National Early Music Association UK
President - Peter Holman
Chairman - Mark Windisch
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.
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
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
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.
Administrator Cambridge Early Music
Special offer to NEMA members: The Supernatural Voice, a revisionist history of falsetto singing in Western music by Simon Ravens.
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
Photos: © Ted Copper