EEMC 2020 has been cancelled.

We are very sorry to announce that EEMC2020 has been cancelled due to the spread of the coronavirus. It was a hard decision to make but we decided that the safety of all was paramount. We will return the whole fee to those who had booked. Please contact Josee to organise this. Everyone who was booked for 2020 will get first priority for the 2021 course which will be from 9th to 15th April.

Thank you to all those that came last year to our very first Easter Early Music Course in Haberdashers' School for Girls, Monmouth. Everyone there, including participants, tutors and those from the school helped to make this a fantastic course. We are now looking forward to EEMC2021.  Our Tutors for 2020 (and 2021) will beTom Beets, David Hatcher, Alison Kinder, Asako Morikawa, Emma Murphy, Philip Thorby and Joris Van Goethem.

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.

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 2020 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 this year we have invited two Trainee Tutors to join us. They will be shadowing and helping our wonderful team of tutors. Our Trainee Recorder Tutor is 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 is 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. We hope that they will both have a wonderful time, learning from our fantastic Tutors.

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 2020

EEMC 2019  was full in only 5 weeks, and so early application for 2020 is recommended. We usually open for application towards the end of August, keep an eye on our website. All those who have attended recently will get an email to let them know when applications are open. If you haven't been recently and would also like to receive an email then please fill in the online form on the "Fees and How to Apply" page of this website.

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