About

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

a season of 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 in workshops and masterclasses; these are usually offered by the musicians ahead their concerts.

Our connections with the Elgar School of Music and The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire ensure we offer a platform to music students to give them experience in performance.

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.


Claire Horacek

Local artist and musician Claire Horacek brings her artistic skills to design marketing brochures, bookmarks and posters. She plays viol in the Linarol Consort of viols and teaches a Baroque Course at the Elgar School of Music in Worcester.


Ross Workman


Ross is our ever-efficient and diligent Treasurer who can usually be spotted on the ticket desk at our concerts .


Philip Davies


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


Martin Perkins

Martin is Head of Historically Informed Performance at the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music; he performs regularly with local artists The Musical and Amicables. He brings musical expertise and invaluble support to our organisation.