2019
Chamber music summer school
Patron: Trevor Pinnock CBE
Queen Anne’s School, Caversham, Berkshire 11–18 August 2019

Latest update:  We believe 2019 will be the largest ever Baroque Week!  There is just one bedroom definitely available now, and in order to have balanced chamber music groups we need to give that to a harpsichordist.  However there is a possibility that there could be a few further bedrooms, so please apply quickly if you want to join the waiting list for those.  At least one bursary is available for a player who could not otherwise afford to come — please see the Bursaries page for more info.

With the increased numbers, we are delighted to confirm that Zoë Cartlidge and Jacob Garside will be joined by a third assistant tutor, Alice Poppleton, along with the rest of the expert tutor team.


Firmly established as one of Europe’s foremost early music courses, BAROQUE WEEK is now celebrating its 42nd 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 Leipzig Legacy”, featuring cantatas and other works by J S Bach, together with his predecessors and contemporaries in Leipzig including Rosenmüller (b. 1619) and Fasch. 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.

In order to take part in BAROQUE WEEK you should be a competent sight-reader and able to hold your line confidently when playing or singing one-to-a-part. Instrumentalists will need at least one instrument tuned to A415 although some music may be played at A392 or possibly A440. Keyboard players will have opportunities to play from figured bass or from realisations. For singers the course offers a rare opportunity to sing lots of arias and cantatas with small groups of instruments as well as working in a small consort of voices; there is a limit of eight specialist singers.

“What a great week — I wish I’d found out about it ten years ago!”

Tutors: Theresa Caudle (Artistic Director), Ann Allen, Amanda Babington, Clare Beesley, Steven Devine, Satoko Doi-Luck, Jane Francis, Kate Semmens.
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