Latest update:We very much hope that the situation will be improved enough to hold Baroque Week in 2021. The dates are confirmed as 15th – 22nd August 2021. We have agreed that we will stick to the same theme The Grand Tour: Italy, so the work that we have all already put into the planning for 2020 won’t be wasted, and we have the same group of tutors. Some parts of this website still refer to 2020, but the information should be correct for 2021. Booking is now open, and anyone who had booked for 2020 (including bursary students) is guaranteed a place if they book by 1st November. We do still have some more places available, but we recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment.
Firmly established as one of Europe’s foremost early music courses, BAROQUE WEEK is now celebrating its 43rd year. The course offers inspiration and guidance to both singers and players of baroque music from an expert team of leading specialists in historical performance.
This year’s theme is “The Grand Tour: Italy”, featuring works by Monteverdi, Corelli, Vivaldi, Caldara and other Italian masters including Albinoni (b.1671). There will be tutor-led projects exploring this theme for both singers and instrumentalists, but chamber music-making with your own choice of repertoire is fundamental to the course.
BAROQUE WEEK is for baroque wind, string and continuo players and up to eight singers, but there are also opportunities for instrumentalists to sing. Plucked continuo as well as keyboard players will be welcome. String players should use gut strings and a baroque bow. You should be a competent sight-reader and confident playing or singing one-to-a-part. Most of the repertoire will be played at A415 although some early 17th century music will be at A440. For singers the course offers a rare chance to sing arias and cantatas with small groups of instruments as well as working in vocal consorts. Full or part bursaries may be available for those who would otherwise be unable to attend.
We will have the largest team of tutors ever this year with the addition of David Miller (chitarrone); also Tom Hammond-Davies and Oliver Webber will be joining us for a morning each.
“The whole course was brilliant and even exceeded my expectations” (New participant 2019)