Paris versus Versailles:
Marc-Antoine Charpentier & his Court Rivals
28 July – 4 August 2019
Girton College, Cambridge
The Parley of Instruments
Peter Holman course director & continuo, Judy Tarling upper strings, Mark Caudle lower strings, Gail Hennessy woodwind and Philip Thorby voices
More information will be available soon
The 2019 Baroque Course will take place at Girton College, Cambridge. Please click this link for more information about the venue.
11.30 choir session / orchestra session
13.00 lunch break
13.30 free time / self-organised groups
16.30 chamber music session (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 28 July. On 31 July The Parley of Instruments will give a full-length evening concert in central Cambridge. On the final evening (3 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 28 July. The course ends with breakfast on Sunday 4 August.
We make every effort to assist with bursaries where appropriate. Please see our Bursaries page for details.
Our 2019 online application will be available soon. Our 2018 online application form can be found here for your guidance.
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.