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Courses, Workshops and Festivals

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

January 2017

6th - 8th: West Dean, Viol Consort Music with Alison Crum and Roy Marks
West Dean, Nr Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0QZ
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.

March 2017

25th - 26th: The Histories of Morris in Britain
Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park, London NW1 7AY
Organised in partnership by: The Historical Dance Society, The English Folk Dance and Song Society, The Morris Ring, The Morris Federation, and Open Morris.
This specialist conference will focus on morris dancing in all its forms (including rapper, long sword, molly, and other ceremonial dance) within the British Isles and its history up to recent times.

April 2017

7th - 9th: National SRP Festival and AGM, Cambridge
Long Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge

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
Stapleford Granary, Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 5BP
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.

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.

Summer / Easter Schools 2017

24th - 31st: Recorders for All Easter Course, Derbyshire
The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire
Tutors to include: Pam Smith, Andrew Collis, Steve and Ann Marshall, Andrew Melville, Janice Ormerod and others.

1st - 7th April: The Easter Early Music Course, Ascot
St. George's School, Ascot, Berkshire
This course provides an opportunity for experienced players of period instruments to work on early music in a chamber setting.
Further Details
Application Form
Easter Early Music Course Website

1st - 6th April: The Chalamie Summer School, Oxford
Headington School, Oxford
Summer School - now at Easter! - in 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.
Chalamie Website

23rd - 29th July: Beauchamp Early Music Course, Gloucester
Wotton House, Horton Road, Gloucester GL1 3PT
"Holy Week" directed by Philip Thorby and David Hatcher. The course is open to singers and instrumentalists and is unique in that, with its strong brass and loud wind sections, it is possible to play large scale pieces. The course has a new home this year at Wotton House, a quiet oasis in the city of Gloucester.
Further Details
For more information visit www.gamusic.co.uk and follow the link to holiday music courses, or email earlymusic@gamusic.co.uk

25th - 29th July: Lythe Chamber Music Course with Ensemble DeNote
Five days of in-depth instruction in a friendly and informal setting provided by experts from period-instrument group Ensemble DeNote and historical keyboard builder Johannes Secker.

29th July - 5th August: NORVIS XLVII, Durham
NORVIS is an annual week-long early music summer course in Durham, specialising in viols, recorders, lutes, baroque strings and voices, and cover a wide range of repertoire from early renaissance to late baroque.

29th July - 5th August: Dartington Summer School - Week 1, Devon
Dartington Hall, nr Totnes, Devon
Week 1: Stories in Transit, a Florentine marriage, Early music, Improvisation and Poetry.

30th July - 6th August: Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools - Week 1
Girton College, Cambridge
The Monteverdi Legacy: Venetian Music from Monteverdi to Vivaldi
The Parley of Instruments: Peter Holman course director & continuo, Judy Tarling upper strings, Mark Caudle lower strings, Gail Hennessy wind and Philip Thorby voices
Summer Schools Brochure

5th - 12th August: Dartington Summer School - Week 2, Devon
Dartington Hall, nr Totnes, Devon
Week 2: The English Identity: Baroque Music, Folk Music, and Creative Writing.

6th - 12th August: Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools - Week 2
Girton College, Cambridge
Made in Venice: Willaert, de Rore, Ganassi and Bassano, masters of the 16th century
Philip Thorby & Friends: Philip Thorby course director & choir, David Hatcher viols, Emma Murphy recorders, Lynda Sayce lutes, Frances Eustace & Jeremy West wind
Summer Schools Brochure

12th - 19th August: Irish Recorder and Viol Course, Termonfechin, Ireland
Founded by Theo Wyatt in 1971, the Irish Recorder and Viol Course has offered a warm welcome and a wide repertoire of music to players of recorder, viol and other early instruments for over 40 years.

14th - 18th August: The Historically Informed Summer School (HISS), Beverley
Bishop Burton College, near Beverley, Yorkshire
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.


Lute Society Meetings
Sat. 19th November 2016 at the Dutch Church

Contact Chris Goodwin 01483 202 159, lutesoc@aol.com

Viola da Gamba Society Meetings
Sat. 20th October 2016 in Cricklewood, London: The Shakespeare Connection
Sat. 22th April 2017 in Oxford + AGM: Simone Eckert talks about north German viol playing and players

Administrator, Susanne Heinrich, Tel. 01865 723 778, e-mail admin@vdgs.org.uk

Competitions, CD Releases & Other Events

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