Baroque Week (26 – 2 August 2020)
Baroque Dresden: The Musical Melting Pot
The Parley of Instruments
Peter Holman course director & continuo, Judy Tarling upper strings, Mark Caudle lower strings, Gail Hennessy woodwind and Philip Thorby voices
St Catharine's College, Cambridge
The 2020 Baroque Course will take place at St Catharine's College, Cambridge. More information is available here.
Typical schedule (TBC)
11.30 choir session / orchestra session
13.00 lunch break
13.30 free time / self-organised groups
16.30 smaller ensemble sessions (organised by the tutors)
19.30 talk by one of the tutors
20.00 tutti session for large-scale works
Tuition will stress historically-informed techniques and style. A large selection of music for many combinations of instruments and voices will be provided; you are also invited to bring your own sets of parts and scores.
Is the Baroque course for me?
Applications are invited from proficient singers and confident players of gut-strung Baroque instruments (violin, viola and cello), with Baroque bows (some instruments and bows are available to hire), bass viol, violone, recorder, flute, oboe, bassoon, lute family and harpsichord/organ. (Suitable keyboard instruments are provided.) Pitch: A=415.
Players should have a good mastery of instrumental technique, but not necessarily any experience of Baroque playing. However, the wind players need to be fluent and confident on their Baroque instruments, able to sight-read solos with confidence. Continuo players should have a good knowledge of figured bass.
Singers should be experienced and fluent sight-readers; they may be encouraged to take solo parts as well as singing in ensembles.
Pre-existing groups are welcome to apply together, and may bring prepared music for coaching in some of the chamber music sessions. Non-singing/playing observers are welcome if we have space.
The course begins with a concert given by The Parley of Instruments at 4pm on 26 July. On 29 July The Parley of Instruments will give a full-length evening concert in central Cambridge. On the final evening (1 August) course members participate in a public concert, performing a selection of works studied during the week.
Dates and Times
Participants should arrive in time for the concert at 4pm on Sunday 26 July. The course ends with breakfast on Sunday 2 August.
We make every effort to assist with bursaries where appropriate. Please see our Bursaries page for details.
Applications will be acknowledged but may not be accepted until April, by when we hope to have a workable balance of voices and instruments. You will then be informed if your application has succeeded, and your deposit will be returned if not.
For further information on fees & booking, please click here.