Courses & Workshops

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8 June, NEEMF workshop for voices and instruments
Orlando de Lassus, Missa Osculetur Me; John Durnford; Clements Hall, Nunthorpe Road, York YO23 1BW
15 June, 11am-4pm, Try-a-viol day
The Bedford Room, Bedford Square, London WC1B 3RA
£50, includes use of instrument for the day. Organised by the Viola da Gamba Society. Download application form
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. Polyhymnia Caduceatrix et Panegyrica (Praetorius)
David Hatcher; Stockennt, New Radnor
6 July
TVEMF workshop for singers and instruments, Lassus and Lechner; Tutor Peter Syrus; United Reformed Church, Ickenham UB10 8BE
8-10 July
Baroque Trio Sonatas with Da Camera
13 July
MEMF workshop for voices and instruments, The Delights of Summer; Tutor Alison Kinder; St George's Church, St John's Avenue, Hillmorton, Rugby CV22 5HR
14-19 July
Benslow Music, International Viol Summer School
20 July
SWEMF Workshop for Voices, Strings and Recorders, exploring Requiem a5 for voices and instruments by Johann Caspar Kerll. A=440. Tutor Peter Leech, Venue Backwell Women's Institute Hall
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
4-10 August
Beauchamp Early music course, Cheltenham; Gloria in Excelsis Deo, David Hatcher; more info
10 Aug
TVEMF workshop for singers and quiet instruments, La Bomba by Matteo Flecha and some improvisation; Tutor Eduardo Sohns (from Argentina), venue tba
11-18 August
Baroque Week in Caversham, Reading; Bach, Rosenmueller, Fasch. more info target="_blank">website
12-16 August
Historically Informed Summer School; Bishop Burton College, HU17 8QG; more info
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
14 September
SEMF workshop for voices and instruments; Purcell The Fairy Queen; Tutor John Hancorn; Venue Clapham and Patching, near Worthing
14 September
NWEMF workshop for voices and instruments, Praise the Lord! Psalm settings by Lassus, de Monte, Palestrina and Asola; Tutor John Bryan; Venue Didsbury Baptist Church
5 October
SWEMF Workshop for signers and instrumentalists: The Music of Michael Praetorius; Tutor Gawain Glenton; St Nicholas Church, north Cheltenham
12 October
NWEMF workshop for voices and instruments, 14th century secular music; Tutor Lizzie Gutteridge; Venue tba
19 October
NEEMF workshop for voices and instruments, Polyhymnia Caduceatrixet Panegyrica (Praetorius); Tutor David Hatcher; Venue Clements Hall, York
25 October (or 26th? Check SEMF website), SEMF workshop for voices and instruments
Patrick Craig; Bexley Heath
17 November
NEEMF workshop for singers and instrumentalists, 'The Noodle Factory', a workshop on ornamentation; Tutor: Paula Chateauneuf; Venue Priory Street Centre, York
19-20 November, Bern
International Conference: Bern University of the Arts
'From Field to Fiddle' - historical gut strings in production and performance
Gut strings are at the center of musical sound production and play a vital role in historical performance on all bowed instruments as well as on plucked instruments. However, materiality and craftsmanship have a great impact on the performance of gut strings. Few people realize that strings made of cow gut, such as are widespread today, differ fundamentally in their physical and performance properties from those made of sheep gut, which were the standard up until the middle of the 20th century. The Bern research project on historical sheep gut strings explores string making processes as well as performance qualities from the perspective of German sources of the period 1750-1950. The conference aims to place the new findings in an international context by bringing together researchers, string makers, musicians and their audiences. Further conference contributions focusing on gut string making both from historical and modern-day perspectives are very welcome and can be submitted until 1 July 2019 to and who are available for further information as well. Keynote: Patrizio Barbieri (Rome): "Gut-string making and its connections with music performance, organology, and international trading: some basic considerations" For updates on the conference please check the website
21-14 November
Consorting Viols, Benslow
7 December
The York Waits, Hodie Christus Natus Est at Dorchester Abbey; Workshop for experienced wind and brass players, led by Tim Bayley; more info
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