SEMF Workshop with David Allinson

Scaynes Hill Village Hall Haywards Heath

Regina Caeli: Polychoral Motets for Mary. David Allinson will direct a live workshop on larger-scale works for voices and instruments.

Articulation Mastery Workshop for Recorders

Online

A special and insightful online articulation class, led by not one, but two esteemed teachers: Lobke Sprenkeling and Michael Piraner!  This unique joint class, combines two different perspectives on articulation to provide you with a comprehensive course.

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.

MEMF Christmas Workshop with Philip Thorby

Solihull Methodist Church Blosssomfield Road, Solihull

Music on the theme of Angels and Shepherds in the Christmas story - a vocal and instrumental workshop with Philip Thorby. There will be music by Christoph Buehl, Hans Leo Hassler, Johann Hermann Schein and Agostini Soderini.

Articulation & Rhetoric in Baroque music for Recorder Players

Online

With Lobke Sprenkeling's fascination and training in a multi-disciplinary approach to performance, and Michael Piraner's interest in the relationship between language and musical performance, you will learn ways to develop a rhetorical style of playing through a refined use of articulation.

Pam’s Carols 2023

Online

Join Pam Smith on zoom for half-an-hour every morning on the run-up to Christmas for some beautiful medieval carols. You will need a treble and a tenor recorder (but feel free to play another instrument or sing if you want) and access to zoom. Pam will play one part from her music room and you...

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.

SWEMF Workshop for Instruments with Ali Kinder

Freshford Village Hall, nr Bath

‘A Musical Banquet’ – music from Banchetto Musicale by Johann Hermann Schein (1586-1630). All instruments are welcome. Pitch A=440.

MEMF Workshop: The Battle of Lapanto with Gawain Glenton

Trinity Church, Stafford

This workshop is for singers of all voice types, plus cornetts, sackbuts, dulcians and string instruments. Recorder players are welcome, but should be prepared to also sing and/or play a different instrument. A = 440.

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.

SEMF Workshop for Instruments with Oliver Webber

Headcorn Village Hall Kent

The workshop will include dances by Lorenzo Allegri written for entertainments at the Florentine court (c. 1612); a 16-part canzona by Tiburtio Massaino; Jubilate Deo in 16 parts by Lambert de Sayve, and Giovanni Gabrieli’s Canzona in echo a 12.

SWEMF Workshop for Instruments with Anna Stegmann

St Thomas of Canterbury, Thorverton

Anna Stegmann is recorder professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London and a virtuosic performer on the recorder. She tutors on the Easter Early Music Course and at Jackdaws in Somerset. This workshop is open to all players of not only recorders but also renaissance wind instruments and viols. Anna will be exploring...

NEEMF Workshop: Palestrina & de Morales with Ali Kinder

St Francis Church Hall, Newcastle

Renaissance Recycling – a workshop for all singers and instrumentalists led by Ali Kinder. This workshop will look at two examples of Renaissance Recycling, in both cases a kind of 'upcycling' from a short initial motet or chanson into an entire mass.

EMFS Making Music Day 2024

Falkirk Trinity Church

A workshop looking at choruses from a selection of Purcell's operas and also some 'surprise pieces'!  Starting with separate groups for singers and instrumentalists, led by Michael Cameron-Longden and Lynne Hope, coming together in the afternoon.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rondo Viol Academy

St. Katharine's, Henley-on-Thames

Elementary, Lower Intermediate, Pre-formed Consorts.

NWEMF Workshop with Lisa Colton

Liverpool Parish Church Chapel Street

'I am troubled on every side!': music by Tallis and his contemporaries, for singers and instruments (A=440). Details and Application Form

Medieval Music in the Dales Online

Online

Includes videos of performances from the 2023 live festival, plus a vocal workshop and visit to Dodd Lutherie.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Renaissance Polyphony at Benslow

Benslow Music Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

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

BEMF Orchestral Workshop with El Gran Teatro del Mundo

Hexagan Music Centre, Beverley

A workshop on Baroque orchestral performance practice based on the writings of George Muffat with additional music by Corelli and Lully, directed by Julio Caballero of El Gran Teatro del Mundo, with Miriam Jorde oboe, Bruno Hurtadoviol, cello and Andrés Murillo violin. The workshop is open to players of Baroque oboe, traverso, bassoon, recorder and...

Voices, Viols & Recorders Association

Halsway Manor Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Taunton

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

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.

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).

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.

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

York Early Music Festival

York

Concerts and talks with the theme of Metamorfosi culminating with the biennial International Young Artist Competition.

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