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National Early Music Association UK

President - Peter Holman

Chairman - Francis Knights

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.

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 . To become a NEMA member click here.

For a modest subscription members of NEMA 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. Members also receive a very informative twice-yearly newletter and have access to musical supplements and past papers from EM Performer and the Early Music Yearbook
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 online form for your entry in the Register, or in the Directory or Buyers' Guide, or both, or request a form from the Administrator.
  Clifford Bartlett 1939-2019
Musicologist, publisher and past Chairman of NEMA
Obituary by our President
NEMA Newsletter
The latest NEMA Newsletter is now available here. It contains these articles: Early music on postage stamps of the world by Douglas Briscoe; Tudor music: a selective bibliography of writings, 2008-2019 by Richard Turbet; Italian madrigals in the Paston manuscripts by Francis Knights;4 Composer anniversaries in 2020 by John Collins; Tudor polyphony and beyond by Anne Roberts; Colchester Early Music by Lizzie Gutteridge.
Reports: Bach Network 2019; The current state of performance practice studies; collections and collectors; Music in eighteenth-century Britain. News, Events and Obituaries.
For earlier Newsletters click here.
Sheet music for download by NEMA members
Back-numbers of Early Music Performer can now be downloaded from the archive of earlier issues.
Past NEMA Conferences
  Oct 2019 conference on performance practice
  Oct 2018: Vocal Sound and Style 1450-1650
  Sep 2017: Early Keyboard Instruments And Their Music
  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
papers and books on vocal style
  Book by Richard Bethell Vocal Traditions in Conflict. Descent from Sweet, Clear, Pure and Affecting Italian Singing to Grand Uproar
  Thesis by Sarah Potter Changing vocal style and technique in Britain during the long nineteenth century
Special offer to NEMA members: The Supernatural Voice, a revisionist history of falsetto singing in Western music by Simon Ravens. details.

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 and Mark Windisch



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