Inspirational and encouraging instruction in baroque style from a team of expert tutors.


Resident: £453 Non-Resident: £345 (25% off for under 27s) Code: 22/318

Booking for Members opens at 11am on Monday 18 October 2021.

Non-Member and online booking opens at 11am on Monday 15 November 2021.

For details on how to become a Member to take advantage of early booking, see here

What is the course about?

We are delighted to welcome back Theresa Caudle (violin), Mark Caudle (cello) and Claire Williams (harpsichord) to lead this thoroughly joyful course. The works studied will be a selection of concertos from Handel’s Concerti Grossi Op 3. We will be working at A=415 and are seeking an orchestra of baroque string players with period instruments (or modern instruments with baroque bows and gut strings), two baroque oboists and one baroque bassoonist. There will also be places for two harpsichordists and one theorbo player in the continuo team. Players must be of reasonably advanced standard, confident sight-readers, and willing to rehearse in some detail. 

Tutor website: www.canzona.org.uk

What will we cover?

Articulation and phrasing 


Rhetoric - in terms of understanding the structure and how to deliver in performance 

Tempo, rhythm and pulse (especially in dance movements) 

Recognising the character of different movements and learning how to make technical choices to bring it out effectively 

Working with non-equal temperament tuning

Technical issues for strings - how to refine use of the baroque bow 

Continuo skills

What will we accomplish? By the end of this course you will be able to…

Play more communicatively and expressively thanks to your growing assimilation of baroque performance practice. 

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Standard: Confident, Skilful

How will the course be taught, and will any preparation be required?

The course will involve tutti and sectional rehearsals, and chamber music sessions might be possible.  Familiarisation of the music before the course is encouraged, but not compulsory. 

Will music be provided in advance of the course?

Yes, it will be available on this website ahead of the course.

Is there anything I need to bring?

We are playing at A=415 and don’t forget to bring your baroque instrument, or if you don’t have one then gut strings and baroque bow.  Don’t forget your spare strings or reeds.

What previous participants said about this course…

“I couldn't rate it highly enough. It was really excellent in every way.”

“The course was extremely well organised. It was really challenging for me, but most enjoyable, and the atmosphere and encouragement from both staff & students were very supportive.”

“The tutors gave much insight as to how to interpret and play the works giving opportunities for participants to play different parts and to express their opinions.”