About us

Welcome to the Totnes Early Music Society (TEMS) website.
TEMS was started in 1999. We offer six early music concerts between September and April each year – music from medieval times up to late baroque and slightly beyond – music of the streets or royal courts, intimate ballads or rousing dance music, sacred or secular, instrumental or sung, crossing national boundaries and usually for small ensembles.

2019/20 Programme
Our 2018/19 season has recently ended with the appearance of Syrinx on Saturday 27th April. Our next season will mark the 20th anniversary of the formation of TEMS. Details of the new season will be launched on  our  Programme page at the end of June while our Performers page will give more information on the musicians who will be appearing. Advance tickets for all concerts are available through the Dartington website, www.dartington.org, box office (01803 847070) and in person via the Totnes Bookshop. We will continue to offer a £1 discount for tickets purchased in advance. Tickets are always available on the door.

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.

Big Discounts for Members
Members save at least one third off full ticket prices. See the Membership page for details.

Our concerts achieve national listings with people attending from as far away as Bristol and Cornwall. More than half of our members come from beyond Totnes – from villages and towns in the South Hams, Torbay and from Exeter and Plymouth.

With thanks to…..
TEMS is pleased to be working in collaboration with the Dartington Hall Trust once more. We are grateful to the Arts Council‘s Grants for the Arts programme which helped us buy new staging for St Mary’s in 2017, and must thank St Mary’s Church PCC and the TEMS members whose generosity made this possible.