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Dear EMFS members and friends 

Please do send on details of other concerts or other events which might interest our members by emailing

Recorder playing events


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.


The Renaissance Band
at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017

Musical Migrants

Venue: St Mark's Unitarian Church, Castle Terrace, Edinburgh) Venue 125

The music of the Medieval and Renaissance worlds is brought to life by the city's famous early music group. A dozen musicians play a huge range of period instruments including shawms, cornetts, sackbuts, nakers, crumhorns, viols, fiddles, recorders, bells, bagpipes, rackets and a serpent. The show is introduced by Murray Campbell, whose entertaining presentation provides a show that is a truly joyous experience, suitable for all ages, newcomers and regulars alike.
£10/£8/Under 18s free

Buy tickets here.

Purcell's 'Saul and the Witch at Endor'

Friday 18th August  2017, 13.10

St Vincent's Chapel, St Vincent Street, Edinburgh EH3 6SW

 A rare opportunity to see Purcell's 'Saul and the Witch at Endor', in this Edinburgh Fringe lunchtime recital. Purcell's mini-cantata retells the portentous meeting between Saul and the Witch of Endor, who conjures up the spirit of Samuel, only for him to deliver the gravest news to Saul.  This recital also features songs by Purcell, including music drawn from his 'Harmonia Sacra', as well as folk song settings by Benjamin Britten, including 'Tom Bowling', 'The Last Rose of Summer' and 'O waly, way'.

Philippa Wood, Soprano, as the Witch
Graham Cooper, Tenor, as Saul
Hugh Hillyard-Parker, Bass, as the ghost of Samuel
directed by Les Shankland, St Vincent's Director of Music

Tickets (unreserved): £8, £6 (concessions) available at online or on the door.


Arias, cantatas & duetti da camera
from the Baroque

music by Durante, Geminiani, Handel, Scarlatti

devised by Ian McFarlane

produced & funded by McFarlane Productions

10th August 2017 at 4.30pm

Anna Dennis soprano
Owen Willetts
Tom Foster

St Andrew's & St George's West church 

13-17 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2PA



10th August at 4.30pm

" Ayres of France- Graces of Scotland"

Elspeth McVeigh (soprano) and Kristina Watt (theorbo and Scottish fiddle)

Early Scottish and French Music
St Andrews and St Georges West, Edinburgh

14:30, 14th-17th  August 2017
duration 1 hour

"Ayres of France - Graces of Scotland" explores the Auld Alliance through 16th - 17th cent music.

Both genres are exciting, but the Scottish music is rarely performed and comes from sources like the Balcares Lutebook.

This programme is with theorbo and Scottish fiddle accompaniment.

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Musica Mundana

A programme of early to late baroque music

Annemaria Klein with Eric Thomas

Recorders, Lute & Theorbo

3.30pm 15th August, St Michael and All Saints, Edinburgh

A journey from the sonatas of Dario Castello in Italy, through England and the suites of Matthew Locke, to the wonder of the French baroque with music by Anne Danican-Philidor and Robert de

Free (collection for church funds)



  " Remember Me my Dere"

Elspeth McVeigh

Surgeon's Hall, , Edinburgh
6.10pm 21st - 26th August

Elspeth McVeigh brings another gorgeous and unusual programme of little known, rarely performed Scottish and Continental 17th-century music to the Fringe. Sung by street musicians, these beautiful, haunting songs have survived in all their glorious celebration of life and the heart and explores the transition from music of the courts to the streets and general popularity..

Accompanied on the clarsach (early Scottish harp). An opportunity not to be missed.

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The Squair Mile Consort of Viols
Summer concert

20th August 2017 at 3.30pm 
St. Michael and All Saints Church,
Brougham Street,
Tollcross, Edinburgh EH3 9JH

A programme of early seventeenth-century chamber music (consort of 5 viols) focussing on Italian early baroque influences on the composers working at the court of James VI after he moved to England in 1603. Composers include Lupo, Holborne and Monteverdi.

Free (collection for church funds)

Passion and Manners
16th Century Dance Workshop

led by Robin Benie

The Renaissance Band and Polyhymnia

at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 St Cecilia's Hall, Niddry Street, Edinburgh (Venue 77)
Sun 20th August, 13:00 - 17:00

We're going to look at how dance for performing to an audience began back in Italy in the late 1500s. We'll use authentic music, dance descriptions and clothing to bring the late Renaissance to life. We'll use dances that everyone can join in while still allowing experienced dancers to explore the rich palette of steps and techniques available at the time. Although nowhere near as complex as ballet or even the later baroque stage dances, the more demanding choreographies still required both skill and considerable training.

What to wear? Any clothing you feel comfortable in - but if you have a costume why not wear it? Polyhymnia will be wearing theirs.
Footwear? If you already have some sort of dance shoes these should be OK - although not stiletto heels. Many of the steps involve sliding or turning so grippy trainers are not ideal. Ballet and jazz shoes can be found on the internet for under £15 and are ideal. Men's shoes at the time were almost identical to the "greek sandals" that many dance teachers use today.

Inhibitions? Leave behind; Sense of fun? Bring with you
£25/£20/Under 18s free

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