This year sees Cambridge Early Music celebrate their 20th anniversary, and the courses on offer this summer show that their commitment to early music practice continues on into a new decade.

Two one-week residential summer school courses are available this August, with the first week focusing on baroque music and the second week looking at the Renaissance period.

This year’s baroque summer school takes place from 4 to 11 August. The course, entitled ‘From Monteverdi to Vivaldi’, will be led by string consort The Parley of Instruments and will cover both vocal and instrumental Venetian work with technical workshops, and choral and orchestral sessions.

The second week of Renaissance music will be led by the director of Musica Antiqua of London, Philip Thorby, and will take place on 11-17 August. This course’s theme is ‘Lessons with Lassus’ – based around the work of composer Orlandus Lassus.  Participants will study his works, as well as those written by Lassus’s students.

A number of concerts will also take place as part of the summer school courses: The Parley of Instruments will perform on 4 and 7 August, there will be a lute recital from Stewart McCoy on 11 August, and on the final evenings of both courses (baroque 11 August, Renaissance 17 August) participants will perform in an informal concert.

A scholarship fund is available to those who may require financial support to participate in the course.


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