‘When David Heard’ – The death of Prince Henry, 1612

Online talk (via ZOOM) by Patrick Craig  When the eighteen year old heir to the throne, Prince Henry, died suddenly after an unwise dip in the Thames in 1612, the country mourned the loss of a potentially brilliant monarch. Musical grief poured out from the composers of the day led by William Byrd but also […]

Book now for online workshop on Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas

Discover the origins and cultural background of Purcell’s semi-opera Dido and Aeneas with writer and broadcaster Richard Wigmore, and explore the music in some detail with conductor and singer John Hancorn, with recorded illustrations. Both singers and players will then be able to join in with several choruses. Participation is via Zoom. For more information and a link to […]


Dances from Orchesographie with Lizzie Gutteridge

An on-line play-along workshop with Lizzie Gutteridge.Music supplied (PDF files)With a demonstration of the live looping which Lizzie uses as the Consort of One. Click for further information and e-booking form. Payments to SEMF’s bank:Please use the full name ‘Southern Early Music Forum’ (not ‘SEMF’) for cheques and electronic payments.Metro Bank has not yet implemented […]


David Allinson: on the theme of Epiphany

A welcome return visit – via Zoom – replacing the “live” workshop we had hoped (pre-Covid) that David would lead for us in November 2020. More details nearer the time. For further information, see http://docs.semf.org.uk/Allinson_online_SEMF_January_2021.pdf


An introduction to 16th century facsimile – a repeat of Alison Kinder’s 2020 online course for SEMF, with two new live Zoom tutorials. Session 1.

Alison Kinder’s recent online course for SEMF on playing or singing from facsimile was fully booked with a waiting list, so we’re delighted she’s agreed to repeat it. The course will follow the same format as before: there will be two (new) live tutorials at 7.30pm on 16th February and 2nd March via Zoom, plus […]

Patrick Craig: Music for Ash Wednesday

Another Zoom session with Patrick Craig in which he will present music associated with Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent – forty days representing Jesus’s time in the Wilderness. The music for this day is both contemplative and challenging. Allegri’s Miserere is the most famous of many important settings of this substantial […]