The following is a weekend course taking place from 25 to 27 July 2014.


Music and culture in Elizabethan England


The Elizabethan period was a true ‘golden age’ in music, where great composers like Tallis, Byrd, Gibbons and Dowland worked in a cultural environment that cherished their talents. They were surrounded by a host of other excellent musicians, and together created works for voices, viols, lutes and keyboard that are still heard and appreciated today.


This course is designed for music-lovers interested in the historical background to this remarkable period of British culture. It will cover the major composers of the English musical renaissance, the context for their work and its performance, the development of musical instruments, religious controversies, court culture, patronage and politics, music and Shakespeare and many other aspects. No special musical training is assumed for attendees, and live music will be part of the course.


Additional details


This weekend course will begin with dinner on Friday 25 July and end after lunch on the Sunday. The venue for the course will be the home of ICE, Madingley Hall, located three miles west of Cambridge. A 16th century country house with seven acres of gardens landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown, Madingley Hall is a superb place in which to enjoy a weekend’s learning and discussion.


The course will be taught by Dr Gina Whisker, whose credentials can be viewed via the course page on our website.


The fee for the course is £240, which includes meals. Accommodation in one of Madingley Hall’s 62 en suite bedrooms is available for the weekend if desired, at a rate of £110 for the Friday and Saturday night, or £90 per person for two people sharing.


More detailed information about the course can be found on our website, where you can also enrol online:


Enrolments can also be made by phone on 01223 746262, or by emailing


Other forthcoming music courses

      The Rake’s Progress: Hogarth, Hockney, de Valois and Stravinsky, 4–6 July
The concept of the hero in the operas of Richard Wagner, 25–28 July
Jazz improvisation, 1–3 August
Parsifal and the quest for the Holy Grail"Wagner's Parsifal and the quest for the Holy Grail, 12–14 September
Musical Impressionism: from dawn to dusk, 5–7 December

If you have any questions about this course, or about studying with ICE in general, please don’t hesitate to ask and I would be happy to help.

Kind regards,

James Burton

Marketing Assistant

Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge

Madingley Hall, Madingley, Cambridge CB23 8AQ


T: +44 (0)1223 746421




ICE is part of the University of Cambridge and provides part-time and short courses for adults.

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