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Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools


Baroque and Renaissance music

Celebrating Shakespeare's 450th Anniversary

BAROQUE MUSIC: The Purcell Legacy, 3-10 August 2014  »

RENAISSANCE MUSIC: Musica Transalpina, 10-16 August 2014  »

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In our commemoration of the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare, our courses and many of our concerts in 2014 have a British theme. From the courts of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I to Purcell and beyond, we explore the boundless riches of our native music.

In 2014 we offer two residential study weeks, one in Baroque, one in Renaissance music. Both courses are for experienced instrumentalists and singers, working together and separately in chamber groups and large ensembles. Our tutors are highly acclaimed and experienced specialist musicians, universally respected and admired as teachers and performers.

We welcome musicians from all over the world to study the techniques and styles of early music. Our approachable tutors share their expertise through intensive tuition and concerts, in an informal and creative social context. Our courses are exceptional for the quantity of teaching time each day, and for the level of care that is taken to accommodate and challenge each individual participant. The atmosphere is friendly and noncompetitive, and the setting is inspiring and tranquil. Now in our 21st year, and with thousands of delighted comments in our visitors' book, CEM courses are firmly established as the highlight of the year for many amateur and professional musicians, and as a stepping-stone to performing careers in renaissance and baroque music.

Tuition, accommodation and most meals are provided in Sidney Sussex College. Sidney's beautiful buildings and gardens occupy a site right in the heart of Cambridge, within easy walking distance of music- and bookshops and our concert venues. Behind the College wall on a busy street you will find a haven of peace and an inspiring atmosphere. The minimum age for resident participants at Sidney is normally 18, but younger applicants are also very welcome as non-residents.

Numbers on each course are limited, so please apply early to secure your place. Non-participating partners or friends who wish to join you during your stay at Sidney are welcome for bed and board. Observers, whether musicians or not, are also welcome to attend the courses. Participants will experience total immersion in early music, with expert tuition, in the delightful atmosphere of a historic college of Cambridge University.

A prestigious series of concerts runs alongside the courses and throughout the year (see Concerts), for the benefit of participants and the public.

We have a small Bursary Fund to support those whose financial situation would prevent them from attending courses without assistance. We are particularly keen to encourage music students and those setting out on a career in music, for whom these courses will be exceptionally helpful. The Eastern Early Music Forum (to help participants from Eastern regions) and a few individual benefactors contribute to the Fund. Please consider whether you could give us similar support. For more information, see Bursaries.

Cambridge Early Music is a registered charity. Donations are invited to help CEM to flourish. Please ask for details of how you can help us.

You will be warmly welcomed on either - or both - of our 2014 courses.

Contact: ||  tel: +44 (0) 1223 847330 ||  fax: +44 (0) 1223 701914  
Selene Mills, Trinity College, Cambridge CB2 1TQ, UK
Cambridge Early Music is a registered charity, No. 1127932, and a private limited company registered in England and Wales,
No. 6463812     Registered office: 5 Tunwell's Lane, Great Shelford, Cambridge CB22 5LJ, UK