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 Jaap Schroder, Nicolette Moonen and Robin Kinross;
'Di Sofonisma nobile Cremonesa, Musica, Letterata, e sopra tutto rarissima Pittrice', Naoko Akutagawa and Glen Wilson;
Reconstructing Renaissance Polyphony: comparing original and replacement, Francis Knights, Mateo
Rodríguez and Pablo Padilla;
To trill or trillo? A study in performance practice, Andrew Schultze;
Editing the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, Jon Baxendale;
Revisiting George Marson, Joseph Sargent;
Working with the past – a too personal approach to the violin, Peter Sheppard Skćrved;
Reconstructing piano actions of 19th century German keyed guitars, Daniel Weeldon;
The National Centre for Early Music in its 20th anniversary year
– facing challenges, making music, Delma Tomlin;
The 2020 Händel-Jahrbuch, Mark Windisch;
News and obituaries
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.
Ensemble of the month Full list of supported ensembles
Blondel performs medieval and renaissance music on shawms, bagpipes, curtals and recorders.
It is easy to imagine how the bold tones of a shawm band cut across the hustle and bustle of dance and banquet halls, or even a city square. More surprising to modern ears is the joyful and sophisticated beauty that results from this uniquely blended sound.