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
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 newsletter and
have access to musical supplements and past papers from EM Performer
and the Early Music Yearbook
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
Back-numbers of Early Music Performer can now be downloaded from the
archive of earlier issues.
Sheet music for
download by NEMA members
Vocal Traditions in Conflict.
Descent from Sweet, Clear, Pure and Affecting Italian Singing to Grand Uproar
The latest NEMA Newsletter is now available
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.
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.
The National Early Music Association is offering support to early music ensembles during the
Covid-19 crisis. Being a small and modestly-resourced charity it can only offer limited and
informal help, so it is awarding a number of direct grants to British ensembles which perform
pre-1750 music in an historically-informed way.
Ensemble of the month Full list of supported ensembles
flautist Yu-Wei Hu and guitarist Johan Löfving offer a historically-informed, lively and exciting interpretation of music. Their aim is to present a variety of music from the 18th and 19th centuries, as the intimate setting of flute and guitar flourished in the salon culture throughout Europe at the time.