Chamber music and masterclass weekend – 18-19 September 2021

We’re thrilled to be planning a live, ‘in-person’ weekend of chamber music and masterclasses for baroque flute, recorder and continuo for students (minimum standard grade 7+). We’ve chosen the beautiful setting of The Pines Calyx at St. Margaret’s Bay in Kent, an award-winning eco-building, set in stunning grounds just a short walk from the sea.

Our course runs from 9.30-5pm each day; on Saturday 18 September The Brook Street Band will also perform a short evening concert at 6pm, and the weekend course will conclude with a student performance at 4pm on the Sunday.

Do keep checking our website for further details, as we advertise the course. There’s a short film available here to tell you a little more about our plans.

Violin masterclass on Bach, Telemann and Pisendel

Don’t miss the chance to watch Rachel Harris working with 3 fabulous performers, on solo violin music by Telemann, Bach and Pisendel. Our players join us via Zoom from France and Germany today, and this is a wonderful opportunity to benefit from Rachel’s teaching, all from the comfort of your own home. Join the class for free today via this link.

Masterclass films

You may have missed some of our masterclasses over the past months, covering a wide range of repertoire for flute and recorder by composers including Bach, Handel, Telemann and some of the superstars of the French Baroque world including Blavet, Hotteterre and Anne Danican Philidor. We’ve also explored repertoire for baroque violin by Bach and Biber. You can watch all our masterclasses at your leisure on our YouTube channel or click here to take you to the most recent class.

Continuo Foundation Funding

We are delighted to be amongst the successful applicants in the first round of funding from the Continuo Foundation. Our recording project, with conductor John Andrews in conjunction with Red Squirrel Opera Unearthed will provide work for 23 musicians in these uncertain times. Look out for the world premiere recording of an 18th-century masterpiece (by one of Handel’s contemporaries and ‘rivals’) on Resonus Classics by the end of this year. Dragons may feature…

Reaching new audiences all the time

UK, USA, Portugal, Russian Federation, Romania, Netherlands, Croatia, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Finland, Brazil, Slovenia, Peru, Austria, Poland, France, Czech Republic, Canada, Hong Kong, Serbia, Mexico…

We were delighted to reach audiences in these countries during our recent “Introduction to French Baroque” masterclass at the weekend. However frustrating it is to not be able to make music together at the moment, there’s no denying the fact that technology allows us to reach far more participants than a non-digital masterclass, spreading our love of baroque repertoire far and wide.

An introduction to French baroque music

Join Lisete da Silva Bull for our flute and recorder masterclass at 4pm GMT on Saturday 13 March, giving an overview and introduction to the vast and varied world of French baroque music. We’ll be exploring roughly one hundred years of music in France c.1650-1750, and hearing music by Anne Danican Philidor, Jacques Hotteterre and Michel Blavet.

Handel’s fame and legacy

Tatty doesn’t usually need much of an excuse to talk about Handel, so was delighted to be asked to write and present a short film for Cambridge Early Music about the great man. Tatty looks at aspects of Handel’s fame and continuing legacy up to the present day, starting with steps Handel took that contributed to his public standing and fame during his lifetime. 

Violin masterclass added to schedule – 6 March

Just a quick post to let you know that Rachel Harris will be giving a masterclass on solo repertoire for baroque violin, focussing on works by composers including JS Bach and Biber. We’ve got some fabulous performers lined up for you to hear. Do sign up to observe the class, which takes place on Zoom on  Saturday 6 March, 2.30-4.30pm GMT.

 

Handel’s 336th Birthday

Handel would have celebrated his 336th birthday on 23rd February 2021… and The Brook Street Band chose to help commemorate the day with a digital Birthday – Passacaille mash-up. Continuing lockdown in Germany and the UK meant we had to record tracks individually, which were later stitched together. This was a first for us, normally relying on eyesight, our collective ears and body language. Click tracks, computers and headphones are not normally part of our usual rehearsal equipment! Anyway, do take a look on our YouTube channel – a bit of birthday silliness!

Masterclasses in 2021

If you’d asked us at the start of 2020 whether we’d be delivering online masterclasses during the year, we might have looked at you with a puzzled expression. However 2020 and Covid-19 necessitated many changes and adaptations to usual working methods, and last Autumn we programmed the first of our online masterclasses.

What a joy these turned out to be! We had attendees from all over the world, and the online format allowed us a far greater reach, both for audience and performers. We were lucky enough to work with players from several European countries, as well as America.

We’ll be continuing these in 2021, with two more woodwind classes scheduled for 6 February and 13 March, and at least one violin class, date TBC. Keep checking our Brook Street Band at Home page for more information  and links.