The Lute Society: Summer School Listings

Summer school listings

Details of 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



Mar 23–26 Lutefest at Benslow, with Jadran Duncumb, Stewart McCoy, Jeni Melia, Roy Marks, Benslow Music Trust, Little Benslow Hills off Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG4 9RB. Tel: 01462 459446 (fax: 440171).


Apr 1-6 17th 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 1-7 Easter Early Music Course at St George’s School Ascot, Monteverdi 450th anniversary, contact Annice Nethercott tel: 07898 091949

Apr 17-23 Musica Antica a Monterone/Sestino, Arezzo, Chiaroscuro: lute músic and madrigals from early 17th century Italy with Sigrun Richter, tel: ++39 0575 772219, +49 171 1441047

Apr 19-23 Kloster Schlehdorf, 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 /089 601 2755

Apr 17-21 Benslow Baroque Opera Project, Handel´s Athalia, at A=415 (probably no lute continuo this year), Benslow Music Trust, Little Benslow Hills off Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG4 9RB. Tel: 01462 459446.


May 5-7 Lute Masterclass, interpretation of madrigalistic repertoire, with Gian Luca Lastraioli, Palazzo Rucellai, Florence, tel. +39 55 366058

May 25-28 Musik des Fruhbarock, kurs fur historische Instrumente, Gemersheim, with Susanne van Os, contact Martin van Lubenow, Friedhofstrasse 2, D 76726 Germersheim, Germany, ++49 7274 / 777 362

May 29-June 11 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 Annual Summer Texas Toot, with Scott Horton and Bruce Brogdon, lute and continuo, Concordia University, Austin Texas, The Texas Toot, c/o PO Box 4328, Austin TX 78765 ++1(512) 578-8040 NO SUMMER SCHOOL THIS YEAR, BUT SEE THEIR WEBSITE FOR WEEKEND EVENTS

Jun 18-24 Baroque Music Workshop Water, Music´s Elixir, with Nigel North, Sonoma State University, CA, contact: San Francisco Early Music Society, Jessica House Steward, P.O. Box 10151 Berkeley, CA 94709

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

June 24-July 1 XI Summer Early Music Methodological Courses with Anton Birula, Warsaw, Tel: + 48 501827750

Jun 25–July 2 Triora Musica, Broken consorts at midsummer, course in Triora, Liguria, Italy tel: +44 (0)7967689714


July 1-8 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 2-8 Mediaeval and Renaissance Workshop, [no lute tutor this year] The Triumph of Music, St Albert’s Priory, Oakland, CA, contact: San Francisco Early Music Society, Jessica House Steward, P.O. Box 10151 Berkeley, CA 94709

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

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

July 8–15 Madison Early Music Festival Quixotic musical treasures from the Golden age of Spain, incl. Scenes from La Purpura della Rosa, with Grant Herreid, Charles Weaver, University of Wisconsin, contact: Madison Early Music Festival, 21 N. Park St. 7th Floor ++1 608-890-1118.

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 8-16 29th International Summer School of Early Music, Valtice, Czech Republic, with Brian Wright, Contact: Vinarska skola Sobotní 116 , 691 42 Valtice tel: +420 728 744 400

July 8-22 6th International Course on Medieval Music Performance, Early Music Besalu, Catalonia, Spain, with Marti Beltran, cithole, various classes including Roman pilgrimage music,

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 16-23 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 17-21 8th International Medieval Music Course, Niccolò da Perugia e la musica a Firenze nel Trecento, with Peppe Frana, Centro Studi Europeo di Musica Medievale ‘Adolfo Broegg’ Spello, Italy, ++39 348 87 22 314

July 17-23 Sommerakademie für alte Musik Kloster Michaelsstein (theme is the Dresden Orchestra 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 18-29 Austria Barock Akademie, Music at the Dresden Court (no lute tutor this year), Schloss Orth, Gmunden, Austria contact:Preßgasse 14-16/2/4
A-1040 Wien, Austria, +43 (0) 699 1713 60 83

July 20-29 29th International Early Music course, Urbino, with Paul O’Dette contact: Fondazione Italiana per la Musica Antica, Via Col di Lana 7, C.P. 6159, 00195 Roma, Italy Tel/fax: ++39 063210806

July 20-30 La Pellegrina summer school, Schütz and his Czech Contemporaries Bechyne, Czech republic, (no lute tutor, but continuo opportunities) Contact: La Pellegrina, Dirkjan Horringa, Merwedeplansoen 73, 3522 JZ Utrecht, Netherlands, tel: ++31 30 2382535

July 22-27 6th 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 23-29 Gloucester Academy of Music Early Music Week Holy week music, 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 23–29 Stage de musique baroque, with Remi Cassaigne, Centre les Coulmes, Col de Romeyere, F 38680 Rencurel, France, tel: +++33 4 74 96 57 76

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

July 26-Aug 2 XVIIII Corso Internazionale de Musica Antica, with Ugo Nastrucci, Romano Canavese, Italy, Accademia del Ricercare, Via Torino 15, 10090, San Raffaele Cimena (TO)

July 29-Aug 3 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 29–Aug 5 Northumbrian Recorder and Viol School XLVI (NORVIS), College of St Hild & St Bede, Durham, with Martin Eastwell, Stewart McCoy. Contact: Harriet Gilfillan, 15 Bankside, Morpeth NE61 1XD 07738 108771

July 29-Aug 5 Dartington International Summer School, week 1, incl. David Miller, Florentine intermedii, Contact: DISS, The Barn, Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6DE tel: ++44/(0)1803 847080

July 29-Aug 6 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 30-Aug 5 Svenska gitarr-och lutafestivalen 2017, with Roland Hogman 08 86 67 37

July 30-Aug 6 Internationales Seminar fur Alte Musik, Europa, Die Klangrede im Barock, 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 30-Aug 6 Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools:, Jesus College Cambridge, week 1, Venetian Baroque music, Monteverdi to Vivaldi Contact: Cambridge Early Music Box 111, 23 King Street, Cambridge CB1 1AH tel: 0844 808 2412

July 30-Aug 7 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 31-Aug 6, Corsi estivi di musica “L’Antica Prattica” 2017, Bach transcriptions on classical guitar, with Paolo Cherici, Tavernola Bergamasca, Associazione Culturale Monti & Mousiké


Aug 4-13 Viel Klang Sommer, Tuebingen, ´Telemann and his contemporaries´, Meisterkurse with Lee Santana, Eberstr. 23, D 72072 Tuebingen, Germany

Aug 5-12 Dartington International Summer School, week 2, incl. baroque orchestra, Purcell´s King Arthur Contact: DISS, The Barn, Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6DE tel: ++44/(0)1803 847080

Aug 5–13 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

Aug 6-12 Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools: Jesus College Cambridge, week 2, Made in Venice - 16th century music, with Lynda Sayce, Philip Thorby, Contact: Cambridge Early Music Box 111, 23 King Street, Cambridge CB1 1AH tel: 0844 808 2412

Aug 6-12 Lute Society of America Workshop West, University of Victoria, Vancouver Island with Robert Barto, Sylvain Bergeron, Travis Carey (lute building), Elizabeth Kenny, Ray Nurse (lecturer), and Phillip Rukavina ++1 845-406-3513

Aug 7‑12 39th Sommerakademie Neuburg an der Donau with Jakob Lindberg, Emma Kirkby, details: tel +49 (0) 8431 67020

Aug 12-17 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 12-19 Early Music Week at Pinewoods, nr Plymouth MA, Ars Musica, Poetica & Chorea Contact: The Country Dance and Song Society, 116 Pleasant SSuite 345, Easthampton, MA 01027-2759 USA, tel: ++1 413-203-5467

Aug 13–18 Historically Informed Summer School, with Jacob Heringman, Bishop Burton College, Beverley contact: 0844 870 6478

Aug 13-18 Ludlow Summer School, Polychoral music in 17th century Poland, continuo welcome,

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

Aug 13-20 Baroque Week 2017, Queen Anne’s School, Caversham, Berkshire, baroque chamber playing, French music from Lully to Rameau. Contact: The Baroque Week, 118 Wise Lane, East Knoyle, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP3 6AB Tel: 01747 830625

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

Aug 15-19 Summer course on interpretation of early music, with Jac Cizmar, Bucovice chateau, near Brno, contact: Jan Čižmář, MA, Cacovická 50, Brno, CZ-614 00 t: +420 606 222 416

Aug 19-29 11th Residential Summer Music Academy, for Voice, Violin, Harpsichord, Lute and Theorbo, Monteverdi Vespers 1610, with Paul Beier (lute and theorbo), Michael Chance, Lynn Dawson, etc. Siena School for Liberal Arts

Aug 20-27 XII Corso estivo di musica ‘L’Antica Pratica’, Bach transcriptions, with Paolo Cherici, Tavernola, Bergamo,

Aug 22-27 Summer course on the interpretation of early music, with Christian Gutiérrez, Kunín château, Kunín 1, 742 53 Kunín,

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


Sept 4-10 Rencontes Baroques de Montfrin, Monteverdi 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 18-21 Benslow Baroque Lute Song Course, with Jacob Heringman and John Potter, Benslow Music Trust, Little Benslow Hills off Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG4 9RB. Tel: 01462 459446.


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

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).


Jan 4–10 Tafelmusik Winter Institute, The String orchestra in baroque England with Lucas Harris, lute and continuo class, University of Toronto, Canada, tel. ++1 416 964 9562, ext: 241

Feb 25-28 West Dean short course, English Art Song 1600-2000, with Evelyn Tubb, Michael Fields, West Dean Sussex - The Edward James Foundation, West Dean, Nr Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0QZ +44 (0) 1243 818300

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, tba Corso Estivo di Perfezionamento, with Francesca Torelli, lute, BC and transcription practice. Scuola Musicale Bertinoro ‘Dante Alighieri’ via Saffi 1, I 47032 Bertinoro (FC) tel. +39 0543 444651

Aug 22-27 Summer course on interpretation of early music, with Jac Cizmar, Kunin chateau, near Brno, contact: Jan Čižmář, MA, Cacovická 50, Brno, CZ-614 00 t: +420 606 222 416

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

Sept 10-25 4th Alessandra Stradella International Festival, ancient music masterclasses Italian music of the 1600s, Nepi (VT), Italy, contact Giorgia Rocca,

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


Apr 24-26 Masterclass sulla prassi esecutiva di mandolini e liuto, with Davide Rebuffa, Mauro Squillante, Centro di Musica Antica, Fondazione Pieta de Turchini, Naples, contact

May 14–17 Baroque orchestra course for string and B.C. Ein Roemisches Fest, with Sam Chapman, theorbo/baroque guitar, Nydegg Bern: Kirchgemeindehaus Schosshalde 43 und Nydeggkirche Bern, Switzerland, contact Allegria Musicale, 032 322 03 36 / 078 815 36 09 / 032 322 09 58

May 28–31 An English Orpheus, celebrating John Dowland, with David Miller, Emma Kirkby, at Hawkwood College, Painswick Old Road, Stroud GL6 7QW, UK tel: +44(0)1453 759034,

Jun 26-28 Workshop fur Renaissanceluate, Lochmule Hohenleben, with Klaus Beireich, Gellerstrasse 15 D 01445 Radebeul, Germany, ++49 0351 / 83 06 58 88, 0176 / 70 15 79 99

July 8-20 II Academia Internacional de Música Antigua Purcell operas Burgos, Spain, contact; Academia Internacional de Música Antigua, Apartado de correos 25, Brunete, 28690 Madrid, +34-635 415 484

July 6-18 Baroque Opera Studio, with Paul O’Dette (July 10-14) and Manuel Minguillón. Lute lessons and Cavalli’s opera ‘Gli Amore d’Apollo e di Dafne’ stage performance.

Aug 14-23 Aestas Musica, Varazdin, Croatia, Dragon of Wantley / Leclair, Scylla et Glaucus, tel : 00385 91 360 43 81

Sept 7-12 Laboratorio di Liuto ed strumenti, and singers, dedicated to the villanelle, with Franco Fois, Cagliari Conservatory, Sardinia,

Oct 3-4 10th Cottbus Spielertreffen, with Wolfgang Wiehe, ++49 0355/21500

Oct 7–11 Basel Plucks Festival (a concert series rather than a residential course)

Oct 30-Nov 1 Lute course with Suzanne van Os and Beate Dittmann, with concet, Gemersheim, Germany. Contact Suzanne van Os, Friedhofstrasse 2, D76726 Gemersheim, Germany, ++449/0 7274 777362,