The Early Music Choirs programme was established in 2016 in response to demand from singers for opportunities to sing Early Music on a regular basis.
Working through a monthly workshop rehearsal, with different groups and areas of focus in morning and afternoon sessions, the programme has attracted singers from far and wide. The EMFS Choir for singers with some choral experience and basic sight-reading skills meets after lunch and the EMFS Advanced Choir, for singers with wide choral experience and the reading and musicianship skills to work at a faster rate, meets in the morning.
Singers may sign-up for the entire term of rehearsals or just take part in individual sessions. Those in the Advanced Choir may opt to sign up for the afternoon also so that they can enjoy the music that the EMFS Choir is working on.
Please note: For the present run of meetings the choirs will be combined into one group meeting for the morning only. This will be reviewed in the light of singers' repsonses to the experience and any changes in COVID regulations.
The pattern of three meetings per term enables music to be mastered and questions of style, performance practice and context for music by, among others, Palestrina, Tallis, Byrd, Monteverdi, Purcell, and even Mozart to be considered. Preparing music without the pressure of an impending performance continues to be a refreshing and rewarding experience allowing great flexibility in music selection and preparation for all concerned.
See the Events Page for our next meetings.
For further information about the choirs please contact Margaret West.