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Baroque String Workshop with Oliver Webber 23rd September 2023

September 23, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

£20 – £25

A journey from England to Germany and Italy for violins, violas, cellos, double bass/violone, viols and theorbo.

The composers on the menu for today’s workshop represent a variety of styles of the late Baroque period. Johann Christoph Pez (1664-1716), a German composer from Munich, was heavily influenced by the French style of Jean-Baptiste Lully. His Suite in D minor is a perfect example of Lully’s style. Henry Purcell (1659-1695) remains one of the greatest English composers. The instrumental pieces in his semi-operas, such as King Arthur, offer a delightful variety of quintessentially English dances. Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) is famous for having written literally hundreds of concertos for solo instruments. Perhaps less well known are his concertos for strings, with no solo instrument, in which he delights in the rich sonorities of the string orchestra. Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) was one of the most prolific and eclectic composers of the late Baroque. He wrote for many different combinations of instruments incorporating French and Italian styles as well as folk traditions from eastern Europe. We will be playing the Lustige Suite which is largely French in conception with an overture and a suite of dances, but with a few distinctive quirks of its own.

Music will be provided.   Please bring a labelled music stand and your own mug

The Tutor: Oliver Webber is a baroque violinist from London with three decades of experience in the field. He is the director of the Monteverdi string band, specialists in ensemble music of the 17th century, and appears regularly with the London Handel Players and the Gonzaga Band. Among  other posts, he has been a principal player and occasional guest leader of Gabrieli (Consort) for around 20 years, in the process helping the orchestra explore aspects of historical performance such as all gut stringing and use of the French bow hold. He teaches baroque violin and viola at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he also runs classes on ornamentation for instrumentalists and singers. He complements his teaching and performing with research, editing, translation and string making. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, watching cricket, and reading about European late antiquity.



Venue   St. Nicholas Church, St. Nicholas Church Street, Warwick CV34 4JD is located on the southern edge or Warwick – adjacent to St Nicholas Park and opposite the south entrance to the castle.

There is no church car park, but St Nicholas Park car park (CV34 4QY) is directly behind the church, accessed via the A425 Banbury Road. This is a ‘pay and display’ car park 7 days a week. The maximum charge is £7.00. Payment is by card or the RingGo App.

Warwick station is less than 10 mins walk away. From the exit walk to the Coventry Road and turn right. At St John’s junction at the traffic lights, cross straight ahead towards St John’s Museum. Turn right into St Nicholas Church Street – the church is on the left at the end of this road.

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Baroque String Workshop with Oliver Webber 23rd September 2023


September 23, 2023
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
£20 – £25
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Oliver Webber


St Nicholas Church Warwick
St Nicholas Church Street
Warwick, CV34 4JD United Kingdom
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