Early Music education charity, Cambridge Early Music, announces new director for its Renaissance Summer School
Internationally renowned cornettist and teacher Gawain Glenton has been appointed as the new director for Cambridge Early Music’s Renaissance Summer School, Le Cris de Paris, which will run 4-11 August 2019 at Girton College, Cambridge.
“Most arresting of all is the 'Ave Verum' with Gawain Glenton freewheeling mellifluously above the four male voices . . . Glenton's effortless virtuosity is par for the course in a disc that encourages dizzying vocal pyrotechnics and flights of ornamental fancy.”
Gawain has a host of award-winning recordings to his name, and works with many of the world’s finest and most progressive interpreters of Early Music. Though CEM’s Renaissance Summer School is Gawain’s only current course directorship, his research and expertise in the field of ornamenting early music has also led to him becoming increasingly in demand as a coach for both singers and instrumentalists. His experience as a professional singer and player of reed instruments and recorders contributes to Gawain’s reputation as a highly versatile musician. Gawain brings to the position a combination of practical expertise and a wealth of historical knowledge, as well as a firm belief in fostering an inclusive approach:
“I’m incredibly excited to have the opportunity to shape Cambridge Early Music’s Renaissance Summer School over the coming years, and to share my passion for repertoire which may be old but is very much alive. My aim is to create an environment in which participants of all levels – beginner or expert – feel encouraged to try new things, to have fun, to make friends and to grow as musicians. We all – tutors and participants alike – have so much still to explore in terms of skills and understanding and I can’t wait to get cracking.”
Gawain has invited a new team of internationally recognised tutors to work alongside him. They are experienced and patient coaches who provide expertise across an enormous range of instruments. They include Clare Wilkinson (voice), Jacob Heringman (lute), Dr. Uri Smilansky (viols and recorder), Catherine Motuz (sackbut and improvisation) and William Lyons (shawm, traverso, recorder, pipes, curtal). Don’t miss this rare opportunity to study and perform exciting repertoire from ‘The Sounds of Court and City in 16th-century France’ with The Courtiers of Grace. Full information can be found here.
Gawain joins revered Baroque course director Peter Holman, who has been expertly guiding CEM’s much-loved courses for many years. Participants from age 18 upwards who have suitable skills are warmly welcomed, and financial support and course scholarships are now available through Cambridge Early Music’s ‘Selene Webb (née Mills) Memorial Bursary Fund’.
The Baroque Summer School, Paris versus Versailles, runs 28 July-4 August 2019; the Renaissance Summer School, Le Cris de Paris, runs 4-11 August 2019. Places are available on both courses and applications are welcome.
Does a new education initiative, Roots, led by University of Cambridge, VOCES8, Cambridge Early Music, Cambridgeshire Music, Anglia Ruskin University and The Brook Street Band hold the answer? #Roots
Cuts in funding, reduced participation and falling numbers taking music have created an “existential crisis” (Lord Black, House of Lords, 18 October, 2018). Concerns continue to be expressed in the press today.
Ahead of the newly appointed government panel’s first meeting to develop a model music curriculum (meeting on 5 February), and in response to an ever-deepening crisis which has seen only 295 teachers signing up to train as music teachers this year (a drop of 55% in the last 8 years), a new initiative has been launched this week by a unique partnership of leading research institutions, professional musicians, education providers and charitable bodies in Cambridgeshire.
The three-year project, Roots, trials a new model for music provision within primary and secondary schools across the region. Despite Cambridge’s outward prosperity, the disparity in wealth and opportunity across the county is broad. Areas of Cambridgeshire are among the most deprived in the U.K. and many of its schools struggle to make provision for music.
Roots draws together all ages in teaching music. The vocal strand is led by internationally acclaimed educators, VOCES8; the group is Associate Ensemble at the University of Cambridge and on 18 January released its latest album, Enchanted Isle, on Decca Classics. The strand trains teachers, university and school students in the VOCES8 method, encouraging learning through participation in a series of vocal and rhythmic exercises. In turn, teachers and older students train younger students to become leaders in their own communities, developing their confidence as young leaders.
New resources and opportunities are also provided for classroom teaching. Researchers at the University of Cambridge work in conjunction with Cambridgeshire Music and alongside school teachers to develop lessons in specialist areas informed by the latest insights. Towards the end of the project, participating students have the chance to visit college libraries to see for themselves some of the historical sources they have studied.
Curated by Roots partner Cambridge Early Music, the first phase of Roots concludes on 19 March with a public concert in celebration of the European Day of Early Music given by VOCES8 in Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge. Secondary school students from across the county will have the chance to sing alongside VOCES8 in a concert in an aspirational setting. New skills developed by students will be put into practice in a programme that celebrates singing from Renaissance motets through to a cappella arrangements of Pop songs.
A parallel strand within the project, led by the Brook Street Band working in conjunction with Cambridgeshire Music and Anglia Ruskin University, seeks to establish a legacy for early instrumental music in the region by founding a period instrument ensemble specifically for under 18s. Specialist coaching will also be provided through workshops, access to historic instruments and the BSB’s innovative online resource Handel Digital, culminating in performance opportunities.
Roots is dedicated to supporting music teachers, providing new opportunities and resources to facilitate participation in school music-making and teaching in the classroom. It provides opportunities for a new generation to experience the richness of its cultural roots at a time when music’s place in school life and society is increasingly under threat.
The first phase of Roots is generously supported by the Helen Hamlyn Trust, the Humanities in the European Research Area, Cambridgeshire Music and Cambridge Early Music. Further funding is being urgently sought for years 2 and 3 of the project.