"Beautiful music brought to life by the very best tutors; lovely people to play alongside; delicious food to keep us all going and flawless organisation — perfect!"


St George's School
Wells Lane, Ascot
Berkshire, SL5 7DZ

Easter Early Music Course - 1st to 7th April, 2017

Tutors - Tom Beets, David Hatcher, Alison Kinder, Asako Morikawa, Emma Murphy, Barbara Law, Philip Thorby

This popular and highly acclaimed course provides an excellent opportunity for experienced players of period instruments to work on early music in a chamber setting. Under the guidance of our team of expert tutors - highly regarded as performers and teachers, participants are able to develop their technical and musical skills in an informal, friendly and supportive environment.

The daily timetable and recent music studied demonstrate the scope of the course.

This year we celebrate the 450th anniversary of the birth of that most iconic of composers, Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), whose boundary-breaking writing could be said to have marked the shift from the Renaissance to the Baroque.

Each day features five tutored sessions and, in addition, there are many opportunities to play informally.

There is a minimum expectation that all players will be competent on their instruments and comfortably able to hold their own, usually one to a part. This is so that all can enjoy playing in groups, large and small, with any combination of participants.

A=440 except by prior agreement with other players in small groups.

While you are on the course, you will be able to buy sheet music from Jacks, Pipes & Hammers and The Early Music Shop will bring a wide selection of its stock for sale.  There will also be an on-site instrument repair and maintenance service:  Julie Dean will be available to service your recorders and luthier Marie-Catherine Massé for simple repairs and maintenance of viols.   However, please do not assume The Ascot Early Music Course Ltd.'s endorsement of any of these services.  Any transactions made are at your own risk.