Richmond Opera 2024

Normansfield Theatre, Teddington

A fully staged performance of Handel’s opera Semele with full Baroque Orchestra.  Anyone is welcome to join the chorus.

Online Early Music Forum

Online

Every Monday and Friday, In your own home, online with Jamulus software (https://jamulus.io). OEMF began just before lockdown, as the COVID19 pandemic was gathering momentum, and has continued ever since. In addition to the usual equipment (your voice and your musical talent), you will need a computer with Jamulus software (https://jamulus.io). Turn off Wi-Fi (please...

EMFS Choir Meeting: Missa l’homme armé

St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh

Settings of sections of the Missa l'homme armé by Busnois, Dufay, Guerrero, Morales, and Palestrina. New singers are always welcome.

EMFS Viol Consort Café

St Catherine's, Edinburgh

A sociable playing morning for viol players at all levels, working in small groups with players of similar experience, plus coaching from Susanna Pell.

Portuguese Polyphony with Patrick Craig

St Michael's Church, Lyme Regis Dorset

A course for choral singers with repertoire drawn from the music of Renaissance Portugal, including the Ave Virgo sanctissima Mass of Géry de Ghersem.

Viol Consorts with members of Fretwork

Jackdaws Music Great Elm, Frome, Somerset

This course offers viol players the chance to explore consort repertoire from the viol’s Golden Age and to improve their technique along the way.

NWEMF Workshop with Gawain Glenton

Fulwood Methodist Church, Preston

‘O What Evil is War’: War and Peace in 17th Century Germany, for all voices and specified instruments (A=440). Details and Application Form

SEMF Workshop: Gaudeamus with Peter Syrus

Scaynes Hill Village Hall Haywards Heath

A workshop for singers and players.  Peter Syrus will direct his new programme of borrowings in Spanish church music of the Golden Age.

South West Baroque Orchestra Rehearsal

Culmstock Village Hall, Devon

South West Baroque Orchestra is the regional period instrument orchestra in the South West.  Applicants are welcome to play for a rehearsal to try out the experience of baroque playing techniques.

EMFS Recorder Workshop with Palisander

Dollar Academy, Clackmannanshire

Recorder Workshop with Palisander Recorder Quartet, for intermediate to advanced recorder players in tutti and smaller ensemble sessions.

London Motet & Madrigal Club Meeting

St Michael's Church, Cornhill, London

A London-based music club who meet once a month to sing repertoire from the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras from Britain and Europe.

MESSIAH 24 Hour Drop-In

St George's Hanover Square Mayfair, London

Singers and instrumentalists are invited to a “MESSIAH 24 hour Drop-In”.  Starting at 3pm on the 25th with AND THE GLORY OF THE LORD and working through the choruses until the end. Then, starting all over again, and repeating for 24 hours. With conductors including John Rutter, Laurence Cummings, Ben England, Ralph Allwood, James Day,...

Viol Consorts with Fretwork

Benslow Music Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Tutors: Emily Ashton, Richard Boothby, Jon Rees, Joanna Levine. This course offers viol players the chance to explore the consort repertoire and improve their technique along the way.

Rondo Viol Academy

Shepherd's Dene, Northumberland

Intermediate and Upper Intermediate.

Gabrieli Comes to Lincoln

Swallowbeck Methodist Church, Lincoln

A day of playing and singing some of the magnificent polychoral works by Andrea & Giovanni Gabrieli, led by Greg Skidmore and Sue Addison. Further details and application form can be found at www.sixteen85.co.uk.

Bristol Early Music Festival

All Saints Clifton Bristol

The Festival includes a number of workshops - a mediaeval singing workshop with Leah Stuttard, a workshop for voices and instruments with Alison Kinder, a harpsichord workshop with Julian Perkins, and two recorder workshops with Annabel Knight.

Fairest Isle Festival

Isle of Wight

Early Music Extravaganza on the Isle of Wight.

Dorset Bach Cantata Club

D’Urberville Centre Wool

JS Bach Cantata 119: Preise, Jerusalem, der Herrn. JS Bach Cantata 171: Gott wie dein Name, so ist auch dein Ruhm. JS Bach Cantata 192: Nun danket alle Gott.

Viol & Recorder Consort Playing

Higham Hall Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria

Two parallel, friendly courses offering a variety of music for players at any level except beginners. For those who wish, there are opportunities to mix and match between the two courses.

NEEMF Workshop: Bach with Stephen Muir

All Soul's Church, Leeds

JS Bach's Cantata BWV 4 'Christ lag in Todesbanden', for singers and instrumentalists, directed by Dr Stephen Muir.

South West Baroque Orchestra Rehearsal

Culmstock Village Hall, Devon

South West Baroque Orchestra is the regional period instrument orchestra in the South West.  Applicants are welcome to play for a rehearsal to try out the experience of baroque playing techniques.

London Motet & Madrigal Club Meeting

St Michael's Church, Cornhill, London

A London-based music club who meet once a month to sing repertoire from the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras from Britain and Europe.

Renaissance Polyphony at Benslow

Benslow Music Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Tutors: Jeremy West, Gareth Wilson Glorious renaissance polyphony for choir with historic brass.

Voices, Viols & Recorders Association

Halsway Manor Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Taunton

An un-tutored course for experienced singers and players of early instruments.

Gregorian Chant: The Joys of Singing

Benslow Music Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Tutor: John Rowlands-Pritchard. An inclusive course for all to experience Gregorian chant in a friendly, entertaining, informative and enjoyable context. A shared exploration of its music and cultural history, works towards daily performances of a meditative chant sequence.

SEMF Workshop with Ali Kinder

Clapham and Patching Village Hall, Worthing

Workshop for voices and instruments.  Further details and booking forms will be available later.

EMFS Viol Consort Café

St Catherine's, Edinburgh

A sociable playing morning for viol players at all levels, working in small groups with players of similar experience, facilitated by Vickie Hobson and Philip Redfern.

Sing Saturday: Messiah

Gloucester Cathedral

Discover or re-ignite a passion for choral singing with Handel’s Messiah in Gloucester Cathedral, with Gloucester Choral Society directed by Adrian Partington.

South West Baroque Orchestra Rehearsal

Culmstock Village Hall, Devon

South West Baroque Orchestra is the regional period instrument orchestra in the South West.  Applicants are welcome to play for a rehearsal to try out the experience of baroque playing techniques.

NWEMF Workshop: Polychoral Music with Peter Wendland

St Mary's, Sale

Polychoral music of the Renaissance & early Baroque, a workshop for singers in all voice ranges, and players of viols, cornetts, recorders (tenor downwards) & renaissance wind instruments (A=440).

London Motet & Madrigal Club Meeting

St Michael's Church, Cornhill, London

A London-based music club who meet once a month to sing repertoire from the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras from Britain and Europe.

Music at Monteconero

Monteconero, Sirolo

A course for choral singers of all ages and nationalities in a former monastery overlooking the Adriatic, centred on Renaissance music inspired by the biblical Song of Songs.  Directed by Lucy Goddard.

Baroque Orchestra: Music at the Dresden Court of Augustus II

Benslow Music Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Tutors: Theresa Caudle, Mark Caudle, Claire Williams. 18th century repertoire that would have been performed by the Dresden Hofkapelle, including works by Pisendel, Heinichen and Zelenka; scored for two oboes, bassoon and strings.

BMEMF Workshop: Straus with David Hatcher

Bishopswood Village Hall, Herefordshire

Straus Missa Concertata in Echo - for singers and instrumentalists (A=440). Includes BMEMF AGM.  Booking now open via the BMEMF website,

Chalemie Summer School

Uppingham School, Oakham Rutland

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.

Bach Cello Suites with Jenny Curtis

Benslow Music Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

This course is about discovering the joy and genius of the Bach suites in an open lesson/masterclass format.

Online Early Music Forum

Online

Every Monday and Friday, In your own home, online with Jamulus software (https://jamulus.io). OEMF began just before lockdown, as the COVID19 pandemic was gathering momentum, and has continued ever since. In addition to the usual equipment (your voice and your musical talent), you will need a computer with Jamulus software (https://jamulus.io). Turn off Wi-Fi (please...

Baroque Trio Sonatas with the Herschel Players

Benslow Music Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

The Herschel Players will coach a range of trio sonatas for combinations of baroque instruments: recorders, violins, oboes, flutes, viols, baroque cello, bassoon and harpsichord. Any appropriate repertoire can be represented: French, German, Italian and English. Tutors: Susanna Pell, Mie Hayashi, Graham O’Sullivan

Early Music Academy

Cheltenham College

A course exploring our great heritage of Renaissance choral music and developing a performance style appropriate to it.

Ludlow Summer School

St Laurence’s Church, Ludlow

A course that explores some of the glories of Early Tudor sacred music, centred on the six-part Videte miraculum Mass by Nicholas Ludford.  Directed by Rory Wainwright Johnston.

The International Viol Summer School

Benslow Music Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Five days of viol consort playing in a variety of group sizes with other players of an advanced level, and opportunities to study various afternoon 'options' including technical sessions, some lesser known repertoire and/or renaissance viols. Tutors: Alison Crum, Alison Kinder, Ibi Aziz, Peter Wendland

London Motet & Madrigal Club Meeting

St Michael's Church, Cornhill, London

A London-based music club who meet once a month to sing repertoire from the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras from Britain and Europe.

Beauchamp Adult Early Music Course 2024

Malvern College

Course Director - David Hatcher.  Choral Director - David Allinson. Tutors: Ann Allen, Jennie Cassidy, Stephanie Dyer, Jeremy West.

Cambridge Early Music Baroque Summer School

Benslow Music Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Offered in collaboration with the Academy of Ancient Music (AAM), with: Laurence Cummings as course director, voices and continuo, Bojan Čičić upper strings, Joseph Crouch lower strings, Leo Duarte woodwind and Mary Collins, baroque dance and stagecraft.

Music Summer School & Festival

Gresham's School, Norfolk

The Music Summer School and Festival will feature a range of courses for participants including Choir, Vocal Ensembles and Chamber Choir, Opera Scenes, Improvisation, Chamber Music, Baroque Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, String Ensemble, Early Music, Composition, Instrumental and Vocal Workshops and Masterclasses and much more.

Cambridge Early Music Renaissance Summer School

Benslow Music Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Daisies, pearls, musical mysteries: Margaret of Austria and her famous Flemish scriptorium - music by Pierre de la Rue, Josquin, Verdelot and others. Tutors: Clare Wilkinson (voices and course director), Nicholas Todd and Giles Underwood (voices), Alison Crum and Susanna Pell (viols).

NORVIS Summer School 2024

Barnard Castle School Newgate, Barnard Castle

The 52nd NORVIS summer school - a week-long early music summer school in County Durham.

Assisi Summer School with Rory McCleery

Piazza del Comune, Assisi

Repertoire includes the Plainchant "Salve Regina", and related works by Josquin, Victoria, Mouton and Morales.

Higham Hall Early Music Summer School

Higham Hall Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria

For competent singers, viol and recorder players, covering music c1450-c1650.  Instruction in choral/solo singing, viol and recorder playing, lute, plus vocal technique and various consorts.

Baroque Week – Residential Baroque Music Summer School

Queen Anne's School Caversham, Berkshire

The theme for the 2024 course will be "Fairest Isle: A Musical Journey Around the British Isles" although you can play any baroque music of your choice in the chamber music groups. Booking opens on 1st December 2023.

Lincoln Singing Holiday

Lincoln University

Voices from Tudor Lincolnshire: Motets for the Virgin Mary.  This course will be directed by David Allinson and will focus on English choral music of the 'Golden Age'.

Baroque Buffet: A Baroque Orchestra Course on Modern Instruments

Benslow Music Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

A course for those interested in Baroque performance practice using modern instruments, with three experienced tutors in strings, wind and keyboard. Tutors: Julia Bishop, Sophie Middleditch, David Pollock

Irish Recorder and Viol Course

An Grianán, Co. Louth

A course designed for players of recorders, viols and other early instruments, covering a wide repertoire from ancient to modern.  Sessions include one-to-a-part groups, workshops, consort songs, trio sonatas, choir, large and small ensembles.  Tutors: Ibi Aziz, Pamela Flanagan, Caoimhe de Paor, Philip Thorby, Peter Wendland.

HISS (Historically Informed Summer School)

Bishop Burton College York Road, Bishop Burton

International residential summer school for singers and players of early, traditional & folk music. Opportunities for folk voices/instruments, singers, baroque strings, viols, lute/theorbo, reeds/capped wind, early brass, recorders, continuo. Highlights for 2024 include Robert Hollingworth (Guest Tutor) Benevoli Missa Tu Es Petrus, Carissimi Jephte.