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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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


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.

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


HISS 2019 Booking Now Open!

12 - 16 August 2019

Bishop Burton College, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8QG United Kingdom

hissenquiries@gmail.com +44 (0)844 870 6478 www.hiss.org.uk

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Updated 19/03/2019. Please contact the EEMF committee with comments