Easter Early Music Course

Haberdashers' School, Monmouth

This popular and highly acclaimed course provides an excellent opportunity for experienced players of viols and recorders to work on early music in a chamber setting.

Tenby Music Party with Patrick Craig

St Mary’s Church, Tenby Pembrokeshire

This is a course for invited singers, but you may register an interest using the form on their website.

Early music in the 20th century

Keeley Street, London Covent Garden, London

Tutor: Edward Breen Explore the early music pioneers of the 20th century. Learn about different approaches in each genre and unpick some of the arguments about ‘authenticity’ and ‘historically informed performance’ with instruments and voices.

Early Music Ensemble

Keeley Street, London Covent Garden, London

An ensemble for musicians interested in learning the skills of playing consort music in different instrumental combinations ("broken consort"). It will be a journey exploring the variety of sound combinations in 17th century repertoire.

Topics in Renaissance music 3

Online

Tutor: Patrick Allies This course will lead you through a sequence of topics in Iberian renaissance music from Spain, Portugal, and the New World.

Viols & Recorders with Elizabeth Dodd & Philip Gruar

Higham Hall Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria

A friendly course (all levels except beginner) to enjoy exploring a variety of music with others on your own instrument, plus a chance also for you to consort!

Benslow Voices & Viols

Benslow Music Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

A weekend of 16th and 17th century vocal music ‘apt for voyces and vyalls’, Tutors: Alison Crum, Peter Syrus.

Dorset Bach Cantata Club

Sturminster Newton High School Bath Road, Sturminster Newton

Non-residential study weekend directed by Chris Brown.

Singing in Skipton with Justin Doyle

Holy Trinity Church, Skipton North Yorkshire

A week of study and rehearsal leading to a public performance in the historic town of Skipton.

Renaissance Polyphony at Benslow

Benslow Music Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

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

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

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. Tutor: John Rowlands-Pritchard.

Music at Monteconero with Eamonn Dougan

Monteconero, Sirolo

A course exploring the music of four of Palestrina’s successors, in a former monastery overlooking the Adriatic.

Monteconero Music Party: Duarte Lobo & Frank Martin

Monteconero, Sirolo

Requiems by Duarte Lobo and Frank Martin: a course for invited singers in a former monastery overlooking the Adriatic, directed by JanJoost van Elburg.

Baroque Strings: From Bologna to Rome

Benslow Music Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

17th century music for string ensemble by Cazzati, Vitali, Torelli, Grossi, Gio Bononcini, Stradella and Corelli. Tutors: Theresa Caudle, Mark Caudle, Claire Williams.

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. Tutors: Susanna Pell, Mie Hayashi and Graham O’Sullivan

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.

Early Music Academy

Cheltenham College

Music will include Byrd - Infelix ego and Quomodo cantabimus amongst other works such as Philippe de Monte - Super flumina Babylonis.

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, Peter Wendland and Ibiz Aziz with John Bryan

Dartington Summer School – Week 1

Dartington, Devon Totnes

Vocal ensembles, medieval music, renaissance wind ensembles, viol music, chamber music, lute tuition, early keyboard classes, and more!

Cambridge Early Music – Baroque Summer School

Benslow Music Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Following on from the success of last year’s production of The Fairy Queen, this year’s course focuses on Henry Purcell’s King Arthur: a dramatic work based around the play of the same name by John Dryden. Tutors: Laurence Cummings, Bojan Čičić, Mark Caudle, Leo Duarte and Mary Collins

Baroque Dance Weekend Workshop

Claverton Down Community Hall, Bath

This workshop will focus on The Rose Petal, a Loure for 4, choreographed in the Baroque style, by Philippa, to music by Telemann.  

NORVIS 2023

Barnard Castle School Newgate, Barnard Castle

Summer school for recorders, viols, lutes and guitars, baroque strings, harpsichord and voices, with repertoire from early Renaissance to late Baroque.

Dartington Summer School – Week 2

Dartington, Devon Totnes

Choir and vocal ensembles, baroque orchestra, recorder classes, chamber music, keyboard tuition, vocal tuition and more!

Beauchamp Early Music Week

Malvern College

This residential course is for singers and players of renaissance instruments and has been running for many years. Booking opens January 2023.

Cambridge Early Music – Renaissance Summer School

Benslow Music Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Part of Cambridge Early Music's Summer Schools programme, this week will be the perfect opportunity to spend time with like-minded musicians, and to develop your skills under the guidance of a world-class team of tutors. Tutors: Clare Wilkinson, Giles Underwood, Jacob Heringman and John Bryan

Summer Baroque Instrumental Course

Laidlaw Music Centre, St Andrews

An intensive five-day course for aspiring professional baroque instrumentalists.

Early Music Summer School

Higham Hall Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria

For competent singers, viol and recorder players, covering music c1450-c1650. Deborah Catterall (Head Tutor, Vocal) Elizabeth Dodd (Viol, Renaissance Dance) Philip Gruar (Recorder) Hugh Cherry (Lute) Michael Piraner (Recorder)

Baroque Week

Queen Anne's School Caversham, Berkshire

Residential Baroque Music Summer School for baroque wind, string and continuo players and up to ten singers, but there are also opportunities for instrumentalists to sing.

Baroque Buffet: Baroque on Modern Instruments

Benslow Music Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

An increasingly popular course for those interested in Baroque performance practice using modern instruments. Three experienced tutors in strings, wind and keyboard guide the course in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere! 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.

Baroque Dance Summer School

Rubicon Dance Centre Nora Street, Cardiff

This non-residential course is designed for all levels from the absolute beginner to the professional dancer and concentrates on the technique, presentation & notation of Baroque dance.

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. Tutor: Jenny Curtis

The Historically Informed Summer School

Bishop Burton College York Road, Bishop Burton

Exploring the Common Grounds between early music, and its more formalised development, and the music of the people, embodied in traditional and folk music. Open to all singers & players of wind, string, plucked and keyboard instruments (folk, period & modern). Course pitch is A=440. Big recorders are especially welcome!

Josquin des Prez with Rory Wainwright Johnston

Gourdon-en-Quercy, Lot

A course for amateur choral singers of all nationalities and ages in a small town in southwest France. It sets the music of the great Josquin des Pres alongside that of his contemporaries. The course will be held in English.

Stylish Baroque with Theresa Caudle & Alastair Ross

Jackdaws Music Great Elm, Frome, Somerset

A baroque chamber music course at A415 predominantly for pre-formed groups, individual players are also welcome to apply.

The City Musick with William Lyons and Richard Thomas

Jackdaws Music Great Elm, Frome, Somerset

Explore the rich and varied repertoire of musicians from court and city in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, for wind and brass instruments: cornett, sackbut, shawm, dulcian, recorder (at 440) and crumhorn.

Voices, Viols & Recorders Association

Halsway Manor Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Taunton

An un-tutored course for experienced singers and players of early instruments. Non-fixed ensembles of recorders and viols form the main part of the week with a variety of small singing groups depending on participants. Evening sessions for all are conducted and include music for instruments and voices.

Trogir Music Week with Patrick Craig

Trogir, Croatia

This course celebrates the long association of Trogir and Venice and traces development of music in the basilica of San Marco that led to the achievements of Monteverdi and Gabrieli.

Rondo Viol Academy

Yarnfield Park, Stone

Elementary, Lower Intermediate, and Pre-formed Consorts.

Madrigal and Partsongs

Benslow Music Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

An exploration of the riches of secular vocal music from the Renaissance to the 20th century. Tutors: James Oldfield, Simon Gregory

Online Project: Komm, Jesu, komm

Online

Join the Stay at Home Choir to learn and study Bach's "Komm, Jesu, komm" with the Leipzig Bach Archiv and David Hill MBE.

Music Theory: Bach Chorales

Online

Learn to name chords, cadences and recognise basic chord progressions in Bach’s 4-part chorale textures.

Handel: Politics & Patronage

Online

Come and explore the rise of Handel to classic status that took place in London in the early 18th century.

Violin/Rebec Making

Halsway Manor Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Taunton

This course is for all levels of ability and beginners are very welcome.  As well as the violin family, support can also be given for making a rebec (an ancient ancestor of the violin).

The Linarol Consort’s Renaissance Viol Course

Holland House, Worcestershire

This course provides the opportunity for: experienced viol players to hone their technical and musical skills, playing renaissance music on renaissance instruments, and players with varying levels of experience to play from facsimlles. The tutors are David Hatcher and Alison Kinder,

Monteverdi Sestina Chamber Weekender

St Barnabas, Pimlico London

This weekend is designed to challenge and stimulate experienced choral singers in a chamber setting.

Medieval Music from around Europe for Harp

Online

This course is designed to open a door for you into a medieval world of single-line dance melodies and multi-voiced compositions for you to play on any kind of harp. Tutors: Carolin Margraf and Leah Stuttard.

Dorset Bach Cantata Club

Sturminster Newton High School Bath Road, Sturminster Newton

A weekend of Bach under the direction of Chris Brown. The cantatas to be studied are 23, 77 and 136. Please email dorsetbach_sec@hotmail.com to register or find out more.

Fundamentals of playing the early Irish harp (Course 3)

Online

This course will teach you the the foundational skills and knowledge you need to explore the music and traditions of the early Irish harp at post-beginner level. Tutor: Alessia Bianchi.

Overcoming Performance Anxiety

Online

A six-week course for all who struggle with performance nerves. You’ll learn what performance anxiety is, why it happens, and how you can use physical and mental tools to lessen the symptoms. Tutor: Dr Jennifer Mackerras.

Rondo Viol Academy

St. Katharine's, Henley-on-Thames

Intermediate and Upper Intermediate.

Come & Sing Handel Weekend

Wardour Chapel Wiltshire

Cherubim’s fourth choral weekend under rising choral conductor Harry Bradford. The weekend includes three sessions of choral training and a concert accompanied by Cherubim young musicians and the Cherubim Chamber Orchestra.

Dartmouth Music Party with Bill Carslake

St Saviour's, Dartmouth

This course, for amateur choral singers of all ages and nationalities centres on extended pieces in honour of the Virgin Mary from the seminal Franco-Flemish school of polyphonists.

Early Music in the Marches Weekend

Discoed, Powys

A chance for experienced singers and players with good sight-reading skills to work on a collection of some of Handel’s most thrilling choruses, under the guidance of David Hatcher and Julia Bishop.

Page to Performance: Medieval Music

Halsway Manor Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Taunton

Come and discover Medieval music with Mary Mohan and Jude Rees.  Delve into the vast collection of Cantigas da Santa Maria, Medieval dance tunes, beautiful sacred music and more.

Consorting Viols

Benslow Music Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Tutors: Alison Crum, John Bryan, Peter Wendland, Ibi Aziz Three days of viol consort playing in preformed groups of any level, studying in depth any music chosen by the group, coached by members of the Rose Consort of Viols.

Benslow Recorder Festival

Benslow Music Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Tutors: Alyson Lewin, Caroline Jones, Tabea Debus Benslow's Recorder Festival celebrates the recorder with ensemble, technique and orchestral sessions at elementary, intermediate and advanced levels.

Singing Handel with Jonathan Peter Kenny

Jackdaws Music Great Elm, Frome, Somerset

Explore and celebrate some of Handel’s wonderful arias with an aficionado of his music.

Bach Arias with Strings and Continuo at A=415

Benslow Music Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Tutors: Emma Kirkby, Peter Harvey, Judy Tarling, Dionysios Kyropoulos. An opportunity for vocalists, string and continuo players to study the joys of Bach arias with renowned exponents of this repertoire.

Consorting Viols

Benslow Music Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Three days of viol consort playing in a variety of group sizes and exploring some lesser known repertoire in addition to ‘old favourites’. Tutors: Alison Crum, Peter Wendland.

Baroque Chamber Music at A=415

Benslow Music Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Inspirational and encouraging instruction in baroque style from expert tutors. For pre-formed chamber groups on period instruments. Tutors: Theresa Caudle, Mark Caudle, Claire Williams, Stephen Preston.

Rondo Viol Academy

St. Katharine's, Henley-on-Thames

Advanced.

The City Musick with William Lyons and Richard Thomas

Jackdaws Music Great Elm, Frome, Somerset

Explore the rich and varied repertoire of musicians from court and city in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, for wind and brass instruments: cornett, sackbut, shawm, dulcian, recorder (at 440) and crumhorn.

Piva – Real Roots!

Halsway Manor Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Taunton

A course exploring the Real Roots! of European traditional and renaissance music, both the music and the instruments.  The focus of the course will be playing 4 or 5 part harmony.

More Mournful Music with Rory McCleery

Sarum College Salisbury

Five days of deliciously 'miserable' music, including works by Purcell, Blow, Carissimi, Child and Monteverdi.

Granada Lamentations with Gabriel Díaz

Monasterio de San Bernardo, Granada

A course for choral singers held in the Monasterio de San Bernardo, close to the Alhambra Palace in Granada. The repertoire will be based on the largely six-part Lamentations of Jeremiah by Pedro Ruimonte, 1565-1627.

Winter Organ Course 2024

St Michael's Church, Lyme Regis Dorset

The 2024 winter course focusses on the works of J. Sebastian Bach, with emphasis on the chorale preludes.

Benslow LuteFest

Benslow Music Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Plenty of opportunities to play at all levels of ability, and to socialise with like-minded early music enthusiasts. Tutors: Fred Jacobs, Jacob Heringman, Lynda Sayce, Matthew Spring, Sara Stowe.

Rondo Viol Academy

St. Katharine's, Henley-on-Thames

Elementary, Lower Intermediate, Pre-formed Consorts.

The Benslow Baroque Opera: Handel’s Acis and Galatea

Benslow Music Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Tutors: Fernando Miguel Jalôto, Judy Tarling, Henrik Persson, Nick Shaw, Ricardo Barros. An inspiring opportunity to participate in a staged Baroque opera with amazing period costumes and scenery.

Easter Early Music Course

Haberdashers' School, Monmouth

This popular and highly acclaimed course provides an excellent opportunity for experienced players of viols and recorders to work on early music in a chamber setting.