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.

Sherborne Early Music

Hurdy-Gurdy Weekend Workshop with Tobie Miller

Sat/Sun March 7th/8th 2015

Venue: Sherborne Girls

Fee: £140 (£90 for students)

Opening Solo Recital: Friday March 6th, 7pm, Winstone's Bookshop. Tickets £12

More information: info@sherborneearlymusic.com


North-West Early Music Forum

Viola da Gamba playing weekend

13-16 March 2015
Fort Belan, North Wales

With Ibi Aziz and Hugh Cherry
Poster              Website


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


In 2015: Saturdays March 14, April 25


Judytarling <AT> btinternet.com


Baroque Workshops in the
Thames Valley
Conducted by Michael Sanderson

Next event: March 22, 2015

Bourne End Community Centre, Bucks. SL8 5SX

Repertoire: Telemann Concerto a 7, TWV 44:41

Bach Concerto for 2 harpsichords, strings, BC; Orchestral Suite no.1
Contact: Norma Herdson (TVEMF) nherdson*btinternet.com


South-West Early Music Forum

Early Winds Weekend
28-29 March 2015

Helen Roberts writes:

We have a few places left for cornett, sackbutt and double reed players at the South West Early Winds Weekend this year, held in Frome, Somerset. Come and join Adam Woolf and myself for a weekend of workshops exploring the music of Tomas Luis de Victoria and his contemporaries, featuring a Saturday evening concert by His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts and Elizabeth Kenny.

More information and an application form can be downloaded from the website: http://bit.ly/1kZpk2N

Easter Early Music Course

29 March – 4 April 2015
St George’s School, Ascot, Berkshire

Tutos: Tom Beets, Asako Morikawa, David Hatcher, Alison Kinder, Emma Murphy, Philip Thorby

Early application is advised!
Contact: 07989 091949 or go to www.easterearlymusiccourse.org.uk

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!

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!


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.


Updated 11/02/2015. Please contact the EEMF committee with comments