4th ANNUAL EARLY MUSIC SUMMER SCHOOL 2017
August 13th at 16:00 to August 19th at 09:00
For competent singers, viol and recorder players, covering music c1450-c1650. Instruction in choral/solo singing, viol and recorder playing, lute, plus vocal technique and various consorts. Plenary music-making sessions, lectures and opportunities to try something new (instrument or voice). A marvellously rich musical cocktail!
In General. This Early Music Summer School is essentially a practical course, aimed in particular at proficient singers and players of viol, recorder and (of any playing standard) lute. It will include sessions in choral and consort singing, viol consort playing, recorder consort playing; ‘repertoire’ sessions (usually for mixed vocal and instrumental groups); plenary sessions including sessions for mixed vocal and instrumental groups, dancing for all, and singing for all; and very many other practical activities including optional ones, which may be complemented by illustrated talks. These, collectively, are designed to provide a survey of music of the Renaissance and Early Baroque periods, namely the period c1450-c1650, thus extending from composers such as Josquin des Prez and John Taverner through to composers such as Claudio Monteverdi and Heinrich Schütz.
In Greater Detail. In practice the precise shape, and content, of the course will be determined by the number, skills and declared interests of those taking part. The specimen timetable which follows should be taken as a guide only:
9.00-10.30. ‘Like’ Consorts [Members of the Choral Singing group will be notified about some, at least, of the repertory which it is intended to include a few weeks in advance, to enable study beforehand where desired.]
11.00-12.30. ‘Repertoire’ sessions, for varying groups of participants (usually mixed vocal and instrumental ensembles, but also groups of solo singers working with lute accompaniment
Between lunch and tea. Officially a ‘free’ period, but in practice, for those interested, an opportunity for informal music-making, for ‘try an instrument’ (opportunities for course members to be introduced to an instrument which they do not already play), for instruction in sight-reading, and similar activities. As a ‘free period’, though, participants will be able to take time off to explore the beauties of the local area (Bassenthwaite Lake lies just a short walk or drive away, while plenty of pleasant walks are to be had locally, including among the neighbouring hills).
16.15-18.00. Mixed activities based upon preferences and specialisms.
19.45-21.15. The final programmed session of the day includes various ‘for all’ sessions plus a final ‘mixed bag of delights’ in which course members have the opportunity to perform music resulting from various taught and untaught sessions.
21.15 onwards. Opportunities exist for (additional) informal music-making. Timetables will be issued (usually electronically) to participants shortly before the beginning of the Summer School.
APPLICATION PROCESS FOR THE EARLY MUSIC SUMMER SCHOOL:
- Contact the College first to check for spaces and suitable accommodation etc.
- Complete the full APPLICATION FORM which can be either:
- downloaded, filled in and sent to us; or
- completed below and submitted online
Here is the form to apply online: