Music Courses

The Brook Street Band’s masterclass and chamber music weekend 18-19 September 2021

“It was a real privilege to be a part of: it was a great goal to work towards over the past month and being able to perform to the public again felt wonderful, too- I am still smiling from the experience.”

The Brook Street Band is delighted to present its first chamber music and masterclasses weekend, part of its love: Handel festival, although you can perform music by ANY baroque composer, not just Handel!

Course:

We have chosen the peaceful, retreat-like and stunning setting of St. Margaret’s Bay located on the beautiful Kent coast for our weekend course, where we can all enjoy the stimulating and creative environment at Pines Calyx, an award-winning eco building, set in peaceful gardens with sea views.

The course takes place over two days, with flute, recorder and continuo (in this instance, cello and harpsichord) masterclasses, chamber music for strings and woodwind, and a Brook Street Band concert given by course tutors Lisete da Silva Bull (flute/recorder), Tatty Theo (cello) and Carolyn Gibley (harpsichord).

We can accommodate performers at both baroque and modern pitches, A=415 and A=440, and require you to have reached a minimum standard of grade 7+

We hope you’ll join us for the whole weekend!

“I loved the whole presentation, like the Handel last year...the mixture of historical context and background to the music, together with an opportunity to listen to inspiring players.”

Timetable:

Saturday 18 September

9.30-10am       meet and warm-up exercises     
10-12.30pm  4 masterclass participants (30 mins per student)
12.30-1.30pm lunch
1.30-3.30pm    chamber music sessions
3.30-4pm   break
4-5pm   chamber music sessions
6-7pm  Brook Street Band concert

Sunday 19 September

9.30-10am       meet and warm-up exercises     
10-12.30pm  4 masterclass participants (30 mins per student)
12.30-1.30pm lunch
1.30-3.30pm    chamber music sessions
3.30-4pm   break
4-5pm   student concert

Weekend tuition costs:

Full participant (m’classes, chamber music, BSB concert)  £200
Chamber music only (including BSB concert)    £150
Listener  £60

Places are limited, so please do contact us on info@brookstreetband.co.uk  for further information and to book.

Bursaries:

We are delighted to offer two bursary places to students aged 18-25. Please email info@brookstreetband.co.uk for a list of eligibility criteria and to find out how to apply.

Q&As:

Is it possible to come for a single day?
If you’re not free for the whole weekend, we might be able to accommodate you just for a single day too, so if this is of interest, please do email us to talk through your requirements.

Where can I stay?
There are many delightful B&Bs and hotels in the area. We’re happy to supply some suggestions, but must add we’ve not stayed in any ourselves.

What about food?
The Pines Calyx offers a superb buffet lunch which can be booked separately. All diets can be catered for. There is also the option to book afternoon tea/coffee and homemade biscuits.

How do I get there?
There is ample parking, should you wish to come by car, and The Pines Calyx is also easily accessible by train from London.

Access?
The Pines Calyx is accessible, with ramps throughout the garden and a lift in the building.

About The Pines Calyx:

The Pines Calyx is the first venue in Europe to be designed and built using the principles of cradle-to-cradle design, combining the healthiest environment with the lowest carbon footprint of any venue in the UK. During its construction, it generated 75% less carbon dioxide (CO2e ) than a standard building by using local materials.  The Calyx is a unique award winning  eco-sustainable venue. The venue is designed to provide the highest quality of light, air, acoustics and space. All together, this creates an optimally ‘healthy building’ both for its occupants, and its local environment. Photos © The Bay Trust.