2021
Chamber music summer school
Patron: Trevor Pinnock CBE
Queen Anne’s School, Caversham, Berkshire 15–22 August 2021
Latest update: 
We hope and expect that Baroque Week will take place this August, although we cannot yet be certain what the rules will be for those requiring international travel.  Normally by this time the course would be full, but understandably some of you may be waiting to see what the situation is nearer the time.  Therefore we still have some vacancies, although we already have more participants than in the days when the course was at Ardingly.  We currently have a waiting list for soprano singers; we can take all other baroque instruments and a limited number of singers, but would particularly welcome more violinists and keyboard/chitarrone players in order to achieve the best possible balance.  Please apply as soon as possible in order to secure your place. 



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 will 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.
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