Summer Academy GOfBaroque

AMUZ and the European Union Baroque Orchestra are organising the international Summer Academy GOfBaroque 2018 for baroque orchestral musicians from 10 to 14 August 2018 in Antwerp, Belgium. During this Summer Academy, musicians will be selected to take part in the 2018 EUBO tours between September 2018 and January 2019.

<<<Please note: NO further applications can now be accepted. After receiving so many excellent applications, there are no further places left for the GOfBaroque Summer Academy. All applications that have only been received recently and that are eligible will be placed on a waiting list. Information will be sent individually to those on the waiting list by 21 July. 

If you however would like to register your interest for future courses, you can complete the following form with only your name and contact information.>>>


Application Guidelines

Musicians wishing to be considered for selection to become a member of the 2018 European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) are required to attend the Summer Academy in Antwerp. Selection of the orchestra members will be made from those attending the Summer Academy. Candidates will be informed by 18 August 2018 if they have been selected for EUBO 2018.

Applications are invited from players who can demonstrate an advanced level of performance for following baroque (A=415) instruments only: violin, viola, cello, double bass, oboe, bassoon & harpsichord. Continuo applicants must be able to read a figured bass. Applicants must be over 18 years old and born after 1 January 1988, and they are required to have the nationality of one of the following countries which are eligible for the Creative Europe programme of the European Union: all 28 Member States of the European Union, Iceland, Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Republic of Serbia, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Tunisia.

The application is now closed. Please note, applications will be considered in the order they are received and priority will be given to those wishing to be considered for selection for 2018 EUBO.  

Selected candidates will have their Summer Academy deposit and fee (€250) reimbursed after successful completion of the EUBO orchestral tours.

Course Information

As well as orchestral work, the Summer Academy features ensemble work and individual coaching with the resident tutors. Each applicant pays a non-returnable deposit of €50 to cover the administrative costs and a fee of €200 in addition to the travel to/from Antwerp, Belgium. GOfBaroque provides accommodation in the Youth Hostel (4 nights) in central Antwerp and all meals for the applicants. All applicants are required to bring their own baroque instrument tuned to A=415. GOfBaroque  will provide harpsichords and a small chamber organ. Certificates of attendance at the Summer Academy will be given to all candidates. Working language at SA will be English.

How to apply

The application to the 2018 Summer Academy GOfBaroque is now closed

Course cost & Method of payment

The Summer Academy participation fee is €250, which includes accommodation (shared rooms) and all meals. To secure your place the non-returnable deposit of €50 is required as soon as your place at the Summer Academy has been confirmed by the GOfBaroque administration. Places are limited so early application is advisable (60 places scheduled: 20 violins, 8 violas, 8 cellos, 4 basses, 8 oboes, 4 bassoons, 8 harpsichords). The deposit (€50) and fee (€200) must in any case be paid by bank transfer by latest 2 August 2018.

Bank details

Summer Academy GOfBaroque, p/a AMUZ, Kammenstraat 81, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
IBAN: BE52 7360 0054 7409
Name and address of the bank: KBC, Eiermarkt 20, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium

The name of the applicant musician must be included in the payment details.
Please note: Anyone who wishes to leave or is dismissed from the programme prematurely may be liable to reimburse the Summer Academy for all costs incurred on his/her behalf. The right is reserved to make any alterations to the terms and conditions as may be deemed necessary.


Orchestral/sectional sessions:
fBaroque will provide all the music necessary for the full orchestral and sectional sessions during the summer academy. Orchestral sessions will include works by Handel, Bach, Corelli, Rameau, Blow & Telemann. A list of the orchestral repertoire will be sent to you before the Summer Academy begins. Parts will not be sent and you are not expected to have prepared this orchestral repertoire in advance.

Chamber sessions:
GOfBaroque tutors will organise chamber music groups and will select repertoire. Groups will have opportunities to rehearse together in both uncoached and coached sessions in preparation for short performances at the informal concert at the end of the Summer Academy.

Individual sessions:
String players should prepare two contrasting movements selected to show your ability and sound to the best advantage, and two other movements to study during the Summer Academy. Remember to bring the continuo part with you.
Wind players should be prepared to work on the most relevant orchestral repertoire, such as Bach overtures, Handel concerti grossi etc. Bring at least one complete piece for your instrument, including the continuo part, to study during the Summer Academy.
Harpsichordists are reminded that you will be principally judged on your ability as a continuo player, but for your individual session you should bring solo music to demonstrate your technical skills and musicianship, and a basso continuo piece on which you would like to work to demonstrate your understanding of continuo playing.

Summer Academy: schedule (as at 15 June)

Friday 10 August 2018
……. -1600 Participants to arrive in Antwerp by latest 1600
1400-1545 Registration at AMUZ, Kammenstraat 81, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
1600-1730 Orchestra 1 (tutti) with Margaret Faultless
1745-1845 Meet your Tutor
1900-2015 Dinner break
2030-2130 Organisation of Chamber Music groups
Overnight  Antwerp Youth Hostel

Saturday 11 August
0930-1100 Orchestra 2 (tutti*)
1130-1300 Dance session (tutti*)
1300-1430 Lunch break
1430-1600 Sectionals / Basso continuo session
1630-1800 Orchestra 3 (tutti*)
1830-1945 Dinner break
2000-2145 Chamber music groups (not coached)

Sunday 12 August
0900-1030 Orchestra 4 (tutti*)
1100-1230 Orchestra 5 (tutti*)
1230-1330 Lunch break
1330-1430 Workshop on tuning & temperament
1500-1600 Tutors’ Concert (course members & invited audience)
1630-1800 String Orchestra 6 / Wind band
1845-2000 Dinner & free evening

Monday 13 August
0930-1100 Orchestra 7 (tutti*)
1130-1300 Sectionals / Basso continuo session / Chamber music groups
1300-1430 Lunch break
1430-1600 Orchestra 8 (tutti*) / Chamber music groups
1700-1815 Orchestra 9 (tutti) with Lars Ulrik Mortensen
1830-1945 Dinner break
2000-2145 Chamber music groups (coached)
2200-……   Party

Tuesday 14 August
0900-1030 Chamber music groups (prepare for concert)
1100-1245 Students’ Concert (chamber music groups)
1300-….… End of Summer Academy / participants depart

*excluding those having individual lessons or coaching

Saturday 18 August
candidates notified of selection

Tour details 2018 – 2019 (correct as at 15 June)

Amandine Beyer / Dans le goût français

17 September 2018: Members (strings & continuo, ex winds) of EUBO 2018 arrive in Antwerp, Belgium
18 to 25 September: Rehearsals with Amandine Beyer in AMUZ – Including workshop and outreach activities
26 September: Concert AMUZ, Antwerp – Dans le goût français
27 September: Concert Forum Artium Festival, Osnabrück/Hagen, Germany
28 September: Travel home

Lars Ulrik Mortensen / Constellatio Felix: Sun, Stars & Planets

15 October: Members (tutti) of EUBO 2018 arrive & rehearse in Kloster Michaelstein, Blankenburg, Germany
16 to 18 October: Rehearsals with Lars Ulrik Mortensen in Kloster Michaelstein – Including activities with Bachs Erben
19 October: Concert Kloster Michaelstein Constellatio Felix: Sun, Stars & Planets
20 October: Concert tba
21 October: Concert tba
22 October: Travel home

Amandine Beyer / Dans le goût français

11 November: Members of EUBO 2018 (strings & continuo, ex winds) arrive in Riga, Latvia
12 November: Reprise/rehearse Dans le goût français with Amandine Beyer
13 November: Concert Bach Festival, Riga, Latvia
14-15 November: Concert Tallinn, Estonia
16 November: Concert tba/or travel
17 November: Concert Luxuriae Europa Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria
18 November: Travel home

Lars Ulrik Mortensen / Constellatio Felix: Sun, Stars & Planets

23-24 November: Possible extension to ‘Constellatio’ tour tbc
25 November: Members of EUBO 2018 arrive in Antwerp, Belgium
26 November: Reprise/rehearse AMUZ Constellatio Felix: Sun, Stars & Planets with Lars Ulrik Mortensen
27 November: Workshop/outreach in AMUZ
28 November: Concert AMUZ, Antwerp Constellatio Felix: Sun, Stars & Planets
29-30 November: Concert, St John’s Smith Square, London, UK
1 December: Concert, Ghislieri Musica, Pavia, Italy
2 December: Travel

Amandine Beyer / Dans le goût français

25-27 January 2019: Reprise of Dans le goût français programme, Antwerp


Tour repertoire

European Union Baroque Orchestra 2018
Amandine Beyer director/violin

Dans le goût français

EUBO: 4 1st violins, 4 2nd violins, 3 violas, 2 cellos, 1 double bass, 1 harpsichord

JM Leclair, Suite Scylla et Glaucus | A Campra, Suite from L’Europe Galante | JM Leclair, Violin concerto op 7 n1 op in D minor | G Muffat, Delirium amoris, from Exquisitioris harmoniae instrumentalis gravi-jucundae | M Corette, 25eme Concert Comique pour flûte, cordes et basse continue | G Muffat, Sonata V in G, from Armonico Tributo

European Union Baroque Orchestra 2018
Lars Ulrik Mortensen director/harpsichord

Constellatio Felix: Sun, Stars & Planets

EUBO: 4 1st violins, 4 2nd violins, 3 violas, 2 cellos, 1 double bass, 2 oboes, 1 bassoon, 1 harpsichord

JB Lully, Suite from Phaeton (‘Sun’) | JD Zelenka, Allegro from Simphonie à 8 concertanti ZWV 189 | GF Handel, Concerto Grosso in a minor Op6 No4 HWV322 | G Muffat, Concerto Grosso XII in G Propitia Sydera (‘Lucky Stars’) | JG Pisendel, Imitation des Caractères de la Danse (after JF Rebel) | JPh Telemann, Violin Concerto in B flat TWV51:B1 ‘concerto grosso per il Sig.r Pisendel’ | JPh Rameau, ‘Suite des Planètes’ (including Entrées for Jupiter, Venus and Mercury)

About GOfBaroque

AMUZ (Flanders Festival – Antwerp) and the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) join forces in GOfBaroque, a European project within the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. GOfBaroque is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. 

Throughout the 2018 year, Europe celebrates the diversity and richness of its heritage. With GOfBaroque (pronounce as ‘go for baroque’), AMUZ and EUBO will be introducing to a broad public the rich heritage that is baroque music. The tagline #baroquebelongstoEurope also fits nicely with the intentions of Baroque itself, in the 17th and 18th centuries, in wanting to bring art closer to the people, with its flamboyant, colourful and expressive decorations.

An important part of GOfBaroque is the educational initiative. EUBO nurtures and supports young musicians through the challenging transition between conservatoire study and the music profession. It provides young talented musicians from all European member states with the opportunity to become part of the orchestra for a season and thus gain the necessary stage and performing experience, as well as coaching and mentoring by top specialists in the early music field.

GOfBaroque also has an eye towards children from primary schools and young music students. EUBO takes them on a musical journey that acquaints the young audiences in creative ways with a lesser known art form.

The partners in the GOfBaroque project are AMUZ (Belgium), EUBO Development Trust (UK), ERP Estonian Record Productions, Tallinn (Estonia), and Stiftung Kloster Michaelstein, Blankenburg (Germany).

Travel arrangements for the 2018 GOfBaroque Summer Academy

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