Early music courses in and around East Anglia

Benslow Music Trust

Early Music courses

For details of scheduled courses click here.

Online courses

Click here to view the online courses in Lockdown Links
which we hope will be of interest to you.
If you know of anyone who may be interested in these courses or events please help
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Benslow are currently exploring the idea of further online courses and events with
multiple tutors/artists – so do keep an eye on their website for further updates.

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.

Both courses had to be cancelled for 2020.

Director of the Baroque Summer School

The director of the Baroque Summer School, Peter Holman,
has announced his retirement after the Baroque Summer School of 25 July - 1 August 2021.

Laurence Cummings is appointed as the new Baroque Summer School Director
from Summer 2022 onwards. Laurence Cummings is one of Britain’s most exciting and versatile
exponents of historical performance both as conductor and harpsichord player.
He has been Musical Director of the London Handel Festival since 1999 and Artistic Director of the
Internationale Händel-Festpiele Göttingen since 2012, as well as acting as Music Director for
Orquestra Barroca Casa da Musica, Porto.
He is the William Crotch Professor of Historical Performance at the Royal Academy of Music.

The Summer Schools are moving to Benslow Music

Based in Hitchin, Benslow Music's tranquil campus is just a 30-minute train ride from
Cambridge and from London. It provides a wide range of comfortable bedrooms
with ensuite or shared bathroom facilities, enviable catering and all sorts of
rehearsal and practice rooms. The beautiful gardens provide an inviting space
in which to relax and regather energies between sessions.
Additionally, all summer school participants will be able to make use of Benlow Music's
extensive music library during their course.

The themes and tutors for the 2021 Summer Schools will be those planned for 2020
(except that Marc Lewon will stand in for Jacob Heringman
as lute tutor on the Renaissance course).

Baroque Dresden: The Musical Melting Pot
25 July-1 August 2021

Peter Holman course director & continuo, Judy Tarling upper strings, Mark Caudle lower strings,
Gail Hennessy woodwind, Philip Thorby voices

The Triumphs of Maximilian: Music from the time of Emperor Maximilian I
1-8 August 2021

Clare Wilkinson course co-director & voice, Gawain Glenton course co-director & cornetto,
Uri Smilansky viols & recorders, William Lyons flutes, recorders, reeds & pipes, Marc Lewon lutes

Details of how to apply will be sent by the New Year and will also be posted on the website.

Support CEM!

Because of the cancellation of many courses and concerts, CEM rely on the generous support of
many friends, benefactors and individuals, now more than ever.

Donate to Cambridge Early Music

Cambridge Woodwind Makers

Preservation through participation”

A large range of courses is on offer in the new premises in Linton, Cambs.
Instrument making, repair and maintenance. Classical and Baroque are covered.
Early booking is recommended as the response has been heavy. See the website:


Courses in other areas

1 – 7 August 2021


Directed by David Hatcher with tutors David Allinson and Sue Addison.
The theme is O quam gloriosam – music inspired by the saints and sainthood.
Venue: Rendcomb College in the heart of the Cotswolds.
Accommodation available on site; all meals provided; 4 tutor-led sessions each full day.

GAM have decided to go ahead with plans for Beauchamp 2021.
Any deposits paid will be refundable should they have to cancel.

Booking form

For further information visit www.glosacadmusic.org or email anne@glosacadmusic.org

Quote from a 2019 participant: I’ve had a brilliant week; lovely people and very warm atmosphere –
a great experience and highly recommended.

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