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Sat. 23rd: Workshop with The Kings Singers, Bristol
The James Room, Clifton Cathedral House, Bristol BSX 3BX
Director: Tom Williams
From soaring sacred polyphony to light-hearted Renaissance madrigals, romantic part songs to arrangements by past and present members of the ensemble, explore the musical world of the world’s most iconic vocal ensemble through some of their most-loved pieces.
This event is part of Clifton International Festival.


Sat. 7th: Bath SRP Summer Music Day for singers and instrumentalists, Bath
St Luke's Church, Hatfield Road, Bath, BA2 2BD
Splendours of La Serenissima with Graham Coatman.
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22nd-28th: Beauchamp Early Music Couse, Gloucester
Wotton House, Horton Road, Gloucester GL1 3PT
"Angels and Ministers of Grace...", directed by Philip Thorby. 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. We are able to offer bedroom accommodation in addition to camping/local B&Bs. For more information (leaflet, booking form, etc) visit www.gamusic.co.uk and follow the link to holiday music courses or email earlymusic@gamusic.co.uk. Feedback quote from 2017: Lovely music, lovely food, lovely people ... what more could one ask?!

28th-25th August: Dartington International Summer School and Festival, Devon
Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon
Week 1: Choirs and vocal ensembles, and advanced vocal tuition. Music inspired by the heavens, composition for early instruments, and Middle Eastern music and song. Improvisation, instrumental classes for lutes and viols, our Advanced Renaissance Wind Band, and our new programme for modern winds.
Week 2: Bach’s St Matthew Passion, a new dramatisation of Bach’s life by esteemed writer James Runcie, and instrumental and vocal tuition. Historical Fiction, and poetic creative writing. Dartington Folk Choir, advice for folk sessions, the ever-popular As I Walked Out One Morning folk course, and a ceilidh too!
Week 3: Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Haydn’s Creation, advanced vocal classes, and Oh! What a Lovely War. The Dartington Piano Concerto Competition, tuition from Imogen Cooper and Joanna MacGregor. String Orchestra, violin and cello classes, Brazilian music, plus the Advanced Conducting Course.
Week 4: Verdi’s Requiem, Gospel Choir, and Songs of the Jazz Age. Advanced and intermediate composition. Film and Music with Neil Brand, string tuition from the Heath Quartet and Multimedia Installations. Saxophone, drumming, trumpet, piano and keys classes, Jazz Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, and Big Band.


Sat. 1st: Workshop for Voices, Worcester
The Angel Centre, 14 Angel Place, Worcester WR1 3QN
A fantastic opportunity to work with singer and choral director Deborah Roberts on a variety of Renaissance vocal music from around Europe.


28th-2nd January: Corsham Winter School (Lacock Courses), Corsham
St Laurence's Church, Ludlow, SY8 1AN
When to the Temple: music for Christmas, Epiphany and Candlemas. A course for choral singers led by Aidan Oliver.

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Early Music Mornings, Henstridge

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

Historical Dance with Ann Hinchliffe of the Historical Dance Society (formerly Dolmetsch Historical Dance Society).

Evenings, 7.30pm - 9.30pm: first Thursdays in Dorchester, fourth Thursdays in Castle Cary.
Afternoons, 1.30pm - 4pm: second Sundays in Bridport, third Sundays in Barrington village near Ilminster.

Contact Ann Hinchliffe for details including postcodes. No previous experience needed. Each class stands alone; pay £5 on the door.

January - August 2018 will give a grounding in dances from around 1500 to 1660.
September - November 2018 will focus on the long 18th century, Restoration to Regency.

01935 472771 or thedancingmaster@outlook.com.

Historical Dance with Philippa Waite (Artistic Director: Consort de Danse Baroque)

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.


Whipton Community Hall, Pinhoe Road, Exeter EX4 8AD
First Friday of the month: 9th February, 2nd March, 4th May, 1st June, 6th July.
7pm - 9pm: Dance Through The Ages
Social dances from the Middle Ages to the Early Twentieth Century, including the Elizabethan and English Regency periods.
9pm - 9.30pm: Baroque Steps
Suitable for use in country dances from the Restoration to the Regency period.
For more details please see: www.ukbaroquedance.com

Claverton Down Community Hall, Claverton Down Road, Bath BA2 6DT
Saturdays, monthly: 10th February, 10th March, 21st April, 5th May, 9th June, 14th July.
10:45am – 12:45pm: Baroque Dance, all levels, beginners welcome.
1:45pm – 3:45pm: Baroque Dance, intermediate/advanced.
For more details please see: www.ukbaroquedance.com

Dillington House, Ilminster
Dillington House, Ilminster, Somerset TA19 9DT
A variety of courses including Music Appreciation and Singing Workshops.
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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.

Lyme Recorder Courses, Lyme Regis
Victoria House, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3LP
We run recorder courses at all levels from beginners to Diploma for around 10 - 12 players with some of the best tutors from around the world. We welcome many non-playing spouses and partners, who enjoy the surroundings and the warm and friendly atmosphere.

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