Courses & Workshops

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30 March, BMEMF workshop for voice and instruments, Machaut and the Mediaeval
Elizabeth Gutteridge; The Assmebly Rooms, Presteigne; organizer Fran Jonhstone
followed by an optional dinner and recital
6 April, NWEMF workshop for voices and instruments, church music of Costanzo Festa
Peter Syrus
3-5 May, Bristol Early Music Festival
concerts, workshops, talks, exhibitions; All Saints Church, Pembroke Road, Bristol BS8 2HY
4 May, NWMEF workshop for female voices and instruments
Palestrina; Deborah Roberts & Laurie Stras; Baptist Church Didsbury
4 May, SEMF workshop for voices and instruments. Peter Philips, a Briton in Brussels
Tutor: John Bryan; Scaynes Hill, East Sussex
11-12 May, MEMF weekend for voices and instruments, A-440
Valentini, Missa diligam te Domine. Tutor Philip Thorby; Solihull School
13-15 May, Benslow Music Club
Lassus Vinum bonum, the Gabrielis and Hassler; Jeremy West
17-19 May
Voice and Viols with Alison Crum and Peter Syrus, Benslow
25 May, Scaynes Hill, Sussex
SEMF workshop, baroque suites for suitable instruments. A=415. Tutor: Julia Bishop
23-27 May
Residential Viols Workshop and associated Recitals 23-26 May 2019
Culmstock, Devon; Cadbury House, Fore Street, CULLOMPTON EX15 3JD
Blackdowns Early Music Projects with Caroline Ritchie & Henrik Persson
Based at Cadbury House, Fore Street, Culmstock, Devon EX15 3JD with a variety of practice and performance space available, including the Church opposite the house. Somee accommodation in twin/double rooms is available. Gather on Thursday evening, 23rd May, and work through until final departures on Bank Holiday Monday morning, May 27th. All meals and refreshments will be provided within the course fee, all diets accommodated.
Three days of viol consort playing, solo coaching and masterclasses. Any repertoire will be welcome. Consort music will be provided, participants are welcome to bring music too. Henrik and Caroline look forward to working with existing consorts as well as individuals. The exact content will become clearer once we know who can attend and how many existing consorts can be with us. Observers will also be welcome. Visits to the Culmstock workshop of renowned viol-maker Jane Julier will be arranged during Friday 24th May. In addition to enjoying one another’s good company, on Friday evening we have invited Lynda Sayce to offer a public lecture/recital on the wide family of lutes in her possession, anything from an oud to a soprano lute and theorbo. On Saturday evening Lynda joins the tutors in a public recital under the Newe Vialles banner. Last year’s recital was absolutely electrifying and we can’t wait for this next one! Both of these performances are included in the course fee and are ticketed for the general public. Finally, there will be an end of course play-through for all participants on Sunday afternoon which will be open to an interested local audience.
Fee: £275 pp for the whole 3.5 day experience. All the above mentioned is included in the fee apart from a £20 pp pn supplement for those requiring accommodation here. If we run out of space in the house, then we can help find alternatives. We are also happy to try and accommodate shorter participations of one or two days if the full course is not possible for some. more info: website, enquiries: or 01884849172
26-31 May
Voices, Viols and Recorders. An ensemble course for experienced singers and players of early instruments with Michael Sharman. Recorders, viols, baroque oboes, flute, violin, viola, cello, and also cornett, cornamuse, sackbut and curtal all welcome
Halsway Manor, Somerset website, enquiries email
8 June, NEEMF workshop for voices and instruments
Orlando de Lassus, Missa Osculetur Me; John Durnford; Clements Hall, Nunthorpe Road, York YO23 1BW
22 June, NWEMF workshop for voices and instruments, The Gabrielis in Venice
Gawain Glenton; Windermere Carver Uniting Church
29 June, BMEMF workshop for singers and instrumentalists
David Hatcher; Stockennt, New Radnor
8-10 July, Baroque Trio Sonatas with Da Camera
20 July, NEEMF workshop for singers and instrumentalists
Ian Pittaway; Playing Mediaevally; Friends Meeting House, 6 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7NB
27 July - 3 August 2019
NORVIS XLIX (Northumbrian Recorder and Viol School, founded in 1971 by Layton and Christine Ring)
College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham, DH1 1SZ
Solo Bass Viol class: Jacqui Robertson-Wade; Consort Viol classes: Elizabeth Dodd, Alison Kinder and Susanna Pell; Other tutors: Oonagh Lee, Chris Orton, Jane Rumney and Mary Tyers (recorders), Andrew Fowler (singing), Michael Williamson (baroque strings), Martin Eastwell and Richard MacKenzie (lutes), John Treherne (harpsichord).
Wide range of activities and repertoire spanning early renaissance to late baroque. Lavishly staffed with inspirational tutors. Generous bursaries available.
Contact Harriet Gilfillan 07736 108771, email,
28 July - 4 Aug and 4-11 August, Cambridge Early Music Summer School
18-25 August
Irish Recorder and Viol Course
download leaflet
6-8 September
Stylish Baroque with Thereas Caudle and Alastair Ross. Jackdaws Music, Somerset website
25 October, SEMF workshop for voices and instruments
Patrick Craig; Bexley Heath
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