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.
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
Who is WEM?
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: email@example.com
Jill Davies has a great interest in Early Music as a singer, player (of recorder, baroque flute, viols and most recently sackbut) and professionally as an artist manager. She runs Severn Muses, a project which aims to attract more people to arts events in the Severn/Avon/Wye valley area, also organising the Severn Muses Classical Music group on the Meetup.com website. With her husband Chris O’Grady she took over the Chamber Music Plus brochure and website in 2015, listing hundreds of classical music concerts from Cardiff to Keele and Abbotsholme to Oxford, with a Northern edition added for 2017/18.
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 .
Phil is our Secretary and takes our meeting minutes as well as helping out at concerts.