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Please note that workshops organised by other Early Music Fora are usually not listed here. Please go to the webpages of the relevant EMF if you wish to have this information. You can find links to the other EMF's here

June 2017

11th - 17th: Music at Monteconero, a course for choral singers, Italy
Hotel Monteconero, Via Monte Conero, 26, 60020 Sirolo AN, Italy
Music Divine, led by JanJoost van Elburg.
A course for experienced choral singers of all ages and nationalities in a mediaeval abbey on a mountain top overlooking the Adriatic, now converted into a comfortable hotel with an excellent swimming pool and a reputation for the gastronomic specialities of the Marche. We rehearse a programme of early music in the Romanesque church that still stands at its centre. The course will be held in English. The general aim is to create an intense musical experience in good company and a relaxed and convivial setting.

25th - 2nd July: Triora - Renaissance Soft Winds and Strings, Italy
Triora, Liguria, Italy
Tutor: Alison Kinder
Broken Consorts at Midsummer: A week of music making for viols, plucked strings, recorders, other soft winds and singers. Making her debut in Triora, Alison Kinder, highly experienced workshop leader and renowned performer, will lead a week working on a range of renaissance masterpieces for large and small ensembles and aimed at players with some experience.

July 2017

Sun 2nd: Baroque Dance Workshop with Ricardo Barros, Llandrindod Wells
The Dance Centre, Arlais Road, Llandrindod Wells LD1 5HE
This tutor led a very successful workshop last year at the same venue. Early booking advised.
Further Details

8th - 16th: Triora - Early Opera, Italy
Triora, Liguria, Italy
Tutors: Deborah Roberts, Oliver Webber and Claire Williams
La Daphne by Marco da Gagliano (1575-1642) (first performed Mantua, 1608): For solo and consort singers, strings, wind and continuo - young professionals, students and experiencd amateurs. Plus talks, workshops and masterclass open to all performers. A total immersion in the exciting world of the early Baroque.

22nd - 30th: Triora - Polyphony for Women, Italy
Triora, Liguria, Italy
Tutors: Laurie Stras and Deborah Roberts
The Nuns of Ferrara: Following the success of last year's course we will continue to explore the rapidly expanding world of renaissance convent music, including repertoire only recently emerging by composers including Josquin des Prez. A chance to take part in some first performances in modern times and learn about the research involved from one of the world's leading experts on renaissance female vocal ensembles! For experienced female singers from high sopranos to low altos and tenors.

23rd - 29th: Beauchamp Early Music Course, Gloucester
Wotton House, Horton Road, Gloucester GL1 3PT
"Holy Week" directed by Philip Thorby and David Hatcher. The course is open to singers and instrumentalists and is unique in that, with its strong brass and loud wind sections, it is possible to play large scale pieces. The course has a new home this year at Wotton House, a quiet oasis in the city of Gloucester.
Further Details
For more information visit www.gamusic.co.uk and follow the link to holiday music courses, or email earlymusic@gamusic.co.uk

Tue 25th: Three Choirs Festival: Sing Gregorian Chant, Worcester
Worcester Cathedral, Worcester
Sing Gregorian Chant 10am-4pm in preparation for evensong at 5.30pm in Worcester Cathedral.

25th - 29th: Lythe Chamber Music Course with Ensemble DeNote
Five days of in-depth instruction in a friendly and informal setting provided by experts from period-instrument group Ensemble DeNote and historical keyboard builder Johannes Secker.

29th - 5th August: NORVIS XLVII, Durham
NORVIS is an annual week-long early music summer course in Durham, specialising in viols, recorders, lutes, baroque strings and voices, and cover a wide range of repertoire from early renaissance to late baroque.

29th - 5th August: Dartington Summer School - Week 1, Devon
Dartington Hall, nr Totnes, Devon
Week 1: Stories in Transit, a Florentine marriage, Early music, Improvisation and Poetry.

30th - 6th August: Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools - Week 1
Girton College, Cambridge
The Monteverdi Legacy: Venetian Music from Monteverdi to Vivaldi
The Parley of Instruments: Peter Holman course director & continuo, Judy Tarling upper strings, Mark Caudle lower strings, Gail Hennessy wind and Philip Thorby voices
Summer Schools Brochure

August 2017

5th - 12th: Dartington Summer School - Week 2, Devon
Dartington Hall, nr Totnes, Devon
Week 2: The English Identity: Baroque Music, Folk Music, and Creative Writing.

6th - 12th: Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools - Week 2
Girton College, Cambridge
Made in Venice: Willaert, de Rore, Ganassi and Bassano, masters of the 16th century
Philip Thorby & Friends: Philip Thorby course director & choir, David Hatcher viols, Emma Murphy recorders, Lynda Sayce lutes, Frances Eustace & Jeremy West wind
Summer Schools Brochure

6th - 13th: Historical Dance and Music Summer School, Clitheroe
Stonyhurst College, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 9PZ
Theatre, ball & country dances and the music of the eighteenth century with expert tutors.

12th - 19th: Irish Recorder and Viol Course, Termonfechin, Ireland
Founded by Theo Wyatt in 1971, the Irish Recorder and Viol Course has offered a warm welcome and a wide repertoire of music to players of recorder, viol and other early instruments for over 40 years.

13th - 18th: Ludlow Summer School, Ludlow
St Laurence's Church, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1AN
A course for singers and instrumentalists led by Eamonn Dougan and Greg Skidmore.
The 2017 Ludlow Summer School will explore the vibrant musical life of early 17th century Poland. In this period Polish territory had reached its maximum extent, and the wealth and prestige of the kingdom attracted musicians to the royal courts in Krakow and Warsaw from all over Europe.

13th - 19th: Early Music Summer School, Cumbria
Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9HS
For competent singers, viol and recorder players, covering music c1450-c1650. Instruction in choral/solo singing, viol and recorder playing, lute, plus vocal technique and various consorts. Plenary music-making sessions, lectures and opportunities to try something new (instrument or voice). A marvellously rich musical cocktail!

13th - 20th: Baroque Week, Berkshire
Queen Anne's School, Caversham, Berkshire
Baroque Week is now celebrating its 40th year. The course offers inspiration and guidance to both singers and players of baroque music from an expert team of leading specialists in historical performance style. This year's theme is "Rameau's Revolution". In 1733 Rameau entered the field of opera unleashing a storm of controversy which polarised opinion between the "Lullyists" and the "Rameauneurs". In our tutor-led projects we will explore music from the time of Lully through to Rameau focusing on excerpts from Les Indes Galantes.

14th - 18th: The Historically Informed Summer School (HISS), Beverley
Bishop Burton College, near Beverley, Yorkshire
The Historically Informed Summer School is an international residential week open to singers and instrumentalists. The course covers all aspects of early music and folk & traditional music and is suitable for students of all ages and experience from elementary to advanced.

17th - 20th: Pyrenees Early Music Festival, Catalonia
The registrations to the Course of the Early Music Festival of the Pyrenees 2017 are already open. This course, which has limited places, is conceived for those students who have completed, at least, the pre-University musical studies or an equivalent. This year, the programme is based on the Cancionero del Duque de Calabria and it counts with the Master Carles Magraner as the course's director.
The programme is formed by amatory villancicos (typical poetical musical forms) and instrumental pieces that revolve around the court of the Duque de Calabria. Its main goal is that students learn the characteristics of the Renaissance era as well as its different styles.
Further Details
(Note: website language options are Catalan and Spanish)

September 2017

1st - 3rd: Choral Liturgy Course, Cambridge
St Catherine's College, Cambridge
Palestrina: Missa Tertia, Morales: O Sacrum Convivium, and Cardoso: Muller quae erat in civitate, to be sung at Sunday Eucharist in the college chapel. Places available for alto, tenor, and bass. Tutor: David Allinson. Organiser: Eleanor Thompson ian.et.thompson@gmail.com

2nd - 10th: Triora - Renaissance Polyphony, Italy
Triora, Liguria, Italy
Tutor: Deborah Roberts
From Fayrfax to Taverner: Pre Reformation English music in the grand style! A course for advanced consort singers who are good readers (or prepared to do work in advance) with clear, well-tuned voices and able to hold a part alone.

7th - 10th: Medieval Music in the Dales, Wensleydale
Bolton Castle, Wensleydale, Yorkshire
Medieval Music in the Dales is an annual medieval music festival wholly dedicated to medieval music-making. It's unique in the UK. It's all set in and around the incomparable medieval setting of Bolton Castle in Wensleydale. Built in the late fourteenth century by the noble Scrope family, the castle remains in the ownership of their descendants to this day.

17th - 22nd: Jimena de la Frontera Music Week, a course for choral singers, Spain
Jimena de la Frontera, Spain
El Siglo Del Oro: Spanish Music of the Sixteenth Century, led by Robert Hollingworth.
A course for experienced choral singers of all ages and nationalities in a small pueblo blanco in southern Spain. We rehearse a programme of renaissance music for a concert at the end of the week. The course will be held in English. The general aim is to create an intense musical experience in good company and a relaxed and convivial setting.

Regular Courses and Workshops

Benslow Music Trust, Hitchin
Benslow Music Trust, Benslow Lane, Hitchin SG4 9RB
Benslow Music offers residential and day music courses, and a series of chamber concerts at its beautiful purpose-built campus in Hitchin, Hertfordshire.

Cambridge Woodwind Makers, Cambridge
Stapleford Granary, Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 5BP
The Cambridge Woodwind Makers are an organisation based in Cambridge, UK who have created a workshop to preserve and promote the art and artisanship of woodwind instrument making. The facilities provided by the Cambridge Woodwind Makers offer professionals and novices a chance to learn more about how to make and repair instruments, it also offers the general public an opportunity to observe and appreciate the skills used.

Halsway Manor, Somerset
Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
The National Centre for Folk Arts at Halsway Manor is a charity and the only residential centre in the world concentrating on the varied folk heritage of England. Nestling in the Quantock Hills within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it hosts courses, events and projects within this unique and magical setting. Set in six beautiful acres of gardens and grounds the manor has a warm and welcoming atmosphere, a range of comfortable bedrooms, great food and a beautiful panelled bar.

Hawkwood College, Stroud
Hawkwood College, Painswick Old Road. Stroud. GL6 7QW
Hawkwood is an ethical centre providing courses, facilitating training and offering venue hire, set in a beautiful location in the Cotswolds.Hawkwood was established as an independent centre for learning in 1948 and today the registered charity offers an extensive array of courses. Both residential and non residential, ranging from one day to a weekend or week, the leading edge courses offer a unique mix of new, creative and exciting content often not otherwise available. Founded on Rudolf Steiner's anthrosophical values, Hawkwood endeavours to uphold his beliefs which have had such a profound and positive influence on education, the arts and agriculture. The course programme has broadened and diversified over the years to realign the original design of Rudolf Steiner with the changes of our ever evolving world, but the original Steiner impulse is always at the heart of this organisation.

Jackdaws Music Education Trust, Frome
Jackdaws Music Education Trust, Great Elm, Frome, Somerset BA11 3NY
Jackdaws is dedicated to improving participation in and enjoyment of music through weekend courses, Education projects, a Young Artists Programme and performances by world class musicians.


Lute Society Meetings
Sat. 19th November 2016 at the Dutch Church

Contact Chris Goodwin 01483 202 159, lutesoc@aol.com

Viola da Gamba Society Meetings
Sat. 20th October 2016 in Cricklewood, London: The Shakespeare Connection
Sat. 22th April 2017 in Oxford + AGM: Simone Eckert talks about north German viol playing and players

Administrator, Susanne Heinrich, Tel. 01865 723 778, e-mail admin@vdgs.org.uk

Competitions, CD Releases & Other Events

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