EEMC2022 - 5th to 11th April

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 for 2022 will be Tom Beets, David Hatcher, Alison Kinder, Asako Morikawa, Emma Murphy, Philip Thorby and Joris Van Goethem.

To get an idea of the variety of music that we cover go to the repertoire page. Each year we have a theme and in 2022 the theme is “MUSIC”. Rather a general theme, you think? Perhaps not: this is music about music. From Andrea Gabrieli's “Cantiam Di Dio”, through settings of the Psalmist's Cantate Domino, and Orpheus taming wild beasts in Lassus’s “Musica Dei Donum” to a singing contest between the Muses and the Pleiades, composers respond in a very special way when they use their own art in honour of that art. Not every session will be linked to this theme, but at least one of the 11.30 sessions each day, and some of the evening tuttis, will illustrate it: as always, you are free to follow it through the week, dip in and out, or even ignore it altogether!

Each day features five tutored sessions and, in addition, there are many opportunities to play informally. Take a look at last year's  timetable to get an idea of how the course will be set up.

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.

A=440 except by prior agreement with other players in small groups.

EEMC is keen to support and encourage up and coming young tutors. We hope to invite both a viol and a recorder Trainee Tutor for 2022. They will be shadowing and helping our wonderful team of tutors.  Our Trainee Viol Tutor was going to be Rowan Bidmead in 2021 and she has agreed to join us in 2022 instead. Rowan has been playing viol since she was 7 and has recently graduated from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, studying both gamba. We will have a trainee recorder tutor too, watch this space!

Jacks, Pipes & Hammers and The Early Music Shop will be with us as usual, in 2022. Barry Holder,  the recorder and viol technician from the Early Music shop, will also join us for a couple of days. Hopefully, 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 EEMC2022 

Applications for EEMC2022 will open at the beginning of  September, the exact date will be advertised here nearer the time. Everyone who has been in the last few years should automatically get an email a few days before the applications open. If you haven't been recently or would like to make sure you get an email, please add your name to the list below.

Waiting List for EEMC2021

We hope to see you there,

Philip Thorby - Course Director

Josee Beeson - Course Administrator

"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 Girls
24 Hereford Road, Monmouth
NP25 5XT