Welcome from the artistic director
Welcome to Baroque Week 2021!
We were so sorry to have to cancel the 2020 course and are very much hoping that we will be able to meet again in 2021. We were nearly full at the time of cancellation, and we have guaranteed places for all those who had booked for 2020, provided that they confirm by 1st November. Happily, we do still have some more places available, but recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment. As always, it would be wonderful to have just a few more string and keyboard players in order to achieve the best possible ratio of voices, wind, strings and continuo.
theme remains the same as we had planned for 2020 The Grand Tour: Italy. We will make our own musical journey around the different
regions and major cities of Italy, much as was made by the young gentlemen (and
occasionally ladies) embarking on The Grand Tour in the 17th and 18th
centuries. Monteverdi and Marini to Vivaldi and Albinoni in Venice; Corelli in Rome; and the
Scarlattis, father and son, from Naples, are just a few of the composers we aim
to explore. We will still include some music by Caldara (born 1670), but now have the chance to celebrate the 350th anniversary of Albinoni, born in 1671. We also plan to explore the music of composers
who visited Italy, such as Handel and Leclair, which will provide rich material for flautists.
The repertoire for the evening choir, directed by Steven Devine and open to all, will be Vivaldi's Magnificat RV610 and Monteverdi's Cantate Domino and Christe Adoramus Te. For those who don't wish to sing, there will be a chance to to play in a small orchestra of strings and oboes to accompany the Vivaldi.
very pleased that all the tutors we had booked for 2020 are available to come in 2021. This includes our new tutor David Miller and I know
that his presence is attracting chitarrone players to the course, which
will be particularly beneficial in the earlier 17th century
repertoire we’ll be tackling. In
addition to our full-time tutors we will be welcoming two visitors who
will each come for a morning and
direct various ensemble projects. Tom Hammond-Davies is conductor and Artistic
Director of the Oxford Baroque Soloists, Blenheim Singers and Wooburn Singers. Oliver Webber is an eminent baroque violinist who directs his own group The
Monteverdi String Band as well as being a principal member of The London Handel
Orchestra and The Gabrieli Consort.
Please do continue to spread the word about Baroque Week – personal recommendation is always the best advertisement! As usual, we are able to offer several full or part bursaries to those who would otherwise be unable to attend. Do have a look at the Bursary section on the website if this applies to you, and remember that even though inevitably most of the recipients are students or young aspiring professionals, we are keen to help people of all ages who would benefit from attending Baroque Week and would make a positive contribution to the course.
I look forward to seeing you in August 2021!