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.

Two weekend courses at Knuston Hall, Northamptonshire

with Peter Syrus

Friday 19 to Sunday 21 June 2015

 ‘Viva la bella . . . !’ – Secular music in Italy c.1600

Friday 4 to 
Sunday 6 December 2015 

Centre stage – Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594)

The courses will be predominantly practical, and are intended for singers and players of early instruments (A=440) confident in a one voice or instrument per part situation. Your application should detail what you intend to offer by way of voice and/or instrument(s), especially if you are not already known to the tutor.

Full details here

Early music courses at West Dean College, near Chichester, West Sussex,  in 2016:


Viol Consort Music with Alison Crum, 8 to 10 January 2016


17th century English music forms the basis of this course intended for intermediate or advanced players of treble, tenor or bass viols who are confident in sight reading and playing one-to-a-part.


English Art Song 1600-2000, with Evelyn Tubb, Michael Fields and accompanist Clive Pollard, 25 to 28 February 2016


A course for performers – amateur or professional – to sing in an authentic and personal way, focusing on English ‘Art’ Songs from the Renaissance to the present.   Singing technique, interpretation, performing philosophy and confidence are explored in daily teaching session, complemented by informal evening performances.   Accompaniment by lute, guitar or piano is offered, and players of these instruments are also welcome.


Recorder consort weekend, with Helen Hooker, 11 to 13 March 2016


For players of intermediate ability who can play confidently on C and F recorders.   The course will cover a wide variety of repertoire, from the Renaissance to the present day, with music carefully tailored to suit the players who attend.


For full details of these courses, including prices, please click on the link below



Mike Ashley (chairman of MEMF) writes:

“Please find attached a leaflet from Roger Wilkes about a residential early music weekend in Birmingham,

Friday 19th to Sunday 21st February 2016

Those who live locally can go on a daily basis. Please contact Roger directly at mostlymusic@btinternet.com if you would like more details, although the leaflet is quite comprehensive.”

Southern Early Music Forum
Claudio Monteverdi
Vespers 1610

Workshop for singers & instruments (A440)
16/17 April 2016

Tutor: Philip Thorby

SEMF is running a workshop with Philip Thorby on 16/17 April 2016, in Headcorn (Kent).

Booking will not open for some time but SEMF would still like to hear from people who are interested in taking part. Full details are here. Please download and complete the form as indicated and email or post it to the address given.

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 next year are confirmed as Queen Anne’s School, Caversham, Berkshire (just across the River Thames from Reading) from 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.


Updated 21/10/2015. Please contact the EEMF committee with comments