We’re gearing up now for the second of our annual residential period-instument chamber music courses at Lythe in glorious North Yorkshire.
This year, we have expended the remit to include recorders as well as early keyboards, clarinets and chalumeaux. Tutors: John Irving, Jane Booth, James Brookmyre.
We are lucky to have continuing sponsorship from the Normanby Trust and the Inchrye Trust, which have allowed us to offer bursaries to several talented students. Numbers are up this year, and include a wide range of ages and experience (undergraduates, postgraduates, recent graduates, not-so-recent graduates….).
So we’ll have to occupy more spaces this year to fit them all in. As well as the magnificent spiritual splendour of St Oswald’s, we’re using two rooms at the Village Hall and three in the local School. There’s so much demand for chamber music playing (including from those who attended last year and are coming back for more!) that we’re have to enlist the services of a course accompanist, Dr Peter Bullett.
As before, the keyboards we’ll be exploring are made by the excellent Johannes Secker and include fortepiano, harpsichord, clavichord and a brand new Italian Virginals, which will receive its concert debut on Tuesday 28 July at the Turnstone Gallery, Sandsend.