Early music courses in and around East Anglia

Benslow Music Trust

Early Music courses


For details of courses in 2015 click here.


Benslow Music Trust, Little Benslow Hills, Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG4 9RB

Tel: 01462 459 446 (9am-5pm weekdays)  Email: info@benslow.org  Website: www.benslow.org

In East Anglia the leading source of Early Music instruction is the annual
Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools
which take place over two weeks in August.

The tuition is of a high standard and the college surroundings are magnificent.


String Workshops with Judy Tarling


At Headcorn Village Hall, TN27 9NR, about six times a year

£30 for the day includes refreshments
Trains run to Headcorn from different London stations


Learn baroque style at A=440

For amateur, student and pro players on modern or Baroque instruments


Teachers - come and bring your pupils (under 18s £15)

Opportunities for soloists and ripienists. Music provided; advance booking required


Next workshop: Saturday April 25


Judytarling <AT> btinternet.com


Sherborne Early Music

The Topping Tooters of the Town  - Weekend Workshop with William Lyons

Sat/Sun/Mon 2nd - 4th May 2015

Venue: Sherborne Girls

Course fee: £180 (£110 for students)

More information: info@sherborneearlymusic.com


'This three-day course will explore music for civic bands from across Europe, including music for dance, procession, theatre, ceremony and church. Players of shawms, cornetts, sackbuts, curtals, crumhorns, recorders and bagpipes will have the opportunity to play a wide variety of waits repertoires and ensemble combinations. Existing waits bands most welcome, as are players of early stringed instruments.

The course will culminate on the Monday afternoon with a public performance at Cheap Street Church in Sherborne at 2pm. This performance is part of the wonderful Sherborne Abbey Festival, meaning Sherborne will be teeming with music and musicians the whole weekend!

Oxford Early Music Festival - 15th-17th May 2015


A wide range of concerts given by renowned early music artists

 A free drop-in session giving you the chance to try playing a viol
A workshop giving singers a chance to learn how to read from Renaissance notation.


Gala performance of the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610,
Renowned early music vocal ensemble Stile Antico with a programme of meditative Tudor music
Organist and early music expert John Butt
Young ensemble Oxford Baroque with programmes spanning music from Taverner to Bach

Full details of all events: www.oemf.co.uk

Try-A-Viol Day

4 July 2015, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Music Faculty, University of Oxford

Tutor: Alison Kinder

For anyone who wants to try a viol (instruments provided). Must be able to read music and over 16.


Enquiries admin@vdgs.org.uk , more details www.vdgs.org.uk/courses.html

Susanne Heinrich, Administrator, Viola da Gamba Society

Beauchamp (
Gloucester Academy Adult Early Music Week)

This year’s course takes as its theme the three Marys who, in John’s gospel, are at the foot of the cross: 
Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary her sister (the wife of Clopas) and Mary Magdalene. 

From the Magnificat to the Stabat Mater, the Marys have inspired composers and poets for centuries. 
The course will explore settings by 16th and 17th century composers, expressing every emotion from radiant joy to profound despair.

Directed by Philip Thorby with tutor David Hatcher

26 July 
1 August 2015
Dene Magna School, Mitcheldean, Glos. GL17 0DU

    Fee: £425. Discount of 10% for bookings received by
31st January 2015
Booking details: visit
or telephone 01989 218432/01452 688592

Bursaries available for young singers!

Run by Singers

Nicholas Couchman writes:

“Run by Singers has two Early Music weeks running this year - in Copenhagen and Assisi.
David Allison and David Skinner direct. Full details at www.runbysingers.org



August 8–15, 2015

Ardingly College, West Sussex RH17 6SQ

The brochure for Baroque Week 2015 is available here and bookings are open.
It includes details of the two new tutors.

Playing Day April 26

Irish Recorder and Viol Course

15–22 August 2015

An Grianán Adult Education College, Termonfechin, Ireland

For players of recorders, viols and other early instruments, covering a wide repertoire from ancient to modern. Sessions include one-to-a-part groups, lectures, choir, large and small ensembles.

Tutors: Ibi Aziz, Marion Doherty, Pamela Flanagan, Emma Murphy, Marion Scott, Philip Thorby

Contact Pat Flanagan (00 353 85 2880389) info@irishrecorderandviolcourse.org



HISS (Historically Informed Summer School)
After huge success in 2014, HISS returns to Scarborough,
17-21 August 2015

HISS 2015 Brochure

The HISS 2015 brochure is available to view and download here.  Inside you will find many favourite courses and tutors returning. This is, however, only the briefest snapshot of what is on offer, so do be sure to check the website for the latest news.


Themes for 2015

The theme is one of Rules and Rebellion, commemorating Magna Carta and the Battles of
Agincourt and Waterloo.

Highlights for 2015:

Tutors include Laura Cannell (recorder, whistle, other wind & fiddle), founder of the folk and early music duo Horses Brawl, Anne-Marie Christensen (Baroque violin) and Amélie Addison (Baroque cello). 
Music includes Cantigas de Santa Maria and the Martin Codex, the regular recorder and viol consorts, folk band, Biber’s Battaglia for strings and cross-European repertoire, in particular the viol music of Brade and Philips, and choral music of Nicolas Payen and the Capilla Flamenca.


Book you place here. "Early Bird" discount available until 30 April 2015.

The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble
Academy Weekend Workshop

25-27th September 2015
Cartmel, Cumbria

‘Fair Britain Isle’ is a workshop for instrumentalists celebrating the wonderful music for
cornetts and sackbuts that flourished in England during the 16th and 17th centuries.
In conjunction with Cartmel’s Magna Carta 800 Festival.
Course led by Gawain Glenton (cornett) and Adrian France (sackbut).

Details and application form from Jenny Walsh email info@ecse.co.uk


Updated 26/03/2015. Please contact the EEMF committee with comments