Baroque Week.  Patron: Trevor Pinnock CBE   Artistic Director: Theresa Caudle

Firmly established as one of Europe’s foremost early music courses, BAROQUE WEEK is now celebrating its 45th year. The course offers inspiration and guidance to both singers and players of baroque music from an expert team of leading specialists in historical performance.

The theme for 2023 is The Grand Tour: France, exploring repertoire from the 17th and 18th centuries with the focus on Paris and Versailles.  We will feature music by Lully, Charpentier, Campra, de Lalande and Rameau as well as exploring repertoire by lesser-known composers. There will be tutor-led projects on this theme for both singers and instrumentalists, but chamber music-making with your own choice of repertoire remains fundamental to the course.

BAROQUE WEEK is for baroque wind, string and continuo players and up to ten singers, but there are also opportunities for instrumentalists to sing.  Plucked continuo as well as keyboard players will be welcome.  String players should use gut strings and a baroque bow. You should be a competent sight-reader and confident playing or singing one-to-a-part.  Most of the repertoire will be played at A415 although there may be some opportunities to play at A392.  For singers the course offers a rare chance to sing arias, cantatas and solo motets with small groups of instruments as well as working in vocal consorts.  Full or part bursaries may be available for those who would otherwise be unable to attend.

“Everyone is so friendly, standard is high, tutors fantastic, well organised - a great experience”

Registered Charity No. 1161774

Latest update:

2023 will be the biggest Baroque Week ever, and the course is effectively full.  We have reserved two bedrooms for a tenor and a bass singer, but otherwise we have started a waiting list. 

Queen Anne’s School, Caversham, Berkshire

13th-20th August 2023

Residential Baroque Music Summer School

Baroque Week. The Grand Tour: France. 13th-20th August 2023.  Painting: Réunion de musiciens (c.1710) by André Bouys