TOTNES EARLY MUSIC SOCIETY
TEMS has been running since 1999. Our performers are professional musicians respected in the Early Music or folk fields with a sprinkling of younger performers who are establishing their careers. Most have trained at top colleges and conservatoires and have played with nationally recognised ensembles such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Our concerts achieve national listings with people attending from as far away as Bristol and Penzance. More than half of our members come from beyond Totnes – from villages and towns in the South Hams, Torbay and from Exeter and Plymouth.
TEMS was set up to offer an annual series of recitals to provide top quality, professional performances of historically-informed early music to people in South Devon. We are lucky to have good music available locally through the presence of Dartington, Devon Baroque, the Torbay Symphony Orchestra and others, but continue to see a need for an organisation which supports Early Music on a chamber music scale and can attract nationally recognised performers to this comparatively remote corner of the country.
This year we plan to invest in new staging for our concerts in St Mary's church which we expect to be in place by early 2017..