Chamber music summer school
Patron: Trevor Pinnock CBE
Queen Anne’s School, Caversham, Berkshire 14–21 August 2022

For 2022, we’re pleased to welcome as tutors: Theresa Caudle (Artistic Director), Clare Beesley, Zoë Cartlidge, Steven Devine, Satoko Doi-Luck, Jacob Garside, Rebecca Miles, Lynda Sayce and Kate Semmens. Alice Poppleton will return as assistant tutor/assistant administrator and we hope that Tom Hammond-Davies will visit for a morning.

Baroque Week has an unusually high tutor–student ratio amongst early music summer courses. We could have as many as eighteen chamber music groups in each session, and each group can still receive tuition for at least half the session.

Theresa Caudle is well known in the early music world as a baroque violinist and cornettist. She was a principal member of The Parley of Instruments for 25 years. She regularly leads The Hanover Band and Orpheus Britannicus, and also plays with many leading period instrument ensembles including The London Handel Orchestra and The Monteverdi String Band. Theresa has her own ensemble, Canzona, but also directs other ensembles here and abroad, both professional and amateur, such as The Croatian Baroque Ensemble and Salisbury Baroque. Theresa also organises several other very successful baroque courses at Benslow and Jackdaws.  In 2020 Theresa formed Burghclere Baroque, an organisation promoting workshops and concerts where she lives in North Hampshire. www.burghclerebaroque.com/theresa.html

Clare Beesley specializes in historical flutes from Renaissance to Romantic periods and performs in solo recitals, ensemble and orchestral settings Europe-wide. Frequently performing with Concerto Amsterdam, Accademia Amsterdam and Collegium Musicum Den Haag, recent engagements include concerts with Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and il pomo d’oro. She directs the flute consort Catch As Catch Can, and will lead the Accord Renaissance Flute Course in France in May 2018. Awarded a Masters degree with distinction by the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, her current research concerns interrelationships between late 18th century notions of gender, aesthetics and flute tone. www.clarebeesley.info

Zoë Cartlidge was introduced to the baroque oboe whilst studying modern oboe at the Guildhall School in London, and quickly fell in love with the beautiful sound and feel of the instrument. She had many performance opportunities at the Guildhall on both instruments, from solo and concertante parts with the Guildhall Baroque Orchestra under Pavlo Beznosiuk, to orchestral roles with the London Symphony Orchestra under Simon Rattle.  Zoë is passionate about teaching, running a private practice from home in Surrey, and freelances around the UK and other European countries, playing regularly with groups such as Canzona, the Istante Collective, the Hanse Band and the Opéra de Baugé Festival Orchestra. She first attended Baroque Week as a Bursary Student in 2015, returned each year as an Assistant Tutor, and was appointed a full tutor in 2021.  When she is not playing music, Zoë likes to go walking, taking part in actions protesting social and climate issues, and — her most recent hobby — beekeeping.

Steven Devine enjoys a busy career as a music director and keyboard player. Since 2007 he has been the harpsichordist with London Baroque in addition to his position as Co-Principal keyboard player with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He is also the principal keyboard player for The Gonzaga Band, Apollo and Pan, The Classical Opera Company and performs regularly with many other groups around Europe. He has recorded over thirty discs with other artists and ensembles and made seven solo recordings. He made his London conducting debut in 2002 at the Royal Albert Hall and is now a regular performer there — including making his Proms directing debut in August 2007 with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He has conducted the Mozart Festival Orchestra in every major concert hall in the UK and also across Switzerland. Steven is Music Director for New Chamber Opera in Oxford and with them has performed repertoire from Cavalli to Rossini. For the Dartington Festival Opera he has conducted Handel’s Orlando and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. stevendevine.com

Satoko Doi-Luck takes pleasure in a diverse career as a historical keyboardist and a composer. Satoko regularly gives solo recitals as well as enjoys playing with orchestras, and has performed with Birmingham Opera Company, La Serenissima, the Shakespeare's Globe and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, with whom she has recently performed Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto on tour with Rachel Podger. Satoko was the Junior Fellow in Harpsichord/Continuo at the Royal College of Music, and also a participant of the Handel House Talent Scheme 2015-2016. ​As a keen chamber musician, Satoko is a founding member of Ensemble Molière and Ceruleo.  Ensemble Molière was a finalist in the York International Young Artists Competition 2017, and has been performing throughout Europe and in the UK. They are especially passionate about bringing French baroque repertoire to wider audiences in the UK. BBC Radio 3, the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) and the Royal College of Music (RCM) have announced Ensemble Molière as their first New Generation Baroque Ensemble from October 2021 for two years. With Ceruleo, Satoko has been touring Burying the Dead - an original concert-play about the life and music of Henry Purcell - to various festivals in the UK including Buxton, Lake District and Ryedale.  www.satokodoi-luck.com

Jacob Garside is a freelance cellist and viola da gamba player based in London.  He has played for Fretwork, St James Baroque, City Bach Collective, Canzona, La Nuova Musica, Oxford Baroque Soloists, Royal Northern Sinfonia, the viol consort Newe Vialles, The 18th Century Sinfonia and Newcastle Baroque, and is a founding member of FIGO. He studied with Jonathan Manson at the Royal Academy of Music and  studied the viol with Reiko Ichise and Richard Boothby at the RCM (Postgraduate Artists Diploma) where he was supported by the Linda Hill Scholarship.

Rebecca Miles studied recorder and baroque violin at Trinity College of Music, and in 1987 made her London debut at the Wigmore Hall as winner of the Moeck Medal for solo recorder. She has performed and recorded well over one hundred discs with almost all of the leading London period instrument orchestras, appearing throughout Europe, as well as South America, Japan, Hong Kong and Australia. As an obbligato recorder player and violinist she has worked with orchestras including The English Concert, The Sixteen, The Academy of Ancient Music, Collegium Musicum 90, Canzona and The Gabrieli Consort. Most recently she performed in the critically acclaimed orchestra Arcangelo's performances at Glyndebourne and with ENO at The Young Vic. Having recorded concertos with The King’s Consort, The Orchestra of The Age of Enlightenment, the Hanover Band and The Brandenburg Consort, she has also recorded solo recorder for film and television. A former Professor of Recorder at Trinity College of Music, she now teaches at Winchester College as well as giving lecture recitals, master classes and examining at the UK Conservatoires.

Lynda Sayce joins us for the first time in 2022. One of Europe’s leading lutenists with over 100 recordings to her name, Lynda read Music at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, then studied lute with Jakob Lindberg at the Royal College of Music. She performs regularly as soloist and continuo player with leading period instrument ensembles worldwide, and is principal lutenist with La Serenissima, The King’s Consort and Ex Cathedra. She directs the lute ensemble Chordophony, whose repertory and instrumentarium are based entirely on her research. Lynda has performed with many leading modern instrument orchestras and opera companies, and was chosen by Sir Simon Rattle to play lute continuo for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra’s recent epic staging of Bach’s St Matthew Passion, performed in Europe and the US. Her discography ranges from some of the earliest surviving lute music to the jazz theorbo part in Harvey Brough’s ‘Requiem in Blue’ and the latest album from Russian folk rock legend Boris Grebenchshikov. She holds a Ph.D for her research on the theorbo, teaches lute and continuo at Birmingham University, and has published widely. www.theorbo.com

Kate Semmens is a soloist with many leading groups and opera companies, and has sung with some of the UK’s finest choirs with conductors including Sir John Elliot Gardiner, Paul McCreesh, John Butt and Eric Whitacre. Kate has been particularly involved in historic performances, including singing the title role in the first modern performance of John Stanley’s Teraminta for Opera Restor’d and performances of Cavalli’s Erismena, from the original English edition bought by the Bodleian Library in 2009. Kate is developing a reputation as a teacher, including at Dartington, and teaching and giving masterclasses alongside Nancy Argenta and Ingrid Antrott on a summer school for Oratorio. Together with Steven Devine, Kate has also been giving day workshops for Early Music Fora across the country. www.katesemmens.com

Alice Poppleton (Assistant Tutor) is a freelance violinist and viola player with an early music specialism. Having received distinctions from both The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and The Royal Academy of Music, Alice is now enjoying a varied career, performing with leading period ensembles such as Canzona, Gabrieli Consort and Players, La Nuova Musica, Music For Awhile and Oxford Bach Soloists. Alice is also passionate about community music. In 2020, Alice founded and is now the Director of Thinking Music, a charity that connects rural primary schools and universities to make music together. Thinking Music is currently based at Bristol University where Alice delivers lectures in community music. Alice is delighted when these threads combine: inclusive chamber music projects for Brighton Early Music Festival, The Wigmore Hall and Brecon Baroque Festival and orchestrally with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Enlightenment Scheme 2019-2021). Alice loves the rich tapestry of creative projects in her working life.

Tom Hammond-Davies (Visiting Tutor) is an award-winning choral conductor who lives and works in Oxford.  He was an Organ Scholar at Hertford College, Oxford and then studied choral conducting at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with Paul Spicer.  Tom founded the Oxford Bach Soloists in 2017.  This pioneering project has set out to perform the complete vocal works of J S Bach in chronological sequence, in monthly concerts.  He is also director of the Blenheim Singers and the Wooburn Singers and has guest-conducted the New Mozart Orchestra, International Baroque Players, and Oxford Bach Choir.  www.tomhammonddavies.com

Peter Collier directs the Manchester-based Telemann Baroque Ensemble and has appeared as harpsichordist with the Halle Orchestra, the Lancashire Chamber Orchestra, Cheshire Sinfonia and Northern Baroque. After many years as Course Director he has retired but continues to attend as a harpsichordist, to manage the music library and to organise chamber groups.

“Steven Devine was inspirational!”


Tuning again! Tutors rehearsing for a concert
Tutors: Theresa Caudle (Artistic Director), Clare Beesley, Zoë Cartlidge, Steven Devine, Satoko Doi-Luck, Jacob Garside, Tom Hammond-Davies, Rebecca Miles, Alice Poppleton, Linda Sayce, Kate Semmens.
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