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

The tutors

For 2023, we’re pleased to welcome as tutors: Theresa Caudle (Artistic Director), Clare Beesley, Zoë Cartlidge, Steven Devine, Satoko Doi-Luck, Jacob Garside, Rebecca Miles, Lynda Sayce and Kate Semmens, and Alice Poppleton returns as assistant tutor/assistant administrator. Visiting tutor Kath Waters will lead a session on Baroque Dance.

Baroque Week has an unusually high tutor–student ratio amongst early music summer courses. We could have as many as twenty chamber music groups in a session, and each group can still receive tuition for at least half the session.  The tutors also combine to give a concert at the course, which this year will be on Wednesday evening.

Theresa Caudle is well known in the early music world as a baroque violinist and cornettist. She was a principal member of The Parley of Instruments for 25 years. She regularly leads The Hanover Band and Orpheus Britannicus, and also plays with many leading period instrument ensembles including The London Handel Orchestra and The Monteverdi String Band. Theresa has her own ensemble, Canzona, but also directs other ensembles here and abroad, both professional and amateur, such as The Croatian Baroque Ensemble and Salisbury Baroque. Theresa also organises several other very successful baroque courses at Benslow and Jackdaws.  In 2020 Theresa formed Burghclere Baroque, an organisation promoting workshops and concerts where she lives in North Hampshire.

Clare Beesley specializes in historical flutes from Renaissance to Romantic periods and performs in solo recitals, ensemble and orchestral settings Europe-wide. Frequently performing with Concerto Amsterdam, Accademia Amsterdam and Collegium Musicum Den Haag, recent engagements include concerts with Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and il pomo d’oro. She directs the flute consort Catch As Catch Can, and led the Accord Renaissance Flute Course in France in May 2018. Awarded a Masters degree with distinction by the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, her current research concerns interrelationships between late 18th century notions of gender, aesthetics and flute tone.

Zoë Cartlidge was introduced to the baroque oboe whilst studying modern oboe at the Guildhall School in London, and quickly fell in love with the beautiful sound and feel of the instrument. She had many performance opportunities at the Guildhall on both instruments, from solo and concertante parts with the Guildhall Baroque Orchestra under Pavlo Beznosiuk, to orchestral roles with the London Symphony Orchestra under Simon Rattle.  Zoë is passionate about teaching, running a private practice from home in Surrey, and freelances around the UK and other European countries, playing regularly with groups such as Canzona, the Istante Collective, the Hanse Band and the Opéra de Baugé Festival Orchestra. She first attended Baroque Week as a Bursary Student in 2015, returned each year as an Assistant Tutor, and was appointed a full tutor in 2021.  When she is not playing music, Zoë likes to go walking, taking part in actions protesting social and climate issues, and — her most recent hobby — beekeeping.

Steven Devine enjoys a busy career as a music director and keyboard player working with some of the finest musicians.  He is the Principal Keyboard Player with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and also the principal keyboard player for The Gonzaga Band, The Mozartists and performs regularly with many other groups around Europe. He has recorded over thirty discs with other artists and ensembles and made six solo recordings; the complete harpsichord works of Rameau (Resonus) received five-star reviews from BBC Music Magazine. He made his London conducting debut in 2002 at the Royal Albert Hall and is now a regular performer there — including making his Proms directing debut in August 2007 with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He has conducted the Mozart Festival Orchestra in every major concert hall in the UK and also across Switzerland. Steven is Music Director for New Chamber Opera in Oxford and with them has performed repertoire from Cavalli to Rossini. For the Dartington Festival Opera he has conducted Handel’s Orlando and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.  He is currently conductor and Artistic Advisor for the English Haydn Festival in Bridgnorth.

Satoko Doi-Luck takes pleasure in a diverse career as a historical keyboardist and a composer. Satoko regularly gives solo recitals as well as enjoys playing with orchestras, and has performed with Birmingham Opera Company, La Serenissima, the Shakespeare's Globe and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, with whom she has recently performed Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto on tour with Rachel Podger. Satoko was the Junior Fellow in Harpsichord/Continuo at the Royal College of Music, and also a participant of the Handel House Talent Scheme 2015-2016. ​As a keen chamber musician, Satoko is a founding member of Ensemble Molière and Ceruleo.  Ensemble Molière was a finalist in the York International Young Artists Competition 2017, and has been performing throughout Europe and in the UK. They are especially passionate about bringing French baroque repertoire to wider audiences in the UK. BBC Radio 3, the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) and the Royal College of Music (RCM) have announced Ensemble Molière as their first New Generation Baroque Ensemble from October 2021 for two years. With Ceruleo, Satoko has been touring Burying the Dead - an original concert-play about the life and music of Henry Purcell - to various festivals in the UK including Buxton, Lake District and Ryedale.

Jacob Garside is a freelance cellist and viola da gamba player based in London.  He has played for Fretwork, St James Baroque, City Bach Collective, Canzona, La Nuova Musica, Oxford Baroque Soloists, Royal Northern Sinfonia, the viol consort Newe Vialles, The 18th Century Sinfonia and Newcastle Baroque, and is a founding member of FIGO. He studied with Jonathan Manson at the Royal Academy of Music and  studied the viol with Reiko Ichise and Richard Boothby at the RCM (Postgraduate Artists Diploma) where he was supported by the Linda Hill Scholarship.

Rebecca Miles studied recorder and baroque violin at Trinity College of Music, and in 1987 made her London debut at the Wigmore Hall as winner of the Moeck Medal for solo recorder. She has performed and recorded well over one hundred discs with almost all of the leading London period instrument orchestras, appearing throughout Europe, as well as South America, Japan, Hong Kong and Australia. As an obbligato recorder player and violinist she has worked with orchestras including The English Concert, The Sixteen, The Academy of Ancient Music, Collegium Musicum 90, Canzona and The Gabrieli Consort. Most recently she performed in the critically acclaimed orchestra Arcangelo's performances at Glyndebourne and with ENO at The Young Vic. Having recorded concertos with The King’s Consort, The Orchestra of The Age of Enlightenment, the Hanover Band and The Brandenburg Consort, she has also recorded solo recorder for film and television. A former Professor of Recorder at Trinity College of Music, she now teaches at Winchester College as well as giving lecture recitals, master classes and examining at the UK Conservatoires.

Lynda Sayce joined us for the first time in 2022. One of Europe’s leading lutenists with over 100 recordings to her name, Lynda read Music at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, then studied lute with Jakob Lindberg at the Royal College of Music. She performs regularly as soloist and continuo player with leading period instrument ensembles worldwide, and is principal lutenist with La Serenissima, The King’s Consort and Ex Cathedra. She directs the lute ensemble Chordophony, whose repertory and instrumentarium are based entirely on her research. Lynda has performed with many leading modern instrument orchestras and opera companies, and was chosen by Sir Simon Rattle to play lute continuo for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra’s recent epic staging of Bach’s St Matthew Passion, performed in Europe and the US. Her discography ranges from some of the earliest surviving lute music to the jazz theorbo part in Harvey Brough’s ‘Requiem in Blue’ and the latest album from Russian folk rock legend Boris Grebenchshikov. She holds a Ph.D for her research on the theorbo, teaches lute and continuo at Birmingham University, and has published widely.

Kate Semmens is a soloist with many leading groups and opera companies, and has sung with some of the UK’s finest choirs with conductors including Sir John Elliot Gardiner, Paul McCreesh, John Butt and Eric Whitacre. Kate has been particularly involved in historic performances, including singing the title role in the first modern performance of John Stanley’s Teraminta for Opera Restor’d and performances of Cavalli’s Erismena, from the original English edition bought by the Bodleian Library in 2009. Kate is developing a reputation as a teacher, including at Dartington, and teaching and giving masterclasses alongside Nancy Argenta and Ingrid Antrott on a summer school for Oratorio. Together with Steven Devine, Kate has also been giving day workshops for Early Music Fora across the country.

Alice Poppleton (Assistant Tutor/Assistant Adminstrator) is a freelance violinist and viola player with an early music specialism. Having received distinctions from both The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and The Royal Academy of Music, Alice is now enjoying a varied career, performing with leading period ensembles such as Canzona, Gabrieli Consort and Players, La Nuova Musica, Music For Awhile and Oxford Bach Soloists. Alice is also passionate about community music. In 2020, Alice founded and is now the Director of Thinking Music, a charity that connects rural primary schools and universities to make music together. Thinking Music is currently based at Bristol University where Alice delivers lectures in community music. Alice is delighted when these threads combine: inclusive chamber music projects for Brighton Early Music Festival, The Wigmore Hall and Brecon Baroque Festival and orchestrally with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Enlightenment Scheme 2019-2021). Alice loves the rich tapestry of creative projects in her working life.

Peter Collier directs the Manchester-based Telemann Baroque Ensemble and has appeared as harpsichordist with the Halle Orchestra, the Lancashire Chamber Orchestra, Cheshire Sinfonia and Northern Baroque. After many years as Course Director he has retired but continues to attend as a harpsichordist, to manage the music library and to help organise chamber groups.

“I feel very fortunate to receive coaching from such an expert team of tutors.  Their dedication to achieving

high standards gives us strong motivation to perform to the best of our ability. Theresa provides excellent

leadership throughout the course.  All the tutors provide the highest standard of advice.”

“The course exceeded my expectations - tuition and conducting so good, and everyone so nice”

Kath Waters (visiting tutor) gained a degree in Performing Arts, majoring in Dance, at Middlesex Polytechnic and went on to gain the Teachers Certificate for Post-Graduate and Professional Dancers at London College of Dance. She is an experienced examiner and moderator, skilled in Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Musical Theatre, Choreography and Historical Dance. Kath is Resident Choreographer and Movement Director for the Year Out Drama Company, based in Stratford-Upon-Avon; she also choreographs UK touring productions for Heartbreak Productions based in Leamington Spa. Kath’s interest in Early Dance developed during her years with Stratford Renaissance Dance, a company for whom she ultimately became Artistic Director. Her interest in Baroque Dance was inspired by internationally renowned specialist Mary Collins with whom she continues to collaborate.  Kath is co-founder of Baroque music and dance company Apollo’s Revels; she delivers courses in Baroque Dance and safe dance practice for the Historical Dance Society; she also teaches and performs with Riccardo Barros as a member of Mercurius Company  in the UK and Europe.