10 to 16 April 2014
"Beautiful music brought to life by the very best tutors; lovely people to play alongside; delicious food to keep us all going and flawless organisation — perfect!"
This popular and highly acclaimed one week course is informal and friendly and a great opportunity for adult players of recorders and viols to work on early music in a chamber setting.
There are seventy players with an approximate tutor:student ratio of 1:10. Players are not categorised by standard but there is an expectation that all players will be competent on their instruments and comfortably able to hold their own part so that all can enjoy playing in groups with any other players. In many sessions, there is only one player per part and it is important that all are confident in maintaining that part alone.
... do not need to form their own group though self-selected groups are welcome.
... must be able hold a part alone with confidence.
... choose what music they work on within their group — there is an extensive library but no set music.
There are also opportunities for playing outside the tutored sessions.
The course is at A=440 except by prior agreement with other players in small groups.
Recorder players are expected to bring and be competent with soprano, alto, tenor and bass recorders at 440. Viol players are strongly encouraged to play more than one of treble, tenor and bass viols and be comfortable playing from C, G and F clefs on tenor and bass instruments.
Acceptance of students is dependent on whether they can be accommodated within a group.
Students applying as part of self-selected groups are expected to have a playing standard compatible with other groups and may be asked to sit out some sessions if necessary.