The Lute Society: Summer School Listings

Courses and summer school listings

Details of courses and summer schools are below.

To let the society know of other events, please contact the secretary

See also summer school reviews and advice on choosing a summer school

For other playing opportunities, see playing days and residential weekends

Some other organisations and publications publish extensive listings of summer schools, such as Early Music Review, Early Music America, and


February 14-18, Kammermusikseminare „Pleasure Gardens“ im Rahmen der Barocktage Schrobenhausen Barockmusik und mehr für Instrumentalisten und Sängern. Unter anderem mit Thomas Boysen, Laute- und Gitarreninstrumente.

March 7-10 Benslow Lutefest with Fred Jacobs, Xavier Diaz Latorre, Lynda Sayce, Jacob Heringman, Matthew Spring, Sara Stowe, Benslow Music Trust, Little Benslow Hills off Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG4 9RB. Tel: 01462 459446.

May 5-12, 23rd Musica Antica 2024, Masterclass with Sigrun Richter, Monterone, Castello del Liuto, 52038 SESTINO (Arezzo), Italy Info:

June 30 -July 6 Chalemie Summer School at Uppingham School, Oakham, Rutland with Matthew Spring (strings plucked and bowed), Katie Hodges (natural trumpet), Barbara Segal (dance), Tamsin Cowell (cornetts), Tim Bayley (winds) and Bill Tuck (pipe and tabor). Opportunities to play mixed consorts, lute ensembles and to try other instruments. Further info: Enquiries at

July 11-14 Sommerakademie für Alte Musik Recklinghausen, with Stephan Rath, Musikschule Recklinghausen, Willy Brand Park 3, 45657 Recklinghausen

INSTEAD OF DARTINGTON INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL, The Music Summer School and Festival 2024, in Holt, Norfolk Anyone can register an interest by entering their contact details on the website.

July 21-28 Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools, now taking place at Benslow Music Trust, Hitchin, Herts, Baroque week: Campra, L'Europe Galante, no lute tutor but continuo welcome. Contact: Cambridge Early Music, 80 Gwydir Street, Cambridge, CB1 2LL tel: 0844 808 2412

July 28-Aug 4Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools, now taking place at Benslow Music Trust, Hitchin, Herts. Renaissance week: Daisies, pearls, music mysteries: Margaret of Austria and her Flemish scriptorium, Music by Pierre de la Rue, Josquin, Verdelot and others, no lute tutor this year. Contact: Cambridge Early Music, 80 Gwydir Street, Cambridge, CB1 2LL tel: 0844 808 2412

August 3-10 Renaissancewoche, Wolfenbüttel, Prinzenpalais, A Medici Wedding (with music from Luis Milán „El maestro“ (1536) to Diego Ortiz „Trattado de glosas“ (1553), Lautenmusik von u.a. Francesco da Milano, Marco dall’Aquila) withAmanda Markwick (Renaissance Flöten), Ibrahim Aziz (Gamben), Lee Santana (Lauten, Gitarre, Theorbe), Michael Dollendorf (Renaissance Blockflöten Consort, Zink und Posaune, Lirone) and Sven Schwannberger (Vokal Ensemble) further info:

August 10-17 Barockwoche, Wolfenbüttel, Prinzenpalais Le Nuove Musiche, Cantaten, Madrigale und Instrumentalmusik aus dem frühen 17. Jahrhundert (mit Musik von Caccini, Luzzaschi, Monteverdi, Frescobaldi und Kapsberger) mit Ibrahim Aziz (Gamben), Lee Santana (Laute, Archiliuto und Chitarrone), Michael Dollendorf (Blockflöte, Traversflöte, Zink, Posauen und Lirone), Pieter Dirksen (Cembalo), Sven Schwannberger (Gesang) further info:



April 10-14 Benslow Baroque Opera, 'The Judgement of Paris' by John Weldon, with Judy Tarling (leader), Henrik Perrson (continuo coach) and Nick Shaw (vocal coach), Benslow Music Trust, Little Benslow Hills off Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG4 9RB. Tel: 01462 459446.

Apr 15-23 Easter Early Music Course at Haberdasher´s Monmouth School for Girls (formerly the Ascot Easter course), dir Philip Thorby, contact

April 22-23 Amherst Early Music Spring Break Workshop, ornamenting Italian madrigals, with Doug Freundlich and Chris Morongiello, contact ,

April 30-May 7 Sunday, 21st Musica Antica masterclass for lutes and singers, with Sigrun Richter, MONTERONE, Castello del Liuto, 52038 SESTINO (Arezzo), Italy


May 2-6, 14a Settimana di Musica Antica, with Marco Pesci, Conservatorio statale di Musica "Alfredo Casella" | Via Francesco Savini. 67100 L'Aquila | Tel:0862 22122 - Fax:0862 62325 | C.F. 80007670666

May 28-June 3 Annual Summer Texas Toot, with Hector Torres, lute, Concordia University, Austin Texas, The Texas Toot, c/o PO Box 4328, Austin TX 78765 ++1(512) 578-8040

May 28-June 10 Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Music Institute, with Lucas Harris, lute and continuo class, University of Toronto, Canada, tel. ++1 416 964 9562, ext: 241 and specifically


June 18- July 2 Oberlin baroque performance institute, with Lucas Harris, Contact : Baroque Performance Institute, Conservatory of Music, 77 West College Street, Oberlin, Ohio 44074 1576, USA, tel: Anna Hoffmann ++1 440 775 8044

June 21 - July 1 Engelsholm Renaissance Music Week with Jame Akers, Midtjysk Efterskole, Ejstrupholm, Denmark, contact Patience Balslev , tel. +45 70 22 68 68.

June 27-July 7, Guitar and Lute workshop at Academy of Domaine Forget, with Sylvain Bergeron, contact


July ??International Course on Medieval Music Performance, Early Music Besalu, Catalonia, Spain, with Marti Beltran, and Gustav Nasman Olai, cithole, gittern etc.

July 1-8 XVII Summer Early Music Methodological Courses with Maria Wilgos, Warsaw, Bednarska Foundation, ul. Bednarska 11, 00-310 Warszawa tel./fax +4822 8266314 +4822 8277132

July 1-9, International Summer School of Early Music,Valtice,Czech Republic,with Brian Wright, tel.00420603954505

July 9-16 Lute Society of America Amherst Lutefest with Grant Herreid, Nigel North, Christopher Morrongiello, and Jason Priset registration at

July 9-16 Sommerakademie for early music, Recklinghausen with lute course with Stephan Rath and gamba, with Antje Plieg-Oemig

July 6-9 Sommerakademie für alte Musik Kloster Michaelsstein (Bach this year, no lute tutor), Michaelsteiner Baroccaner | Vom Gesang zum Klang, contact Musikakademie Sachsen-Anhalt für Bildung und Aufführungspraxis Michaelstein 15, 38889 Blankenburg Germany, +49 (0)3944 903026 Fax: +49 (0)3944 903030

July 6-9 Sommerakademie für Alte Musik Recklinghausen with Stephan Rath

July 7-14 XIXeme Academie Musicale Chateau d’Ollans, 'Hors les murs, (no lute tutor this year) contact Association C.A.M.A. Academie Musicale, Monsieur Michel Lab, 3 Place du 8 Septembre, F 25000 Besancon, France, tel: ++33/0 3 81 83 30 84

July 12-16 Lute course in San Marino, with Francesca Torelli, San Marino Artist - Piazza di Sopra n. 23 - 47893 - Borgo Maggiore - Rep. San Marino

July 14-16 Lute song course, Dr. Hoch’s Konservatorium, Frankfurt with Franz Vitzthum, Countertenor, and Julian Behr,

July 15-22 Summer Baroque Academy at the Victoria Conservatory, [no lute teacher this year] with Victoria Baroque and Early Music Vancouver, Victoria Conservatory of Music (900 Johnson Street), Early Music Vancouver, 1254 W 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6H 1B6, Canada

July 16-22 Renaissance Music Workshop, no lute tutor this year, Sonoma State University, CA, Music of English and German lands, contact: San Francisco Early Music Society, Jessica House Steward, P.O. Box 10151 Berkeley, CA 94709

July 17-22 Sommerakademie für alte Musik Kloster Michaelsstein (Bach this year, no lute tutor), , 1723- Bach geht nach Leipzig- Kantaten und Kammermusik aus der Bachzeit, contact Musikakademie Sachsen-Anhalt für Bildung und Aufführungspraxis Michaelstein 15, 38889 Blankenburg Germany, +49 (0)3944 903026 Fax: +49 (0)3944 903030

July 17-23 Accademia dei Selvatici, summer course of renaissance and baroque music, Monteverdi's Ballo dell ingrate, with Michele Carreca, Ensemble La Selva, Acquasparta (TR)

July 17-23 Settimana Musicale del Trecento, Arezzo, the music of Anthonello da Caserta, with Claudia Caffagni,

July 19-28 55th International Early Music course, Urbino, with Paul O’Dette, Evangelina Mascardi, Mauro Squillante contact: Fondazione Italiana per la Musica Antica, Via Col di Lana 7, C.P. 6159, 00195 Roma, Italy Tel/fax: ++39 063210806

July 20-27 12th International Course and Festival of Medieval and Renaissance Music Morella, with Eduardo Eguez, Morella Castellon, Valencia, Apartado de Correos 115 I 46450 Benifaió (Valencia) (+34) 961 780 015 or (+34) 616 015 301

July 22-29 Dartington International Summer School, week 1, incl. Lynda Sayce lute class, , Contact: DISS, The Barn, Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6DE tel: ++44/(0)1803 847080

July 22-31 Austria Barock Akademie,at Lambach, Music at the Courts of Austria, with Peter Croton, Daniele Camitie, Joachim Held, Hubert Hoffmann, contact: Preßgasse 14-16/2/4, A-1040 Wien, Austria, +43 (0) 699 1713 60 83

July 23-29 XXXI Encontros Internacionais de Música da Casa de Mateus, International Baroque Music Course, Casa de Mateus, including lute, early music interpretation for guitarists, and chamber music, with Peter Croton, reduced fees for early registration, Casa de Mateus, Vila Real, near Lisbon, Portugal

July, 24-29, Early Music summer camp at Castelo Novo, Portugal, for 10-18 year olds, with Helena Raposo, contact

July 24-30 Corso Internazionale de Musica Antica, with Ugo Nastrucci, Italy, Accademia del Ricercare, Via Torino 15, 10090, San Raffaele Cimena (TO)

July 26-31 ILMAestate 2023, corsi estivi de musica antica, with Michele Pasotti, Baroque music at San Vito al Tagliamento; Renaissance music at Valvasone tel: ++39 331 4532413 Associazione Antiqua, Palazzo Gerometta, Pradis di Sopra, I 33090 Clauzetto (PN)

July 27-Aug 6 Sommerakademie für alte Musik Kloster Michaelsstein (Bach this year, no lute tutor), , Vom Kapellmeister zum Kanto, contact Musikakademie Sachsen-Anhalt für Bildung und Aufführungspraxis Michaelstein 15, 38889 Blankenburg Germany, +49 (0)3944 903026 Fax: +49 (0)3944 903030

July 29–Aug 5 Northumbrian Recorder and Viol School LI (NORVIS), Barnard Castle School, with Richard Mackenzie. Contact: Harriet Gilfillan, 15 Bankside, Morpeth NE61 1XD 07738 108771 Enquiries contact form

July 30-Aug 5, Lute Society of America Online Lutefest registration at

July 30-Aug 13, 45th Sommerakademie Neuburg an der Donau with Julian Behr, Emma Kirkby, Residenzstraße A 66 86633 Neuburg an der Donau, details: tel +49 (0) 8431 67020

July 30 - Aug 5 Stage de musique baroque, with Pasival Castro, Centre Musiflore 215 chemin de Musiflore, 26460 Crupies, France, Phone: +33 4 75 46 44 86

July 30-Aug 5 14th International Medieval Music Course, Ars Nova, with Peppe Frana, Crawford Young, Centro Studi Europeo di Musica Medievale ‘Adolfo Broegg’ Spello, Italy, ++39 348 87 22 314

July 30-Aug 6 Internationales Seminar fur Alte Musik, Music of London, with Michael Freimuth, Michael Duecker, Schloss Zrel an der Pram, Oberosterreich, Austria, contact: Christa Pesendorfer, Hauptstr. 61b/8, A 3001, Mauerbach bei Wien, Austria, tel/fax: ++43 1 979 5898


Aug 2-6 L’Humor Bizzarro XXII, Intarsi di musica e danza antica, Rome, with Francesco Tomasi, Scuola Popolare di Musica di Testaccio, tel/fax: ++39 0633267447, / 328 3645555

Aug 4-13 Holešov Early music summer school, with Juan Jose Francione, baroque guitar and theorbo, Contact: The Czech Ensemble Baroque, Lázy 14, Loucka 756 44, Czech Republic,

Aug 5-11 Early music course at Bertinoro, ensemble and solo playing with masterclasses, and early orchestra course with Joachim Held and La Risonanza; Bertinoro, Italy,

Aug 5-12 Geflüchtete englische Komponisten auf dem Kontinent und ihre deutschen Kollegen – Brade, Dowland, Simpson Schein und Scheidt with Amanda Marwick (flute), Ibrahim Aziz (Gamba), Lee Santana (Lute, cittern, bandora, renaissance guitar), Michael Dollendorf (recorder) und Sven Schwannberger (voice). Wolfenbuettel, Berlin, Renaissance Workshop, c/o Michael Dollendorf, Bandelstraße 2, 10559 Berlin

Aug 5-13 Summer course on interpretation of early music, with Jan Cizmar, Kunín château, Kunín 1, 742 53 Kunín, contact: Jan Čižmář, MA, Cacovická 50, Brno, CZ-614 00 t: +420 606 222 416

Aug 6-20 Mattheiser Sommer-Akademie Bad Sobernheim, International Masterclasses and Concert Festival, Germany, [no lute teacher this year]: +++49 (0) 6751/856 3334

Aug 7-11 Summer Baroque Instrumental Course with Liz Kenny, for aspiring professional baroque instrumentalists, Laidlaw Music Centre, University of St Andrews, +44 (0)1334 46 2226

Aug 7-12 Mastercourse in Schwäbisch Gmünd with Sigrun Richter, lute, and Robert Crowe, voice, SCHWÖRHAUS, Erika-Künzel-Platz 1, 73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany

Aug 7-13 8e Académie de musique ancienne des Musiciens de Saint-Julien, Mortagne-au-Perche [no lute tutor this year] contact Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, Renseignements : +33 (0)9 81 18 57 45

Aug 6-12 Sommerkurs für Alte Musik with Julian Behr, Neuburg, see

Aug 7-13, La 8e Académie de musique ancienne des Musiciens de Saint-Julien, Telemann, Polish style and Galant style, with Giulio Quirici, Contact, Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, 86 rue Lesueur, F 76600 Le Havre, France +33 (0)9 81 18 57 45

Aug 12-19 Early Music Week at Pinewoods, nr Plymouth MA, no lute tutor this year but lutes welcome, Contact: The Country Dance and Song Society, 116 Pleasant Suite 345, Easthampton, MA 01027-2759 USA, tel: ++1 413-203-5467

Aug 12-19 Der französische Stil in Europa – Versailles und sein Einfluss (Jean-Baptiste Lully, André Danican Philidorf, Johann Jakob Froberger , Georg Muffat, Henry Purcell (no lute teacher this year)

Aug 13-19 La Pellegrina summer school at Priory Nieuw Sion, Diepenveen (Netherlands) , theorboes wanted, Baroque music at A=415, Rameau and co. (no lute tutor, but theorboes welcome) Contact: La Pellegrina, Dirkjan Horringa, Merwedeplansoen 73, 3522 JZ Utrecht, Netherlands, tel: ++31 30 2382535

Aug 13-19 7th annual Higham Hall Early Music Summer School, with Hugh Cherry and Richard Mackenzie, Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH tel: 01768 776976

Aug 13-20 Baroque Week 2023, Queen Anne’s School, Caversham, Berkshire, baroque chamber playing, The grand tour: France, with Lynda Sayce Contact: The Baroque Week, 118 Wise Lane, East Knoyle, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP3 6AB Tel: 01747 830625

Aug 19-27 Academie d’ete du Capriccio Francais, [no lute teacher this year, mostly choral and harpsichord],

Aug 20-27 Viel Klang Sommer, Tuebingen, Meisterkurse, Handel (no lute tutor this year), Eberstr. 23, D 72072 Tuebingen, Germany

Aug 21-25 Historically Informed Summer School, with Lynda Sayce, Bishop Burton College, Beverley contact: +44 (0)7942 264305

Aug 25-Sept 3 SienAgosto 2023, for Voice, Violin, Harpsichord, Lute and Theorbo, with Paul Beier (lute and theorbo), Michael Chance, Lynn Dawson, etc. Siena School for Liberal Arts


Sept 6-10, 9th Admonter Lautenherbst, with Joachim Held, Cornelia Demmer and Bettina Pahn, at Admont Abbey contact Mrs. Dagmar Fischer‐Riedel tel +43‐664‐1972598.

Sept 9th-14th, Eagle Hill (Maine) Institute Workshop on Plucked Instruments with Hopkinson Smith, Eagle Hill Institute, 59 Eagle Hill Road, PO Box 9, Steuben, ME 04680, USA


Oct 1-8, 21st Musica Antica masterclass with Sigrun Richter and Patrizia Vaccari, MONTERONE, Castello del Liuto, 52038 SESTINO (Arezzo), Italy, tel. +49 171 1441047

Oct 12-14, Historical plucked instrument course with Hopkinson Smith, Academia Internacional Joan Carles i Amat, Monistrol de Montserrat, Barcelona,


Lacock Singing weeks sometimes include lute continuo,


Sing, Sing, Sing, lute and guitar song course, with Evelyn Tubb and Michael Fields, Jackdaws Music Education Trust, Great Elm, Frome, Somerset, BA11 3NY ++44 01373 812383,

Kurs Musik des 17. Jahrhunderts in der Landesmusikakademie Rheinland-Pfalz in Neuwied-Engers, with Martin Lubenow,


Madison Early Music Festival, with Grant Herreid, Charles Weaver, University of Wisconsin, contact: Madison Early Music Festival, 21 N. Park St. 7th Floor ++1 608-890-1118.


Baroque continuo crash course, with Lukas Henning, Berlin, hosted by Baroque Workshop

Blackdown Early Music Projects, Southwest viols, lutes and voices, with Lynda Sayce, lute songs, lute solo, consort playing, Cadbury House, Fore Street, Culmstock, Devon EX15 3JD, contact: Catherine Bass

Teatro Veneziano: continuo playing in Italian orchestral music, with Sam Chapman. Lutes, guitars and theorbos all welcome. Culminates in two orchestra concerts in Bern and Biel, Switzerland. Contact:, 0041 79 530 3991.

Musik des 17. Jahrhundert, kurs fur historische Instrumente, prot. Martin-Luther Gemeindezentrum, Windhofstraße 17, Germersheim-Sondernheim Gemersheim, contact Martin van Lubenow, Friedhofstrasse 2, D 76726 Germersheim, Germany, ++49 7274 / 777 362


Alte Musik in Kloster Armstorf, Kammermusikkurs für Traversflöte, Viola da Gamba und Violone ,No lute teacher this year, at Bildungshaus Kloster Armstorf, Kloster Armstorf, Dorfener Str. 12, D-84427 St. Wolfgang


Academia Musicae Antiquae Labacensis, with Izidor Erazen Grafenauer, University of Ljubljana, contact Akademija za glasbo, Stari trg 34, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenija,

Chamber music for early instruments, at Sunstar Mountain Lodge, Arosa, Switzerland, with Ziv Braha, information :Leonardo Bortolotto,
Lothringerstrasse 145, CH-4056 Basel +41 (0)77 440 05 50

Lute course with Evangelina Mascardi, Orte, near Rome, in collaboration with Associazione Incontri Mediterranei, tel +39 340.982.1145

Svenska gitarr-och lutafestivalen,

Early Music Summer University in Miercurea Ciuc, with Istvan Konya and Attila Kovacs, Márton Áron National College (Miercurea Ciuc, 80 Márton Áron Street) Romania or tel: 0040-266-372044 (fax: 0266-315891); 0040-0746-244235 (mobile).

Ringve Museum International Summer School, Inderoy, Norway; contact: Olavsfestdagene · Pb 2045 · N-7410 Trondheim, tel/fax: ++47 40 40 45 84

Settimana di Musica Antica, Citta di Castello, with Michele Carreca, 'Signori in Carrozza', Villa San Donino, Citta di Castello (PG) Italy, contact ++39 333 25 69 690 e:


Amsterdam Early Music Summer School including a wokshop for advanced students by Fred Jacobs, Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

Interpretation Course for Lute and Plucked Instruments with, Hopkinson Smith, Chesa da Cultura, Via Dimlej 44, CH-7500 St. Moritz, Switzerland

From Lute Songs to Pop Songs: Unboxing a Repertoire, with Sam Chapman (lute, theorbo), Claire Huguenin (voice) and James Oldham (composition). Berlin Summer University of the Arts. For more information and registration:

Course in historical lute technique in the baroque era, at Chiavenna, Italy, contact: , (scroll down),

Early Music Master Classes, Centro Residenziale Universitario Bertinoro, Via Frangipane 6, 47032 Bertinoro,

Masterclass for plucked instruments with Hopkinson Smith, Chesa da Cultura, Via Dimlej 44, CH-7500 St. Moritz, Switzerland, T/F +41 61 361 62 44 | info[at]


English Lute Songs Old and New, with Jacob Heringman, Claire Wilkinson, Michael Solomon Williams, Benslow Music Trust, Little Benslow Hills off Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG4 9RB. Tel: 01462 459446.

Alessandra Stradella International Festival, with Andrea Damiani, Nepi (VT), Italy, contact Giorgia Rocca,

Floremus, Florence International Renaissance Music Workshop, courses in madrigals and villanesche etc. for singers and instrumentalists, with Gian Luca Lastraioli, contact Associazione L’Homme Armè, Via San Romano 56, 50135 Firenze Tel/Fax +39 055 695000

Rencontes Baroques de Montfrin, Association le Chant des Pierrres, 3 Rue Gambetta, F 30490 Montfrin, France (+) 33 466 020 354 Tel +39 329 8134141

Lessons in solo playing and chamber music, with Joachim Held, Vittorio Ghielmi, Jan van Elsacker, Ulrike Hofbauer, Frithjof Smith–Bork, in Luebeck, Germany,


West Dean short course, Sing from the heart, with Evelyn Tubb, Michael Fields, West Dean Sussex - The Edward James Foundation, West Dean, Nr Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0QZ +44 (0) 1243 818300