Zoom Celebration

What a strange 16 months it has been.  How we have all adapted to keeping early music and musicians going as best we can, has been quite amazing at times.  To celebrate this, MEMF are finishing the season as they started, with Robert Hollingworth and a MEMF zoom workshop. The session will start with a…

Online Talk by David Allinson

In this talk, commissioned by Run by Singers, conductor and musicologist David Allinson explores the ways in which Josquin’s music engages the mind and touches the heart, picking out a few outstanding examples to share. He also poses questions: how can we ‘know’ Josquin, given that so much of his life-story is lost?

Baroque Violin Masterclass

The Brook Street Band is delighted to continue its series of online masterclasses, this time exploring music for solo violin by composers including JS Bach and Telemann, as well as violin sonatas by Handel and others. 3 participants (approximate minimum standard Grade 7+) will work with Rachel Harris on their choice of repertoire from the…

NWEMF talk with John Bryan

A contemporary of Leonardo da Vinci, and working in many of the same Italian cultural centres, we know far less about Josquin’s life and career than about Leonardo’s. Much of what we thought we knew has been revealed to be ‘fake news’, or at least unsubstantiated hypotheses resulting from his celebrity status in his own…

Dance Through the Ages

Dance from the Middle Ages to the Early Twentieth Century, including the Elizabethan and English Regency periods Twice monthly – Wednesday evenings: 8.15pm to 9.15pmNo experience or partner needed! April 14th, 28thMay 12th, 26thJune 9th, 23rdJuly 7th, 21stAugust 4th

SEMF Talk by Laurie Stras

Convent music of the medieval and Renaissance periods Laurie will talk about her ground-breaking research into the music sung by – and often composed by – nuns, discuss some of the challenges of performing this “music for equal voices”, and illustrate her talk with musical examples. Scores and instrumental parts will be provided for participants…

Sing with Paragon Singers

Sing with Paragon is a chance to sing some of the repertoire that Paragon has become best known for, focusing on some of their favourite concert programmes over the past four years. You’ll get an insight into the way that Paragon rehearses and delves inside the music, and get a chance to sing with the…

Baroque Dance Technique Classes

Baroque dance is a precursor of Classical ballet from the late 17th to early 18th century, and was danced at royal balls and on the stage Twice monthly – Friday evenings:6pm to 8pm All levels, Beginners welcome8.15pm to 9.30pm Intermediate/Advanced, no Beginners April 9th, 23rdMay 7th, 21stJune 4th, 18thJuly 2nd, 16th, 30th

Baroque Dance Easter Workshops

Baroque dance is a precursor of Classical ballet from the late 17th to early 18th century, and was danced at royal balls and on the stage Four, two-hour Steps in Context* workshops per day 11am to 1pm: All Levels, Beginners & Improvers welcome:A daily workshop covering each of the four dance rhythms of La Bourgogne…

SingTheScore Extra

Another in the popular series of webinars with Robert Hollingworth of I Fagiolini and a special guest.  Robert is a natural chat show host and these Saturday mornings are always entertaining and informative.  Plus there is something to sing along with – music links are sent out in advance with the booking form in the…

Sing & Discover Online Workshops

Join conductor and singer John Hancorn and writer and broadcaster Richard Wigmore in a musical exploration of Haydn’s wonderful Nelson Mass and Harmonie Mass. Discover the origins and cultural background, explore the music in some detail, with recorded illustrations, and join in with several choruses. Suitable for singers and instrumentalists. A=430 (just below concert pitch)….

Flute and Recorder Masterclass

A series of online masterclasses for recorder, and baroque and modern flute players The Brook Street Band invites 3 participants (approximate minimum standard Grade 7+) to work with Lisete on a French baroque piece of their choice during this online masterclass. Suggested composers include Hotteterre, de la Barre, Caix d’Hervelois, Philidor, Blavet, Dornel, Boismortier, and…

SingTheScore Extra

Another in the popular series of webinars with Robert Hollingworth of I Fagiolini and a special guest.  Robert is a natural chat show host and these Saturday mornings are always entertaining and informative.  Plus there is something to sing along with – music links are sent out in advance with the booking form in the…

Baroque violin masterclass

The Brook Street Band is delighted to continue its series of online masterclasses, this time exploring wonderful baroque music composed for solo violin, from a wealth of composers including JS Bach, Biber, Telemann and Westhoff. 3 participants (approximate minimum standard Grade 7+) will work with Rachel Harris on their choice of solo violin repertoire from…

Platinum Virtual Vocals

Workshop 1 – Movement 11 & Bringing it all together Both loved and feared by choral singers around the world, Jesu, meine Freude is an awesome motet of eleven movements, replete with word painting, impressive fugues and a satisfying symmetrical structure. We are really looking forward to getting our teeth into this work, which will be sung in Baroque pitch….

SingTheScore Extra

Another in the popular series of webinars with Robert Hollingworth of I Fagiolini and a special guest.  Robert is a natural chat show host and these Saturday mornings are always entertaining and informative.  Plus there is something to sing along with – music links are sent out in advance with the booking form in the…

Platinum Virtual Vocals

Workshop 5 – Movements 9 & 10 Both loved and feared by choral singers around the world, Jesu, meine Freude is an awesome motet of eleven movements, replete with word painting, impressive fugues and a satisfying symmetrical structure. We are really looking forward to getting our teeth into this work, which will be sung in Baroque pitch. We hope that…

BMEMF Workshop with Paul Spicer

Paul will invite us into the choral world of the eminent contemporary composer James MacMillan, playing recordings of O Radiant Dawn, Ave Maris Stella, Qui Meditabitur and Benedicimus Deum Caeli; and will coach our singing along with recordings of early music, related in text as well as in other respects, composed by Tallis, Josquin Desprez,…

Platinum Virtual Vocals

Workshop 4 – Movements 7 & 8 Both loved and feared by choral singers around the world, Jesu, meine Freude is an awesome motet of eleven movements, replete with word painting, impressive fugues and a satisfying symmetrical structure. We are really looking forward to getting our teeth into this work, which will be sung in Baroque pitch. We hope that…

The English Dancing Master

What do the dance titles refer to and what might Playford have meant by ‘English’? Continuing to explore Playford’s ‘English Dancing Master’ (1651), this lecture asks: Where did the 100+ dances and their music come from? What qualities makes them distinctly English, and could this be why John Playford published them, just after the English…

SingTheScore Extra

Another in the popular series of webinars with Robert Hollingworth of I Fagiolini and a special guest.  Robert is a natural chat show host and these Saturday mornings are always entertaining and informative.  Plus there is something to sing along with – music links are sent out in advance with the booking form in the…

Platinum Virtual Vocals

Workshop 3 – Movement 6 Both loved and feared by choral singers around the world, Jesu, meine Freude is an awesome motet of eleven movements, replete with word painting, impressive fugues and a satisfying symmetrical structure. We are really looking forward to getting our teeth into this work, which will be sung in Baroque pitch. We hope that our weekly…

Bach St John Passion

Choral workshop led by David Hill, Musical Director of The Bach Choir. David will lead some vocal warm-up exercises before leading us through the Bach St John Passion, giving tips before singers have the opportunity to join in with a recording of the work.

MEMF Talk by Philip Thorby

The life of Silvestro Ganassi, the son of a barber from Bergamo, who became the most famous musician in Venice as well as being a renowned painter. We will look at the Venice he knew, the Doges for whom he worked, his rich patrons and his family band. We will see what his contemporaries wrote…

Flute and Recorder Masterclass

The Brook Street Band is delighted to continue its series of online masterclasses for recorder, and baroque and modern flute players. 3 participants (approximate minimum standard Grade 7+) will work with Lisete on one of Bach’s beautiful flute/recorder sonatas or solo partita, plus we have room for up to 100 observers. The masterclass ends with…

Platinum Virtual Vocals

Workshop 2 – Movements 3, 4 & 5 Both loved and feared by choral singers around the world, Jesu, meine Freude is an awesome motet of eleven movements, replete with word painting, impressive fugues and a satisfying symmetrical structure. We are really looking forward to getting our teeth into this work, which will be sung in Baroque pitch. We hope…

SingTheScore Extra

Another in the popular series of webinars with Robert Hollingworth of I Fagiolini and a special guest.  Robert is a natural chat show host and these Saturday mornings are always entertaining and informative.  Plus there is something to sing along with – music links are sent out in advance with the booking form in the…

Platinum Virtual Vocals

Workshop 1 – Movements 1 & 2 Both loved and feared by choral singers around the world, Jesu, meine Freude is an awesome motet of eleven movements, replete with word painting, impressive fugues and a satisfying symmetrical structure. We are really looking forward to getting our teeth into this work, which will be sung in Baroque pitch. We hope that…

Grade 5 Theory

Tutor: Katharine Bramley This three-day course leads you through all the main elements of the ABRSM Grade 5 Theory syllabus, in a topic-based, classroom-style, supportive approach with plentiful examples and instant feedback.

SingTheScore Extra

Another in the popular series of webinars with Robert Hollingworth of I Fagiolini and a special guest.  Robert is a natural chat show host and these Saturday mornings are always entertaining and informative.  Plus there is something to sing along with – music links are sent out in advance with the booking form in the…

The Sixteen

Mediaeval carols were for everyone from festivities in the town square or village green to celebrations in church. This programme demonstrates the way these carols have influenced musicians of more recent times, in the historic medievel setting of Kent’s Penshurst Place. Presented by actor Sir Simon Russell Beale, this special series, produced by The Sixteen,…

TVEMF Talk by Andrew Griffiths

Join in with your renaissance instruments and voices, or just enjoy listening to Andrew Griffiths as he explores well-known renaissance Christmas music, focussing particularly on Hieronymus Praetorius’s Magnificat Quinti Toni, famous for the carols (In dulci jubilo and Josef Lieber) interpolated between the verses.

SingTheScore Extra

Another in the popular series of webinars with Robert Hollingworth of I Fagiolini and a special guest.  Robert is a natural chat show host and these Saturday mornings are always entertaining and informative.  Plus there is something to sing along with – music links are sent out in advance with the booking form in the…

The Sixteen

Set in Elizabeth I’s childhood home of Hatfield House, the music of William Byrd and Arvo Pärt make for a perfect match. Both spent many years facing adversity and persecution and both sought solace through their sacred music. Presented by actor Sir Simon Russell Beale, this special series, produced by The Sixteen, explores choral music…

Virtual Sing at Home Messiah

Each December we present a sold-out performance of Handel’s Messiah in the composer’s own church, St.George’s Hanover Square in London’s Mayfair.  This year, because of restrictions around live performances, it will be different; the movements for orchestra and soloists will be performed live in the church, but the choruses will be pre-recorded by partner choirs from around…

The Sixteen

Purcell wrote for court, church, tavern and the place he loved most, the theatre. This programme is set in the Sam Wanamaker Theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe, an amazingly atmospheric space that slightly predates Purcell but feels like the perfect place to revisit his music. Presented by actor Sir Simon Russell Beale, this special series, produced…

SingTheScore Extra

Another in the popular series of webinars with Robert Hollingworth of I Fagiolini and a special guest.  Robert is a natural chat show host and these Saturday mornings are always entertaining and informative.  Plus there is something to sing along with – music links are sent out in advance with the booking form in the…

The Sixteen

There are surely few composers who can boast a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, let alone one who survived kidnap by pirates on his return journey home! This programme explores one of Spain’s finest Renaissance composers, Francisco Guerrero. Presented by actor Sir Simon Russell Beale, this special series, produced by The Sixteen, explores choral music…

NEEMF Talk with John Bryan

Spaces for music and how early musicians used them An illustrated talk for NEEMF by NEEMF’s founder, John Bryan Since March 2020 most of us have been frustrated, unable to meet and perform music together in our usual ways, and with few ‘live’ concerts to attend. The need to keep a safe distance from each…

The Sixteen

The first programme in the series focusses on two towering works by Renaissance composers John Sheppard and Richard Davy, performed in the surroundings of Magdalen College Chapel, Oxford where both were resident and wrote their music. Presented by actor Sir Simon Russell Beale, this special series, produced by The Sixteen, explores choral music from across…

Josquin, Master of Notes

An exploration of the enduring appeal of Josquin des Prez, one of the most influential composers of the Renaissance. The music includes Josquin: Ave Maria, Mille Regretz, El grillo, Salve regina a5; Gombert Mille regretz; Victoria Salve regina; Jacquet de Mantua Dum vastos Adriae fluctus; Morales Missa ‘Mille regretz’.

SingTheScore Extra

Another in the popular series of webinars with Robert Hollingworth of I Fagiolini and a special guest.  Robert is a natural chat show host and these Saturday mornings are always entertaining and informative.  Plus there is something to sing along with – music links are sent out in advance with the booking form in the…

The Telling in Retreat Carols

Get into the festive spirit by joining singer Ariane to learn how to sing a mixture of medieval and traditional carols from around Europe. Following their popular In Retreat weekly online workshop series which began at the start of lockdown, The Telling is thrilled to present a six-week Carol edition to help you get into…

Enchanted Music

An examination of how composers of the Renaissance incorporated medieval Gregorian chant into their compositions. The music includes Robert White, Christe qui lux es et dies III; Byrd Christe qui lux es et dies; Sheppard Gaude, gaude, gaude virgo; Gombert Magnificat Primi toni; Guerrero, Surge propera amica mea; Morales Jubilate Deo; Tallis Missa Puer natus est nobis; Byrd Miserere mihi.

Playford Then & Now

Playford – “The ‘Why’ and ‘How’ of his continuing success today through dances, bands, his London, his contemporaries and choreography. Following the success of the HDS Webinar Talks and the Online Dance Tutorials – both of which can be found on our YouTube channel – we’re delighted to announce the HDS Playford Weekend Festival –…

The Telling in Retreat

Early music group The Telling’s singers Ariane Prüssner and Clare Norburn present an online singalong concert featuring the songs covered in the previous two workshops as well as a few glorious solos. All welcome, no experience necessary and you don’t need to have attended the workshops. Link to join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83647362000(Meeting ID: 836 4736…

LIFEM: Digital

London International Festival of Early Music is one of the world’s largest and most inclusive early music festivals in the world. We produce an annual festival in Blackheath, London, which brings together the world’s largest early music exhibition, live concerts from leading artists, makers’ demonstration recitals, workshops and masterclasses. We have made the positive decision…

TVEMF Talk by David Allinson

In this talk, David Allinson will explore the roots of the mythology that surrounded Josquin’s name, and look briefly at the tradition of musical epitaphs which he helped to develop at the end of the 15th century, before surveying the musical tributes that were written upon Josquin’s death, and Richafort’s astonishing ‘Requiem for Josquin’ in…

Unconventional Women

A survey of the remarkable female monastic composers living and working in Renaissance Italy. The music includes Hildegard von Bingen: O viridissima Virgo; Leonora d’Este Veni, sponsa Christi and Sicut lilium inter spinas; Palestrina Sicut lilium; Rafaella Aleotti Exaudi, Deus; Victoria Versa est in luctum; Sulpitia Cesis Ascendo ad Patrem and Cantemus Domino; Andrea Gabrieli Benedictus Dominus.

SingTheScore Extra

Another in the popular series of webinars with Robert Hollingworth of I Fagiolini and a surprise guest. Robert is a natural chat show host and these Saturday mornings are always entertaining and informative. Plus there is something to sing along with – music links are sent out in advance with the booking form, usually the…

The Telling in Retreat

Early music group The Telling’s singer Ariane Prüssner will guide participants through a beautiful Sephardic song to be confirmed. All welcome, no experience necessary. Link to join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83363946082(Meeting ID: 833 6394 6082) You don’t need a webcam and all participants are muted so you can sing without fear!

MEMF Talk by Will Dawes

The four works scored for seven parts by Thomas Tallis are amongst his most spectacular compositions. They are Loquebantur, Suscipe Quaeso, Missa Puer Natus est Nobis, and Miserere nostri. Each is perfectly created and two of them contain some exceptionally clever compositional devices. This session will give a little history to each of the pieces and allow you the…

The Telling in Retreat

Join The Telling singer Ariane as she guides participants through a beautiful medieval song to be confirmed. Link to join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86986111311Meeting ID: 869 8611 1311 You don’t need a webcam and all participants are muted so you can sing without fear!

SingTheScore Extra

Another in the popular series of webinars with Robert Hollingworth of I Fagiolini and a surprise guest. Robert is a natural chat show host and these Saturday mornings are always entertaining and informative. Plus there is something to sing along with – music links are sent out in advance with the booking form, usually the…

MEMF Talk by Dame Emma Kirkby

Prima la Parola – In praise of Speaking Harmony Under this title, misquoting Salieri and stealing a phrase from Dowland, Emma aims to celebrate the power and joy of song lyric. Poems in Tudor England were often published as “Songs”, and “lyric” means “apt for the lyre”. Though the human voice was dutifully admired as…

The Telling in Retreat

Early music group The Telling’s singer Ariane Prüssner will guide participants through a beautiful lullaby or two. All welcome, no experience necessary. Link to join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87317700297 (Meeting ID: 873 1770 0297) You don’t need a webcam and all participants are muted so you can sing without fear!

The Telling in Retreat

Join The Telling singers Ariane Prüssner and Clare Norburn as they present a singalong concert featuring the songs covered in the previous two workshops as well as a few glorious solos. Link to join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87616552039 (Meeting ID: 876 1655 2039) You don’t need a webcam and all participants are muted so you can…

The Telling in Retreat

Early music group The Telling’s singer Ariane Prüssner will guide participants through a beautiful medieval song. All welcome, no experience necessary. Link to join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86828580343 (Meeting ID: 868 2858 0343) You don’t need a webcam and all participants are muted so you can sing without fear!

Music Theory: Grade 6

Develop your understanding of musical language by learning to write four-part harmony, harmonise and write diatonic melodies, modulate, and analyse scores (harmony, melodic decoration, phrase structure, performance instructions, stylistic implications). 

Music Theory: Grade 4

Study more complex musical language including duplets, double-dotted rhythms, alto clef, double sharps/flats, the concept of enharmonic equivalence, and recognising and writing common triads. Learn the technical names for scale degrees, and standard ornaments and instruments.

The Telling in Retreat

Join one of the singers of The Telling Ariane Prüssner as she guides participants through traditional Irish lullaby, Hush, the waves and Georgian lullaby, Naninai. Link to join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87317700297 (Meeting ID: 873 1770 0297) You don’t need a webcam and all participants are muted so you can sing without fear!

The Septenary Foundation

The inaugural Septenary Foundation Historical Performance Research Seminars. These sessions aim to provide a platform for independent performer-researchers to present their work in return for a modest concert-type fee, and are supported by the Septenary Foundation and Music & Letters.

The Telling #HomeTour

Join The Telling’s singer Ariane Prüssner as she guides participants through Sephardic song Morena me llaman so you can singalong during the Sephardic Song Concert screening at 8pm. Link to join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85144187048 (Meeting ID: 851 4418 7048) You don’t need a webcam and all participants are muted so you can sing without fear!

The Telling in Retreat

Singers of The Telling, Clare Norburn & Ariane Prüssner, present a singalong featuring the medieval and Sephardic songs covered in the previous two workshops as well as a few glorious solos. All welcome. You don’t need a webcam and all participants will be on mute so you can sing without fear! Link to join via…

SEMF Talk by Patrick Craig

‘When David Heard’ – The death of Prince Henry, 1612 When the eighteen year old heir to the throne, Prince Henry, died suddenly after an unwise dip in the Thames in 1612, the country mourned the loss of a potentially brilliant monarch. Musical grief poured out from the composers of the day led by William…

Handel Flute Sonatas

Tutors: Elizabeth Walker, Sarah Murphy A five-day online flute course for baroque and modern flautists, looking at the flute sonatas by George Friedrich Handel, connecting these to arias found in the operas and looking at the construction of the basso continuo line, including an understanding of figured bass, baroque style, use of ornamentation, tone and…

The Telling in Retreat

One of The Telling’s singers Ariane Prüssner will guide participants through a beautiful Sephardic song to be confirmed. Practice video and lyrics coming soon. Check the website closer to the time. Link to join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81262055111(Meeting ID: 812 6205 5111)

MEMF Talk by Bill Lyons

The role of wind and brass players in Renaissance Europe The talk will discuss the various and varied roles of wind and brass players in civic and court bands in the 16th and 17th centuries. The splendid sight and sound of shawms, sackbuts, cornetts, trumpets and other wind instruments was considered an essential element in…

The Telling in Retreat

Early music group The Telling’s singer Ariane Prüssner will guide participants through another song from the Llibre Vermell de Montserrat, Stella Splendens. All welcome, no experience necessary. Link to join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84074312068(Meeting ID: 840 7431 2068) You don’t need a webcam and all participants are muted so you can sing without fear! Singalong to…

TVEMF Talk by David Allinson

Perhaps the most ‘secular’ book in the Old Testament, the Song of Songs is an extended love poem which has been interpreted as an allegory of God’s love, either for the Israelites or for the Christian soul. The text, filled with vivid evocations of longing and passion, has always appealed to church composers, giving them…

TVEMF Talk by Patrick Craig

Palestrina spent most of his working life in Rome, including many years as maestro di cappella at St Peter’s. At his funeral in 1594 many of the composers he taught and influenced paid their respects at the lavish ceremony in St Peter’s Basilica. While looking at Palestrina’s genius and influence, we shall also look at…

The Telling in Retreat

Every Friday at 11am we will bring you a live online workshop or concert via Zoom. Consider it a 30-minute coffee break to escape lockdown and learn something new with some musical enlightenment. Your feedback is invaluable for shaping our future plans. We would be really grateful if you could tell us what you think. It…

The Telling in Retreat

Every Friday at 11am we will bring you a live online workshop or concert via Zoom. Consider it a 30-minute coffee break to escape lockdown and learn something new with some musical enlightenment. Your feedback is invaluable for shaping our future plans. We would be really grateful if you could tell us what you think. It…

On the Wings of a Dove

In this live session, David will look at two wonderful motets of longing — Vigilate by Elizabethan composer William Byrd, whose text speaks powerfully of watching and waiting at a time of great turbulence, and Sitivit anima mea by Portuguese composer Manuel Cardoso, which conjures with images of longed-for peace, of flying like a dove and finding rest. Cardoso’s…

Online Early Music Forum (OEMF)

Most of us know that making music over the internet is not possible with systems like Zoom, (because of something called latency).  People have been recording their parts solo, then mixing them into video performances. Well, now we can make real harmony online.  We have been testing Jamulus, which minimizes latency and enables us to sing or play…

The Telling in Retreat

Every Friday at 11am we will bring you a live online workshop or concert via Zoom. Consider it a 30-minute coffee break to escape lockdown and learn something new with some musical enlightenment. Your feedback is invaluable for shaping our future plans. We would be really grateful if you could tell us what you think. It…

Online Early Music Forum (OEMF)

Most of us know that making music over the internet is not possible with systems like Zoom, (because of something called latency).  People have been recording their parts solo, then mixing them into video performances. Well, now we can make real harmony online.  We have been testing Jamulus, which minimizes latency and enables us to sing or play…

SingTheScore Extra

We are singing two relatively unknown English madrigals this week – both quite a handful: you’ll enjoy getting to know them! Wilbye – Cruel, behold my heavy ending(There’s a recording of The Consort of Musicke on Youtube) Tomkins – Oft did I marle (I’m sure we’ll find out what ‘marling’ is on the day)(on I…

Bach Flute Sonatas

Explore the Bach Sonatas and gain confidence in practising, interpreting and performing them. The six Bach flute sonatas are a cornerstone of the repertoire, but they can be daunting. This class will provides hints and tips on style, ornamentation, articulation and phrasing, as well as musical and historical context. Participants will have opportunities to play,…

The Self-Isolation Choir

At this time of self-isolation, our regular choir rehearsals and concerts have been postponed or cancelled. We wanted to continue to sing, so here is Messiah at Home, in association with www.choraline.com. We have chosen this work in conjunction with ChoraLine because at this time of lock-down, isolation and worry for us all, Messiah is…

SingTheScore Extra

Monteverdi Birthday Edition We know that this is no substitute for in person workshops, but it is at least a way to meet up with Early Music friends and sing some music. This will be an informal session, with an excellent surprise Early Music guest, a chance to sing along with some lovely music, a…

The Carnival Band

A friendly 3 hour workshop with Andy Watts of The Carnival Band. Drawing on the band’s collection of music in a variety of styles (early music, folk, traditional and world) Andy will lead you in singing in harmony. An ability to read music is not necessary. All songs will be taught by ear as well…

Baroque String Workshop

Tutor: Alison Townley Suitable for adult players. Intermediate onwards.  Alison is particularly looking for more upper strings. Baroque Bows available to hire for the workshop and long term. 2019/2020 workshop dates: 13th October 10th November 9th February 8th March

Music, Masonry and Manuscripts

Tutor: Mark Cottle The music, architecture and manuscript illumination of medieval England are among the greatest acheievements of any period of English cultural history. The aim of the lecture is to open a window onto this remarkable world to capture something of the essence of its religion and secular music, its Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals…

Baroque Dance Workshop

This workshop will focus on a dance from an original 18th century notation, the emphasis will be on the movement quality required for the style, technique and performance of the steps within the dance. Not suitable for beginners as previous dance experience is necessary if unsure please contact Philippa. Saturday venue:Claverton Down Community Hall, Bath,…

Rondo Viol Academy

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! Our courses are at different levels and we choose the music for each…

Rondo Viol Academy

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! Our courses are at different levels and we choose the music for each…

PIVA – Real Roots!

We’re delighted to be welcoming Piva back to Halsway for a fifth course exploring the Real Roots! of folk music, both the music and the instruments. Discover the world of late 16th century popular traditional music as heard in both court and country. The focus of the course will be playing 4 or 5 part…

The City Musick

Explore the rich and varied repertoire of musicians from court and city in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, for wind and brass instruments: cornett, sackbut, shawm, dulcian, recorder and crumhorn. Music will come from the part books associated with major European courts including that from the English court of James I and Charles…

Hurdy Gurdy Weekend

Guaranteed to be one of Halsway’s noisiest weekends, this popular Hurdy-Gurdy takeover is a brilliant opportunity to get together with some of the best of Europe’s players in an intensive learning weekend of masterclasses, workshops, sessions and a Saturday night concert/dance.

Viol Consorts Workshop

This weekend will fill Hawkwood with beautiful music, with expert coaching throughout. Primarily for pre-formed consorts, individuals will be accepted on condition that a compatible group can be formed. There will be the opportunity to work from facsimile music on renaissance instruments, too. Expect to be stretched and encouraged in your practice within a supportive…

Baroque String Workshop

Tutor: Alison Townley Suitable for adult players. Intermediate onwards.  Alison is particularly looking for more upper strings. Baroque Bows available to hire for the workshop and long term. 2019/2020 workshop dates: 13th October 10th November 9th February 8th March

Dorset Bach Cantata Club

The Dorset Bach Cantata Club meets for three weekends each year at Sturminster Newton High School. The Club provides a unique opportunity for amateur choral singers to study, rehearse and perform these inspiring, deeply spiritual, joyous works. *** Cantata BWV 45: Es ist dir gesagt, Mensch, was gut ist Cantata BWV 123: Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen Albinoni: Oboe Concerto…

Recorder Orchestra Weekend

Recorders@plymouth are back for their annual visit to Halsway Manor, offering an opportunity to explore the huge diversity of recorder orchestra repertoire. The recorder orchestra will be led by a professional conductor to enable players to develop their playing to a better standard, in a supportive environment with convivial company!

West Country Carols + Social Event

This workshop day will look at a variety of Christmas music from Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Gloucestershire. Much of it will be drawn from manuscripts of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries – the so-called West Gallery period. The music is characterised by its danceable rhythms and its gorgeous harmonies and fugued entries. The words…

Historical Dance in Tudor Mansion

Get active with 16thC dances from England, Italy and France: from fast to slow, simple to complex. Taught by experienced Historical Dance Society tutor. Live music on period instruments by early music trio Doves Figary. Wear costume if you wish, or elegant clothes – not mandatory. No previous experience or partner needed. Light flexible footwear…

Historical Dance in Tudor Mansion

Learn 16thC dances from England, Italy and France: from fast to slow, simple to complex. Taught by experienced Historical Dance Society tutor. Recorded music used (historically informed performance); some dances repeated with live music on period instruments, same venue, afternoon of Sat 11 and Sun 12 Jan. No costume or partner needed. Light flexible footwear…

The Carnival Band

We love performing with our Carnival Choirs and we invite you to join us for A Carnival of Carols on our December tour. There are no auditions and the choirs are open to all. Each choir will have a one-day workshop led by Andy Watts at which singers will learn arrangements in four-part harmony from the band’s…

Baroque Dance Workshop

The workshop will be for Improvers, Intermediate and Advanced levels, and attendance is possible either for the whole weekend or just on Saturday. Saturday venue:Claverton Down Community Hall, Bath, BA2 6DT Saturday evening & Sunday venue:Monkton Combe Village Hall, Bath, BA2 7EX

Recorder Weekend

Work with one of the foremost teachers and performers of this instrument to explore the vibrant and varied world of the recorder; solo and consort, ancient and modern. Anna Stegmann, a Royal Academy professor, will offer individual coaching in a friendly masterclass format, group lessons on general technique, as well as the opportunity to work…

Violin Making

The violin making workshops are extremely popular at Halsway Manor; some of the participants have been coming back year after year. The workshop gives maximum continuous time at the workbench supported by Neville Gardner, who has been teaching violin making for twenty years. He is joined by Corrie Schrijver to ensure that there is a…

Recorders For All 2019

With a professional conductor and aimed at a more advanced level of playing, being able to play a bass recorder of some description is essential. All participants are expected to frequently change instruments through the course to give everyone the opportunity to play a variety of recorders. This course will focus on canons and fugues.

Baroque String Workshop

Tutor: Alison Townley Suitable for adult players. Intermediate onwards.  Alison is particularly looking for more upper strings. Baroque Bows available to hire for the workshop and long term. 2019/2020 workshop dates: 13th October 10th November 9th February 8th March

Rondo Viol Academy

This course is designed as a stepping stone between the Elementary and  Intermediate courses. There are technique sessions, a few set pieces to study together, and friendly, relaxed consort playing. There will be plenty of help and advice with things like bowing, fingering, first and half position, making a good sound – do bring any…

Rondo Viol Academy

Pre-formed consorts can be of any standard and must consist of at least 4 people. You bring your own repertoire that you would like to work on. We can also make some suggestions and bring a few things for you to try. Please contact us if you have any questions. Sometimes a consort will be…

Come and Sing – Handel

Join Sarah Latto and Paragon Singers for a workshop singing music by George Frideric Handel, one of the greatest Baroque composers. Focusing on his choral masterpiece ‘Dixit Dominus’, learn about ensemble work, Baroque phrasing and the context of Handel’s life alongside work on vocal technique and health.

Baroque String Workshop

Tutor: Alison Townley Suitable for adult players. Intermediate onwards.  Alison is particularly looking for more upper strings. Baroque Bows available to hire for the workshop and long term. 2019/2020 workshop dates: 13th October 10th November 9th February 8th March

Dorset Bach Cantata Club

The Dorset Bach Cantata Club meets for three weekends each year at Sturminster Newton High School. The Club provides a unique opportunity for amateur choral singers to study, rehearse and perform these inspiring, deeply spiritual, joyous works. *** Cantata BWV 11: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen Cantata BWV 34: O ewiges Feuer, O Ursprung der Liebe

Workshop for Singers and Instruments

This workshop will explore the innovative music of Michael Praetorius, whose prolific work as a composer and theorist helped introduce the latest Italian styles to German-speaking countries, whilst also realising the musical ambitions of Martin Luther’s reformation. If forces allow, we shall explore repertoire such as the following:Jubilate Deo [7], Ein feste Burg [8], Ich…

Gabrieli Recorder Workshop

Gabrieli’s 2 and 3 choir canzonas are masterpieces of polychoral music full of light and shade, grandeur, dancing rhythms and singing melodies. During the course of the day, we will study, in depth, some of the finest of these. As well as conducting, the tutor will give some historical and musical background to this fascinating…

Early Music in the Marches 2019

A two-day workshop on Johann Caspar Kerll‘s settings of the Mass. The workshop is for singers and experienced players – with good sight-reading skills. There are parts for violins, viols, trombones, cornets, trumpets and a variety of wind and continuo instruments. A=440 Tutored by David Hatcher and David Allinson. Workshop Leaflet

Rondo Viol Academy

These courses are for anyone who considers themselves to be of an intermediate or upper intermediate standard and would like to improve both their individual technique and consort playing experience. We will look at the set repertoire, covering choices of fingering and bowing which can then be applied in one-to-a-part consort sessions. Further music will…

An afternoon in the 1500s

Take part in pavan dances from the Mulliner Book and other Elizabethan favourites, fast and slow, led by Anne Daye, Director of Research with the Historical Dance Society [previously Dolmetsch HDS]. Includes special seminar by Dr Daye on researching the Mulliner and other dances. All abilities welcome; no partner needed nor previous experience. Flexible footwear…

Violin Making

The violin making workshops are extremely popular at Halsway Manor; some of the participants have been coming back year after year. The workshop gives maximum continuous time at the workbench supported by Neville Gardner, who has been teaching violin making for twenty years. He is joined by Corrie Schrijver to ensure that there is a…

Stylish Baroque

A baroque chamber music course at A415, predominantly for pre-formed groups although we welcome applications from individual players and will do our best to put together coherent ensembles. Theresa (violin) and Alastair (harpsichord), bring their wealth of knowledge to encourage and cajole you into stylish performances of repertoire from the early 17th to late 18th…

Come and Sing Early Music

Robert Howarth, harpsichordist and director, specialising in early music (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Early Opera Company, English Touring Opera etc), will be joined by his singer wife Lisa Wilson for our Come and Sing Early Music workshop day this year. The repertoire will include madrigals by Monteverdi (La giovinetta pianta, Sfogava con le…

Irish Recorder and Viol Course

Tutors: Ibi Aziz, Marion Doherty-Hayden, Pamela Flanagan, Emma Murphy, Philip Thorby. Designed for players of recorders, viols and other early instruments, the Irish Recorder and Viol Course offers a warm welcome and a wide repertoire of music from ancient to modern. Sessions include one-to-a-part groups, workshops, consort songs, trio sonatas, choir, large and small ensembles.

Choral Experience Weekend

Enjoy a life-enhancing weekend traversing the vast landscapes of one of Classical music’s greatest creations. Gavin Carr will bring his trademark humour, passion and insight to this journey into Bach’s extraordinary world, so full of thrilling grandeur and achingly beautiful complexities. The course will culminate in an informal performance sing-through on Sunday afternoon.  Singers of…

HISS 2019

The 9th international summer school will take place 12-16 August once again at Bishop Burton College, near Beverley, East Yorkshire. We will feature the same range of classes for winds, cornetts & sackbuts, baroque strings, lutes and other plucked strings, viol consort, chamber choir and natural voice singing – all of which made 2018 the…

Beauchamp Early Music Course

Directed by Philip Thorby With tutor David Hatcher and guest tutors Theresa Caudle, Adrian France and Richard Thomas The theme is ‘Gloria in Excelsis Deo’ and will include Glorias from the 24-part setting by Annibale Padovano and the 40-part setting by Alessandro Striggio. For further information visit www.gamusic.co.uk / Holiday Courses / Early Music (adults)…

Cambridge Early Music Summer School

Les Cris de Paris: ​​The Sounds of Court & City in 16th-century France THE COURTIERS OF GRACE ​Gawain Glenton course director & cornetto, Clare Wilkinson voice, Uri Smilansky viols & recorders, ​Jacob Heringman lutes, Catherine Motuz improvisation & sackbut, William Lyons flutes, recorders, reeds & pipes   We welcome applications from competent singers, and from players of Renaissance instruments at A=440 including…

Cambridge Early Music Summer School

Paris versus Versailles: Marc-Antoine Charpentier & his Court Rivals THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS Peter Holman course director & continuo, Judy Tarling upper strings, Mark Caudle lower strings, Gail Hennessy woodwind and Philip Thorby voices   Applications are invited from proficient singers and confident players of gut-strung Baroque instruments (violin, viola and cello), with Baroque bows (some instruments and bows are available…

NORVIS XLIX

NORVIS, founded in 1971 by Layton and Christine Ring Recorder tutors: Oonagh Lee, Chris Orton, Jane Rumney and Mary Tyers. Other tutors: Elizabeth Dodd, Alison Kinder, Susanna Pell and Jacqui Robertson-Wade (viols), Andrew Fowler (singing), Michael Williamson (baroque strings), Martin Eastwell and Richard MacKenzie (lutes), John Treherne (harpsichord). We welcome recorder players, other instrumentalists and…

Dartington Summer School

CoursesEach week of Summer School features more than 30 courses, encompassing a wide range of styles, disciplines and abilities. Courses run for 6 days (Sunday – Friday), most lasting for 1 session (90 mins) per day. There are 4 sessions in a day (9am, 11am, 2pm, 3.30pm), allowing each participant to build a timetable personalised…

Workshop and AGM

Music at the Viennese Court of Emperor and Composer Leopold I. Workshop led by Peter Leech (Cardiff University) at pitch A = 440 for SATB voices, recorders (descant/treble/tenor & bass) and strings (viols/violins, violas, bass viols/cellos/violone). The SWEMF AGM will be held during the lunch break.

Ludlow Summer School

A course for singers and instrumentalistsled by Gabriel Crouch and David Hatcher The Ludlow Summer School is a combination of specialist coaching, informal festival and musical holiday. It is open to experienced choral singers and early instrumentalists of all ages and nationalities. This week of intensive training with leading tutors will end with a public…

Workshop for Singers

This workshop day will explore Vespers repertoire in the Southern European tradition, from the rambunctious polyphony of Juan Gutierrez de Padilla (1590–1664) to Domenico Scarlatti’s expressive setting of Laudate pueri, and plainsong psalmody.

Ten Ways to Sing the Psalms

An all-day workshop led by Christopher Martin Thomas, Rev. Stephen M’Caw, and the singers and musicians of St.John’s Keynsham, followed by a short service built around the Psalm settings learnt:• Participate in learning new and ancient ways to sing the Psalms• Learn about the theology, history and use of Psalmody in a multimedia presentation• Listen to…

Polish up your singing

Glastonbury Cantilena is delighted to have secured the services of Ben Sawyer: Ben is a countertenor, conductor and educator based in Gloucestershire, England. As a singer, he performs as a soloist around the country; he is a founder member of the award winning male voice a cappella group, “The Songmen”; and He is a lay…