Happy New Year to you all! After the joys of HISS 2017, and the successful and popular move to Bishop Burton College, we are very much looking forward to welcoming returners and newcomers equally to HISS 2018! This year HISS runs Monday 13 – Friday 17 August, again at Bishop Burton College, near Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8QG
The website is presently being updated, and booking is open (www.hiss.org.uk). All the usual favourites will be there – ceilidh, tutors concert, musical banquet, final concert, shorties and The Early Music Shop, whose support is invaluable, will again be in residence, plus Folk band, Natural voice singing, recorder & string ensembles, chamber choir, viol consorts, and our internationally recognised team of tutors, encouraging and supportive as ever!
We look forward to welcoming you to HISS 2018 for another fantastic week of music making!
Don't miss out! - bring us your fiddle, or viol, or tenor or bass voice, or even a double bass . . .
Hey diddle diddle - there's still room for you at HISS2017, especially if you sing, or play fiddle or bass! Although booking is officially closed you may still join us for an exhilarating week of music making, if you're quick. We still have a few places open.
Book here now: http://www.hiss.org.uk/fees--booking.html
Calling all singers!
HISS 2017 for chamber choir includes a survey of Monteverdi in the 450th anniversary year of his birth, to include a selection of his Madrigals across Books 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 8, written during his time at the Gonzaga court in Mantua. There will be music from the “other” Vespers (1641) with Dixit Dominus II and the Gloria a 7.
We'll also explore settings of words from Psalm 137 By the Waters of Babylon; the pair of motets by de Monte, and Byrd's response to this, an anthem by Boyce and 8-part setting by Victoria. We'll also look at motets by Alonso Lobo. In lighter vein there's music by Waelrant, de Wert, Campion and Dowland. Oh, and do you know the 16 part Crucifixus by Lotti!
Singers – it's up to you if we can do all this! Sign up now to be sure we have the forces to do this fabulous music justice!
HISS 2017 Booking now open
Join us for HISS 2017, bring your friends, and make it a bumper year! Booking is now open on the website. Visit www.hiss.org.uk and secure your place now.
We've moved to a new venue at Bishop Burton College, near Beverley is east Yorkshire. We're celebrating Monteverdi's 450th birthday, and Hull City of Culture with themes of freedom and emancipation. There's more to offer in the courses, too. The idyllic rural setting makes for the perfect musical retreat. And the meerkats? You'll have to join us and find out!
Residential accommodation is close by, and includes either standard rooms (mostly 3 or 4 rooms with shared bathroom) or ensuite. Up to 6 rooms also have a shared fully equipped kitchen area, and there are wet rooms, and it is also possible to make up a small number of twin rooms for couples. Parking is on site, free, and close to the accommodation. A shuttle minibus will operate between Beverley Station and the campus on the opening and closing days of the course (for a small fare).
The move also enables us to consolidate the course offer. There will be more integrated and sustained core (progressive) courses for eg viol consort, chamber choir, folk/traditional singing by ear, Baroque string orchestra as well as the usual folk string, wind and plucked string classes. There will be the expected large and small ensemble classes, and collaborative explorations of folk and traditional music and its connections with early music. Naturally the now equally traditional events, such as the ceilidh, the tutors concert, the Musical Banquet and the final concert will feature. The self service restaurant is next door to the bar, and there are other food and drink outlets for lunchtime.
On the 360 hectare site there is an Olympic standard equestrian centre, and an animal centre (for the veterinary courses), worth a visit, with otters, reas, alpacas, parakeets and meerkats, etc, as well as more familiar pets.
Thanks to all who came to HISS 2016. Recapture those memories from the most successful sixth year of this unique summer school - see the gallery of precious moments caught on camera!
From the ceilidh, or the tutors concert, or the flashmob recorders and Ancient Women, relive the experience!
They're all here
Thank you to all who have booked for HISS 2016. Early Bird booking has now officially closed.
It promises to be an exciting week! However, as ever, we could really do with more singers and players at the lower end - and I am not referring (just) to the scatological humour of some of Purcell's catches (as above) that we will be experiencing!
Yes, we mean more singers on the tenor and bass lines, and players of lower strings and wind instruments, to achieve a good balance in our ensembles. If you have missed the "early bird" and fit into these lower categories - do get in touch, if you're quick, as we may still be able to offer some incentive to be there!
News from the conference office at Scarborough Campus . . .
Fresh look to our bedrooms
2016 has got off to a great start for us, we’ve been really busy updating the look of our onsite, en-suite accommodation.
We’ve introduced new soft furnishings in a gorgeous shade of teal and procured brand new beds and mattresses to make your stay with us even more comfortable and enjoyable.
So, you can be well rested after your exciting, exhausting days of making music at HISS 2016!
A nice little article on HISS in 2016 Classical Music magazine's Summer Schools supplement. Get the whole story here on the website: www.hiss.org.uk