About us

Welcome to the Totnes Early Music Society (TEMS) website.
TEMS has been running since 1999. We offer a season of six early music concerts from September to the following 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.

2018/19 Programme
The 2017/18 season ran from a programme of dance music in medieval and renaissance times to baroque music from Ensemble Moliere, bringing performers and music from around the world to Totnes. Our new series of concerts for 2018/19 will be announced here in late June. As usual, our Programme page will give details, while our Performers page will give more information on the musicians who will be appearing.

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 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.

With thanks to…..
TEMS is pleased to be working in collaboration with the Dartington Hall Trust once more. Advance tickets for all our concerts are available with a £1 discount from the Dartington box office, 01803 847070, or online at: www.dartington.org.

We are also grateful to the Arts Council‘s Grants for the Arts programme which helped us buy new staging for St Mary’s in 2017. We must also thank St Mary’s Church PCC and the TEMS members whose generosity made this possible.