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PIVA – Real Roots!

Friday 18 Jun 4pm — Sunday 20 Jun 4pm, 2021

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Course Enquiry

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Full board per person (tuition, activities, all meals & accommodation):

  • £262– single ensuite room
  • £225– sharing an ensuite room
  • £225– single non-ensuite room
  • £180 – sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (tuition, activities, all meals):

  • £170

Non Resident (tuition, activities, all meals except breakfast):

  • £160

We’re delighted to be welcoming Piva back to Halsway for a weekend exploring the Real Roots! of folk music, both the music and the instruments. Discover the world of late 16th century popular traditional music as heard in both court and country, in this enjoyable and fascinating course! The focus of the course will be playing 4 or 5 part harmony in small groups but it doesn’t matter if you are new to this music or an experienced renaissance specialist; sessions will be adapted to suit all levels.

We’re thinking of having a ‘Grand Tour’  theme to our 2021 event, meaning we’ll look at dance and popular music from across Europe – European Roots music! We can – if there’s the demand – run some fixed ensemble groups to allow for some good developmental work to take place; if you’re part of an established early music (or other) group who would like some coaching together this could be for you!

Piva will also give a recital on Saturday evening.

The programme will include:

• Ensemble playing – 4 and 5 part harmony
• Loud wind band
• Developing arrangements and making the music your own
• Informal performance
• Reed playing technique
• Individual coaching sessions

Please note, in previous courses a particular feature has been the opportunity of “having a go” on Piva’s extensive range of instruments, including renaissance recorders, crumhorns, bagpipes, viols and curtals. However this is unlikely to be possible this time, due to safeguards to reduce transmission of COVID-19.

Who’s it For?

Open to those new to early music, through to specialists.

The course is suitable for players of woodwinds, reed instruments, historical brass and strings (ancient and modern), as well as other instruments such as bagpipes & nyckelharpa. Please let us know your instrument(s) when booking your place, and we can check with Piva if you’re unsure!

Participants should be competent on their instruments and have a reasonable sight reading ability.

The Team

The members of Piva – The Renaissance Collective have wide and diverse musical backgrounds and between them they have experience in playing renaissance, classical, and roots music.  They bring all of these diverse musical influences  together and fuse them with their knowledge of renaissance music and instruments.  Below are some of the members of Piva who will be attending the course.

David Jarratt-Knock – Cornetto, Recorders, Double Reeds, Bagpipes. David is constantly in demand in both the UK and abroad for historically informed performances of works such as Monteverdi’s Vespers and he has played with some of Europe’s leading ensembles, including The Gabrieli Consort, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Ex Cathedra.  He has worked with both the RSC and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and performs regularly at the Historic Royal Palaces.  David will be running some ‘loud wind workshops’ as part of this year’s course.

Eric Moulder – Renaissance woodwinds (curtal, shawm, rauschpfeife, crumhorn, recorder). Eric is Piva’s founder and director of music.  His passion for early music was inspired by the late David Munrow, amongst others.  He has been an early woodwind player for many years and has performed with a number of ensembles.  He is an internationally renowned maker and researcher in the field of historic woodwind instruments from the Renaissance period and his instruments are played by leading professional musicians and amateurs alike. He also provides many of the instruments played by Piva as well as being responsible for creating many of the group’s musical arrangements.

Mary Mohan – viol, strings, percussion, voice and renaissance woodwind. Mary studied the flute from the age of 8, quickly getting to grade 5 and into the school orchestra. Then she discovered other instruments and nagged her mother for a cello. She was promised a cello if she got a distinction in her grade 5 flute exam, and the rest is history!  Mary studied cello, flute, conducting and musicology at the University of Huddersfield and now works as an instrumental teacher and freelance musician teaching a range of instruments.  Her biggest influence in recent years has been Jordi Savall, whose recordings have opened up a whole world of Medieval and Renaissance music.  She also runs her own group, Archaedium, which specialises in medieval music.

Kate Moran –  Strings and mixed consorts. Kate is a versatile musician who is equally at home with classical and folk music. Whilst training at Birmingham Conservatoire and Royal Northern College of Music she spent her weekends playing fiddle in barn dance bands in Northamptonshire! Kate currently plays violin and viola with Boldwood, who specialise in bringing to life rarely-heard tunes from 18th century English dance collections and leads Mouse’s Nest ceilidh band and can often be found guesting with bands both on stage and in the recording studio. Kate is also in demand as a teacher and is the conductor of Manchester Youth String Orchestra.

Jane Moulder – Bagpipes and Renaissance woodwind. Jane Moulder is the resident bookworm of the group and, alongside Eric, she researches and develops Piva’s repertoire and performance programmes.  She is a freelance researcher and writer on music, dance and manners of the 14th to 18th Centuries.  Jane runs Piper’s Publishing which has produced a number of successful historical music books. She also works for the National Trust as a historical interpreter specialising in the Tudor period.  She balances all of these roles with working alongside Eric making historical woodwind instruments.

Jude Rees – Bagpipes and Renaissance woodwind, voice. Jude Rees is a professional oboist and woodwind specialist with extensive experience in classical, folk, contemporary and early music. As freelance multi-instrumentalist and sought-after session musician, Jude has worked with some luminaries of the folk world and has guested on numerous albums and live tours. She currently plays with BBC Radio2 Folk Award nominated Pilgrims’ Way and has played for theatre and television including the BBC and the Royal Shakespeare Company.  Jude also co-runs a lively early music group for children in Warwickshire.