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:
A medieval orchestra in stone, Naoko Akutagawa and Glen Wilson
The birth of the viol and the rise of the violin, Stefano Pio
‘Viva Italia, Rule Britannia’: the rationale behind 18th century Italian cellists’ migration to the British Isles, Erin Lupardus
Programming, preparing, and performing the organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Richard Brasier
Three collections for the Matins a la Purísima Concepción, Dalila Franco, Pablo Padilla and Mateo Rodríguez
‘In a Landscape’: a piece by John Cage, Silvia Amato
Attributions in early music, Francis Knights and Pablo Padilla
NEMA – the first ten years, Simon R. Hill
Three decades with NEMA, David Fletcher
Christopher Hogwood remembered, Peter Holman
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. Full list of supported ensembles
Ensemble of the month
Ensemble Molière have a unique combination of historical instruments providing memorable and creative
programmes from the repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries.
They are active throughout the UK and Europe and have given performances at venues and festivals such as the London Festival of Baroque Music at St John's Smith Square,
the MAfestival fringe in Brugge and the Oudemuziek fringe in Utrecht, as well as the live performances on BBC Radio3 In Tune.
In 2017, the ensemble were selected as a finalists for the International Young Artists Competition at the York Early Music Festival,
and premiered their first cross-arts opera project Pygmalion (Rameau),
funded by Arts Council England and supported by Stroud Green Festival and Brighton Early Music Festival.
They have recorded their first EP, a collection of French baroque dance movements entitled 'Dance Sweets', which is available to buy online and at concerts.
Ensemble Molière is Making Music Selected Artist 2019-2020