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Worcestershire Early Music

WEM aims to promote the enjoyment and understanding of music composed before 1800.
We achieve our aims through:

An annual Festival and concerts and other events during the year

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 2018 we were delighted to welcome the internationally renowned violinist Rachel Podger to our Festival; we also enjoyed renaissance wind music from Blondel, and the gentle sounds of the early viol with David Hatcher and the Linarol Consort of Viols.  Plans for our 2019 Festival running from Friday 31 May to Sunday 2 June are well advanced - details soon!

Outreach programmes

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.  Our first singing workshop, with Deborah Roberts, in August 2018 was a great success.

The Pride and Prejudice Ball

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.  Encouraged by the continuing popularity of our summer Ball - on Saturday 18 May 2019 - we are also organising another afternoon tea dance at the lovely Lion Ballroom in Leominster on Sunday 6 January.

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