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The Chalemie Summer School

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From Sunday 30 June to Saturday 6 July 2024 Chalemie will hold its 24th Summer School in Early Music, Dance, Period Costume Making and Commedia. Leading performers from the group will direct a series of workshops on 17th/18th century music, song, dance, commedia and costume making, with a particular emphasis on the English repertoire of this period.

The course in 2024 will be held at Uppingham School, Uppingham, Oakham, Rutland. This is a beautiful old school right in the center of the historic market town of Uppingham.

The Chalemie Summer School is for everyone interested in performing music, song, dance or commedia, or any combination of these, together with period costume making. While its focus is on the 17th/18th centuries, it is not restricted to this period alone.


The course will be held over seven days (six nights), beginning with registration from 12.00 noon to 2.00 pm on Sunday 30 June, and ending after lunch on Saturday 6 July.

Mornings will start with a group class (which we hope all will want to attend!). This will be a warm-up session in which we will explore movement and presentational skills. In particular, the relationship between music and movement, along with the expression of music in physical form, should help both dancers and musicians to improve their performance. These sessions will be based partly around some of the fundamental routines and physical exercises that lie behind the ancient art of Commedia dell' Arte.

The timetable is intended to be fairly flexible in allowing participation in a variety of activities. Mornings (plus Sunday afternoon) will be allocated to formal courses in the chosen primary study sessions. Other afternoons are less formal and provide an opportunity to explore new areas as secondary studies, to continue with your primary study, or simply to do your own thing. Evenings are completely informal, but a variety of entertainments and activities have been arranged for all participants wishing to take part, including: a barn dance, a lecture/performance by Chalemie and a party/concert.

To encourage students to think of performance in theatrical terms there will be a concert on the final evening with an opportunity to present short pieces worked on during the course.

Further information

For further information and a full brochure, please contact Barbara Segal:

3 Thornhill Square
London N1 1BQ

Tel: 020 7619 9855

Email: chalemie@chalemie.co.uk



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