Courses & Workshops

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22 Sep, SWMEF Workshop for voices and instruments
Matt Kingston. St John's Church, West Bay, DT6 3NN
details available from SWMEF
28-30 Sep, Intermediate and upper intermediate course
Mirth and Melancholy
These courses are for anyone who considers themselves to be of an intermediate or upper intermediate standard and would like to improve both their individual technique and consort playing experience.
Hothorpe Hall, Theddingworth, Leicestershire LE17 6QX website
6 Oct, TVEMF workshop for voices and instruments, Andrew Griffiths
13 Oct, MEMF workshop for voices and instruments.
Italian Renaissance. Tutor: Philip Thorby. Venue tbc
20 Oct
BMEMF workshop for singers and string players, Musica et Animalia: beasts and birds in Tudor music
Tutor: Emma Gibbins; Venue: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Oldwood, Tenbury Wells; Organizer: Robert Harris 01600 713576
Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 October 2018, NEMA & Brighton Early Music Festival
Conference on Vocal Sound & Style 1450 – 1650
Papers by a number of distinguished contributors on topics such as style, ornamentation, vibrato, pronunciation and rhetoric. Live vocal illustrations, a master-class with young professional singers, roundtable discussions and a singing workshop led by Deborah Roberts.
Booking form and programme on NEMA web site
27 Oct: NEEMF workshop for voices and instruments, A Briton in Brussels; motets and madrigals by Peter Philips, ‘together with a dance or two for instruments alone’.
Conductor: John Bryan; Venue: Clements Hall, Nunthorpe Road, York, YO23 1BP; AGM at this event
Friday 2 – Sunday 4 November 2018, Rondo Viol Academy course
Elementary and preformed consorts
The Elementary course is for anyone who is new to viol playing and wants to take the next step. There will be technique sessions, a few set pieces to study together, and a friendly introduction to consort playing. The Pre-formed consorts course is for players of any standard and must consist of at least four people. You bring your own repertoire that you would like to work on. We can also make some suggestions and bring a few things for you to try. Please contact us if you have any questions. Let us know if you're looking for a group and we may be able to match you up.
Tutors: Alison Kinder and Jacqui Robertson-Wade.
High Leigh Conference Centre, Lord Street, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire EN11 8SG website
22/23 Nov Consorting Viols, Benslow
with Alison Crum, Roy Marks, Ibi Aziz, Peter Wendland
Benslow Music Trust
Thursday 22 – Sunday 25 November 2018 (3 night option) or Friday 23 – Sunday 25 November 2018 (2 night option)
Consorting Viols
Tutors: Alison Crum, Roy Marks, Ibi Aziz, Peter Wendland
For up to eight pre-formed viol consorts of any level working on music of their own choice.
Benslow Music Trust, Hitchin, SG4 9RB, +44 (0)1462 459446
24 Nov: NWEMF Christmas workshop for voices and instruments
Tutor: Alison Kinder; Venue: tba
1 Dec: MEMF Christmas workshop for voices and instruments @A440
Tutor: Steven Devine; Venue: West Orchard URC, Styvechale, Coventry
Monday 13 – Thursday 17 January 2019, Benslow Music Trust
Consorting Viols
Tutors: Alison Crum, Roy Marks, Peter Wendland
This well-established course is designed for individual applicants and will focus on some of the rich repertoire of sixteenth and seventeenth century viol consort music. Applicants should be able to sight read a range of standard English consort repertoire.
Benslow Music Trust, Hitchin, SG4 9RB, +44 (0)1462 459446 website
24 February
SWEMF Workshop for voices and appropriate renaissance instruments (cornett, sackbut, curtals, viols, recorders, etc), the music of Michael Praetorius.
Tutor: Gawain Glenton; Venue: The Parliament Room, Gloucester; Organizer: Simon Pickard
23 March
SWEMF Workshop for voice and instruments
Tutor tba
Venue: St John's Church, West Bay DT6 4EN Organizer: Wendy Carnell
17-19 May
Voice and Viols with Alison Crum and Peter Syrus, Benslow
14-19 July
International viol summer school
Ongoing opportunities to play with others
VdGS Try a viol opportunities The society currently organises a 'Try a viol' day course every other year. These courses provide an introduction to the viol for those who have never played the instrument before, or who have very little experience. 'Try a Viol' sessions (of a day, or part of a day) can be organised at any time provided that there is sufficient demand. If you or anyone you know is interested, please contact the VdGS administrator ( who will be keeping a list of possible participants; once there are a minimum of four on the list, the VdGS will try to arrange a session for them.
Looking for a place by the sea for meeting, consort playing and walking? Get your friends together and meet here: Holiday house in Westward Ho! North Devon, available to rent with sea views. Space for two consorts to play. Sleeps 8; 2 double bedrooms, 2 twin rooms. En suite master bedroom. Dogs allowed. Owned by Jacqui Robertson-Wade. Viol lessons or consort coaching may be possible. or 0774 0298 337. Follow the link from Holiday and search Woodbine Sea View.
Join a New Viol Consort in Worcester
Instruments provided to begin.
Beginners Mondays 2-3pm, Experienced Mondays 3-4pm
For more information phone 01905 28613
Elgar School of Music

Early Music Mornings at Henstridge (Somerset)
Wednesdays 10am-12pm (starting 9 Nov 2016)
Frances Eustace or phone 01963 370109
Rondo Viol Academy runs courses at various levels for individuals and pre-formed groups, at centres in Birmingham, the East Midlands and Hertfordshire., or telephone Jacqui Robertson- Wade, 07949 511619