Baroque tutors

Peter Holman (course director and continuo)

Peter studied at King’s College, London with Thurston Dart, and founded the pioneering early music group Ars Nova while a student. He is now director…

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Peter studied at King’s College, London with Thurston Dart, and founded the pioneering early music group Ars Nova while a student. He is now director of The Parley of Instruments and the choir Psalmody, and musical director of Opera Restor’d. He is a leading figure in the musical life of the Essex-Suffolk borders, directing Essex Baroque Orchestra and the Suffolk Villages Festival. He was joint Artistic Director of the 1995 Boston Early Music Festival, and Consultant in Period Performance at the RNCM from 2002 to 2005. Peter has taught at many conservatories, universities, and summer schools in Britain, Europe and the USA, is a regular broadcaster, and is much in demand as a lecturer at learned conferences. He is chair of the editorial board of Early Music Performer, and a member of the editorial boards of Early Music, Musica Britannica and the Purcell Society.

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Philip Thorby (voices)

Philip is well known as one of the country’s leading performers and teachers in the field of Renaissance and Baroque music. He is founder and Director of…

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Philip is well known as one of the country’s leading performers and teachers in the field of Renaissance and Baroque music. He is founder and Director of the Renaissance ensemble Musica Antiqua of London, which has remained at the forefront of research-based performance of early sixteenth-century music.  As a recorder player, Philip’s interests range widely. Two areas of special interest are sixteenth-century divisions (elaborate instrumental works based on vocal originals) and the music of early eighteenth-century London.  In addition to his past work at Trinity College of Music, where he was Professor of Recorder and Senior Fellow in Early Music, Philip has worked in contemporary fields with artists including Sir Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand, John Taverner and David Bedford. He teaches widely in England and abroad.

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Judy Tarling (upper strings)

After a period playing in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Judy became interested in early music and its performance through playing…

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After a period playing in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Judy became interested in early music and its performance through playing the harpsichord and viol. After running her own chamber group, Brighton Baroque, for some years in the seventies, she became involved in the early Academy of Ancient Music recordings of the complete Mozart symphonies. In 1981 Judy was invited to join the recently formed Parley of Instruments (directed by Roy Goodman and Peter Holman), a group specializing in 17th-century string consort repertoire, which she has led since the ’80s. In 1985 The Parley assembled the first consort in modern times of the earliest known type of violin, a Renaissance string band such as Elizabeth I would have enjoyed for dancing. The group is made up of members of the violin family (violin, viola, bass violin) and still remains one of only three groups in the world to play on this type of instrument. The Parley have made over 70 recordings for Hyperion Records, on Renaissance, Baroque and Classical types of instruments, and toured extensively in Europe, the USA and South America. For more information, visit Judy Tarling’s website.

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Mark Caudle (lower strings)

Mark is one of Britain’s leading performers on Baroque cello and viola da gamba. Since the 1970s, he has played with most of London’s period-instrument…

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Mark is one of Britain’s leading performers on Baroque cello and viola da gamba. Since the 1970s, he has played with most of London’s period-instrument ensembles, including the Consort of Musicke, the Taverner Players, the English Baroque Soloists, the Academy of Ancient Music, the Brandenburg Consort, and the Parley of Instruments. He then relocated to Poland, where he has worked with groups such as Concerto Polacco, L’Arte dei Suonatori, and his own group Harmonia Parnassia. He has performed as principal cellist with Concerto Copenhagen and as continuo player for the Drottningholm Festival in Sweden and the English National Opera in London. Mark is a prolific recording artist. His recorded repertoire includes Telemann’s Concerto for recorder and bass viol (with L’Arte Suonatori, for the Swedish label BIS) and a disc of virtuoso bass viol music from 18th-century England entitled ‘The Noble Bass Viol’ (with members of the Parley of Instruments, for Hyperion). In addition to his work as a performer, he also builds violins.

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Gail Hennessy (woodwinds)

Gail is one of the foremost exponents of the baroque oboe in Britain. She was born in Wisconsin in the USA, and studied modern oboe at the University of Louisville before taking a position…

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Gail is one of the foremost exponents of the baroque oboe in Britain. She was born in Wisconsin in the USA, and studied modern oboe at the University of Louisville before taking a position as cor anglais player in an orchestra in North Carolina. There she encountered a baroque oboe for the first time, and fell in love with its sound. She now has a busy career playing and recording with many of Britain’s early music groups, including The Academy of Ancient Music, La Serenissima, New London Consort, The Parley of Instruments, St. James’s Baroque, and Ex Cathedra. She appears as a soloist and chamber musician around the world, and has been broadcast as a soloist on BBC Radio 3, and on radio in France, Denmark, Japan, Switzerland, Belgium and the USA. She also encourages composers to write new music for old instruments, and has premiered works by Jennifer Fowler (1988), Roderick Williams (2004), Rhian Samuel (2008), and Thea Musgrave (2011). Her highly acclaimed recordings of Bach sonatas and Vivaldi chamber music are available on the Signum label.

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Renaissance tutors

Clare Wilkinson Renaissance SS

Clare Wilkinson (course co-director and voices)

Clare’s expressive singing and personal warmth have won her a legion of fans. She is renowned for her performances with lutes and viols, as well as of large-scale Bach and Handel with directors such as…

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Clare’s expressive singing and personal warmth have won her a legion of fans. She is renowned for her performances with lutes and viols, as well as of large-scale Bach and Handel with directors such as John Eliot Gardiner and John Butt. She is an experienced and supportive vocal coach, and is, of course, an alumna of the Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools! For further information, please visit Clare Wilkinson’s website.

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Gawain Glenton Renaissance Summer School

Gawain Glenton (course co-director and cornetto)

A virtuoso cornetto player, Gawain works all over the world as a soloist and ensemble player and has a host of award-winning recordings to his name. He directs…

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A virtuoso cornetto player, Gawain works all over the world as a soloist and ensemble player and has a host of award-winning recordings to his name. He directs The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble and founded the ensemble In Echo. Gawain has many years’ coaching experience at Dartington International Summer School, Sherborne Early Music, and various UK early music fora events. A former professional singer, Gawain is equally at home directing vocal or instrumental groups. To find out more, please visit his website.

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Uri Smilansky viols Renaissance Summer School

Dr. Uri Smilansky (viols and recorders)

Uri is a leading scholar in the field of Medieval and Renaissance music. He is also an active performer on early viols and recorders, and performs regularly with groups such as Ensemble Leones…

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Uri is a leading scholar in the field of Medieval and Renaissance music. He is also an active performer on early viols and recorders, and performs regularly with groups such as Ensemble Leones, In Echo, The Taverner Consort, The Earle His Viols and the Hathor Consort. Currently on the staff of King’s College, London, Uri has also taught at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, The Globe Theatre and Burg Fürsteneck Akademie für musisch-kulturelle Weiterbildung. For more information, please visit his website.

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Marc Lewon Renaissance lutes

Marc Lewon (lutes)

Marc specialises in Medieval and Renaissance instruments of the lute family. The combination of musicological scholarship and countless years of concert activities provide him with the ideal qualifications for…

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Marc specialises in Medieval and Renaissance instruments of the lute family. The combination of musicological scholarship and countless years of concert activities provide him with the ideal qualifications for an interdisciplinary approach to research and practice for the music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. He plays regularly with a number of ensembles, especially with his own Ensemble Leones, and is co-director of the concert series ReRenaissance Basel. After his studies in Heidelberg (MA in musicology) and Basel (diploma in lute and vielle) he received a PhD in Music from Oxford. In 2017 he became professor for lute instruments of the Middle Ages and Renaissance at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. For more information, please visit his website.

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William Lyons Renaissance winds

William Lyons (flutes, recorders, reeds and pipes)

William Lyons is one of the leading practitioners of historical performance in the UK and is well-known around the world for his performances and recordings. He is artistic director of …

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William Lyons is one of the leading practitioners of historical performance in the UK and is well-known around the world for his performances and recordings. He is artistic director of The Dufay Collective and The City Musick, both ensembles having achieved critical acclaim for concerts and recordings. William is a Leverhulme Research Fellow and Professor of Medieval & Renaissance Studies at the Royal College of Music, and a visiting tutor at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He has taught regularly at Dartington Summer School and for Jackdaws Music Trust for many years. William is also a composer for theatre and film, having worked for many years at the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and at the Royal National Theatre. For film he has composed, arranged and acted as historical advisor on several major films, including Pride & PrejudiceHarry Potter IIIElizabeth: Golden Age and most recently The Favourite, Mary Queen of Scots and The Kid Who Would Be King. Please visit his website for further details.

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