Latest update: With great sadness, the Trustees and artistic committee have decided that there is no other choice open to us than to cancel Baroque Week 2020.
We very much hope that the situation will be improved enough to hold the course in 2021. We have agreed that we will stick to the same theme The Grand Tour: Italy, so the work that we have all already put into the planning won’t be wasted, and we have invited the same group of tutors. The dates will almost certainly be 15th – 22nd August 2021. Booking will open on 1st October, and anyone who had booked for this year (including bursary students) is guaranteed a place if they book by 1st November.
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)