I’ve just got back from teaching on the inaugural South West Viols Fest in Culmstock, Devon, UK – run as part of Blackdowns Early Music. Eight viol players of different backgrounds, nationalities and levels of playing experience were tutored by myself and Henrik Persson of Newe Vialles – we also gave a recital of Sainte-Colombe and Marais, with theorbist Lynda Sayce, and the viol tutees joined with the singers of the BEMP for a concert of Iberian polyphony masterminded by director JanJoost van Elburg. It was a fascinating and satisfying weekend for all concerned – participants had the opportunity for solo coaching and masterclasses, consort playing, and to work on a wide variety of repertoire. A particular highlight was a visit to the workshop of Jane Julier, who made both Henrik’s and my viols, and happens to live in the same village! We’ve had some excellent feedback and very much hope we can return to Culmstock for a similar event in the future.
Coming up, I will be playing with St James’ Baroque in the London Festival of Baroque Music, alongside the choir of Westminster Abbey under James O’Donnell, for a fantastic programme of Purcell and Charpentier. Details here.
More summer projects include a second CD recording with hurdy-gurdy player Tobie Miller, and a trip to Montreal for Montreal Baroque, in which I’ll be joining with some very dear colleagues for a programme entitled “Private Handel”, featuring some of his continuo cantatas, sonatas and greatest hits in a beautiful and intimate chamber music setting.