Early music courses in and around East Anglia

Benslow Music Trust

Early Music courses

For details of scheduled courses click here.

Online courses

Benslow Music is currently closed.
For now all live courses, events and concerts at Benslow Music are cancelled.

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
spread the word and pass this message on.
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.

The tuition is of a high standard and the setting at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, is atmospheric.

BAROQUE WEEK (26 July – 2 August 2020)
Baroque Dresden: The Musical Melting Pot

The Parley of Instruments
Director: Peter Holman

RENAISSANCE WEEK (2–9 August 2020)
The Triumphs of Maximilian: Music from the time of Emperor Maximilian I

The Courtiers of Grace
Co-Directors: Claire Wilkinson & Gawain Glenton

Both courses are CANCELLED for 2020.

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

1-8 August 2020


A week-long early music course in County Durham. Come and help us celebrate 50 years of this wonderful event
in our new, more accessible and comfortable home in Barnard Castle. We welcome players of recorders,
viols, lutes, baroque strings, harpsichord and voices. There is a wide range of activities with repertoire from
early renaissance to late baroque. We are lavishly staffed with inspirational tutors who also feature strongly in our
evening concerts. Generous bursaries available. See www.norvis.org.uk or email enquiries@norvis.org.uk.
PPOSTPONED until 2021

2 – 8 August 2020


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.

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

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

Baroque Week 2020

Chamber music summer school

Queen Anne’s School, Caversham, Berkshire
16–23 August

There are still some places available, but last year the course was sold out, so book quickly to secure your place!
Harpsichord and chitarrone players particularly welcome.

We will have the largest team of tutors ever this year with the addition of David Miller (chitarrone);
also Tom Hammond-Davies and Oliver Webber will be joining us for a morning each.

POSTPONED until 2021

HISS 2020

The Director and Administrators regret that the summer school for 2020 is CANCELLED.
Anyone wishing to make a donation is asked to contact the organisers on hissenquiries@gmail.com.

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Updated 08/04/2020. Please contact the EEMF committee with comments