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  • Viols - Try a viol and tutoring opportunities in March!
  •  Date Posted: Fri, 4 Feb 2022
    Ali Kinder and Ibi Aziz

    Ali and Ibi are available to give individual lessons, coach consorts and provide technique classes on the afternoon of the 10th March, a full day on the 11th March, and the morning of Sunday 13th March. There is also the possibility of running a half-day Try a Viol session which was very well attended the last time Ali ran one. Come and try for yourself!
    Ali and Ibi are members of the Chelys Consort of Viols who are performing for the Georgian Consort Society on Saturday 12th March in St Andrews and St Georges.
    Viol Hire. The Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain have a large collection of viols donated over the years.  These can be hired - £80 for 3 months, £20 for full time music students.  The VdGS have lent EMFS 6 viols at a basic rental, 3 of which are currently out on hire, and 3 remain available.    
    Please email Vickie ( for more information.
  • Choral Workshop with Angus Smith
  •  Date Posted: Fri, 28 Jan 2022
    Details and the link for booking our forthcoming workshop on March 12th 2022
    with Angus Smith of the Orlando Consort

    We will be meeting at Broughton St Mary’s in Bellevue Crescent, Edinburgh and the schedule for the day will be as follows –

    09.30 – 10.00     Registration
    10.15 – 11.30     Session 1
    11.30 – 11.45     Break
    11.45 – 13.00     Session 2
    13.00 – 14.15     Lunch
    14.15 – 15.30     Session 3
    15.30 – 15.45     Break
    15.45 – 16.45     Session 4

    Angus has prepared an interesting programme of both new and unfamiliar repertoire from Byrd, Dunstaple, Parsons and others, with Byrd featuring prominently. This will include Byrd’s Libera me, Domine, de morte aeterna, Dunstaple’s Descendi in ortum meum and Taverner’s Alleluya V: Veni Electa. He hopes to demonstrate how the very earliest music from the 11th to the 15th centuries influenced what came later, and I’m sure we will all have a lovely day.

    We will have bound copies of the music for you to take away on the day, and we will have them available for advance collection at our choir session in St Michael’s and All Saints on February 12th. Angus is not expecting everybody to look at the music before the day, but we are simply making it available in case people would like to have advance notice.

    The fees for the day are as follows –

    Half day: £22 EMFS members; £25 non-members
    Full day: £40 EMFS members; £45 non-members
    Students/Low Income £10

    There are also some free places for students, and if anyone would like to enquire further about this then please contact me directly at

    To register please follow this link

    Like all events, we are dependent on the continued relaxation of Covid restrictions, and will take our advice and instruction from the Scottish Government. I would ask you all to take a Lateral Flow Test on the day, and if it is positive then of course please do not attend.

    If you have any queries please contact me (Margaret West) on and I hope as many of you as possible can come. It really should be a fabulous day!

  • Choir session on 15 Jan moves to Zoom
  •  Date Posted: Sat, 8 Jan 2022
    Due to the current surge in Covid cases we have reluctantly come to the decision to change our Choir session on January 15th from an in-person event to a one-hour online session on Zoom with Philip Redfern at 11am. Given the changes to the Government’s guidelines on music making and the difficulties in managing 2 metres social distancing, we feel this is the best way to proceed safely until restrictions are lifted. We hope to be able to meet in person in February, depending on future Government announcements. Philip will lead the hour-long session, which will include some singing (on mute!) and some background to the pieces.

    There will be no charge for the Zoom session.  If you would like to join in here are the Zoom codes

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 822 0955 2121
    Passcode: 877965

    If you have any queries please contact Margaret West, EMFS Events Organiser on

  • ‘Master of the notes’: the genius of Josquin des Prez workshop with David Allinson
  •  Date Posted: Wed, 22 Sep 2021
    ‘Master of the notes’: the genius of Josquin des Prez workshop with David Allinson
    Saturday 9th October 2021, 10am – 4.30pm
    St Cuthbert’s Church, Edinburgh

    David Allinson explores the paradoxical genius of Josquin, who excelled in every polyphonic genre — Mass, motet and chanson — and whose music set the standard for decades across Europe.  Josquin was able to channel the latest humanist theories into music which is direct, poetic and emotional without betraying his medieval inheritance of music as gorgeously abstract ‘sounding number’.  Through patronage and print Josquin’s music rapidly achieved canonical status, influencing Catholic and Protestant composers across the continent.

    To celebrate the 500th anniversary of Josquin’s death in 1521, David Allinson will offer us a selection of motets, Mass music and chansons.  As ever, precise repertoire choices are dependent on the forces signing up, but it is hoped to include some or all of these pieces, making for a rich and rewarding day of polyphony.  Tenors and Basses, especially, are encouraged to apply early, since that will open up more possibilities.

    Possible repertoire:  Ave Maria a4; Gaude Virgo a4; Agnus Dei from the Missa L’homme armé sexti toni; Benedicta es, caelorum regina a6; Nymphes des bois a5; Mille regretz a4

    Singers are invited to book for the full day at £40 (EMFS members) or £45 (non-members) including refreshments (but not lunch) or for either the morning or afternoon session at £22 (EMFS members) or £25 (non-members). Full -time students may attend free.

    To apply please complete this online form

    It may be necessary to give priority to some voices to try to achieve a balanced ensemble.
    Covid safety measures will be in place and full details will be circulated to participants in advance, along with venue directions, further information and PDFs of the music, where possible.

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