Baroque Workshop Summer School 2022

English Ensemble Music - Photo: Michael Dollendorf

14-21 August 2022

English 17th century music. Consort music, secular song, theatre music and masques.

The Baroque Workshop Summer School 2022 will take place in the historic town of Wolfenbüttel, home to Michael Praetorius and Johann Rosenmüller. Also Johann Theile, Reinhard Keiser, Johann Adolf Hasse, Carl Heinrich Graun, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach and many other great composers were linked to this most important art loving court. Today it is known for the Herzog-August-Bibliothek, one of the greatest libraries in the world. The churches were Praetorius and  Rosenmüller worked and are buried still stand and the town is absolutely charming, nothing more then a short walk away.

We shall focus on the English 17th century music. Consort music and secular songs by Dowland, Coperario, Gibbons, Simpson, Hume, Jenkins, Lawes, Locke, Purcell. And for the keyboard players all the Virginal Books! (Fitzwilliam, Lady Nevells, Elizabeth Rogers etc.).

Ibrahim Aziz - Viols

Laila Salome Fischer - Voice

Lee Santana - Lute, Theorbo, Baroque guitar

Michael Dollendorf - Flute, Recorder, Oboe, Bassoon

Pieter Dirksen - Harpsichord, Virginal

There will be classes for voice (John Dowland, John Danyel, John Blow, John Eccles, Henry Lawes, Henry Purcell, Godfrey Finger), harpsichord (mostly Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, Lady Nevells Book, Elizabeth Rogers Book), plucked instruments (all 17th century) and woodwind instruments (recorder, flute, oboe, bassoon). Center stage goes to the viols. Having lute and keyboard players means we can go for the 4-6 part consort music by John Jenkins that include keyboard parts, or the lute consorts by Lawes.

The wind players will work on solo repertoire and on theatre music and music for masques. In the last third of the 17th century the 'modern' French woodwinds arrived in England and in the writings of Purcell and Finger one can see how old and new instruments co-existed. There is a lot of good oboe-band music!

There will be individual and group lessons in the morning, open to the other students as listeners. Singers will also work on solo pieces. Viols have individual lessons, can attempt lyra viol music or play consort music. Harpsichord and lute players will work on solo repertoire or train to work with singers or other instruments. In the afternoon we will arrange for mixed groups.

We are working hard on getting better keyboard instruments. For the workshop we just finished a very nice virginal newly fitted with wooden jacks and bird quill. Also the harpsichord at the Prinzenpalais will undergo a major overhaul of the keyboard. New wooden jacks will be installed and it will be re-quilled and re-voiced.

We'll be working at 415 Hz.

A very good read:

The Diary of Samuel Peyps
see Richard Lucketts contribution on music and plays in the companion volume
HarperCollins Publishers

Sebastian Klotz
Music with her silver sound - Kommunikationsformen im Goldenen Zeitalter der englischen Musik

Maureen Dufay
Henry Purcell
Fourth Estade Ltd 1994

Pieter Dirksen,
chapter "The Virginalists" in: The Cambridge Companion to the Harpsichord, ed. Mark Kroll (Cambridge University Press, 2018), p. 31-46.


Registration ends on 15 June 2022 but we work on a first come first serve basis. The number of participants is limited to six per class. Please sign up early. It helps us a lot with the planing ...

Each class needs four participants to make it happen, the maximum number is six. This is to ensure intense work. We reserve the right to cancel the class if there aren't enough registrations. In this case the full amount will be refunded. Participants can cancel until 30 June 2022 and get a refund. If you have to cancel thereafter, you are free to send somebody else to take your spot and replace you but we can't pay you back.

The workshop starts with a reception at 4:00 pm on Sunday 14 August at the Prinzenpalais, and some ensemble playing with everybody. There will be a guided tour through town at some point. Visits to the famous Herzog-August library and the Palace Museum should be arranged during lunch breaks. The Prinzenpalais has no weelchair access. If you have special needs, please tell us before you register and we see how we can accommodate you. Classes are 10:00 am - 1:30 pm and 3:00 - 6:30 pm. The Summer School ends with a final concert at 11:00 am on Sunday 21 August.

Price: the Baroque Workshop Summer School is € 630,- for the eight days. Active participants only. There is no such thing as 'just sitting in as a listener'. Guests are welcome to the final concert.

Sign up: your are registered after we received your registration form and your money transfer. We follow the 2G+ Covid rules of the German government. That means just fully vaccinated musicians can participate. Please include a scan of your status with the application.

Getting there: Wolfenbüttel is a 10 minutes train ride south of Braunschweig. If you fly into Berlin it takes about two hours to get there, from Hannover it's just an hour.

Staying there: There is a Jugendgästehaus, a Bundesakademie, many hotels, holiday apartments and a campground. Please arrange for your own housing according to your needs and budget. Jugendgästehaus is very nice and close to the Villa Seeliger and the Rosenmüller church, the Hotel Bayrischer Hof is the most central, the Park Hotel the most fancy.... your choice....