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National Early Music Association UK

President - Peter Holman

Chairman - Mark Windisch

Peter Holman Professor Peter Holman, NEMA President, is a leading authority on Baroque music, particularly English; he is Emeritus Professor of Musicology at Leeds University and a distinguished academic who believes in putting his research into practice. Among much else he is director of the Parley of Instruments, Psalmody, the Leeds Baroque Orchestra, Essex Baroque Orchestra and artistic director of the Suffolk Villages Festival. At present he is writing a book entitled Before the Baton: Conducting and Musical Direction in Georgian Britain.

The National Early Music Association of the UK has existed since 1981 to bring together all concerned with early music and to forge links with other early music organisations in the UK and around the world. NEMA also acts to represent musicians in the early music field to outside bodies, when required.

The annual NEMA day brings together members for a practical workshop, lecture and professional concert. Whatever your interest in early music - amateur or professional, scholar or performer, listener, instrument maker or CD buyer - you should join Nema. Click here for more about Nema and its history .

For just 11 per year, Members of NEMA have access to an online database with all the information previously printed in the yearbook. It might be possible to deliver this information in printed form if sufficient requests are received. If you’d prefer this please inform the Administrator. Members also receive Early Music Performer, Nema's magazine which brings the most important new scholarship to practising early musicians, and keeps its readers up to date with the latest news from the world of historically informed performance.

Add your name or ensemble name to the NEMA Early Music Database.

The NEMA Early Music Database is the essential resource for the early music enthusiast. There is a Directory section giving sources of information, societies, music publishers, providers of performing material, concert promoters and artists' agents, record companies, early music fairs and courses, including summer schools. It has a Buyers' Guide to some 600 makers of early musical instrument worldwide, giving details of instrument types offered for sale. The Register section gives names and addresses of over 400 individuals, including details of their instruments and interests.

It costs nothing to have your details included in the database, whether or not you are a member of NEMA. Please fill in the on-line form for your entry in the Register, or in the Directory or Buyers' Guide, or both, or request a form from the Administrator.
  Back-numbers of Early Music Performer can now be downloaded from the archive of earlier issues.
Past NEMA Conferences
  Jul 2013: Mechanical Musical Instruments and Historical Performance
Review by Mark Windisch
  Jul 2009: Singing music from 1500 to 1900
  Followed up in Oct 2009 by Nema Survey Report
  Jul 1999: From Renaissance to Baroque
Conference papers for downloading by NEMA members
  Voices and Books Workshop 2014.
  The Hegemony of Italian Vocal Sound through the Long Eighteenth   Century (1675 to 1829) Richard Bethell download
  Thesis by Sarah Potter
Changing vocal style and technique in Britain during the long nineteenth century
Early Music Instrument Inventory Appeal

Own a period instrument? Would you like to share it with younger generations? Cambridge Early Music has teamed up with Cambridge Music Hub and the Academy of Ancient Music to conduct a pilot to compile an inventory of period instruments (used or unused) which could be lent and borrowed by young artists and students in the locality. If the response is positive we aim to expand this pilot on a national level and produce a national online inventory.

If you would like to take part in this scheme and make your instrument(s) available to future generations so they can continue to enjoy early music, we would be grateful if you could complete this form.

Christopher Roberts Administrator Cambridge Early Music

Special offer to NEMA members: The Supernatural Voice, a revisionist history of falsetto singing in Western music by Simon Ravens. details.

Early Music Today has a new interactive digital magazine that can now be read on any desktop computer, smartphone or tablet.
Click to sign up for 6 months free access using access code: LEMF13

Michael Procter's scholarly and practical editions of renaissance music are once again available for purchase Click for details

Greenwich International Festival of Early Music

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