This year's course of 17th-century music for voices and instruments celebrates the 400th anniversary of the birth of Johann Rosenmüller (1619 - 1684). Following his early career in Leipzig, Rosenmüller spent over twenty-five years in Venice before returning to Germany. The result is a fine blend of Italian and German styles in appealing and approachable sacred music, and in the excellent sonatas in two to five parts published in 1682. William will direct the large-scale choral pieces with five-part string ensemble such as Lauda Jerusalem and Also hat Gott as well as choral pieces with continuo only. For those who wish to have the opportunity to sing solos, we will explore some smaller-scale works for one or two voices with instruments. Players will also have the chance to work with Theresa on instrumental music from the 1682 collection. The course is for a chamber choir of up to twenty singers with an ensemble of baroque strings and continuo. We can offer places for up to six violins, four violas or viols, two cellos or bass violins, one bass viol, two harpsichords (and/or organ) and one theorbo. String players with modern set-ups are welcome if they use gut strings and baroque bows, and preferably have some experience of baroque style. We will be working at A=415. Both singers and players need to be confident sight-readers.

Resident: £400 Non-Resident: £305 Code: 19/347