Early music courses in and around East Anglia

Benslow Music Trust

Early Music courses


For details of courses in 2014 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


String Workshops with Judy Tarling


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

£25 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


September 7, October 19, November 23


Judytarling <AT> btinternet.com


Beauchamp Early Music Week
Vespers of the five Laudate

Directed by Philip Thorby with David Hatcher, tutor
Clifford Bartlett – continuo course

27th July - 2nd August 2014
    New location: Dene Magna School, Mitcheldean, Glos. GL17 0DU

    Fee: £425    Gloucester Academy of Music    01452 385162
Bursaries available for young singers


A course on m
usic and culture in Elizabethan England

Madingley College, Cambridge
25-27 July 2014


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.

Full details and enrolment instructions


Dolmetsch Historical Dance Society Summer School 2014

27 July to 3 August
The Bishop Otter Campus of Chichester University

The DHDS 2014 Summer School (with flexible attendance options available so you can choose the one that best suits your pocket) will focus on Renaissance Dance and Music and the Plays of Shakespeare. It will feature a musician's course as well as one for dancers. The directors will be Anne Daye and Jorgen Schou-Pederson for the dancers and Keith McGowan for the musicians.

Flyers/booking forms are available on the DHDS website 

Cambridge Early Music        Summer Schools 2014

Faire Britaine Isle: Celebrating Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary
Rewardingly intensive study weeks for amateur, student and professional musicians in the beautiful setting of
Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge

In this Shakespeare anniversary year we are focusing on English music, offering a week of music by Purcell and those who came after him, including Croft and Handel; and then a week of English renaissance music alongside the Italian music which influenced it.

The Parley of Instruments: Peter Holman, Judy Tarling, Mark Caudle, Gail Hennessy, Philip Thorby
3-10 August 2014
English Baroque Music: The Purcell Legacy

Philip Thorby and Friends: Philip Thorby, David Hatcher, Emma Murphy, Frances Eustace, Lynda Sayce
10-16 August 2014
Musica Transalpina: Renaissance Music for Voices and Instruments


Ardingly Baroque Week

This week, running since 1977, currently organised by course director Peter Collier,
moved in 2012 to Ardingly College, Sussex.



Sat 9th to Sat 16th August 2014 at Ardingly College.

Prices confirmed as £665 inc full board, or £490 non-residential.


Historically Informed Summer School exploring the common ground between early music and
folk & traditional music

HISS returns to Scarborough, 18-22 August 2014

Laura Cannell joins the tutors this year, and there will be a ceilidh!

Online booking is open
hissenquiries <AT> gmail.com    +44 (0)844 870 6478   www.hiss.org.uk


Early Music Workshop for Singers

“The end of an era” – a workshop exploring the height of the prima practica through the music of
Palestrina and Victoria and others.
This will be a fun and informative afternoon looking at the wonderful music of this period.

Led by Giles Turner

Saturday 20th September 2014
Doors open 1.30 p.m. Workshop 2.00-5.00 p.m. Performance 6.00 p.m.

Trinity Methodist Church, Barn Hill, Stamford, PE9 2AE

Tickets: Singers £10, Students £5, Audience £5, Under 18s free

Tickets available from Stamford Arts Centre 01780 763203 or on the door.

Refreshments and scores will be provided.

Music at St. Martin’s               Workshop flyer (a PDF)



Updated 09/06/2014. Please contact the EEMF committee with comments