Frances Eustace is starting a weekly session for Early Music enthusiasts to play together. It will initially be a mixed ensemble with the possibility of splitting into smaller consorts or expanding to involve voices depending on the interests of the participants. The sessions will be led and lightly tutored by Frances but will have the feel of a club rather than a class. Further Details
Whipton Community Hall, Pinhoe Road, Exeter EX4 8AD
First Friday of the month: 2nd June, 7th July
5.30pm - 7.30pm: Baroque Dance
From the 17th to 18th centuries, a precursor of classical ballet, danced at royal balls and on the stage.
7.30pm - 9.30pm: Dance Through The Ages
From the Middle Ages to the Early Twentieth Century, including the Elizabethan an English Regency periods.
Beginners welcome, no previous dance experience necessary and you don't have to bring a partner
New students are welcome to join at any point in the term and there is no requirement to attend every class
For more details please see: www.ukbaroquedance.com
Sat. 24th: Bath SRP Renaissance Music Singing and Playing Day, Bath
The conductor will be Malcom Hill: Composer, conductor and concert improviser (organ). He has been conducting the Chandos Singers in Bath since 2000, and is Musical Director of Bath Chamber Opera (since 2011).
Further details and application form
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.
For more information visit www.gamusic.co.uk and follow the link to holiday music courses, or email email@example.com
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.
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.
Sat. 9th: Harry Christophers and the Sixteen, Choral Workshop, Tewkesbury
George Watson Hall, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire
Led by associate conductor and bass Eamonn Dougan and practical scholar and singer Sally Dunkley, local singing enthusiasts are treated to a session of vocal coaching including advice on breathing technique, invigorating warm-ups, voice production and insights into the historical context of the music.
Mon. 2nd: Flanders Recorder Quartet Workshop and Concert, Bristol
St Paul's Church, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2LR
A Programme of music scanning several centuries.
There will be a playing afternoon with the quartet before the concert. Book this after you have clicked the 'checkout' button when buying the concert tickets (this is an optional Additional Item at the bottom of the page).
If you would like to attend the playing day, but can't attend the concert, please contact UKTour@flanders-recorder-quartet.be
7th - 8th: Sherborne Early Music: Gabrieli at Evensong, Sherborne
English Organ School & Museum, Milborne Port, and Sherborne Abbey
Join us for a weekend of sumptuous Italian renaissance music in the ancient Dorset town of Sherborne. This two-day course culminates with evensong in Sherborne's beautiful abbey, performing alongside the abbey choir directed by Paul Ellis. A busy itinerary will involve: preparing repertoire for evensong (including Giovanni Gabrieli's superb Magnificat a14 and suitable canzonas) and a workshop session dedicated to 'Ornamenting Without Fear'.
Sat. 7th: Laetare Singers Choral Day, Bristol
St Peter’s Church, Henleaze, Bristol, BS9 4LD
Conducted by Sally Dunkley.
As the leading composer in Elizabethan England and a Catholic, William Byrd managed to avoid the persecution that many others suffered; he wrote fine, English-texted music for the Chapel Royal. We will be singing his eight-part motet Quomodo cantabimus and another motet O Lord make thy servant Elizabeth. We will also be exploring one of Robert White’s settings of Christe Qui Lux and also works by Robert Parsons and Thomas Tallis. The exact choice of works to be sung may depend on the number of singers attending and, more crucially, on the number of tenors who apply!
Further Details and Application Form
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