Chamber music summer school
Patron: Trevor Pinnock CBE
Queen Anne’s School, Caversham, Berkshire 15–22 August 2021
Latest update: 
We fully expect that Baroque Week will take place this August, although it seems that most or all of our international participants won't be able to travel due to the Covid restrictions.  Therefore we still have a few vacancies; we can take most instruments but would particularly welcome more violin/viola and keyboard players.  We are now making detailed plans, so please apply as soon as possible if you would like to come.

We hope that the current Covid guidelines will relax on 19th July; if not, then the current rules should allow almost all our normal activities except that we would be restricted to six singers in a room.  Plans for the tutor-led sessions include Corelli concerti grossi; Handel's Dixit Dominus for a small group of singers and strings; concerti by Vivaldi and others for wind and strings; and vocal music by Monteverdi, Cavalli, A Scarlatti, Caldara and Carissimi. 

Firmly established as one of Europe’s foremost early music courses, BAROQUE WEEK is now celebrating its 43rd 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 Grand Tour: Italy”, featuring works by Monteverdi, Corelli, Vivaldi, Caldara and other Italian masters including Albinoni (b.1671). There will be tutor-led projects exploring this theme for both singers and instrumentalists, but chamber music-making with your own choice of repertoire is fundamental to the course.

BAROQUE WEEK is for baroque wind, string and continuo players and up to eight singers, but there are also opportunities for instrumentalists to sing.  Plucked continuo as well as keyboard players will be welcome. String players should use gut strings and a baroque bow. You should be a competent sight-reader and confident playing or singing one-to-a-part.  Most of the repertoire will be played at A415 although some early 17th century music may be at A440. For singers the course offers a rare chance to sing arias and cantatas with small groups of instruments as well as working in vocal consorts. Full or part bursaries may be available for those who would otherwise be unable to attend.

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.

“The whole course was brilliant and even exceeded my expectations” (New participant 2019)

Tutors: Theresa Caudle (Artistic Director), Ann Allen, Amanda Babington, Clare Beesley, Zoë Cartlidge, Steven Devine, Satoko Doi-Luck, Jane Francis, David Miller, Kate Semmens, Jacob Garside, Alice Poppleton, Tom Hammond-Davies, Oliver Webber.
Registered Charity No. 1161774