EARLY MUSIC SUMMER SCHOOL
A very warm welcome to our sixth Early Music Summer School is offered to competent singers and players of viol, recorder and lute.
This very friendly course, which covers music c1450-c1650, offers ‘first study’ instruction in choral/solo singing, viol, lute, and recorder playing, plus small group repertoire sessions; many optional activities (including dance, vocal consorts, ‘try an instrument’, mixed string-and-wind consorts, vocal workshops, musical facsimile and many more); and various plenary sessions.
A marvellously rich musical cocktail amid a glorious setting (good accommodation, friendly staff, fantastic food)!
SUNDAY 4 AUGUST (4pm/16:00h)
SATURDAY 10 AUGUST 2019 (9am/09:00h)
Roger Wilkes (Head Tutor, Vocal)
Deborah Catterall (Vocal)
Elizabeth Dodd (Viol, Renaissance Dance)
Philip Gruar (Recorder)
Hugh Cherry (Lute).
Residential: £599 full board
Non-residential: £399 inc. lunch & dinner
(If non-residential, we also have good local accommodation available nearby – See www.highamhall.com/information
Further information and application form below
www.highamhall.com +44 (0) 17687 76276
Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9SH, United Kingdom
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 here should be taken as a guide only:
9.00-10.30. First Study Sessions for singers (usually 2 groups), viol, and recorder players.
11.00-12.30. Repertoire Sessions for Voices & Instruments OR Lute-Songs.
Between lunch and tea. Free / Optional Activities available for interested parties.#
16.15-18.00. Options. Mixed activities based upon preferences and specialisms, plus Tutor Lectures.
19.45-21.15. Plenary Sessions, usually on a Special Theme. Tutors and activity vary each evening.
21.15 onwards. Social time for (additional) informal music-making, relaxing, games, bar etc.
Specific Timetables will be issued (usually electronically) to participants shortly before the beginning of the Summer School. Sessions will be listed when you are here on the EMSS Notice-board.
If you wish, you may download a copy of the Programme at the foot of this page.
# Information about Higham Hall and our area is available at: www.highamhall.com/information
N.B. There are TWO steps to the application process.
Step 1) From this page either:
- Complete our Online Form below and submit it electronically to us, or
- Download an Application Form (pdf) below to print off (or ask us to send you one), complete and send to us
Step 2) Then Contact Higham Hall (preferably by phone 9-5 any day) to reserve your place (including your bedroom) and pay your £50 deposit.
DOWNLOADABLE APPLICATION FORM (PDF):
Download, print, complete and send back to us. (You may use the online form above if you wish instead).
DOWNLOADABLE COURSE PROGRAMME (PDF):
Download for your information – this is the Programme that will be sent to all who book on the course.