11th Early Music Summer School

August 27-September 1, 2018

The Amsterdam Early Music Summer School is an Early Music course targeting the historically informed performance of Baroque and Classical music. The course is open to participants of all ages (instrumentalists as well as vocalists) with an interest and some background in Early Music. It will include private lessons with expert teachers from the Early Music Faculty at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, as well as workshops, masterclasses, lectures, concerts, and lots of chances to play with fellow students from all over the world.

The two most successful ensembles will be invited to give a fringe concert at the Utrecht Early Music Festival on Sunday September 2.


The summer school is open to any repertoire from the Baroque (performed preferably in a = 415 Hz) and Classical period (performed preferably in a = 430 Hz).

Workshop by Johan Hofmann on improvisation and ornamentation for non-keyboard instruments
Tue Aug 28th
14.00-16.00 and 16.15-18.15h Conservatorium van Amsterdam
'Ornamentation and improvisation both belong to the very core of historical informed performance practice. But where to start and how to decide what to do? This practical workshop will give you tools how to start to answer these questions. In two group sessions we will explore several techniques and address stylistic approaches.'

Workshop Dowland Flow my Tears
Wed and Thu Aug 29th-30th
Discover the richness of John Dowland’s repertoire: 4 part Songs, Pavane Lachrimae, lute-songs and much more. Many pieces can be combined, which allows us, depending on the number of participants, to play the same piece with anything between 2 and 20 musicians. The workshop is offered to singers (SATB), gamba players and lutenists and will result in a small presentation.

Lectures and lunchtime concerts
Throughout the week there will be lunchtime concerts and lecture-recitals given by the faculty of the Early Music Department.

Concerts & lectures

Mon Aug 27th
13.00-13-30h Sweelinckzaal, Conservatorium van Amsterdam
Lunch lecture by Elisabeth Hetherington (just graduated from the CvA Early Music Department) on The influence of the pronounciation of Old English on Dowland songs – this lecture has a nice connection with the workshop on Dowland songs in the programme

Tue Aug 28th
13.00-13.30h Sweelinckzaal
Lunch lecture by Teunis van der Zwart (head of the Early Music Department), The essentials of Early Music

Wed August 29th
13.00-13.30h Sweelinckzaal
Lunch lecture, Rhetorics as the basis of Early Music
19.30h Sweelinckzaal
Teachers' concert

Sat September 1st
14.00h, Sweelinckzaal, Conservatorium van Amsterdam
Final concert

Sun September 2nd
time and venue t.b.a., Utrecht 
Fringe Concert at Utrecht Early Music Festival, for two selected ensembles


Antoinette Lohmann violin, viola
Viola de Hoog cello
Mieneke van der Velden viola da gamba
Miklós Spányi harpsichord, clavichord, improvisation
Olga Pashchenko harpsichord, fortepiano
Xenia Meijer voice
Yongcheon Shin baroque oboe
Benny Aghassi baroque bassoon
Teunis van der Zwart natural horn
Robert Vanryne natural trumpet
Rachel Farr baroque dance


For more information, please email Erik van Lith: erik.vanlith@ahk.nl


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