MUSIC NEWBORN - Oliver Hirsh



courses in Denmark

May 20 - 24, 2020 Klippinge (Zealand, south of Copenhagen)
At home in the Modes of the Renaissance*

It is one thing to know their names (which differed in historical sources), but another to experience characteristic traits of the Modes by means of songs, motets, fantasies, ricercari, canzone... (read more about the Modes here ).

For advanced players with original Renaissance instruments (also keyboard); some instruments can be borrowed. Usually original notation.

Accommodation at the teacher’s home in the Danish countryside, 1½ hours from the ferry (Rødby or Gedser); railway stations: Klippinge,

Course fee : € 110
Accomodation and full board: Approx. € 40

Application (by April 26, 2020) to:
Oliver Hirsh
Raamosevej 7a
DK-4672 Klippinge
Tel.: (+45) 5657 8254, (+45) 2114 6465


Application form

Report from the 2013 course (in German)
Report from the 2014 course (in German)
Report from the 2015 course (in English)
At home in the modes of the Renaissance: a summary of many years’ seminars on this theme

*course cancelled because of lockdown

courses in Germany

Biologiezentrum Bustedt, near Bünde, Westphalia
Renaissance music in ensemble

Weekends in 2020:

February 1-2
March 21-22*
September 12-13
October 24-25

Playing and singing in various constellations and at flexible levels. Ensemble!

The course begins Saturday at 4 p.m. and ends Sunday at 4 p.m.

Price (including accomodation): € 85.

Information and application:

Monica Jendrny, Peter-Röser-Str. 3, D-50827 Köln
Tel: (+49) 221 5901315, Mobil: (+49) 171 6320855, Fax: (+49) 221 8607960

Application form (in German)

*course cancelled because of lockdown

April 13 - 19, 2020, Landesmusikakademie Sondershausen, Thuringia
Renaissance Music Week after Easter*

This course brings to life music of the 16th century from many European sources. Playing and singing together alternates with lessons in mixed ensembles and with instrument-specific groups. We work mainly from original notation and as authentically as possible (pitch: 440 Hz). At the beginning an introduction to historic notation will be offered. Young people and adults with some musical experience are welcome. Some instruments can be borrowed.

Teachers: Ute Goedecke (recorder, voice), Katharina Haun (cornett, winds), Oliver Hirsh (viol).

Price including accomodation, full board, and course fee: € 570 (single room, limited availability), € 540 (place in double room).

Information and application (by January 15, 2020):

Sebastian Schleussner
Norbyvägen 75A
SE-75239 Uppsala
Tel.: (+46) 707 328 348


Application form

*course cancelled because of lockdown

August 17 - 23, 2020, Ludwig-Harms-Haus, Bergkirchen, D-31556 Wölpinghausen, Lower Saxony
Viol week

Target group: Viol players, but also singers, lute or suitable winds.

With its liveliness and balance, early music attracts many enthusiasts. It sometimes includes parts so easy that even beginners can join in; ensemble playing motivates and satisfies.

Viols were long esteemed for their clarity in polyphonic music and felicitous blend with singing voices. Our course will allow advanced players to enjoy the rich repertoire, and at the same time give others the opportunity to get to know the instruments better.

We’ll do vocal as well as instrumental music from German, French, English, Flemish, Spanish, and Italian sources, most often from original prints. Individual wishes and suggestions are welcome. There will be opportunity to daily cultivate some “fundamentals”, share songs, as well as finding accompaniments to, and variations on them. It’s possible to borrow instruments and to schedule solo lessons.

Price (including accomodation): € 430.

Information and application (by April 13, 2020):
Annemete v. Vogel
Mozartstraße 3, D-31515 Wunstorf.
Tel: (+49) 5033 2222


Application form

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