For 2023, we’re pleased to welcome as tutors: Theresa Caudle (Artistic Director),
Clare Beesley, Zoë Cartlidge, Steven Devine, Satoko Doi-
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-
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
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. www.theorbo.com
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. www.katesemmens.com
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-
Peter Collier directs the Manchester-
“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 -
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-