National Early Music Association UK
President - Peter Holman
Chairman - Francis Knights
The National Early Music Association
of the UK has existed since
1981 to bring together all concerned with early music and to
forge links with other early music organisations
in the UK and around the world. NEMA also acts to
represent musicians in the early music field to outside bodies, when required.
Whatever your interest in early music
- amateur or professional, scholar or performer, listener,
instrument maker or CD buyer - you should join Nema. Click here for more about
Nema and its history
. To become a NEMA member click
For a modest subscription members of NEMA receive Early
Music Performer, NEMA's magazine which brings the most important
new scholarship to practising early musicians,
and keeps its readers up to date with the latest news
from the world of historically informed performance.
Members also receive a very informative twice-yearly newsletter and
have access to musical supplements and past papers from EM Performer
and the Early Music Yearbook
Oct 2019 conference on performance practice
Oct 2018: Vocal Sound and Style 1450-1650
Sep 2017: Early Keyboard Instruments And Their Music
Jul 2013: Mechanical Musical Instruments and Historical Performance
Review by Mark Windisch
Jul 2009: Singing music from 1500 to 1900
Followed up in Oct 2009 by
Nema Survey Report
Jul 1999: From Renaissance to Baroque
Back-numbers of Early Music Performer can now be downloaded from the
archive of earlier issues.
Sheet music for
download by NEMA members
Vocal Traditions in Conflict.
Descent from Sweet, Clear, Pure and Affecting Italian Singing to Grand Uproar
The latest NEMA Newsletter is now available
It contains these articles:
Interview with Bruno Turner, Ivan Moody
A painted villanella: In Memoriam H. Colin Slim, Glen Wilson
To tie or not to tie? Editing early keyboard music, Francis Knights
Byrd Bibliography 2019-2020, Richard Turbet
The Historic Record of Vocal Sound (1650-1829), Richard Bethell
Collecting historic guitars, David Jacques
Composer Anniversaries in 2021, John Collins
Obituary: Yvette Adams by Mark Windisch
News & Events:
Societies & Organizations,
Musical instrument auctions,
For earlier Newsletters click here.
The National Early Music Association is offering support to early music ensembles during the
Covid-19 crisis. Being a small and modestly-resourced charity it can only offer limited and
informal help, so it is awarding a number of direct grants to British ensembles which perform
pre-1750 music in an historically-informed way. Full list of supported ensembles
Ensemble of the month
Brook Street Band
Since its formation in 1996 by baroque cellist Tatty Theo, the award-winning Brook Street Band has established itself as one of the country’s foremost interpreters of Handel’s music.
The name comes from the street in London’s Mayfair where George Frideric Handel lived and composed for most of his working life.
The Brook Street Band has performed and taught extensively at prestigious British and European Festivals, and UK concert venues include Wigmore Hall and St. John’s Smith Square, plus regular broadcasts for the BBC.
The Brook Street Band has released eleven CDs, all receiving high critical acclaim; the Band’s debut disc “Handel Oxford Water Music” was selected as Gramophone Magazine Editor’s Choice, as was its “JS Bach Trio Sonatas”.