Courses & Workshops

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9 June, SWEMF Workshop for voice and instruments on Will Kemp, His Journey from London to Norwich
Tutor: Alison Kinder, Venue Blackwell (tbc)
Organiser: Heather Gibbard. Details
10 June, BMEMF workshop for singers and instrumentalists, Venetian poloychoral music. Gawain Glenton, more info Lis Talbott:
17 June, Workshop for Viols
Joint Meeting with Viola da Gamba Society, directed by Jonathan Rees. Note that this workshop is on a Sunday. Venue: Bristol Music Club, 76 St Paul's Road, Clifton, Bristol. Further details 7 July, Bath Summer Music Day for singers and instrumentalists. Splendours of La Serenissima, 10am-4pm. St Luke's Church, Hatfield Road, Bath BA2 2BD. application form (look for Branches, Bath, and Current Programme
8 July, NEEMF workshop for voices and instruments, Gabrieli and Friends. Alison Kinder. Bishop Middleham Village Hall, County Durham
9 July, Fairfax House, Castlegate, York YO1 9RN
King David and the Soundscape of Grinling Gibbons
Tutor: John Bryan
Full-day workshop for singers and players of renaissance instruments recreating the heavenly music depicted in Gibbons’ ‘King David’ panel. Taking Lasso’s setting of Psalms 148 and 150 as the focus, the workshop will celebrate the Soundscape of Grinling Gibbons, and the instruments and music that gave both inspiration and form to his work. Open to all voices (SATB) with confident sight-reading skills and players of instruments either depicted in, or contemporary to, panel: viols, violas da braccios, harps, cornets, sackbuts, recorders (particularly larger sizes) and well-trained dulcians.
Fairfax House, Castlegate, York YO1 9RN
01904 655543.
15-20 July, Benslow Music
International Viol Summer School, Tutors: Alison Crum course director, Ibi Aziz, Roy Marks, Peter Wendland
One of the most prestigious and well-established summer schools for viol players in the UK, for experienced players with good sight reading skills capable of playing at least two sizes of viol. Course fee includes a ticket for the concert to be given by the Rose Consort on Tuesday 17 July at 8pm.
22-28 July, Beauchamp Early Music Course
'Angels and Ministers of Grace'
Tutors: Philip Thorby, David Hatcher, Adam Staines, Richard Thomas
The course is open to singers and players of cornetts, sackbuts, curtals, recorders, baroque strings, viols, continuo instruments.
Wotton House, Horton Road, Gloucester, GL1 3PT
28 July - 25 Aug, Dartington
28 July-4 Aug,
5-11 Aug, Early Music Summer School at Higham Hall, Cumbria
for singers and players of viols, lutes and recorders. Roger Wilkes.
13-17 Aug, HISS, Historically informed Summer School. Bishop Burton Colege, Yorks
18-25 Aug, An Grianan Adult Education College, Termonfechin, nr. Drogehda, Co. Louth, Ireland
Irish Viol and Recorder Course, A week-long course designed for players of viols, recorders and other early instruments, covering a wide repertoire from ancient to modern. Sessions include one-to-a-part groups, workshops, consort songs, trio sonatas, choir, large and small ensembles. Tutors: Ibi Aziz, Marion Doherty, Pamela Flanagan, Emma Murphy, Marion Scott, Philip Thorby
Enquiries: Pat Flanagan, 22 Sep, SWMEF Workshop for voices and instruments
Matt Kingston. St John's Church, West Bay, DT6 3NN
details available from SWMEF
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
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