WEM aims to promote the enjoyment and understanding of music composed before 1800.
We achieve our aims through:

An annual Festival and concerts during the year

We promote historically informed performances offering the history and social context of the music performed on authentic instruments. Our audiences enjoy the intimate and sociable atmosphere and the opportunity to ask the performers questions.

Outreach programmes

We offer the opportunity to experience music making in an early music context through song and dance activities with our ongoing programme of outreach in schools and day care centres, and regular workshops for amateur musicians.

The Pride and Prejudice Ball

This popular annual event takes place in Worcester’s beautiful Guildhall. Dances from the many editions of John Playford’s Dancing Master (1651-c1720), and similar collections of the time (up to 1800) are danced by participants who also enjoy the opportunity to dress in period costume.

Previous WEM events

View the archive of Worcestershire Early Music events.

Who is WEM?

Barbara Dunn

Barbara Dunn

Barbara trained as a teacher and worked for most of her career in Primary Education, eventually serving as a headteacher in Reading and then in Worcester, before taking early retirement.

She has been involved with Worcestershire Early Music from its beginning, delivering workshops and organising concerts and the Pride and Prejudice Ball. Barbara is an enthusiastic amateur musician, playing regularly in many different formal and informal gatherings. She performs with the Gloucester Waits on flutes and recorders. To book a concert or talk to us about an outreach project, please contact Barbara: barbara.wem@gmail.com

Claire Horacek

Ross Workman

Ross is our ever-efficient and diligent Treasurer who can usually be spotted on the box office and later behind the bar at our concerts .

Philip Davies

Phil is our Secretary and takes our meeting minutes as well as helping out at concerts.

Martin Perkins