August 2016 Newsletter

Our outreach projects have drawn to a close after a successful summer in Redditch and Worcester City, and the prospect of a new venue for the continuation of the Hear My Voice Project is being developed throughout this month, with a view to being operational in September. Watch this space for information and reports on all our Outreach events!

Meanwhile plans and contracts are being drawn up and signed for next year’s festival, which will be on 5th, 6th and 7th of May in Old Saint Martin’s, Cornmarket. We have found that next year marks the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi’s birth in 1567, and the 250th anniversary of Telemann’s death in 1767. Our programme for the festival will reflect these anniversaries including works by Monteverdi for cornett, voice and harpsichord and Telemann Trio Sonatas for recorder, viol and harpsichord. So watch this space and mark the dates in your diary.

Feedback from our 2016 festival indicated that you would like to see more events during the year in between festivals. So we are trialling a few concerts in between festivals…the first being at lunchtime on Friday 19th August, when Ruth Hopkins (from K’Antu) will perform songs accompanied by Toby Carr on lute and theorbo, composed by women in medieval times. We hope to see you there. Entry is free but a retiring collection will be shared between Worcestershire Early Music and St Martin’s Church.

The committee will be meeting this week to draw up an application to register for Charity Status; this will broaden the opportunities in applying for funding. And funding applications are ongoing throughout the year to support both our concerts and our Outreach programme.

I hope you are having a lovely summer wherever you are, and that we may see a good number of you at Old Saint Martins, Cornmarket on Friday August 19th at 1pm.

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