Early music courses in and around East Anglia

Benslow Music Trust

Early Music courses


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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.

In 2016 the course dates are:

31 July - 7 August

The Spanish Baroque World: Spain, Naples and the Netherlands

Peter Holman, Judy Tarling, Mark Caudle, Gail Hennessy and Philip Thorby

7 - 13 August

Los Reyes Catolicos: Music from the Courts and Chapels of sixteenth-century Spain
Philip Thorby, David Hatcher, Emma Murphy, Lynda Sayce and Frances Eustace

Music from the Song of Solomon, directed by David Allinson
A workshop on music of sixteenth century composers

Saturday 9 July
St George's RC Cathedral, Westminster Bridge Road, Southwark SE1 7HY
Members of EM fora receive a discount

Booking and further information:

Sherborne Early Music

Medieval Music weekend workshops
Sat/Sun April 9th-10th, 2016
Sat/Sun May 28th-29th, 2016
Sat/Sun July 9th-10th, 2016

Course flyer


Beauchanp Early Music Week 2016

The theme this year is Christmas – in July!

Tutors: Philip Thorby and David Hatcher

The new location is the Wilderness Centre, GL17 0HA, a 30-acre site near Mitcheldean with superb
views over the Forest of Dean and the Severn river. Camping and some bunk bedrooms available. 
The new dates are 17-23 July.

Booking form

Discount for bookings received by 31 January 2016

30th July to 6th August 2016, Durham City


Classes for Recorder, Viol, Lute, Harpsichord, Solo Singing and Baroque Strings for students of all ages and experience.

Wide variety of ensemble work, including choir and baroque orchestra: concerts and lecture-recitals.

Generous bursaries available.

Contact enquiries@norvis.org.uk; tel Jane Beeson 01652 678230  www.norvis.org.uk

Baroque Week

The dates and venue for Baroque Week are confirmed as:
Queen Anne’s School, Caversham, Berkshire (just across the River Thames from Reading)
Sunday 7th to Sunday 14th August 2016.

There are excellent facilities and transport links and the school is close to Caversham and the city of Reading for those who like to be close to amenities, and yet with the possibility of getting out to surrounding countryside and villages very easily.

The same tutors are confirmed for 2016 – Theresa Caudle, Ann Allen, Clare Beesley, Christopher Bucknall and Jane Francis.

The Historical Dance Society (formerly Dolmetsch Historical Dance Society)

Summer School 2016

Sunday 7th to Sunday 14th August
Short taster course Sunday 7th to Tuesday 9th August

Stonyhurst College near Clitheroe, Lancashire

The cost of the full week is £520 for members and £560 for non members of The Historical Dance Society.

The focus this year is on dances and music from the 15th century courts of Europe. We are also offering classes on the Gresley dances of fifteenth century England (Cait Webb & Chris Elmes; Paul & Ann Kent); Burgundian basse dance (Anne Daye); the earlier estampies (Charlotte Ewart) and the presentation of historical dance for the public (Charlotte Ewart).

Teachers for dancers: Bruna Gondoni, Hazel Dennison, Cait Webb and Chris Elmes, Ann and Paul Kent, Charlotte Ewart and Anne Daye. Teacher for musicians: Keith McGowan

Details, FAQs and booking forms are at www.dhds.org.uk

Historically Informed Summer School

HISS returns to Scarborough, 15 - 19 August 2016

Themes for 2016
2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, and so we will explore music from Purcell's The Fairy Queen this year (we'll need plenty of singers this year!). Shakespeare's plots frequently make reference to earlier literary and musical material, which we will also explore.

New to the Tutor Team
Rebecca Austen-Brown, a recorder (+ a bit of early flute) and early fiddle specialist. Rebecca replaces Laura Cannell, who has given up teaching in favour of a performing career.

Old favouries & highlights
Opening ceilidh. Improvising medieval band. Baroque string orchestra. Opportunities for singers and players to try something different if they wish. Tutors Concert. Musical Banquet.

Full booking information is available here.

Important Dates: 5 April 2016 "Early Bird" booking closes
10 June 2016 all booking closes
15 - 19 August 2016 HISS 2016 at Scarborough

The HISS team: Graham Coatman; Director Sammi Tooze; Administrator
Tel: +44 (0)844 870 6478* Graham: hissdirect@btinternet.com Sammi: hissenquiries@gmail.com


Updated 17/06/2016. Please contact the EEMF committee with comments