Welcome from the artistic director
Welcome to the 40th Baroque Week! This amazing, long-standing course was started by Walter Bergmann, who was a seminal figure in the early music movement as a recorder player and enlightened editor of baroque music. Peter Collier took over directorship of the course and ran it single-handedly for over thirty years; happily he continues to come with his instruments, library and wealth of knowledge. In the spirit of Walter Bergmann we continue to explore lesser-known repertoire alongside the more familiar there is still so much to discover. Some excellent news as we go to press is that Trevor Pinnock has agreed to become our Patron. We are honoured that he is giving his support to Baroque Week.
For 2017 I am delighted to welcome back Ann Allen, Jane Francis and Christopher Bucknall as tutors. Chris is expert in the field of French baroque opera so will be directing the singers this year. Satoko Doi-Luck will be returning as a full tutor and Im happy that we are able to add a seventh tutor to our team, Amanda Babington, who not only plays baroque violin and recorder but is also making a study of the musette and will give a talk about that instrument. Sadly Clare Beesley cannot join us this time but Im delighted that Rachel Latham is able to return as our flute tutor. I am also extremely pleased that the renowned expert Mary Collins has agreed to present a workshop on French Baroque Dance.
We are returning to Queen Annes School, which we hope will become our permanent home. The campus is compact with good playing rooms and stylish modern accommodation. There is now a smart new Dining Hall which should mean additional ground floor playing rooms will be available in the old kitchen area. Numbers nearly reached capacity last year, so book early to secure your place!