HISS: Exploring the common grounds between Early Music and Folk Music

Mon 22 - Fri 26Aug2022

Join recorder tutors Rebecca Austen- Brown and Mary Tyers, plus the Askew Sisters and many other leading tutors on this dynamic residential course.

Bishop Burton College, East Yorkshire

From £550 (resident); £420 (non-resident)

Exploring common grounds through collaboration and imagination:

In 2010 HISS (Historically Informed Summer School) was just an idea, an experiment to explore the common ground between early music and folk & traditional music. In more than ten years we have grown an international family of musicians from all walks of life, who may be amateur, students or professionals, 70% of whom return each year.

Each year in August this unique group reinvents itself into something unique and special. For some participants it has emphatically been a life changing experience, and we have watched many attendees grow in confidence, ability and versatility over those years.

We are privileged to retain many of our original team of tutors, all eminent in their field, Jacob Heringman (lutes), Susanna Pell (viols) and Mary Tyers (recorders) who have been joined by Rebecca Austen-Brown (recorder & medieval fiddle). We have nurtured our own, Anne Marie Christensen (Baroque violin) and this year with Catherine Strachan (Baroque cello), then we added early brass, led by Richard Thomas (cornett), George Bartle (sackbut).

For 2022 we are delighted the The Askew Sisters, well known folk duo, have joined us to reinforce the folk elements of the course. Although both are multi-instrumentalists and vocalists, Emily Askew (fiddle) will lead folk instrumental classes, alongside John Dipper (fiddle player and instrument maker), whilst Hazel Askew will lead a folk choir and other vocal work. Central to HISS is the idea of collaboration, and both Emily and Hazel have also worked across the early music divide, so there are sure to be plenty of imaginative joint adventures!

We are also very pleased that we will have a reed tutor this year, in the person of Tim Bayley, well known for a variety of workshops and teaching across the country, but especially for his work with the York Waits.

Our generous Student Bursary Scheme, is supported by North East Early Music Forum, and offers annually up to 6 fully funded places for full time music students.