Cambridge Early Music runs summer schools - short intensive study courses - in Baroque, Renaissance and Medieval music, and organises an annual programme of concerts, many of which take place alongside the summer schools. Founded in 1992, Cambridge Early Music was granted charitable status in 2009, confirming our status as a leading provider of early music education.
Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools are short study courses in Baroque, Renaissance and Medieval music. The courses offer specialist tuition by world-famous professional musicians. The summer schools are designed for amateur, semi-professional and professional musicians, and offer a high standard of tuition in a friendly and supportive context. In 2013, the twentieth anniversary year of Cambridge Early Music, we are offering two week-long courses. Tuition and accommodation will be in Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, one of the colleges of Cambridge University.
Alongside the courses a series of concerts is given in historic Cambridge venues by leading early music soloists and ensembles. In addition to the concerts held throughout the year, we run occasional festivals with a concentration of concerts and other events over a weekend. The Cambridge Handel Festival in October 2011 featured the London Handel Players, Ensemble Amaranthos, organist Mark Williams, Adrian Butterfield and Laurence Cummings, and Dame Emma Kirkby. Our first Festival of the Voice, in May 2012, included concerts by The Sixteen, Trio Mediaeval, Joel Frederiksen and I Fagiolini.
Cambridge Early Music was established by Selene Mills and William Clocksin in 1992, in response to the need for tuition in early music for amateur players and singers. Since then the summer schools have gone from strength to strength, maintaining a perfect balance of newcomers and 'old hands' who try to attend every year. The courses are small, usually involving between 40 and 50 people, so that everyone can get to know everyone else. The social aspect of the courses is important: tutors and students learn from each other as much in the dining hall as in the music rooms, and it's definitely a two-way process. Selene and her assistants play a full part in the music as well as in the administration, and there is a high level of attention to the needs of each individual.
The summer schools are financially self-supporting, with no outside funding. Cambridge Early Music survives because it is well supported by people who value its courses. Courses are open to everyone aged 18 and above.
The Friends support the activities of Cambridge Early Music through payment of a modest annual subscription, and through practical help by delivering post locally, helping with occasional catering, filling envelopes and sticking on stamps, and stewarding at concerts. In exchange, Friends are given priority booking for concerts, and have seats reserved for them in the front rows. Friends are also invited to special receptions and other events, and qualify to buy season tickets for concerts at a reduced price.
Patrons give us a higher level of financial support, receiving more benefits and our heartfelt thanks in return.
One major advantage of our new charitable status is that donations are now tax-deductible. If you pay tax in the UK (income tax or capital gains tax), all you need to do to increase the value of your donation by 25 per cent is sign a GiftAid declaration form. Membership subscriptions to the Friends' organization are also tax-deductible, and claims can be back-dated, so if you have given us money as a donation or a subscription in recent years, we will be able to reclaim the tax you have already paid, if you now complete the declaration form, or write to us using the following wording:
"This declaration confirms my wish that all donations made by me to Cambridge Early Music should be treated as Gift Aid donations, in perpetuity. I confirm that I am a UK tax-payer, resident in the UK for tax purposes, and that I will advise Cambridge Early Music if this situation changes." (Sign and date.)
Peter Nash of Alpha CRC, who generously sponsored our concert series in 2012, is again our major concert sponsor in 2013. The Friends' launch party in 2012 was generously supported by Cambridge University Press. Cambridge Early Music is extremely grateful for the generosity of its sponsors, and of many others who have given sums large and small to support the continuation of the concert series, and to assist those of limited means to attend the summer schools.
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