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Viol Consorts 20-071
Fri 14Feb
Sun 16Feb

Facilitator: Jane Francis and David Hatcher

This weekend invites players to try their hand at different sized consorts, working at times from facsimile music on renaissance instruments. Expect to be stretched and encouraged in your practice within a supportive atmosphere. There will also be new content with advice on instruments and techniques.


Event time: Fri 14th Feb 2020 at 4:00pm - Sun 16th Feb 2020 at 4:00pm

At a glance

  • Practical music-making
  • Early music repertoire
  • Ancient instruments available to play

What will participants gain

  • Musicality in consort playing
  • Playing from facsimiles
  • Technical skills, improved posture and tone production
  • How to keep your instrument in top condition

Building on the experience of past years, the tutors bring some new features to the course in 2020. The first will be an opportunity to make sure that your viol is in a good playing condition including its set up, frets, and strings. This will be on Friday afternoon from 4.00 pm arrivals until supper at 6.30 pm. David won’t be offering to change anything “structural”, but will advise on strings, pegs and frets, as well as general set up to make sure viols are set up for ease of use and easy tuning.

The second optional new feature will take place on Saturday afternoon, between 2.00 – 4.00 pm. During this time, David and Jane will offer sessions on technical aspects, dealing with any questions concerning playing, whether it be posture, tone production, left-hand work or any other aspect that players may wish to discuss.

Throughout the entire weekend, you will receive support, expand your practice and have ample opportunities to work with different instruments and groups in a supportive, nurturing environment.

David Hatcher and Jane Francis 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 instruments.

Price Options

£225 Non-Residential
£265 Residential Shared
£305 Residential Single


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Practical Information

4.00-6.00pm Arrival, registration on Friday with tea with optional instrument review.
6.30pm Course begins with supper together followed by evening session
4.00pm Course ends with tea and departure

Please note that prices are listed per person.

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

Jane Francis

Jane Francis is a cellist and viola da gambist with many years of playing, tutoring, and teaching experience. Principally a continuo player, she has played with many leading period instrument ensembles.

For many years Jane ran annual baroque chamber music courses at Hawkwood. She is a longstanding tutor on The Baroque Week, and tutored for a great many years on the Easter Early Music Week. With performing and teaching being inextricably linked for her, she has worked abroad in Finland, Hungary, and the Ukraine, to pursue the very best concepts that develop the art of teaching and musicianship.

David Hatcher

David Hatcher has been involved in the performance, teaching and research of the music of the 16th to 18th centuries for over a quarter of a century. After completing studies at Trinity College of Music with Philip Thorby and Charles Medlam, he travelled to Japan, where he remained for ten years, taking an active part in that country’s flourishing early music scene. Since his return to the UK, he has performed and recorded with many ensembles and is also in great demand as a teacher, both at home and abroad.

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