EEMC 2021 - 9th to 15th 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 2021 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 2021 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 the timetable for more detail.

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 and so in 2020 we had invited two Trainee Tutors to join us. They would have been shadowing and helping our wonderful team of tutors. Our Trainee Recorder Tutor was going to be Sophie Westbrook, who is in her final year, studying music at Cambridge University, and who you might remember from Young Musician of the Year 2014. Our Trainee Viol Tutor was going to be Rowan Bidmead who has been playing viol since she was 7 and has recently graduated from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, studying both gamba and cello and we are pleased to announce that Rowan will now be joining us in 2021. We intend to have two trainee tutors in 2021, watch this space!

We are  delighted that Jacks, Pipes & Hammers and The Early Music Shop are able to join us again this year. Barry Holder,  the recorder and viol technician from the Early Music shop, will also join us for a couple of days. This year 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 EEMC 2021

Applications for EEMC2021 opened on 3rd September and we are now full. It seems likely, in these uncertain times, that we will have cancellations before next Easter and so if you are a viol player or recorder player who would like to come then please fill in the

Waiting List for EEMC2021

We hope to see you there,

Philip Thorby - Course Director

Josee Beeson - Course Administrator

FYI EEMC 2022 will be from 5th to 11th 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 Girls
24 Hereford Road, Monmouth
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