Summer School of Early Music


Ashley Solomon
Recorder, Baroque flute
Teaching in Eng/Fr
Ashley Solomon’s master class is for advanced players. Morning classes will be devoted to individual lessons – students can prepare any composition of their own choice. The afternoon program will consist of ensemble lessons.

Carin van Heerden
Recorder, Baroque oboe
Teaching in Eng/Gr
Lessons are open to all curious and interested students of the recorder and the Baroque oboe. Theme:  "Metropolitan London: foreigners and their contributions". Recommended repertoire for active participants are the sonatas by Georg Friedrich Händel. Related repertoire (also chamber music) is welcome, eg. sonatas by W. Babell, G. Sammartini, J.B. Loeillet, Ch. Dieupart and J. Paisible. A lecture on this theme will be given to the students. Preferred instruments: Baroque instruments in a=415 Hz 

Jostein Gundersen
Teaching in Eng/Gr
In J. Gundersen’s class students can prepare repertoire of their own choice. The class is intended for intermediate and advanced players.

Kerstin de Witt
Teaching in Eng/Gr
Advanced solo players and well established recorder ensembles may apply for K. de Witt’s class. For the morning individual classes as well as for the ensemble afternoon sessions students can prepare repertoire of their own choice.

Alan Davis
Teaching in Eng
For individual lessons in A.Davis’s class students are invited to bring late baroque sonatas of their own choice. The class will begin each day working together as an ensemble.  This will include English Brownings in 3 and 5 parts (The Leaves Be Green) by E. Bevin, C. Woodcock and W. Byrd.  The lecturer will also work with a larger group of recorder players on Renaissance dances playing at 2', 4' and 8' pitch, with added percussion, and Summertime by G. Gershwin. The class is intended for intermediate and advanced players.

Julie Braná
Recorder, Baroque flute
Teaching in Cz/Gr
The classes led by J. Braná are for intermediate players. Students can prepare any composition of their own choice. The lecturer will focus on individual lessons in the morning and on ensemble playing in the afternoon.

Jan Kvapil
Teaching in Cz/Eng
Classes led by J. Kvapil will concentrate on individual lessons in the mornings; in the afternoon ensemble playing will take place. Students in this class can participate in the project together with A. Davis’ students. The lecturer will also give several technical group lessons and lessons focused on interpretation.

Monika Devátá
Recorder – children’s class
Teaching in Cz/Gr
The children’s class will be led by M.Devátá, a lecturer with wide experience in teaching children.
The main theme of the class is The recorder in motion, thus linking playing the recorder with movements, dance and body percussion. Students will use all sizes of instruments (from sopranino to great bass), while they get familiar with songs from the Middle Ages to the present time. Players who are more than ten years of age can register – it is expected that the children are advanced players, able to work independently and willing to take part in a recorder ensemble. Organizers together with the lecturer will contact all registered children and reserve the right to turn down applications if necessary. We would appreciate if you could please send us the list of pieces you would like to study in Prachatice together with your application form.

Ilona Veselovská
Recorder – ensemble class
Teaching in Cz/Eng
The ensemble class led by I. Veselovská is devoted to those interested in playing in a recorder ensemble; individual lessons are not part of the class. Well-established ensembles are welcome, but if you are missing some players it will certainly be possible to fill in group members whilst on the course. The class is for participants of all levels, and please try to specify your level in the application. Recommended repertoire consists of Renaissance polyphony, Baroque or contemporary compositions, but you can also work on any music of your own choice. Please bring all the recorders available to you, especially tenors and basses.

Edita Keglerová
Teaching in Cz/Eng
The harpsichord class led by E. Keglerová is intended for pianists who occasionally accompany recorder players on spinet or harpsichord. The lecturer also welcomes pianists who would like to acquaint themselves with harpsichord through individual lessons, chamber ensembles with continuo, and harpsichordists of all levels. We recommend this class be attended by recorder players or recorder lecturers together with their accompanists. Please specify your requirements in your application form.

Rebecca Stewart, Mami Irisawa, Paul Shanon
Early singing
Teaching in Eng/Nl
The early singing class led by R. Stewart, M. Irisawa and P. Shannon will focus on Medieval repertoire. The lecturers expect that the participants can sing at a professional or semi-professional level and they are prepared to work with original scores. During the course the class will work on one of the masterpieces of the Middle Ages, the newly reconstructed 14th-century  Messe de Sorbonne.

Helena Kazárová
Renaissance dance
Teaching in Cz/Eng
Happy and serious dances of the 16th century – this is the programme of the dance class, led by H. Kazárová. Class participants will learn the basic steps and choreography of selected Renaissance dances. Lessons will include repertoire in addition to the technical physical training. The class is open to students of all levels. In case you attend other classes but are wishing to participate in a Renaissance dance class, you are welcome to join extra lessons during the week that will take place for singers and instrumentalists. There may also be a junior class open for children from 10 years if there is a sufficient number of candidates.

Radek Tomášek
Frame drums accompanist + individual lesson tutor
Teaching in Cz/Eng
Although frame drums are among the oldest percussion instruments (the first mention of these instruments can be found around 5600 years BC), in the minds of players they are not very widespread, and therefore there are not many musicians in this field. The instrument is not connected every time with the interpretation of early music, though undoubtedly belongs to it. Lessons on frame drums led by R. Tomášek will focus on mastering the basic elements of the technique, the use of instruments in Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music and to become familiar with the history of frame drums. Those interested in solo lessons are asked to bring along at least one frame drum. If you would like to participate and don’t have your own instrument, please contact the organizers, we will try to find a solution.
Frame drums and techniques on which the class will focus:
Bodhran (Ireland) - classes will be held on instruments with a larger diameter (16 "- 22") - "lap style position" - finger technique.
Tamburello (Italy) - basic elements of playing technique and combinations.
Bendir (Mesopotamia, Egypt) - "lap style position" - finger technique.
If interested, the lecturer can focus on the Spanish cajon, which can be used in contemporary music.