Renaissance Workshop Summer School 2019

Early bows by Rainer Ullreich - Photo: André Wagenzik

10-17 August 2019 - Renaissance Week in Wolfenbüttel, Germany

Mostly Madrigals and Consort Music by Praetorius, Scheidt, Schütz, Huwet, Dowland and Brade

The Renaissance Workshop Summer School 2019 will take place in the historic town of Wolfenbüttel, home to Michael Praetorius, Johann Rosenmüller, Johann Theile, Gregorius Huwet,  visited by almost everybody who was involved with music in the 16th - 18th century, since it was a most important art loving court. Today it is know for the Herzog-August-Bibliothek, one of the greatest libraries in the world. The churches were Praetorius worked and were Rosenmüller is buried still stand and the town is absolutely charming, nothing more then a short walk away.

The teachers are all old friends who have been doing workshops or summer school classes with us in the past years:

Randall K. Wong - voices

Johanna Carter - viols

Michael Dollendorf - winds (flutes, recorders, cornetts, sackbuts, curtals)

Lukas Henning - lutes

We shall focus on Madrigals, Canzonas and Consorts, often based on Italian models or written after studies in Italy. In Schütz and Praetorius these influences are immediately visible. The Lute players Huwet and Dowland were most up to date international musicians who adopted the new stile right away.


Registration ends on 15 June 2019 but we work on a first come first serve basis. Consorts aren't orchestras and when a class is full it's full. Please sign up early. It helps us a lot with planing the repertoire and safes us from surprises like having 7 sopranos, 9 treble viols, 4 sopranino recorders and a baroque guitar.

Because of the low vocal ranges and because all the good woodwinds of the period are at a higher pitch, we perform everything at a pitch of a=460 Hz. For the viol players that means to tune up and use thinner strings, the lutes might need a capo and sackbuts need to read as if playing instruments in A. We have matched consorts of recorders, flutes and some cornetts available for use during the workshop.

The workshop starts with a reception at 4:00 pm on Saturday 10 August at the Prinzenpalais, followed by a guided tour through town and some music making in the evening. We'll point out the locations were the classes will take place. The Summer School classes are 9:30 am - 1 pm and 3 - 6 pm. During the week we'll offer more tours or guided visits to the library and to the main churches. The Summer School ends with a final concert from 3:00 - 4:30 pm on Saturday 17 August.

On the weekend 17/18 August some selected instrument builders are invited to present their work. For the participants of the Renaissance week the chance to get a dream instrument might come a little late, but for those who stay on for the Baroque week there is a chance to find exactly the flute or violone you always wanted! This little exhibition is open Saturday and Sunday from 11am - 5 pm.

Price: The Renaissance Workshop Summer School is € 480,- for the week. 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 1 July 2019 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.

Sign up: you are registered after we received your registration form and your money transfer.

Getting there: Wolfenbüttel is a 5 minutes train ride south of Braunschweig. If you fly into Berlin it takes about 2:30 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 Rosenmüller church, the Hotel Bayrischer Hof is the most central, the Park Hotel the most fancy.... your choice....

Wolfenbüttel - Germany