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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 here.

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
NEMA Conferences
  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
Richard Bethell Vocal Traditions in Conflict. Descent from Sweet, Clear, Pure and Affecting Italian Singing to Grand Uproar
  NEMA Newsletter
The latest NEMA Newsletter is now available here. It contains these articles: Early music on postage stamps of the world by Douglas Briscoe; Tudor music: a selective bibliography of writings, 2008-2019 by Richard Turbet; Italian madrigals in the Paston manuscripts by Francis Knights;4 Composer anniversaries in 2020 by John Collins; Tudor polyphony and beyond by Anne Roberts; Colchester Early Music by Lizzie Gutteridge.
Reports: Bach Network 2019; The current state of performance practice studies; collections and collectors; Music in eighteenth-century Britain. News, Events 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
Flaugissimo Duo flautist Yu-Wei Hu and guitarist Johan Löfving offer a historically-informed, lively and exciting interpretation of music. Their aim is to present a variety of music from the 18th and 19th centuries, as the intimate setting of flute and guitar flourished in the salon culture throughout Europe at the time.

The National Early Music Association   Registered Charity No 297300
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