News » Workshops/Festivals 2008

(AT) Renaissance Day at Ambras Castle (August 15, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 22, 2008
In conjunction with the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music 2008" -- Renaissance Day at Ambras Castle

Entertainers, stilt-walkers in fancy-dress and music for big and little Festwochen-Fans. Free entrance.

Visit Innsbruck Festival of Early Music website for more information. 

(AT) Innsbruck Festival of Early Music (August 7-24, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 22, 2008
The Age of Miracles
The 32nd Innsbruck Festival of Early Music 2008 focuses o­n Handel’s Belshazzar und further oratorio works.

The Old Testament, the text central to two world religions, relates of a mythical age when God intervened physically and by means of omens in human lives – the Age of Miracles. These biblical stories of revelation together with selected legends of the Saints furnished the Baroque period with ideal material for its preoccupation with the concept of pathos. Italy was the birthplace of a new, religious counterpart to opera which was then perfected in Rome: the oratorio. Three works based o­n biblical themes are at the centre of the 32nd Innsbruck Festival 2008 – two of them as staged productions. ...


(AT) International Summer Academy for Early Music (July 27 - August 2, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 22, 2008
"Graz (Austria), July 27 to August 2, 2008
This is the second International Academy for Early Music which will be organized by the Institute of Early Music and Performance Practice of the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz (KUG) this summer.

It will offer a broad selection of master courses, a variety of chamber music with various instruments and additional courses for professional musicians, students and highly advanced amateurs. All courses may also be attended passively. ...

(FR) Marnaves Summer Baroque (August 17-29, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 22, 2008
"Sunday 17th to Friday 22nd August at Marnaves (81), S-W France
A summer course in baroque period string-playing with the international violinist MARGARET FAULTLESS with Lucy Robinson (viola da gamba) and Andrew Wilson-Dickson (harpsichord and organ)

This course is offered for the first time, in the delightful surroundings of a small French country village and making use of its 12th-century church and a newly refurbished salle de musique with excellent acoustics. ...

(UK) 31st Oxford Baroque Week

Contributed by Admin on Apr 17, 2008
"The highly successful Baroque Week is now in its 30th season, and is held in the attractive surroundings of Headington School, Oxford.

It provides a rare and stimulating opportunity for amateur and semi-professional musicians, and those studying to embark o­n a musical career, to immerse themselves in baroque music in a friendly environment with the aid of excellent, experienced and helpful tutors. ...

(CA) Montreal Baroque Music Festival (June 20-23, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 17, 2008

Silk, Syrup, Saffron

"The Montreal Baroque Festival proudly presents its sixth edition, Silk, Syrup, Saffron In 2008, Quebec City commemorates the 400 anniversary of its founding. In honour of this, Montreal Baroque will celebrate the wealth of musical culture brought over by French immigrants… and also the creative influences of immigrants from many countries that have peopled and shaped the artistic landscapes of Montreal. Montreal is teeming with cultural diversity! In addition to the artistic traditions of the founding fathers, the French and the Scots, the city harbours a multitude of other cultural heritages: European, Middle-Eastern, Asian, North and South American, and Caribbean, each contributing to the sumptuous cultural patchwork of our city. ...


(UK) Recorder Summer School (Aug. 7-9, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 17, 2008

Course Content

"We welcome players over 16 years of age (15, if accompanied by an adult course member who will accept full responsibility), at all levels from elementary to advanced players.

Each morning starts with a tutorial class. There will be advanced classes (by audition), intermediate classes, and also two permanent ensembles, at advanced and intermediate level. These two ensemble classes are for people who do not wish to work o­n specific solo repertoire. (Visit site for a list of the 2008 tutorial music. (EMN.org ed.)) For the people joining Intermediate 1, here are some scales. (Visit site for scales.(EMN.org ed.))

There are also twice daily ensembles, graded in order of difficulty, and students can attend whichever they choose. (Visit site for a list of the 2008 ensemble music. (EMN.org ed.)) ...


(UK) Norvis Early Music Summer School (August 2-9, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 15, 2008
"Norvis Early Music Summer School is held annually in Durham, England.

The course covers all aspects of early music and is suitable for beginners through to advanced and solo players. ...

(UK) Early Music for Youth (July 21 – 25, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 15, 2008
"The summer school offers exciting and diverse opportunities for young players under the guidance of experienced tutors. Playing opportunities include chamber groups, large ensembles, viol consorts, recorder consorts and mixed ensembles, catering for every age and ability (grades 2 – 4, 5 – 7 and 8+). ...

International Viol Summer School (Little Benslow Hills, Hitchin. UK)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 08, 2008
Saturday 12th to Thursday 17th July 2008
Alison Crum, director, with Alice Robbins (USA) and Roy Marks

A chance for viol players with a particular interest in English consort music to work with distinguished professional players and teachers. Optional sessions focus o­n other topics such as madrigals, consort songs, early renaissance repertoire and continuo playing. ...

Cheltenham Recorder Festival (August 15-17, 2008) (UK)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 30, 2008


Cheltenham Recorder Festival
15th, 16th, 17th August 2008
Dean Close School, Cheltenham


Over the past three years the Cheltenham Recorder Festival has grown to become o­ne of the highlights of the recorder year. The CRF offers an exciting variety of music to cater for all tastes and abilities, ranging from the established Renaissance and Baroque repertoire through to contemporary pieces which will be premièred at the CRF.

The tutors at the festival are specialists in their fields, ready to dispense friendly advice, direction and insights.Tutors for the 2008 CRF include:
Helen Hooker, Grace Barton, Ruth Burbidge, John Hawkes, Ann Lyall, Steve Marshall, Andrew Melville, Pam Smith and Moira Usher.

Our aim is to pack as much as ...


11th Festival of the Hungarian Haydn Society (23 – 31 August 2008) (HU)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 29, 2008

11th Festival of the
Hungarian Haydn Society
Esterházy Palace
Fertőd-Eszterháza, Hungary
23 – 31 August 2008

"The basic aim of the festival is to evoke the musical paradise that Eszterháza was in Haydn's time, within the original walls, with the help of period instruments and performing practice. The programmes focus mainly o­n the works composed during the Eszterháza period of Haydn's creative life, and among these, o­n compositions belonging to the most important genres (symphonies, string quartets, keyboard sonatas and trios). In addition, however, the concert programmes regularly include works by the "unknown Haydn" (baryton pieces, rarely-heard church compositions, wind divertimenti, etc.). ...


CEMBALISSIMO 2008 (18-22 June 2008) (HU)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 24, 2008
International Harpsichord Festival and Meeting in Hungary
Budapest-Szentendre-Fehérvárcsurgó-Győr
18-22 June 2008

Organizers: Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, Clavicembalo Foundation, Hungarian National Museum, Joseph Károlyi Foundation, Tihamér Vujicsics Music School Szentendre
Patron: Dr. András Batta, Rector of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music
Artistic director: Prof. Anikó Horváth ...

Nikolaus Harnoncourt about CEMBALISSIMO 2008:
"I wish all the best for your wonderful ideas and their realization! When I hear of these kinds of plans I am happy and hopeful."

Concerts:
Borbála Dobozy, Christine Schornsheim, Johann Sonnleitner, Jacques Ogg,
Elżbieta Stefańska, Svitlana Shabaltina, Katalin Komlós, Zsolt Balog, Dalma Cseh, Aino Oláh, Rita Papp, György Vashegyi, Mária Zádori also Olena Zhukova, Szilvia Elek, Márton Borsányi, Margit Kovács, Siciliano Chamber Ensemble, Students of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, etc.


Woodhouse Recorder Week 2008 (August 3-9, 2008) (UK)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 23, 2008
"Woodhouse Recorder Week is a unique international summer school held in the peaceful surroundings of the Surrey Hills, dedicated to the development of recorder education. ...

(US) The Madison Early Music Festival (July 12-19, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 18, 2008
"Handel's Journey: From Germany to England via Italy"

"Join us o­n a life journey with 18th century traveler and musical titan George Frideric Handel. From Hamburg, we’ll follow his earliest journey to Lübeck to visit Buxtehude, then his move to Italy for an extended residence where he met the Italian composers who greatly influenced his musical future. After returning to Germany, we’ll share the wanderlust and ambition which ultimately led him to London, where he spent well over half his life. His compositional styles reflect all of his travels, and our musical itinerary will traverse Handel’s immense compositional world of operas, oratorios, concerti grossi, sonatas, English odes and royal ceremonial music. Artistic Directors: Cheryl Bensman Rowe and Paul Rowe, Program Director: Chelcy Bowles, Artistic Advisor: Robert Wiemken.

Guest Artists-in-Residence:

* Newberry Consort
* Marion Verbruggen
* Quicksilver
* Baroque Band
* Tempesta di Mare   "

Visit website for more information: The Madison Early Music Festival

Amherst Early Music Festival (July 6–13 and July 13-20, 2008) (US)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 17, 2008

 - Music of Germany -


"The Amherst Early Music Festival at New London combines our acclaimed workshop program with the beautiful Connecticut College campus, situated o­n a hillside overlooking the Long Island Sound. We offer two week-long programs of classes in Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music and dance at all levels. Join us for either week or both. The Workshop Program is our largest, open to all, no audition required. We also offer small, week-long Intensive Programs for accomplished amateurs, pre-professionals and professional performers. "

Visit the Amherst Early Music Festival 2008 site for more information as well as a glimpse of the extensive list of faculty for this year's workshop.

Bloomington Early Music Festival (BLEMF) May 16-26, 2008

Contributed by Admin on Mar 12, 2008
"The opera this year will be Alessandro Scarlatti's Tigrane (1715). This was his most popular work during his lifetime and it is a treasure trove delightful melodies. A masterpiece of Opera Seria, this work is packed with tuneful arias, interesting instrumental numbers, and even some elements of Opera Buffa. You'll hear dance numbers "borrowed" from o­ne of Campra's operas, Neapolitan songs sung by the hired help, and even a rare lute aria.

We very happy to announce that the Concord Ensemble will be returning to BLoomington to perform at BLEMF. They were able to find time in their extremely busy professional schedules to come and perform their choral magic. This is o­ne concert you will want to go to. " See website for more information: BLEMF

Summer School of Early Music (July 6-20/2008) (CZ)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 03, 2008

Summer School of Early Music focuses o­n the interpretation of music from older periods, mainly Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Music.

The workshop takes place every July in beautiful South Bohemian town Prachatice (130 km south from Prague, 200 km north-west of Vienna). In 2008 we will be there for the 10th time, until 1998 the course took place in Bechyně.

The programme of the course includes individual lessons, group teaching of techniques, ensemble playing, listening workshops, lectures, and concerts of lecturers and participants.

Every year we have about 15 classes led by leading Czech and world players and teachers.

Summer School of Early Music is organized by Sdružení pro českou hudbu a umění.

Classes and lecturers of the Summer School of Early Music 2008:

6th – 13th July 2008

Peter Holtslag Recorder, Baroque flute
Carin van Heerden Recorder, Baroque oboe
Alan Davis Recorder
Julie Braná Recorder, Baroque flute
Monika Devátá Recorder
Children's Class
Jan Kvapil Recorder
Pedagogical class
Edita Keglerová Harpsichord
Class for piano accompanists (not o­nly)

13th – 20th July 2008

Florilegium:
Ashley Solomon Recorder, Baroque flute
Rodolfo Richter Baroque violin
James Johnstone Harpsichord
Jennifer Morsches Baroque violoncello
Reiko Ichise Viola da gamba


Kerstin de Witt Recorder
Jostein Gundersen Recorder
Rebecca Stewart Early singing
Mami Irisawa Early singing
Jan Rokyta Recorder
Liselotte Rokyta Panpipes
Evangelina Mascardi Lute

See website for more information:

Summer School of Early Music


San Francisco Early Music Society 2008 Summer Early Music and Dance Workshop(US)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 01, 2008
"A Unique Experience . . .

For over twenty-eight years SFEMS has offered o­ne of the most comprehensive summer early music programs in the United States, led by a faculty of international artists in residence. The program offers instrumental and vocal master classes, lectures, coached ensembles, and recitals that provide an opportunity for musicians and dancers at a variety of levels to improve their ensemble skills, performance techniques, and teaching abilities.

Full days of classes, coaching, and rehearsals are followed by optional evening events, including faculty concerts and lecture-demonstrations, plus more light-hearted activities, from Morris and Renaissance dancing to croquet or poetry readings.

The Baroque and Medieval/Renaissance workshops are held at Sonoma State University, an hour north of San Francisco. Surrounded by hills and vineyards, Sonoma State offers several performance halls, a small theater, large classrooms, and new, single-room dorms. Nearby are wineries and historic towns in the Napa and Sonoma valleys, Pt. Reyes National Seashore, Bodega Bay, and the Russian River.

The Recorder Workshop is held at St. Albert’s Priory, a peaceful ivy-covered brick oasis o­ne block from an upscale boutique-and-restaurant district in Oakland, California. All the single dorm rooms overlook a serene courtyard garden. The beautiful chapel that houses performances and orchestra rehearsals has wonderful acoustics. St. Albert’s is two blocks from the Rockridge BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) station, putting the entire San Francisco Bay Area and its many attractions within reach by public transit.

For young people between the ages of seven and fifteen, SFEMS offers the fourteenth annual Music Discovery Workshop, located at the Crowden School in Berkeley.

Financial aid, based o­n need, is available from SFEMS in the form of tuition scholarships or work/study arrangements. College credit is also available from Sonoma State University (two semester units of academic credit per week, or three continuing education units). "

See workshop links for more details and o­nline registration. SFEMS 2008 Summer Early Music and Dance Workshop

Accademia d'Amore -- August 21-31, 2008 (Seattle, Washington, US)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 26, 2008
Accademia d'Amore: Workshop and Performance of Opera Scenes from the 17th century
August 21-31, 2008

Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington

Faculty:

Musical coaching:
Stephen Stubbs, musical director
Nancy Zylstra, vocal coach
Maxine Eilander, harps and continuo
Jillon Stoppels Dupree, harpsichord and continuo
George Shangrow, stage accompanist and musical coach
Margriet Tindemans, viola da gamba

Stage directors:
Roger Hyams
Anna Mansbridge
Theodore Deacon

This workshop offers advanced singers and continuo players (keyboards, harps, lutes, bowed bass) the opportunity to work on all the musical and dramatic aspects of the 17th-century opera repertoire with a faculty of specialists. Founded by Seattle native Stephen Stubbs eight years ago in Bremen, Germany, Accademia d’Amore has an established track record for training musicians in the subtle art of 17th-century vocal performance and instrumental accompaniment. Its attendees have gone on to successful careers in baroque opera in Europe, the US, and Canada. Stubbs relocated his successful workshop to Seattle in 2005. 2006 will see the second season of this workshop as well as the opening of an ongoing graduate program for singers and continuo players called the Seattle Academy of Baroque Opera.

Schedule:
The workshop will begin with a 3-day intensive course in the stylistic elements of music and movement in the baroque theatre, as well as a specialized course for continuo playing in baroque opera. This will be followed by a week of musical and scenic rehearsals in preparation for a staged performance of all the scenes worked on during the week.

In the middle of the workshop, there will be an informal student concert with music of the students’ choice. This is a very important part of the week where students have an opportunity to show other sides of their musicianship.

Location: Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA.
See website for more information: Accademia d'Amore Workshop

10th Annual Summer Toot (Texas, US)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 24, 2008
"Please join us for the 2008 Summer Toot, with our featured faculty Alison Melville and Frances Blaker (recorder) Mary Springfels (viols) and Dan Stillman (louds)! In conjunction with the Toot, there will be several concerts open to the public. Our world-class faculty this year includes:
  • Recorder:
    Alison Melville
    Frances Blaker
    Jennifer Carpenter
  • Viols and other bowed strings:
    Mary Springfels
    Susan Scheib
  • Reeds and brass:
    Daniel Stillman
  • Harp & lute:
    Bruce Brogdon
    Therese Honey
  • Voice:
    Daniel Johnson
Our classes include an array of small, o­ne-on-a-part Renaissance and Baroque ensembles and larger mixed vocal and instrumental groups. The size of the workshop enables us to create classes for all levels of students, from those of modest skills to advanced players and singers.This year's Summer Texas Toot is held at Texas Women's University in Denton, Texas. "

Visit the Toot website for more information. (ed.)

Zuckermann Harpsichords International June 13-16 2008 Workshop (US)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 18, 2008
"Focusing o­n the works of J. S. Bach and his sons

We weren't sure we'd do it so soon, but last summer's workshop was such a resounding success we couldn't resist. So o­nce again, players, owners, builders, enthusiasts and aficionados of early keyboard instruments will gather in the beautiful seaside village of Stonington, CT for three-and-a-half days of immersion in the wondrous world of the harpsichord and clavichord -- and this time, we're including the fortepiano! Musically, we're focusing o­n Bach and his sons.

We've changed the format somewhat from last year. The first full day (June 14, 2008) will be composed of introductory sessions in building and playing. The next two days will mostly follow two tracks, allowing participants to concentrate more o­n either the "hardware" (building and maintenance) of the instruments, or the "software" (performance and performance practice) of the music. We've worked hard to devise sessions that will interest everyone, but o­ne thing we haven't changed: Zack will supply the meals, including two dinners in his restaurant across the street from the shop! ... "

International Harpsichord Festival and Meeting in Hungary (18-22 June 2008) (HU)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 02, 2008
"International Harpsichord Festival and Meeting in Hungary
Budapest-Szentendre-Fehérvárcsurgó-Győr
18-22 June 2008

Concerts, master courses, workshops, lectures, presenters of old and new instruments, performance opportunities for young harpsichordists, etc.

Organizers: Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, Hungarian National Museum, Clavicembalo Foundation, Joseph Károlyi Foundation, Tihamér Vujicsics Music School Szentendre

Patron: Dr. András Batta, Rector of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of MusicArtistic director: Prof. Anikó Horváth "

See "International Harpsichord Festival and Meeting in Hungary" website for more details (ed.)
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