Early music courses in and around East Anglia

Benslow Music Trust

Early Music courses


For details of courses in 2014 and 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.

Sinfonia Chorale
Come and Sing / Play workshop
Richard Roddis, conductor | Nicolette Moonen, instrumental specialist


Saturday 17th January 2015
Christ Church, Chilwell, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 4AS


Experience the sumptuousness of the Royal Court of Versailles through the magnificent music of Marc-Antoine CharpentierMichel-Richard de Lalande and Jean Baptiste Lully. The court of the Sun King, Louis XIV, renowned for its opulence, had to have music to match. Lalande is an unjustly neglected composer, so this is a rare opportunity to study his ‘grand motet’, Confitebor tibi Domine. For soloists, 5-part choir and instruments, it is a psalm of praise with plenty of vivid and vigorous part-writing. Charpentier’s Te Deum is well-known to world football fans – or at least the Prelude is – but the work is much more than that: a grand setting reflecting the joy and thanksgiving of the text. His Salve Regina, by contrast, is for three spatially separated choirs, based on Gregorian Chant, with some strikingly dissonant and chromatic writing. Lully’s Exaudiat te Domine is a piece of fast and furious pace for full forces – an exciting example of the Sun King’s favourite composer’s work. Ever popular, we also have Zadok the Priest – not French, but certainly royal!

Director Richard Roddis is well-known throughout the East Midlands for his work with choirs. His conducting experience stretches back more than a quarter of a century and, as a professional singer and a member of several top choirs, he brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to choral conducting. He was appointed Director of the Sinfonia Chorale in June 1991.

Instrumental specialist Nicolette Moonen is a renowned Baroque violinist. She has performed with most of the country’s leading period instrument ensembles and has been increasingly in demand as a leader and teacher. She teaches at the Royal Academy of Music in London and is Artistic Director of The Bach Players.


Full details and booking forms can be downloaded from the Sinfonia Chorale website http://www.sinfoniachorale.uk .
Half of the available places for this event have been booked already - don't miss out!
Bookings need to be received by 24th December.



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


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

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

26th July 
– 1st 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.

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




Updated 09/12/2014. Please contact the EEMF committee with comments