Adult Early Music Course

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Adult Early Music Course

Also known as Beauchamp Music Week, our Adult Early Music course is running in 2024.  

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Malvern 2024

Beauchamp Early Music Week was started by our founders, Alan and Caroline Lumsden, in their home, Beauchamp House. This residential course is for singers and players of Renaissance instruments and has been running for many years. Enthusiasts of early music come back year after year, enjoying the friendly atmosphere and high standard of music-making.

Our 2024 course will run from 21 to 27 July.

The course cost for tuition, use of venue, accommodation in a single ensuite room, and all meals and refreshments is £810*. If you choose to share a twin room the price is £760* per person. People who choose to stay off-site, but join us for meals, will be charged £560*. 

Meals will be provided on site in the accommodation block dining room. Those staying off-site (in either campsites or hotels) will be able to book to eat with the rest in the dining room.

* Bookings (with deposit) received on/before 31 January, will be eligible for a £20 'early Byrd' discount on the prices shown above.

A non-refundable (with the exception of course cancellation due to COVID-19 restrictions) deposit of £100 will be required to secure a booking. The full course fee is due by the end of May.

Further details can be found below, in the FAQs section, but for any questions that cannot be answered here, please contact Jane Rothery, the Adult Early Music Course Administrator via Email using the pink 'email us' button. 

Frequently Asked Questions
Where will the course take place?

In 2024, the course is being held at Malvern College - Malvern, England WR14 3DG. The college is located close to Malvern Town centre.

When is the course happening?

21 to 27 July 2024

How much is it?

The costs will be confirmed in early January, and will include tuition cost, use of venue, all meals and refreshments.  There are three options:

  • Single ensuite room £810.
  • Twin ensuite room (shared) £760/person.
  • Off-site (but including meals) £560.
How will I Pay?

Payment is independent of the booking form. In order to secure your booking, a deposit of £100 is required. You can pay via internet banking, please contact us for details. 

If paying via cheque, please make payable to Gloucestershire Academy of Music. 

When does booking close?

Booking will close when the course is full, but we will operate a waiting list - please email for more details.  

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Feedback from previous courses:

‘Cannot thank you enough for sticking with it and organising a splendid week of playing and singing early music.’

‘I left the sessions with a feeling of being valued as an individual as well as being uplifted.’

‘It was stimulating to focus on some challenging sightreading and gratifying when we got there!’

‘Faultless!  Top marks to the tutors who were supportive and helpful throughout the whole process.’

‘Rendcomb was spectacular and seemed to be ideally suited to this type of music course.’

Despite all of the challenges of maintaining COVID-safety, and being in a new venue, I rate this year’s Beauchamp as one of the best to date and can’t wait for the next one! I can only imagine the hard work the organisers and
tutors put into making this a success and
offer them my heart-felt thanks. - Wayne Plummer, Historic Brass Today

Wayne reviewed the 2021 course in the Fall 2021 Edition of Historic Brass Today (pp. 32-33), the full version of which you can view here: