Each day features five tutored sessions:

1.    The morning ‘permanent’ session when the same five or six players work together for the whole week. We welcome applications from both individual players and preformed groups. Individual players will be formed into compatible consorts by the tutors.

2.    The late morning session, which encompasses lectures, technical studies and large ensemble playing.

3.    The optional late afternoon, ‘non-permanent’ session, when players gather in different combinations each day, giving participants the opportunity to study a variety of music and instruments including:

• facsimiles
• trio sonatas
• broken consorts
• consort songs
• one-to-a-part polychoral works
• Renaissance wind band

4.    The choir (everyone welcome – no experience necessary) which meets every evening after dinner and is immediately followed by:

5.    The tutti session: a large-scale work (for voices and instruments).

In addition to the tutored sessions, there are many opportunities to play informally outside the tutored sessions. 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.
Recorder players are encouraged to bring and be competent playing soprano, alto, tenor and bass recorders.

Viol players must be able to play more than one of treble, tenor or bass viols and be happy to read in C, G and F clefs.

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


Acceptance of students is provisional – dependent on whether they can be accommodated within a group at a compatible level. The deposit that accompanies your application will be returned should this not be possible.


An extensive library is provided for participants to select the music they wish to study, in consultation with their groups.
Sheet music is available for sale from Jacks, Pipes and Hammers.
The Early Music Shop offers instruments, CDs and accessories for sale.
Please contact them before the course if there is anything in particular you would like them to bring.

An on-site instrument maintenance service for simple repairs and adjustments will be provided by:  Julie Dean of the Recorder Shop (London) and luthier, TBC