EARLY MUSIC SUMMER SCHOOL

Higham Hall College in England’s stunning North Lake District

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)
to
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

 


FURTHER INFORMATION

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.


APPLICATION FORM for M1908RW 6th ANNUAL EARLY MUSIC SUMMER SCHOOL 2019
Sunday 4 Aug 16:00 – Sat 10 Aug 2019 09:00


FIRST NAME:

SURNAME:

ADDRESS AND POSTCODE:

LANDLINE:

MOBILE:

EMAIL:

[* a list of course members will again be sent out with the detailed timetable; it will show telephone numbers, email addresses, and TOWN/CITY – not full postal address. Please advise if you wish any of these details to remain undisclosed.]

DO NOT DISCLOSE (if any):

SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS (if any):

BEDROOM TYPE DESIRED:
SingleDoubleTwin-beddedEnsuite (if available)non-residential

PREFERRED 'FIRST STUDY':
(a) *Singing(b) Viols(c) Recorders

If you play an INSTRUMENT, please list the instrument(s) you will be bringing to the Summer School, and indicate your standard (beginner, some experience, very experienced). If you play the viol, please indicate clefs in which you read fluently.
INSTRUMENT(S)

If you SING, please indicate your voice range (S. A. T .B.) and sight-reading ability (minimal, competent, very experienced
VOICE RANGE AND SIGHT-READING

* SINGERS - indicate whether your primary interest:
choral singingsolo singingsmall-ensemble (typically one-voice-per-part) singing
It is expected that those whose preference falls into the last of these categories will be fairly experienced singers and confident sight-readers.

If you wish to study LUTE – at any level – you will be able to have lessons in the instrument at a time which does not directly conflict with sessions devoted expressly to your ‘first study’ course nominated above. If needed, the tutor will have an instrument available for your use. If you are interested to pursue this option, please provide relevant information below (level of attainment, instrument(s) owned, etc.).
INTERESTED IN TRYING LUTE:

Please tick which of the following you would particularly like to do (tick as many as you like). (Activities offered during the afternoon, in particular, will be influenced by your responses.)

DanceLute songsVoices and ViolsSingers’ workshopsVocal consorts

violsluterecorders

Recorder consort playingMixed string & recorder consorts‘Try the Voice’ (for the novice singer)Reading from Musical FacsimileAnything else? (If so, provide details)

ANYTHING ELSE:

After you send this form, DON'T FORGET THE SECOND STEP:
Contact Higham Hall - phone is best +44 (0)1768 776276 - to reserve your place (including your bedroom) and pay your £50 deposit.

If one appears, make sure you tick this box before you hit 'SEND'


DOWNLOADABLE APPLICATION FORM (PDF):
Download, print, complete and send back to us. (You may use the online form above if you wish instead).

M1908RW Early Music Summer School EMSS-Further Information Application Form 2019

 

DOWNLOADABLE COURSE PROGRAMME (PDF):
Download for your information – this is the Programme that will be sent to all who book on the course.

M1908RW – Roger Wilkes – Early Music Summer School – Aug 19