WEM aims to promote the enjoyment and understanding of music composed before 1800.
We achieve our aims through:
We promote historically informed performances offering the history and social context of the music performed on authentic instruments. Our audiences enjoy the intimate and sociable atmosphere and the opportunity to ask the performers questions. In 2017 we celebrate the anniversaries of Monteverdi (d. 1567) and Telemann (b. 1767) at our festival from 5 to 7 May, not forgetting Jane Austen (d. 1817) with our annual Pride and Prejudice Ball.
We offer the opportunity to experience music making in an early music context through song and dance activities with our ongoing programme of outreach in schools and day care centres.
This popular annual event takes place in Worcester’s beautiful Guildhall. Dances from the many editions of John Playford’s Dancing Master (1651-c1720), and similar collections of the time (up to 1800) are danced by participants who also enjoy the opportunity to dress in period costume.