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Please note that workshops organised by other Early Music Fora are usually not listed here. Please go to the webpages of the relevant EMF if you wish to have this information. You can find links to the other EMF's here


29th-5th April: Recorders for All Easter Recorder Course, Derbyshire
The Hayes Conference Centre, Swainswick, Derbyshire
Tutors: Pam Smith, Andrew Collis, Annabel Knight, Janice Ormerod, Jsoef Manser, Ruth Burbidge and Brian Blood.


4th-9th: Easter Early Music Course, Berkshire *Course Full*
St George's School, Wells Lane, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7DZ
Tutors: Tom Beets, David Hatcher, Alison Kinder, Asako Morikawa, Emma Murphy, Philip Thorby

4th-9th: Chalemie School at Easter, Oxford
Headington School, Oxford
Early Music, Dance, Period Costume Making and Commedia. Leading performers from the group will direct a series of workshops on 17th/18th century music, song, dance, commedia and costume making, with a particular emphasis on the English repertoire of this period.


Sat. 7th: Viola da Gamba Society AGM, Oxford
West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road, Oxford OX2 0BT
Details TBC but likely to include presentations by Charles Medlam on Simpson's Sapphic Ode, Bill Hunt on the historic use of Viols at 'high pitch' (A465), and Richard Boothby on the newly-discovered Abel sonatas.

27th-1st June: Accord Renaissance Flute Course, Southern France
Moulin de Cajarc, Cordes, France
Following on from a successful "taster" Renaissance flute day in conjunction with SEMF in May, the course will be relatively small-scale (about 10 participants) and based within an idyllic setting. Renaissance consort playing (at pitch A=440Hz) forms the focus of the course, with encouragement in reading from original notation and clefs, alongside sessions aimed at developing tone and technique. Additional topics will include articulation and text, diminution playing and an introduction to the use of sol-fa hexachord theory in consort.
Further Details


10th-17th: Residential Course, Venice
"Das Hohelied Salomonis" by Leonhard Lechner 1606 and other works.
Conductors: Martin Schmidt and Frank Leenen.
Details: Eberhard Dehne-Niemann dehneniemanne@web.de


28th-2nd August: Longborough Festival Opera: L'incoronazione di Poppea, Gloucestershire
New Banks Fee, Longborough, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 0QF
Poppea is Longborough's Young Artist production for 2018, part of our programme to provide world-class performance opportunities to singers and players at the beginning of their careers.

28th-4th August: NORVIS XLVIII, Durham
College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham
NORVIS is an annual week-long early music summer course in Durham. We specialise in recorders, viols, lutes, baroque strings and voices, and cover a wide range of repertoire from early renaissance to late baroque.


5th-12th: Historical Dance Society Summer School, Lancashire
Stonyhurst College, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 9PZ
Masque Dance and Music at the Jacobean Court.

5th-11th: Early Music Summer School, Cumbria
Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH
This very friendly course, which covers music c1450-c1650, offers 'first study' instruction in choral/solo singing, viol, lute, and recorder playing, plus small group repertoire sessions; many optional activities (including dance, vocal consorts, 'try an instrument', mixed string-and-wind consorts, vocal workshops, musical facsimile and many more); and various plenary sessions.

12th-19th: Baroque Week, Caversham
Queen Anne's School, Caversham, Berkshire
Welcome to All the Musicians: Celebrating the influence of European musicians on musical life in 17th and 18th century England.

13th-17th: Historically Informed Summer School (HISS), East. Yorkshire
Bishop Burton College, Bishop Burton, East Yorkshire HU17 8QG
The Historically Informed Summer School is an international residential week open to singers and instrumentalists. The course covers all aspects of early music and folk & traditional music and is suitable for students of all ages and experience from elementary to advanced.

17th-27th: Consort de Danse Baroque Summer School, Cardiff
Rubicon Dance Centre, Cardiff
This non-residential course is designed for all levels from the absolute beginner to the professional dancer. The course will focus on the technique and presentation of Baroque dance leading to a series of short performances at Tredegar House on Monday 27th August.

18th-25th: Irish Recorder and Viol Course, County Louth, Ireland
An Grianán, Termonfechin, County Louth, Ireland
Tutors: Ibi Aziz, Marion Doherty, Pamela Flanagan, Emma Murphy, Marion Scott, Philip Thorby. For players of recorders, viols and other early instruments, covering a wide repertoire from ancient to modern. Sessions include one-to-a-part groups, workshops, choir, large and small ensembles.
Contact Pat Flanagan at info@irishrecorderandviolcourse.org.

27th-2nd September: Residential Course, Venice
Venice-connected composers (Willaert, de Rore, the Gabrielis, Cavalli, Legrenzi etc.).
Conductor: Edzard Burchards with Kai-Schulze Forster.
Details: schufo@gmx.de

Regular Courses and Workshops

Benslow Music Trust, Hitchin
Benslow Music Trust, Benslow Lane, Hitchin SG4 9RB
Benslow Music offers residential and day music courses, and a series of chamber concerts at its beautiful purpose-built campus in Hitchin, Hertfordshire.

Cambridge Woodwind Makers, Cambridge
The Champion Workshop, Lintech Court unit 6. The Grip, Linton, Cambridge CB21 4XN
The Cambridge Woodwind Makers are an organisation based in Cambridge, UK who have created a workshop to preserve and promote the art and artisanship of woodwind instrument making. The facilities provided by the Cambridge Woodwind Makers offer professionals and novices a chance to learn more about how to make and repair instruments, it also offers the general public an opportunity to observe and appreciate the skills used.

Dillington House, Ilminster
Dillington House, Ilminster, Somerset TA19 9DT
A variety of courses including Music Appreciation and Singing Workshops.
Course Brochure

Halsway Manor, Somerset
Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
The National Centre for Folk Arts at Halsway Manor is a charity and the only residential centre in the world concentrating on the varied folk heritage of England. Nestling in the Quantock Hills within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it hosts courses, events and projects within this unique and magical setting. Set in six beautiful acres of gardens and grounds the manor has a warm and welcoming atmosphere, a range of comfortable bedrooms, great food and a beautiful panelled bar.

Hawkwood College, Stroud
Hawkwood College, Painswick Old Road, Stroud GL6 7QW
Hawkwood is an ethical centre providing courses, facilitating training and offering venue hire, set in a beautiful location in the Cotswolds.Hawkwood was established as an independent centre for learning in 1948 and today the registered charity offers an extensive array of courses. Both residential and non residential, ranging from one day to a weekend or week, the leading edge courses offer a unique mix of new, creative and exciting content often not otherwise available. Founded on Rudolf Steiner's anthrosophical values, Hawkwood endeavours to uphold his beliefs which have had such a profound and positive influence on education, the arts and agriculture. The course programme has broadened and diversified over the years to realign the original design of Rudolf Steiner with the changes of our ever evolving world, but the original Steiner impulse is always at the heart of this organisation.

Jackdaws Music Education Trust, Frome
Jackdaws Music Education Trust, Great Elm, Frome, Somerset BA11 3NY
Jackdaws is dedicated to improving participation in and enjoyment of music through weekend courses, Education projects, a Young Artists Programme and performances by world class musicians.

Lyme Recorder Courses, Lyme Regis
Victoria House, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3LP
We run recorder courses at all levels from beginners to Diploma for around 10 - 12 players with some of the best tutors from around the world. We welcome many non-playing spouses and partners, who enjoy the surroundings and the warm and friendly atmosphere.

Rondo Viol Academy
Various locations across Central England.
The Rondo Viol Academy exists to provide teaching material and coaching for viol players of all ages and abilities. We have a keen focus on technique, not just being able to play lots of notes, but being able to play them well!


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