continent. Fantasias and dances are taken from David J. Smith's new scholarly edition in Musica Britannica. 

Tickets £5/£3/ Under 16s free.


Serpentarium 2017

26th - 30th May


All Known and Suspected Serpentists (and players of the English Bass Horn, Ophimonocleide, Chromatic Bass Horn, and Ophicleide) are invited to participate in a gathering near Edinburgh in May 2017.

The 2017 Serpentarium will include playing sessions, not to mention the eating and drinking in good company.

The playing sessions will take place in Carlops, a few miles outside Edinburgh, where Murray and Patsy Campbell have their home. Accommodation is available at reasonable prices in the area. Accommodation is also available in Edinburgh.

Find about more about this extraordinary event here.

Glasgow Viol Consort

Sunday 4th June 2017, 4pm
St. Bride's Church, Glasgow -
entry by donation
(as part of the Glasgow West End Festival)

The programme will feature instrumental works from the Renaissance period performed by The Glasgow Viol Consort; Scotland's first amateur society of viol players. Clare Brady (mezzo-soprano) will also join the consort to perform pieces for voice and viols, including songs originally heard during Shakespeare's plays. Audience members are invited to participate in or observe a 'Try a Viol' session after the performance.

For more information, please visit the Glasgow West End Festival website.

The Edinburgh Renaissance Band


The Linton Singers


Songs and dance music from the courts of Mary Queen of Scots, Elizabeth l of England and James VI and l who in 1603 united the Scottish and English crowns

Conductor – Murray Campbell

St. Cecilia’s Hall

Niddry Street, Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1NQ

Sunday 11th June at 7.00pm

Tickets £10 from choir members, at the door before the concert, or to reserve email the Secretary on


A renaissance happenstance
of kings, stormy seas, musicians and their music
Thursday June 1st:: 7.30pm
St George's Church


Tickets: Midsteeple Box Office, Dumfries T: 01387 253383;


Programme notes.

The Romance of Fergus

Rosslyn Chapel
Roslin, EH25 9PU
Saturday 10th June, 7:30pm


Gaita will be performing in the world famous Rosslyn Chapel, presenting ‘The Romance of Fergus’ with a narration (in English) of the story intertwined with songs and music of the period.

“Fergus” is a little-known Arthurian romance, written in Old French around 1200, and clearly set in southern Scotland. It gently satirises the conventions of courtly chivalry and romance as the hero, Fergus, an aspiring son of a peasant from Galloway, follows his quest in a hapless fashion from Carlisle to Dunnottar to Roxburgh castles, eventually gaining a high place at Arthur’s court.

Cait Webb:             Harp, shawm
Chris Elmes:           Medieval fiddle, gittern, bagpipes, citole
Helena MacGilp:      Voice, oud, percussion
Ruth Pollitt:            Narration, shawms
Theodora Hidalgo:  Medieval viols, percussion

£11 (£8 concessions)

Tickets available at:

It is worth noting that seating is quite limited so early booking is advised.

'The Glory of Venice'

- Musick Fyne -
(dir D James Ross)
join forces with
The Marvel of Peru & Inverness Trombones
to perform spectacular Renaissance music for
voices, brass, strings and organ
composed for St Mark's in Venice by
Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli

In Dornoch Cathedral on Wednesday 14th June at 8pm
In Inverness Cathedral on Friday 16th June at 8pm
In Pluscarden Abbey on Saturday 17th June at 8pm

[Admission programmes £10 go on sale at each venue from 7.30pm

Historically Informed Summer School (HISS)

Bishop Burton College
near Beverley, East Yorkshire
14 - 18 August, 2017

Visit the HISS website for further details

Early Music Summer School

Higham Hall
Basenthwaite Lake, Cumbria CA13 9SH
Sun 13 Aug - Sat 19 Aug 2017

A friendly course, which covers music from c1450-c1650, offers 'first study' instruction in choral/solo singing, viol, lute and recorder playing plus small group repertoire sessions.

More information can be found here.

Choral Pilgrimage concert

Palastrina to Poulenc

The Sixteen

Greyfriars Kirk
21st October, 2017