The go-to guide for early music



Links to other early music websites that you might find interesting.

Early music fora, membership organisations, and associations

The Bach Network facilitates Bach dialogue internationally.

The Border Marches Early Music Forum promotes the enjoyment of early music, with workshops in Herefordshire and the surrounding counties of England and Wales.

The British Harpsichord Society promotes awareness, enjoyment, study, playing and ownership of harpsichords and related plucked keyboard instruments.

The Early Music Forum of Scotland (EMFS) brings together singers, players, listeners and instrument makers from around Scotland with an interest in the medieval, renaissance and baroque periods.

The Eastern Early Music Forum organises pre-classical music events and workshops around East Anglia.

The Fellowship of Makers and Researchers of Historical Instruments is a lively forum organisation for those interested in historical musical instruments.

The Galpin Society has an international membership of people from all walks of life with an interest in musical instruments.

The Handel Institute promotes study and appreciation of the music and life of George Frideric Handel.

The London Bach Society is a society devoted to performing the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Midlands Early Music Forum exists to promote all aspects of early music, in the Midlands of England.

The North East Early Music Forum runs monthly workshops in the north east of England for singers and instrumentalists.

The North West Early Music Forum holds workshops from the South Lake District to North East Wales, and also holds a library of musical instruments which are available for students of early music to borrow before purchasing their own.

The Scottish Lute and Early Guitar Society's aim is to promote performance and the knowledge of the history and construction of early plucked musical instruments, primarily the lute and early guitar with an emphasis on the performance of music composed for these instruments and the techniques used to play them.

The Society of Recorder Players is one of the largest societies dedicated to promoting recorder music-making.

The South West Early Music Forum promotes all aspects of early music in the South West of England.

The Southern Early Music Forum exists to encourage the singing and playing of early music in southern England.

The Thames Valley Early Music Forum includes Greater London and Oxford and the counties in between, but has members from all over southern England and even some who live outside the UK.

The Lute Society exists to promote the lute and its music.

The Viola da Gamba Society was founded with the aim of advancing the study of viols, their music, their playing, and their making.

Magazines and blogs

Early Music magazine is a stimulating and richly illustrated journal, and is the leading academic journal for anyone interested in early music and how it is being interpreted today.

Early Music America from our friends across the Atlantic - "Explore the past. Create today. Inspire the future."

Publishers, shops, and stockists

Cantiones Press provides "attractive and authoritative editions of Renaissance choral music".

Chiltern Recorder Consort Series & Musica Domestica: mainly recorder arrangements (some for recorders or viols) in varying numbers of parts, from 2 to 15, covering renaissance, baroque, and 18th-20th century music.

Corda Music (includes Golden Phoenix publications) - music for classical guitar, for strings and for early instruments.

The Early Music Shop - sheet music and instruments (new and second hand).

Edition Zefiro offers early music scores and parts, with hard copies and downloads from London Pro Musica Edition, Dolce Edition, and English Madrigals.

Green Man Press - performing editions of works for voices with and without obbligato instruments.

Prima la musica - Urtext performing editions of Renaissance, Baroque and early Classical music.

The Recorder Shop offers new and pre-owned instruments, accessories, and sheet music.

Archives and collections

The Bate Collection of Historic Instruments is one of the most magnificent collections of musical instruments in the world.

The Horniman Collection is one of the most comprehensive collections of historical instruments in the UK, and includes within it a number of other important instrument collections.

The Early Music Pioneers Archive (TEMPAR) is a blog which explores the lives, work and influence of important but largely forgotten pioneering figures of the early music revival movement, using research, documentation, video interviews, and recording clips.

Cecilia is an on-line guide to music collections in archives, libraries and museums in the UK and Ireland. Searchable by composer, date, institution, tradition, etc; covers many kinds of music, Western and non-Western.

Radio programmes and stations

AncientFM is a commercial-free internet radio presenting medieval and renaissance (not baroque) performances, uninterrupted by any talking.

BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show has a wide variety of programmes available to listen to on-demand.