a course for singers and instrumentalists led by Eamonn Dougan and Greg Skidmore
13 to 18 August 2017

The Ludlow Summer School is a combination of specialist coaching, informal festival and musical holiday. It is open to experienced choral singers and early instrumentalists of all ages and nationalities. This week of intensive training with leading tutors will end with a public performance. The general aim is to create an intensive musical experience in a relaxed and informal setting.

Marenzio ~ Pacelli ~ Anerio ~ Bertolusi ~ Mielczewski

The 2017 Ludlow Summer School will explore the vibrant musical life of early 17th century Poland. In this period Polish territory had reached its maximum extent, and the wealth and prestige of the kingdom attracted musicians to the royal courts in Kraków and Warsaw from all over Europe.

Eamonn Dougan writes: “I am very pleased to be directing another Lacock course and to have the opportunity to extend some of my  work with The Sixteen. I have recently directed a series of recordings of Polish works from 17th century, now regarded as the golden age of Polish music: a time when sacred music, opera, music theory and instrument making all flourished. The Italians Luca Marenzio, Asprilio Pacelli, Giovanni Francesco Anerio and Vincenzo Bertolusi all came to work in Poland. We will be singing some of the two and three choir works by them and by native Polish composers, such as the setting of Triumphalis recurrit dies beati Martini for two choirs and nine independent instruments by Marcin Mielczewski (1590-1651). We would also like to include Marenzio’s three choir Super flumina Babylonis. We will decide the final repertoire when we have a better idea of the forces at our disposal. I warmly invite singers and early instrumentalists to join us for what I can promise will be an enjoyable and surprising week”

 There are parts for choral and solo singers of all voice types. Young singers are invited to apply for Lacock scholarships. There are parts for strings, cornetts, sackbuts, curtals and recorders, and scope for continuo instruments of all types. The pitch will be A 440 Hz.

This is a course for experienced and confident choral singers and instrumentalists of all ages. You should be a good reader, have a blending voice with full dynamic range, be used to normal choral discipline and be able to respond quickly to direction – the aim being to combine professional pace of work with amateur enthusiasm. In the performance some choral sections may be sung by a smaller selected group and by the Lacock Scholars. Instrumentalists should have an assured technique and be accustomed to public performance. The tutors are experienced at working with amateur musicians and will be very supportive. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal.

Ludlow is justly famed as one of England’s most attractive small towns, dramatically situated on the River Teme near the Welsh border. It is surrounded by splendid walking country and has mediaeval walls, a castle and around five hundred other listed buildings. The course will take place in the imposing parish church of St Laurence, known as the cathedral of the Marches, which has its own flourishing musical life under the director Shaun Ward.

Further details of the course, tutors, travel, accommodation, fees and enrolment.