If you like early music, traditional and folk music, or classical music, HISS is for you. HISS - the Historically Informed Summer School - is an international residential summer school which explores early music and folk and traditional music, and the connections and common ground between them. It is a unique opportunity to try a rewarding repertoire. If you are new to this repertoire, or come to it from a classical background, HISS offers a chance to experience early and traditional music in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. For more experienced singers and players, students and professionals, our excellent team of tutors provide a stimulating environment in which to explore the repertoire in depth.
The course offers an intensive practical experience over five days for singers and players of period and modern instruments. Classes and workshops for singers, plucked and bowed strings (including viols, baroque and modern strings), wind and keyboard players, fall into three categories: integrated progressive series exploring repertoire & technique, and especially the links between traditional and early music; classes exploring particular aspects of technique, repertoire, or enabling and supporting mixed and smaller ensembles; optional sessions on specific repertoire or genres.
Check out our reviews and comments from past participants here.
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Quotes from HISS 2017 feedback and emails:
“Very fulfilling course, tutors working their socks off for us.”
“Loving the opportunities which keep cropping up.”
“Really enjoying the programme by ear stream”
“I have learnt more with Mary in two sessions than I have learned in the past six months of playing!”
“What a privilege to have access to the walled garden”
“Meeting lots of lovely, diverse people.“
“Thank you for a splendid week!”