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 occupy two weeks in July & August.

The tuition is of a high standard and the facilities at Girton College, Cambridge, are excellent.

Booking is open for:

28 July – 4 August 2019
Paris versus Versailles: Marc-Antoine Charpentier & his Court Rivals
Peter Holman course director & continuo, Judy Tarling upper strings, Mark Caudle lower strings,
Gail Hennessy woodwind and Philip Thorby voices


4–11 August 2019
Les Cris de Paris: ​The Sounds of Court & City in 16th-century France
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


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Courses in other areas

The Chalemie Summer School - at Easter


Friday 5th April to Wednesday 10th April 2019

Chalemie will hold its 21st Summer School 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.


At Headington School, Oxford


The Chalemie Summer School is for everyone interested in performing music, song, dance or commedia, or any combination of these, together with period costume making. While its focus is on the 17th/18th centuries, it is not restricted to this period alone.

For further information and a full brochure, please contact Barbara Segal:




Saturday 27th July to Saturday 3rd August 2019

The College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham


NORVIS is an annual full week-long early music course in Durham, described as one of the UK’s longest-established and friendliest early music summer schools.


Recorders, viols, lutes, baroque strings, harpsichord, voices, period dance and a ceilidh. A wide range of repertoire from early renaissance to late baroque, with an impressive line-up of specialist performers and teachers.


Full information

Beauchamp 2019 Early Music week 

4th-10th August

Directed by Philip Thorby with David Hatcher, tutor, and guest tutors, yet to be confirmed.

Summary of information from Anne Summers:

The theme for the week is “Gloria in Excelsis Deo”. With its powerful and colourful text, the Gloria is often the finest individual movement in Renaissance settings of the Mass. We will be exploring Glorias in from four to forty parts, including the 24-part setting by Annibale Padovano, and the 40-part setting by Alessandro Striggio.


Location is again Wotton House in Gloucester, with single/twin rooms (not en suite) and a good camping area; alternatively there are many local B&Bs/hotels in the vicinity.

Limited numbers, so book as early as possible. Booking form

10% discount for booking by 31st January 2019.


Baroque Week

Chamber music summer school

Queen Anne’s School, Caversham, Berkshire • 11–18 August 2019


Firmly established as one of Europe’s foremost early music courses, BAROQUE WEEK is now celebrating its 42nd year. The course offers inspiration and guidance to both singers and players of baroque music from an expert team of leading specialists in historical performance.


This year’s theme is “The Leipzig Legacy”, featuring cantatas and other works by J S Bach, together with his predecessors and contemporaries in Leipzig including Rosenmüller (b. 1619) and Fasch.

For instrumentalists, keyboard players and eight singers

Facebook page: The Baroque Week



Updated 30/11/2018. Please contact the EEMF committee with comments