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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 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 are delighted to welcome the internationally renowned violinist Rachel Podger to our Festival; we will also enjoy renaissance wind music from Blondel, and the gentle sounds of the early viol with David Hatcher and the Linarol Consort of Viols.

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.

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 popularity of our summer Ball - this year on Saturday 19 May - we are also organising an afternoon tea dance at the lovely Lion Ballroom in Leominster on Sunday 14 January.

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