Marnaves Summer Baroque takes place for the eleventh year running in the delightful surroundings of a small French country village, making use of its 12th-century church, a spacious salle de musique and the meeting room in the Mairie - all with excellent acoustics. Daily tuition is available from Margaret Faultless (violin), Sam Stadlen (Baroque cello and viols), Lucy Robinson (viols) and Andrew Wilson-Dickson (continuo), in large and small ensembles and masterclasses - in which each student has the opportunity to study a solo work of their choice. Two lectures are presented during the week and the tutors will give a concert. MSB culminates with a course concert in the local church, apéro with the villagers and a party. Free Alexander Technique lessons are offered by Tim Soar to all participants who wish. Tuition is in English, but French and Spanish are spoken and international students are particularly welcomed.
The course can accommodate players of violin, viola, 'cello, double bass or violone, viol and keyboard. We are restricting the string ensemble to 5, 4, 2, 3, 1, the intention being to achieve a balanced ensemble of skilled players. They will need either to have ability in period playing or to be good and flexible modern players willing to adapt to the use of an early bow on gut strings. Players will need instruments with a Baroque setup and Baroque bow or at a minimum a modern instrument with gut strings ready to play at A=415. The course can offer a certain number of Baroque instruments and bows; please enquire. Continuo keyboard players are invited to play both organ and harpsichord - the salle de musique houses an early 19th century organ and French and Italian harpsichords. A consort of six viols and violone is provided and time is allocated during the day for viol consorts for those who wish to play. Individual lessons are offered on the viol to both advanced players and to those wishing to play the instrument for the first time.