EARLY MUSIC SUMMER SCHOOL
Sadly we have had to again cancel this year’s Early Music Summer School (2021). We are planning for 2022 and the dates are below. The following information is therefore subject to change but gives you an idea of what we are working on.
A warm, friendly welcome to our Early Music Summer School will be extended to competent singers and players of viol, recorder and lute.
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!
SUNDAY 14 AUGUST 2022 (4pm)
SATURDAY 20 AUGUST 2022 (9am)
Deborah Catterall (Head Tutor, Vocal)
Elizabeth Dodd (Viol, Renaissance Dance)
Philip Gruar (Recorder)
Michael Piraner ( Recorder)
Hugh Cherry (Lute).
Residential: £630 full board
Non-residential: £429 inc. lunch & dinner
(extra local accommodation nearby)
Further information and application form below
www.highamhall.com +44 (0) 17687 76276
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9SH, United Kingdom
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 small group singing, viol consort playing, recorder consort playing; ‘repertoire’ sessions (usually for mixed vocal and instrumental groups); 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 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. Choral Sessions for singers (1 or 2 groups), viol, and recorder players.
11.00-12.30. Repertoire Sessions for Voices & Instruments OR solo song with lute.
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. Workshops for all 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) shortly before the start of the Summer School. Sessions will be listed on an EMSS Noticeboard during the week.
# 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).