A historically informed approach to differing musical styles is
an essential prerequisite for all musicians entering the profession
today. The Department of Historical Performance aims to promote and
develop a practical understanding of performance styles from
Mediaeval to 19th century through a comprehensive, world-class
programme of study.
In one-to-one lessons you will concentrate on developing a
secure technique and a broad stylistic repertoire and you will
develop a working knowledge of the main national styles and the
performance practices associated with those styles.
You will participate in a range of departmental performance
classes as well as specialist masterclasses and workshops with
leading performers in the field; all of which contribute to an
exciting atmosphere of cross-discipline discussion and
experimentation. In addition, specialist Historical Performance
project options will allow you to conduct more detailed research
into selected areas of Musicology and Performance.
The Department of Historical Performance has strong links across
the College and supports a vibrant second study culture with
upwards of sixty students currently learning, sackbut, cornett,
recorder, baroque lute, theorbo, lute and a variety of keyboard and
stringed instruments. The Department has an active performance
calendar based around the chamber ensemble Badinerie and the Early
Vocal Consort, supported by a range of internationally-renowned
artists. Recent concerts have included concerts and collaborations
with Rachel Podger, Roderick Williams, Red Priest and HMSC. This
season will see recitals by Iestyn Davies with Réjouissance, Elin
Manahan Davies with Badinerie and the Early Vocal Consort and a
collaboration with the Royal College of Music to perform the works
of Corelli, directed by Simon Jones.