“This biennial event is designed for a wide audience, and particularly for lovers of early music from the medieval to the baroque, dance and visual arts. Thanks to the widespread and generous support of people in our community WEMF has been successful since its inaugural year, June 2004. A different country or cultural focus is featured each year. Past festivals were:
- 2004 “Music of England”
- 2005 “Spain and the New World”
- 2006 “Musica Antica d’Italia,” – Music of Italy
- 2008 “From Hildegard to Bach” – Early Music Masterpieces from Germany
- 2010 “La Musique Magnifique” – Early Music Masterpieces from France
In 2006, we decided to move to an every other year format, to alternate years with the Boston Early Music Festival, and provide more time for development and planning.
In 2007, we initiated a special weekend of events in response to the public demand for “a taste of early music” on the “off” year. We continued this in 2009 with a Gala Concert featuring eight performing groups in one concert evening.
Our programs seek to be diverse and inclusive of many aspects of musically-centered culture. We include lectures, special art tours based on the Festival’s theme, post-concert receptions to encourage discussion between audience and performers, demonstrations of period instruments, and workshops that have focused on – dance, medieval and renaissance; instrumental, baroque and medieval; vocal, renaissance/baroque choral, medieval chant. …”
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