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



Feb 1-4 Course in 17th century music, with Suzanne van Os, Landesmusikakademie Rheinland-Pfalz,


Mar 16-18 Lutefest at Benslow, with Alex McCartney, Andrew Maginley, Lynda Sayce, Jeni Melia, Roy Marks, Benslow Music Trust, Little Benslow Hills off Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG4 9RB. Tel: 01462 459446 (fax: 440171)

Mar 9-11 18. Etappe für Alte Musik auf BURG FÜRSTENECK „Musik zum Vernaschen“, music about food and drink, with renaissance orchestra, with Marc Lewon,

Mar 15-18 Lutefest at Benslow, with Stewart McCoy, Jeni Melia, Roy Marks, and other tutors to be announced. Lute song composer of the year: Robert Jones. Benslow Music Trust, Little Benslow Hills off Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG4 9RB. Tel: 01462 459446 (fax: 440171).


Apr 2-8 MONTERONE, Castello del Liuto, 52038 SESTINO (Arezzo), Italy, MASTERCLASSES with Sigrun Richter – Lute and Patrizia Vaccari – Voice;
; tel.: +49 171 1441047;

Apr 4-9 18th Chalemie Summer School of Early Music, Dance and Commedia, Headington School, Oxford, with Matthew Spring, lute teacher, et al. Contact: Barbara Segal, tel: 020 7700 4293 / f: 7700 5877, or Chalemie Summer School, 3 Thornhill Square, Islington, London N1 1BQ,

Apr 9–15 Benslow Baroque Opera Project, Rameau, Les Indes Galantes, at A=415 incl. continuo, Benslow Music Trust, Little Benslow Hills off Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG4 9RB. Tel: 01462 459446.

April 28 - 1 May Lute Concert, and masterclass Lute & guitar, Renaissance & Baroque by Hopkinson Smith, Aix-en-Provence, Further Information : Atelier de Musiques Aix-Provence : 6 rue Matheron-13100 Aix-en-Provence: or , Tel: Christine de Trincaud +33 (0)4 96 42 45 16 / +33 (0) 6 76 39 79 55, or Christine Fatou +33 (0) 4 42 55 16 87 / +33 (0) 6 21 71 40 80


May 10-13 Musik des 17. Jahrhundert, kurs fur historische Instrumente, prot. Martin-Luther Gemeindezentrum, Windhofstraße 17, Germersheim-Sondernheim Gemersheim, with Susanne van Os, contact Martin van Lubenow, Friedhofstrasse 2, D 76726 Germersheim, Germany, ++49 7274 / 777 362

May 11-13th, The Seventeenth-Century String Band, theorboes welcome! at Benslow Music Trust, details above

May 21-24, Heinrich Schütz and his contemporaries, theorboes welcome! at Benslow Music Trust, details above

May 30-June 3 Kurs Alte Musik, flute, lute, gamba and violine, with Axel Wolf, Marion Teupel-Franck, Bildungshaus Kloster Armstorf, Dorfener Str. 12, D 84427 St. Wolfgang, Bavaria, tel: ++49 /08081 / 3038


June 3-9 Annual Summer Texas Toot, with Scott Horton, lute, Concordia University, Austin Texas, The Texas Toot, c/o PO Box 4328, Austin TX 78765 ++1(512) 578-8040

Jun 10-16 Baroque Music Workshop, with Nigel North, Sonoma State University, CA, contact: San Francisco Early Music Society, Jessica House Steward, P.O. Box 10151 Berkeley, CA 94709

June 10–23 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

Jun 17-30 Oberlin baroque performance institute, A Celebration of Couperin and Charpentier, 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 18-21, Baroque String Orchestra: The Italian Concerto, theorboes welcome! at Benslow Music Trust, details above

June 23-30 XII Summer Early Music Methodological Courses with Anton Birula Anna Kowalska, Warsaw, Bednarska Foundation, ul. Bednarska 11, 00-310 Warszawa tel./fax +4822 8266314 +4822 8277132

June 24-30 Lute Society of America, Cleveland Lute Fest at Case Western Reserve University, with Crawford Young, Doug Freundlich, Robert Barto, Liz Kenny, Paul O'Dette Nigel North, Xavier Diaz-Latorre, Christopher Morrongiello, and Ronn McFarlane, Festival Director Jason Priset 631-741-9838

June 29–July 7 Lute Clinic, Tips, exercises and routines to improve your technique and sonic personality on the lue, with Gian Luca Lastraioli, Palazzo Rucellai, Florence, tel. +39 55 366058

June 30 - July 7 Engelsholm Renaissance Music Week with Jame Akers, Midtjysk Efterskole, Ejstrupholm, Denmark, contact Oliver Hirsh, , or to Torben H. Jensen, tel. +45 70 22 68 68.


July 5–15 IV Academia Musicae Antiquae Labacensis, with Izidor Erazen Grafenauer, University of Ljubljana, contact Akademija za glasbo, Stari trg 34, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenija,

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

July 7-14 Madison Early Music Festival Quixotic, Journey to Lubeck, German and Italian choral Works, with Grant Herreid, Charles Weaver, University of Wisconsin, contact: Madison Early Music Festival, 21 N. Park St. 7th Floor ++1 608-890-1118.

July 7-15 30th International Summer School of Early Music, Valtice, Czech Republic, with Brian Wright, Contact: Vinarska skola Sobotní 116 , 691 42 Valtice tel: +420 603 954 505

July 7-22 7th International Course on Medieval Music Performance, Early Music Besalu, Catalonia, Spain, with Marti Beltran, cithole, various classes including troubadour song,

July 8-14 Mediaeval and Renaissance Workshop, [no lute tutor this year] Pilgrimages from Albion to Iberia, St Albert’s Priory, Oakland, CA, contact: San Francisco Early Music Society, Jessica House Steward, P.O. Box 10151 Berkeley, CA 94709

July 17-27 Academie d’ete du Capriccio Francais, Barcelona, [no lute teacher this year, mostly choral and harpsichord] 5, rue Carnot FR - 94130 Nogent-sur-Marne
Tél. : 33 (0)6 12 28 55 13

July 18-22 Sommerakademie für alte Musik Kloster Michaelsstein (theme is Couperin and Telemann this year, so not suitable for lutes) contact Musikakademie Sachsen-Anhalt für Bildung und Aufführungspraxis Michaelstein 15, 38889 Blankenburg Germany, +49 (0)3944 903026 Fax: +49 (0)3944 903030

July 19-28 50th International Early Music course, Urbino, with Paul O’Dette, Crawford Young, contact: Fondazione Italiana per la Musica Antica, Via Col di Lana 7, C.P. 6159, 00195 Roma, Italy Tel/fax: ++39 063210806

July 21-26 7th 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 21-29 La Pellegrina summer school, Purcell and the chapel royal, Bechyne, Czech republic, (no lute tutor, but theorboes welcome) Contact: La Pellegrina, Dirkjan Horringa, Merwedeplansoen 73, 3522 JZ Utrecht, Netherlands, tel: ++31 30 2382535

July 22-28 Gloucester Academy of Music Early Music Week, Angels and ministers of grace, with Philip Thorby (no lute tutor but continuo welcome), at Wotton House, Horton Road, Gloucester. GL1 3PT, contact: Gloucester Academy of Music, Barbican House, Barbican Road, Gloucester, GL1 2JF tel: 01452 668592

July 22-30 Ringve Museum International Summer School, Inderoy, Norway. tutors include Thomas Boysen; contact: Olavsfestdagene · Pb 2045 · N-7410 Trondheim, tel/fax: ++47 40 40 45 84

July 23-28 8th International Medieval Music Course, mediaeval song and dance, with Peppe Frana, Crawford Young, Centro Studi Europeo di Musica Medievale ‘Adolfo Broegg’ Spello, Italy, ++39 348 87 22 314

July 24-Aug 2 Innsbruck Baroque, no lute teacher this year, at Mozarteum University Salzburg, contact: Melanie Tockner, Sekretariat der Vizerektorin für Außenbeziehungen, Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, Mirabellplatz 1, 5020 Salzburg / Austria, Tel: +43 662 6198-2016

July 25 - Aug 4 Austria Barock Akademie, Handel, A European composer (no lute tutor this year),Altmünster at Schloß Ebenzweier, Austria contact: Preßgasse 14-16/2/4
A-1040 Wien, Austria, +43 (0) 699 1713 60 83

July 28-Aug 2 XIX Corso Internazionale de Musica Antica, with Ugo Nastrucci, Romano Canavese, Italy, Accademia del Ricercare, Via Torino 15, 10090, San Raffaele Cimena (TO)

July 28-Aug 2 ILMAestate 2017, corsi estivi de musica antica, with Giangiacomo Pinardi, San Vito al Tagliamento tel: ++39 331 4532413 Associazione Antiqua, Palazzo Gerometta, Pradis di Sopra, I 33090 Clauzetto (PN)

July 28–Aug 4 Northumbrian Recorder and Viol School XLVI (NORVIS), College of St Hild & St Bede, Durham, with Martin Eastwell, Richard Mackenzie. Contact: Harriet Gilfillan, 15 Bankside, Morpeth NE61 1XD 07738 108771

July 28-Aug 4 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 28-Aug 4 Internationales Seminar fur Alte Musik, Europa, Frankreich und seine Ausstrahlung, with Michael Freimuth, 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

July 28-Aug 5 L’Humor Bizzarro, Intarsi di musica e danza antica, Rome, with Francesco Tomasi, Scuola Popolare di Musica di Testaccio, tel/fax: ++39 0633267447, / 328 3645555

July 29-Aug 3 40th Sommerakademie Neuburg an der Donau with Jakob Lindberg, Emma Kirkby, details: tel +49 (0) 8431 67020

July 29 - Aug 4 Stage de musique baroque, with Pasival Castro, Centre les Coulmes, Col de Romeyere, F 38680 Rencurel, France, tel: +++33 4 74 96 57 76

July 29–4 Aug Lute and theorbo course, with Lukas Henning, at Sunstar Alpine Hotel, Arosa, Switzerland, concact L. Henning, +49/0 176 6322 3022,–+Renaissance+%26amp%3B+Baroque/300

July 29-Aug 4 Svenska gitarr-och lutafestivalen 2018, with Anna Kowalska

July 29-Aug 8 Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools:, Girton College Cambridge, Echoes of Antiquity, Purcell, Handel and the original Academy of Ancient Music, no lute tutor this year but continuo welcome, Contact: Cambridge Early Music Box 111, 23 King Street, Cambridge CB1 1AH tel: 0844 808 2412


Aug 4-11 Dartington International Summer School, week 2, incl. baroque orchestra, Bach's Matthew Passion, Contact: DISS, The Barn, Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6DE tel: ++44/(0)1803 847080

Aug 5-11 Higham Hall Early Music Summer School, with Hugh Cherry, Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH tel: 01768 776976

Aug 5-12 Viel Klang Sommer, Tuebingen, ´Bach and family´, Meisterkurse with Lee Santana, Eberstr. 23, D 72072 Tuebingen, Germany


Aug 9-18 Lute building course in Aracena, Huelva, Spain, with Carlos Gonzalez and Joaquin Rodriguez; build a lute, baroque guitar or vihuela from parts partially made already by Carlos Gonzalez; 7 students, price 1100 Euros contact:

Aug 11-17 Sommerakademie Schloss Homburg am Main, Germany, workshop for lute, theorbo and chitarrone with Sigrun Richter, , c/o Martha Schubert Schmidt, Sandbuehlstrs 5a, D 97218 Gerbrunn, ++49/0 91 31 7059647

Aug 11-17 Early Music Week at Pinewoods, nr Plymouth MA, Euterpe meets Terpsichore [no lute tutor this year] Contact: The Country Dance and Song Society, 116 Pleasant SSuite 345, Easthampton, MA 01027-2759 USA, tel: ++1 413-203-5467

Aug 12-17 Ludlow Summer School, a Venetian Vespers, continuo welcome,

Aug 12-19 Baroque Week 2018, Queen Anne’s School, Caversham, Berkshire, baroque chamber playing, European music in 17th-18th century Englad. Contact: The Baroque Week, 118 Wise Lane, East Knoyle, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP3 6AB Tel: 01747 830625

Aug 13–17 Historically Informed Summer School, with Jacob Heringman, Bishop Burton College, Beverley contact: 0844 870 6478

Aug 14-19 3rd Académie de musique ancienne des Musiciens de Saint-Julien, Château de Tourville-sur-Pont-Audemer (Normandie) with Miguel Henry, contact Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, 4 rue Adrien Pasquier, 76000 Rouen, France, Tél. : +33 (0)9 81 18 57 45

Aug 16-19 International Early Music summer course, Bertinoro (Forlì-Cesena), Italy,
with Francesca Torelli lute, theorbo and continuo; ;

Aug 19-26 SienAgosto 2018, for Voice, Violin, Harpsichord, Lute and Theorbo,, with Paul Beier (lute and theorbo), Michael Chance, Lynn Dawson, etc. Siena School for Liberal Arts

Aug 20-31, Corsi estivi di musica “L’Antica Prattica” 2018, IV Edizione, [No lute teacher this year, only keyboards], Lovere (BG) – Accademia Tadini, Associazione Culturale Monti & Mousiké

Aug 21-30 (two overlapping weeks) 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


Sept 1-9 Floremus, Florence International Renaissance Music Workshop, for singers and instrumentalists, with Gian Luca Lastraioli, contact Associazione L’Homme Armè, Via San Romano 56, 50135 Firenze Tel/Fax +39 055 695000

Sept 3-8 Rencontes Baroques de Montfrin, Caccini and 17th century Italian women composers, with Eduardo Eguez, contact: Association le Chant des Pierrres, 3 Rue Gambetta, F 30490 Montfrin, France (+) 33 466 020 354 Tel +39 329 8134141

Sept 8-12 Alessandra Stradella International Festival, with Andrea Damiani, Nepi (VT), Italy, contact Giorgia Rocca,

Sept 10–13 Lute song course at Benslow, ‘Dowland and his peers’ with Jacob Heringman and Emma Kirkby, Benslow Music Trust, Little Benslow Hills off Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG4 9RB. Tel: 01462 459446 (fax: 440171).

Sept 14-17 Sabbioneta Masterclass 2018, Renaissance and Baroque Music with Dame Emma Kirkby (Voice), Sam Chapman (Lute, Theorbo, continuo), Sabbioneta, near Parma,


Oct 5–7 Bedlam Lute Song Workshop, with Laudon Schuett, College of Charleston campus, South Carolina, web:

Oct 14-19 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

Oct 22–25 Purcell’s Extraordinary Tallent, for singers and continuo players, Benslow Music Trust, Little Benslow Hills off Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG4 9RB. Tel: 01462 459446.


Nov 9-11 Nuns and Roses, mediaeval style, with Belinda Sykes and Joglaresa, mediaeval songs, all instruments welcome, Benslow Music Trust, Little Benslow Hills off Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG4 9RB. Tel: 01462 459446.


Jan 31–Feb 3 Baroque chamber music at A=415, mainly for pre-formed ensembles, Benslow Music Trust, Little Benslow Hills off Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG4 9RB. Tel: 01462 459446 (fax: 440171).

Mar 21–24 Lutefest at Benslow, with Jacob Heringman, Gian Luca Lastraioli, Lynda Sayce, Jeni Melia, and Roy Marks Lute song composer of the year: John Bartlett, plus Dowland’s psalms for Sir Henry Noel. Benslow Music Trust, Little Benslow Hills off Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG4 9RB. Tel: 01462 459446 (fax: 440171).

Apr 6-12 Easter Early Music Course at St George’s School Ascot, , contact Annice Nethercott tel: 07898 091949


July 8-16 Triora Musica, La Daphne by Marco da Gagliano (1575-1642) (first performed Mantua, 1608) with plucked string continuo, course in Triora, Liguria, Italy tel: +44 (0)7967689714

July 9-16 The Amherst / Lute Society of America Workshop West, Connecticut College, with, Nigel North, Xavier Diaz-Latorre, Christopher Morrongiello, and Jason Priset (Director), ++1 845-406-3513

July 9-17 XXIII International Summer Academy of Early Music, Wilanow Palace and other venues in Warsaw, Poland,

July 24-28, Early music course at San Benedetto del Tronto, with Marco Pesci, esp. theorbo and archlute basso continuo básics and style,

July 24-30 Lute course with Evangelina Mascardi, Orte, near Rome, in collaboration with Associazione Incontri Mediterranei, tel +39 340.982.1145

Aug 13–27 Mattheiser Sommer-Akademie Bad Sobernheim, International Masterclasses and Concert Festival, Germany: ++49/0 6751 81125 NEXT COURSE, 2019

Aug ??? 15th Holešov Early music summer school, with Joel Frederiksen, Contact: The Czech Ensemble Baroque, Lázy 14, Loucka 756 44, Czech Republic,


Mar 7-9 Lute and Guitar weekend, with Anna Kowalska, Anna Birula, Frederic Chopin State Music School, 11 Bednarska St., 00-310 Warsaw, POLAND, tel./fax: +48 22 826 63 14, +48 22 827 71 32, fax: +48 22 829 87 46

July 6-10 1st Zutphen Zomer Academy, with Fred Jacobs, Zutphen Netherlands, contact: Tineke Haveman,10VOCAAL, De Muddegezaai 10, 8252KA Dronten, Tel: 0321-701332/ 06-41497089

July 11-23 Arezzo Summer School, I play baroque, with Gian Luca Lastraioli (until 18th), Tel +39 3474775173

July 35th Academie Internationale de Musique et de Danse de la Lozere, with Brian Wright,

July 18-23 Corsi Estivio di Musica Antica e Barocca, with Gianluca Gemeria, Pamparato (Cuneo) Italy, ++39 011 5211867

Aug 21-28 14eme Atelier de Musique Ancienne, Gruyeres, Swtizerland, Association Guitare & Luth, CP 2254, CH 1630 Bulle 2, Switzerland,

Aug 25-28 Corsi estivi di musica barocca, Venezia Palazzo Grimani di Santa Maria Formosa, with Simone Vallerotonda, Associazione per la musica e la danza antica di Venezia, +390415231461 +393207232837 Facebook page:

Sept 15-20 International viol course, masterclasses and concerts, with Jordi Savall, viols, and Rolf Lislevand teaching plucked strings, singers also welcome, Spa, Belgium, contact: Ricercar Consort, Place de Bronckart 19, 4000 Liège Belgique ++32 (04) 253 47 21

Oct 27–30 4th Admonter Lautenherbst, with Evangelina Mascardi, Hubert Hoffmann, contact Dagmar Fischer-Riedel, Evangelische Kirchenstrasse 233, A-8911 Admont (Steiermark) ++43 + 664 / 19 72 598