Latest update: We very much hope that Baroque Week will take place as normal from 16th-23rd August. We are in communication with the school, and a final decision does not need to be taken until late June, by which time we should have a much clearer idea of what the Coronavirus situation will be in August. The balance of fees for this year's course will now be due by 1st July, not 1st May.
There are just a few remaining places. Please contact us as soon as possible if you might be considering coming to Baroque Week this year. We would particularly welcome more keyboard players and an experienced tenor singer, and a full or part bursary might be possible for these people if you could not otherwise afford to attend.
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 and other Italian masters including Caldara (b.1670). 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)