Theresa Caudle, well-known for her encouraging and helpful tutoring on courses at both Benslow and Jackdaws, and as director of the Baroque Week course, will coach ensembles in baroque style and general musicianship.  You will probably wish to come as a pre-formed group but if you don’t have a complete ensemble, Theresa may be able to help you to form a coherent group.

The sessions will take place in our lovingly restored old cottage which is in a beautiful position on a small lane on the edge of the village. The house probably originally dates from the early 18th century but has been substantially rebuilt and extended, and boasts a light and airy, high-ceilinged music room, which easily accommodates up to five players.  You will be able to use Theresa’s harpsichord, which is an excellent small, single 8-foot Italian model by Colin Booth and which can be tuned to A 415 or A 440.  The harpsichord will be tuned prior to the first session and music stands can be provided.

The day will start with coffee and biscuits at 10.00 am and the first session will be from 10.30 – 12.30.  After a break for lunch with a delicious selection of seasonal soups and salads, the second session will be from 2.00 – 4.00, followed by tea and cake. The food will be home-cooked and special diets are no trouble so long as you let us know your needs in advance. Depending on the season and weather, meals will be served either in the farmhouse-style kitchen, on the terrace, or in the shade of the trees in the leafy garden.

Dates will be arranged on an individual basis with each group and could be on weekdays or at weekends.

The fee for the day’s course will be £75 per player for groups of four or five players. The price includes all food and (non-alcoholic) beverages as well as the tuition.  

Warning! There is a resident cat so if you are severely allergic to cats you may not be able to attend Chamber Music Days.