Medieval and Renaissance Consorts

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Fri 25Oct
Sun 27Oct

A weekend of medieval and renaissance consort music coaching and performance

Facilitator: William Lyons & The City Musick

This course for players of historic brass/reeds (cornett, sackbut, shawm and dulcian), strings (violin family and viols) and singers will explore the music associated with court and civic bands in 16th and 17th century Europe. You’ll work on aspects of style and interpretation and develop your appreciation of the issues associated with historical performance. You’ll also have a chance to improve your technical and ensemble skills, and take part in an end-of-course performance.

Earlybird pricing available until 2nd August.

Event time: Fri 25th Oct 2024 at 4:00pm - Sun 27th Oct 2024 at 4:00pm

At a Glance

  • Medieval and renaissance music ensemble playing
  • Performance skills
  • Repertoire expansion
  • Expand your musical knowledge in a beautiful setting with nourishing food

What You Will Gain

  • Performance confidence
  • Technical knowledge
  • Ensemble repertoire knowledge
  • Musical style and interpretation
  • Experience of music from the classical period to the present day

'The City Musick has been hailed as the leading Renaissance wind band in the UK...William Lyons is an authority in the field. I am informed that these instruments are notoriously difficult to play in tune, but one would not suspect that from the irresistible sparkle and panache of these performances.'

– American Record Guide

'vitality, resonance, and immediacy'

- The Telegraph

The City Musick is an ensemble formed to explore the diverse repertoire of civic and court wind players in 16th and 17th century Europe and is now firmly established as the premier renaissance wind band in the UK. After its debut USA tour in 2009, including a performance at the reconstructed Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia, the ensemble has performed for traditional feasts and ceremonies in the City of London, at Ham House and at the York Early Music Festival, Florence and Antwerp. The members of The City Musick are all seasoned professionals specializing in historical performance, working with other leading period music ensembles and at the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.

The City Musick made their BBC Proms debut in 2012 with a performance of Venetian music in collaboration with I Fagiolini. The Decca recording of this and that of the Striggio Mass, also involving the ensemble, have both met with great critical acclaim. The City Musick released their new recording ‘The Topping Tooters of the Town’ in October of 2017.


Hawkwood is a stunning Grade II listed 19th Century country house, surrounded by 42 acres of sustainably managed woodland, farmland, and gardens. Set in the heart of the Cotswolds – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – it is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. With a diverse selection of nearly 150 courses, there’s plenty to choose from, including courses in transformative leadership, future thinking, inner life, music and the arts. Our programme of courses is led by experienced tutors and leaders in their fields.

What Is Included

Both residential and non-residential rates are available. Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.

Additional Activities

Mindful walking through our woodland trails
Meditate in our Woodland Sanctuary
Go on a hike and explore the Cotswolds AONB
Discover surrounding charming market towns

Price Options

£285 Early Bird Non-Residential
£344 Early Bird Residential Shared
£387 Early Bird Residential Single
£335 Non-Residential
£405 Residential Shared
£455 Residential Single


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Earlybird Non-Residential Deposit
£ 150.00
20 available
Earlybird Residential Shared Deposit
£ 150.00
20 available
Earlybird Residential Single Deposit
£ 150.00
20 available

Practical Information

Arrival and registration with tea 4pm; the course starts with supper at 6.30pm. The course ends on Sunday with afternoon tea at 4pm.

William Lyons

William Lyons is a diverse and well-known musician, working in the fields of performance, composition and research. He has been at the forefront of the Early Music movement for many years, composes for theatre and other media and is active in research into matters of Historic Performance Practice and teaches at leading UK music conservatoires.

William is director of the acclaimed early music ensembles The Dufay Collective and The City Musick. He is also a regular performer with leading early music groups such as The Gabrieli Consort and I Fagiolini. Time is otherwise spent as a music consultant, researcher and tutor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the Royal College of Music. His Radio 4 documentary on the lives of civic musicians in Tudor London was well received and was made ‘Pick of The Week’.

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