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.
Baroque Week 2022 will be the same week, i.e. 14th-21st August. Although this website is in process of being updated, some pages still refer to the 2021 course; however this will give you an idea what to expect. Booking for 2022 opens on 1st October.
Firmly established as one of Europe’s foremost early music courses, BAROQUE WEEK is now celebrating its 44th 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. The theme for 2022 is “The Grand Tour: Germany”, exploring repertoire from the 17th century through to Bach, Handel, Telemann and beyond, on the way celebrating the anniversary of Heinrich Schütz (d.1672) and visiting some of the most important cities for musical enterprise and innovation such as Dresden and Leipzig. There will be tutor-led projects exploring this theme for both singers and instrumentalists, but chamber music-making with your own choice of repertoire remains fundamental to the course.
BAROQUE WEEK is for baroque wind, string and continuo players and up to ten 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 there may be some opportunities to play and sing at A440 or A392. 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.
“It's such a joyful and generous course... a brilliant balance between hard work and fun for everyone” (New participant 2021)