EEMC2024 - 6th to 12th April

We will be hosted by one of the Haberdashers' School for Girls in Monmouth.

This popular and highly acclaimed course provides an excellent opportunity for experienced players of viols and recorders to work on early music in a chamber setting.  Under the guidance of our team of expert tutors, highly regarded as performers and teachers, participants are able to develop their technical and musical skills in an informal, friendly and supportive environment. Many of our participants sing, or maybe play other early instruments, which are very welcome in the evening Tutti sessions and some ensembles.

Our Tutors in 2024 will be Tom Beets, David Hatcher, Alison Kinder, Anna Stegmann, Philip Thorby, Joris Van Goethem and Peter Wendland.

Each day features five tutored sessions and, in addition, there are many opportunities to play informally. Take a look at the 2024 timetable to get an idea of how the course works.

There is a minimum expectation that all players will be competent on their instruments and comfortably able to hold their own, usually one to a part. This is so that all can enjoy playing in groups, large and small, with any combination of participants.

To get an idea of the variety of music that we cover go to the repertoire page. We play at A=440 except by prior agreement with other players in small groups.

Jacks, Pipes & Hammers and The Early Music Shop will hopefully be with us as usual, in 2024. Barry Holder, the recorder technician from the Early Music shop, will also hopefully join us for a few days. We are pleased to announce that viol maker, Merion Attwood, will bring some viols to show us and will also be available to do some viol adjustments. A busy week!

Applying for EEMC2024 

Applications for EEMC2024 opened on 7th October 2023 and we were full in less than 3 hours. If you would like to be added to the waiting list for EEMC2024 please go to the "Fees and How to Apply" tab and fill in the form. We may still be able to offer you a place.

We welcome applications from preformed groups as well as from individuals who would like to play with like-minded people who they might not have met before. We will try to make compatible groups out of individual applicants, and if we don't think we can make a viable consort for someone, we will let you know and refund your deposit.

If you haven't been to EEMC in the past few years and would like to go on the list of people who will be sent an email, telling you how and when to apply, then please go to the "Fees and Applications" page where you can fill in an online form.

We hope to see you there,

Philip Thorby - Course Director

Josee Beeson - Course Administrator

Please note that EEMC2025 will be from 3rd to 9th April.

"Beautiful music brought to life by the very best tutors; lovely people to play alongside; delicious food to keep us all going and flawless organisation — perfect!"


Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Boys or Girls
NP25 3XP or NP25 5XT

EEMC2024 will be hosted by Haberdashers' School for Girls.