Viol consort music with Alison Crum

Ref: SWE32970

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About this course

Improve your playing of 17th century English music on this course for intermediate or advanced players of treble, tenor or bass viols, who are confident in sight reading and playing one-to-a-part.

Course Description

This course is intended for intermediate and advanced players of treble, tenor or bass viols, who are confident in sight reading and playing one-to-a-part. 17th century English music will form the main area of study.

The focus is on working towards playing as a consort, improving the quality and variety of sound on the viol and understanding more about how to play the music in a stylistically appropriate way.

You will be accepted in order of application, though this is subject to level of experience and a suitable balance of players. Places are limited, so any deposit paid will be refunded if we are not able to accept your application after the tutor’s assessment of these aspects – please see below.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Your instrument(s)
  • Music stand, with a music stand light if you have one
  • Any music you particularly wish to play
  • Once your booking has been confirmed, please email: [email protected] with the following information to be passed on to your tutor:
  • Course title and dates
  • The instrument that you play: treble, tenor or bass
  • Your level of ability: intermediate or advanced
  • Your name, telephone number, address and postcode

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals, and safety boots, if specified.


Alison Crum

Alison Crum is well-known throughout the Western World as both as a player and teacher of the viol. She has made around 100 recordings, most often with the Rose Consort of Viols, and directs numerous summer schools and workshops worldwide. She has been called the 'doyenne of British viol teachers'.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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