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Courses, Workshops and Festivals

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

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.

29th - 1st October: Exmoor Singers' Tallis Festival 2017, London
Various locations in London
Tallis Festival 2017 is a weekend of concentrated and exhilarating music-making in London. A 100-strong mixed-voice choir will form on the Friday evening, rehearse intensively all weekend and the event will culminate in a high-standard public concert on the evening of Sunday 1 October 2017.

October 2017

6th - 9th/10th: Fort Belan Viols and Voices course, Fort Belan, Gwynedd
Fort Belan, Llanwnda, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL54 5TP
Viols and voices course for experienced sightreaders (intermediate and advanced) with Ibi Aziz and Clare Wilkinson. Consort coaching and large tutti groups. This year the theme will revolve around Martin Luther and the Reformation in Europe, along with William Byrd and other composers during the Tudor/Stuart Reformation in England. Tuition ends 8 October at teatime; option to stay on with no extra room charge for informal music-making that evening and on the morning of the 9th.

November 2017

9th - 11th: Royal Greenwich International Early Music Festival, London
Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, London SE3 9RQ
The world's largest early music exhibition with around 100 exhibitors from across the globe.
Concerts by:
- Fontanella Recorder Quintet
- 21st Century Baroque
- Passacaglia
- Joglaresa
- Thomas Tallis Society, Orchestra Of The Sixteen, Eamonn Dougan

December 2017

28th - 2nd January 2018: Ambleside Winter School, Lake District
Vicarage Road, Ambleside LA22 9DH
A week of music-making for choral singers in the Lake District town of Ambleside, surrounded by England's grandest scenery. We rehearse every day in the morning and late afternoon for a concert at the end of the course.

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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