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Minster Minstrels ensembles

CHAMBER MINSTRELS are players of any instrument who are more experienced and advanced, grade 5 and above. This ensemble gives opportunities for instrumentalists to broaden their musical expertise, to consider the historical context of the pieces and learn how to interpret them with authentic character and style.  There are also opportunities to hear and work with professional musicians. 
Chamber Minstrels are currently looking especially for an advanced violinist and cellist to join us!  This is an exciting opportunity for experienced players who would like a new challenge, playing one-to-a-part music, such as baroque trio-sonatas and chamber concertos, with other advanced Minstrels players.  Email for details.
FIRST MINSTRELS are players of any instrument around grades 3-5. They are often joined in their rehearsals by Chamber Minstrels, who provide support and motivation by acting as good models for players less experienced and less advanced than themselves.
RECORDER MINSTRELS are primary school recorder pupils who enjoy the recorder but may not have specialist tuition in their school lessons. The ensemble encourages players to improve their technique and experience by playing the vast and varied repertoire of consort music with the whole family of recorders. It also acts as a training ensemble for the other Minstrels ensembles, and Chamber Minstrels players are encouraged to mentor and work alongside the younger players.
MINSTER MINSTRELS VOCAL ENSEMBLE, for young singers, is directed by Bethany Seymour, the National Centre for Early Music's BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellow. See

If you are interested in joining any of the Minster Minstrels ensembles, please contact the NCEM on 01904 632220 or email .