After the ball was over

It was lovely to see so many of you at our Pride and Prejudice Ball in May… we were so encouraged by the positive feedback, that we pencilled in a date for a New Year Ball in mid January next year, as well as our usual May Ball.  So make a note in your diary for Saturday January 14th 2017 [Unfortunately the New Year Ball has now been cancelled] and Saturday May 13th 2017.

We were particularly pleased to hear these comments: “As a newcomer to dancing I was impressed with how you welcome allcomers.”  and  “We had a wonderful time; we loved the music and it was fun dancing all those amazing dances for the first time. We were really impressed with Brian Stanton and his kindness and thoughtfulness.”

Worcestershire Early Music is busy throughout the year with outreach projects in schools… on Friday 24th June there will be a showcase of childrens’ work at 6pm, and at 7.30pm a concert in College Hall, Worcester Cathedral, celebrating our Croome Four Seasons project. During the term we have worked in schools composing music and art stimulated by Vivaldi’s representation of the Four Seasons in music and the near contemporary work of Capability Brown at Croome Park. Tickets are available from

As part of the Worcester Festival we are sponsoring a lunch time concert in Old St Martin’s, Cornmarket, on Friday 19th August at 1pm. Ruth Hopkins will perform music by women composers of the Mediaeval and Rennaissance with accompanist Toby Carr on lute and theorbo. Entry is free and there will be a retiring collection.

I hope we may see you at one of these events which celebrate the broader cultural background to the Pride and Prejudice era.

Meanwhile, enjoy the summer and I’ll be in touch with more news in the autumn.

Best wishes,



Author: 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