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The 2014 courses will be held in Sidney Sussex College, founded in 1596 by Lady Frances Sidney, aunt of the poet Sir Philip Sidney, in the renowned University of Cambridge. The main attractions of the ancient city of Cambridge are within a very short walk of the college, including specialist shops selling early music editions, recordings and books. Other suppliers of bows, instruments, books and music often visit the courses. Accommodation for participants is provided in College. All rooms are comfortably-furnished single study-bedrooms with wash-hand basins and tea-making facilities. Standard rooms have shared shower/bath facilities, but single and twin-bedded en-suite rooms are available for an extra charge: see application form. Internet access is provided in all bedrooms. Breakfast, dinner, morning coffee and afternoon tea with biscuits are provided for residents. Non-residents are also welcome, and are provided with dinner, coffee and tea. If you wish you can request a daily lunch of sandwiches and fruit.
Sidney Sussex rose from the ruins of an Augustinian Priory in 1597 and, while historically not one of the 'traditional' musical establishments in Cambridge, it has long been a nest for professional musicians. One of the earliest was the Royalist pamphleteer, author, and violist Roger L'Estrange (1616-1704), whose family were patrons of the composer John Jenkins. Earlier still, the great Elizabethan composer William Byrd would have been well known to the foundress, Lady Frances Sidney, and indeed two very fine elegies by Byrd survive for her nephew, the poet and courtier Sir Philip Sidney.
The College's twentieth-century musicians include the jazz-blues saxophonist Dick Hecksall-Smith (1953), the composer/conductor/percussionist James Wood (1972), and bass/baritone Andrew Stewart (1997). Currently resident in the College are Dr Christopher Page (1991), founder and former director of the multi-award-winning Gothic Voices, and Dr David Skinner (2006), the College's first Director of Music, who has within a couple of years transformed the College Choir and made several excellent recordings with them. David Skinner is also the director of the professional vocal ensemble Alamire.
Within the extensive walled gardens are various function rooms, including the 90-seater Mong Building (built in 1999), which is an ideal venue for chamber music.
More information is on the Sidney Sussex College website.
Most parts of the college used for the course are wheelchair-accessible. Please let us know if you need a room near a lift or on the ground floor.
Cambridge is easily reached by air via Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton or Cambridge airports. Bus services run from all airports, and train services from Heathrow and Gatwick; the fast train takes about an hour from London (King's Cross or Liverpool Street). Car traffic and parking are severely restricted in Cambridge. Some traffic restrictions are lifted on Sundays. We regret that no parking spaces are available to course members at Sidney Sussex College. Cars may unload at the King Street entrance and then park elsewhere (we will try to arrange parking space for participants in Grange Road). More travel information and course details will be sent to all successful applicants in June.
Dinner and breakfast are provided in Sidney Sussex's handsome dining hall. The communal meals constitute an important social part of the course, and all participants are encouraged to join at least some dinners, especially those on the first and last evenings of the week. If you do not wish to book for all dinners, please deduct the appropriate amount from the fee (£12 per dinner), and state clearly on your application which dinners you intend to miss. Private cooking facilities at Sidney are limited, but there are cafés, shops, pubs and the daily market close by. Lunch will not be provided by Sidney, but if you wish you can sign up for a sandwich and fruit which will be delivered each morning (see application form: the cost is £25 for Baroque week, £21 for Renaissance week), or find your own lunch in the nearby shops, market or cafés.
Bed & breakfast at Sidney may be available before or after your course, or for guests, at £50 per night, per head (£75 for en-suite). Please list on the booking form any additional nights you wish to stay. Extra dinners may also be booked during the period 4-16 August), at £17 each. Coffee or tea and biscuits for guests cost £3 each. VAT is chargeable for guests.
Couples or friends who apply together from the same address, and individuals applying for both of our 2014 courses, may deduct £10 from the fees for each application.
Course teaching is intensive; scheduled activities usually take place between about 09:30 and 21:30 each day. There is usually a free period between 13:00 and 16:00, but not every day. Full timetables are provided on arrival, but are subject to change at short notice. Bedrooms must be cleared by 09:30 on the final day of your stay.
Smoking is not permitted indoors during the courses.
We make every effort to assist genuinely needy students (normally, but not always, between 18 and 25 years old) with the fees, and give priority to music students from East Anglia and Eastern Europe. Bursaries are generously provided by the Eastern Early Music Forum, an anonymous donor in memory of Robert Farrell, and other benefactors (more are always welcome! Could you help us in this way?). To apply (in confidence) for financial help, send in your application form and deposit payment as early as possible, enclosing a letter detailing your financial circumstances and endorsed by your parent or guardian if appropriate. Your deposit will be returned if sufficient funds cannot be found; your cheque will not be cashed until/unless you are accepted. For more information, see Bursaries.
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