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Viol Consorts - A weekend of coached consort playing Fri 01 Feb - Sun 03 Feb

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Pre- formed consorts should apply, but see below about individuals, so that music can be selected and prepared in advance to get more out of the weekend’s coaching. For a minimum of three, out of the seven coached sessions, the groups will be mixed up, offering opportunities to play from facsimile on renaissance viols, and to give participants a chance to play with different people in a smaller or larger consort than their pre formed group.

We are happy to help in putting individual applicants unable to pre-form a group into a compatible consort, which would then form their main working consort for the weekend. It is essential that if you want to be put into a compatible working group that we know as soon as possible. Please also contact David or Jane directly concerning this, as well as sending your application to Hawkwood College. We reserve the right, if we cannot form a suitable group, to inform applicants that they cannot be accepted on the course.

Players are expected to be competent readers and players, although a pre-formed group of more elementary players, able to work at a compatible level, would be welcome. 

Fully inclusive residential single room £285; shared £245 per person; Non-residential option £205- includes suppers, lunches and all refreshments- Excludes B&B.

Arrival 4.00-6.00pm on Friday; course begins with supper together at 6.30pm and an evening sessions. Course ends with afternoon tea at 4.00pm on Sunday.

Tutors: David Hatcher and Jane Francis

David and Jane are two highly experienced players and teachers of both the viol and the cello. They have tutored together and as individuals on many early music courses throughout the UK, continental Europe and Japan. They have worked with many of the leading specialists in the field of period instrument playing, including Emma Kirkby, Steven Devine, Robert Hollingworth, Glyndebourne Opera, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Fretwork.


David Hatcher: 01568 611 643 or 07817 741 904


Jane Francis: 01179 629 856 or 07531 510 858


Hawkwood College: 01453 759 034 

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