Cambridge Early Music runs a lively education programme for all ages, from young people to adults, which encompasses a wide range of musical genres within early music.  Central to the calendar are two prestigious Summer Schools, one on Baroque music, the other on Renaissance music.

Founded in 1993 by Selene Mills, Cambridge Early Music was granted charitable status in 2009, confirming our status as a leading provider of early music education in the UK.

Our Summer Schools are short, intensive study courses and offer specialist tuition by world-famous professional musicians.  They are designed for amateur, semi-professional and professional musicians, and offer a high standard of tuition in a friendly and supportive environment. 

Cambridge Early Music also works closely with local universities to offer opportunities to students, and supports young musicians through Cambridgeshire Music Hub and Cambridgeshire Music.  We also run a number of active and engaging education projects and workshops throughout the year, often in conjunction with our annual Cambridge Festival of the Voice.  We are particularly supportive of young, emerging ensembles and those starting out on their careers, offering the Cambridge Early Music Prize in the York Early Music Festival International Young Artists Competition and collaborating with the Brighton Early Music Live scheme.

Alongside our active education programme we also run a series of concerts throughout the year in which leading early music ensembles and soloists from across the UK and abroad perform in historic Cambridge venues.  The highlight of our season is the Cambridge Festival of the Voice, with a concentration of concerts and other events across a weekend exploring a particular theme or composer’s works in depth.

Mission Statement

Cambridge Early Music strives:

– To create a musical community that is rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity;

– To educate the public and enrich the Cambridge music scene by providing world-class concerts by performers from across the UK and abroad, principally of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music, on period instruments;

– To support emerging young artists starting out on a professional career in music, through the provision of performance and educational opportunities;

– To give amateur and semi-professional musicians, and young people, an intensive educational insight into historically-informed performance in their own musical disciplines;

– And, through its community and continuing education programmes, to offer the highest-quality music instruction for students of all ages.