‘Early Music’ is a colloquial name for the musical cultures of the European peoples between the Commercial Revolution of the fifteenth century and the Industrial Revolution of the nineteenth century – before the large-scale exploitation of natural resources through advanced technical means, the mass production and world-wide commercialisation of goods, the replacement of the master-pupil model of instruction with the class format.
In a less narrow sense, ‘early music’ is a way of interpreting European music from the earliest written record to the late nineteenth century according to historical performance practices and, when possible, on period or copies of period instruments. An early-music specialist is a musician, usually trained to conservatoire standards, whose interpretations of pre-1900 repertoires are informed by musicological findings about historical performance practices (so-called ‘historically informed performance’ or HIP).
EMAE is a registered charity based in Merseyside that promotes the cultural, social and economic value of early music through regular educational, recreational and scholarly activities. In particular, in collaboration with local schools and other organisations, we offer to select string players aged 11 to 16 free training in HIP and chamber music (with special emphasis on the music of the ‘long eighteenth century’, from Corelli to Schubert) under the guidance of expert theoreticians and practitioners in the field. This include weekly sessions that take place in school throughout the year, several concert productions across the UK and abroad, and an intensive summer programme.