From monophony to polyphony: playing and singing in the medieval style

North East Early Music Forum

Saturday 20th July, 10am for a 10.30am start, through to 4.30pm.
Friends Meeting House, Skinnergate, Darlington DL2 7NB. Disabled access.
Refreshments at breaks included; please bring lunch or use local cafés (plenty of options).

For singers (any voices) and players of any instrument.
£18 / Unwaged, living on state pension only: £9 / Students free.

When it comes to medieval monophonic repertoire, players of early music can find themselves at a loss, falling back on ‘folk’ styles of playing or adding chordal accompaniment, unknown in the medieval period. It need not be so. This workshop is for singers and players of any instrument (not just medieval) to learn about and put into practice historically well-attested ways of ‘playing medieval music medievally’: drones, moving drones, heterophony, parallels, fifthing, the pes, the rota, the gymel, “minstrelish organum”, and contrary motion.

All music will be provided and sent ahead of the day. Pitch A=440Hz.

Ian Pittaway plays medieval and renaissance music on period instruments, solo, in ad hoc ensembles and in the duo, The Night Watch; and he teaches historical plucked strings. Ian’s special interest is historically informed performance and demythologising common misconceptions about historical music, through workshops, performance and his research website, He’s a regular tutor at Medieval Music in the Dales.

You can apply and pay online via the NEEMF Workshop Diary page of the NEEMF website here.

The closing date for bookings is 7th July 2019, but please book early if possible.

More info/queries: email Gill Page at