Chamber music summer school
Patron: Trevor Pinnock CBE
Queen Anne’s School, Caversham, Berkshire 15–22 August 2021
Latest update: 
We were delighted that Baroque Week was able to take place in August 2021, even though most of our international participants were not be able to travel due to the Covid restrictions.  It was wonderful to make music together again at last.  Some photos from this year are on our Facebook page.

We expect that Baroque Week 2022 will be the same week, i.e. 14th-21st August, although we still await confirmation of the dates.  The theme will be The Grand Tour: Germany and we will be celebrating the anniversary of Heinrich Schutz (d.1672) and exploring other 17th century repertoire, as well as the music of later German baroque composers.  Full details and booking information will be updated here during September, but meanwhile the 2021 information on this website will give you an idea what to expect.

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), Clare Beesley, Zoë Cartlidge, Steven Devine, Satoko Doi-Luck, Jane Francis, David Miller, Rebecca Miles, Kate Semmens, Jacob Garside, Alice Poppleton, Tom Hammond-Davies, Oliver Webber.
Registered Charity No. 1161774