The Renaissance Music Week in Denmark is a course for instrumentalists, singers and dancers. Tutoring is offered in renaissance wind, string and plucked instruments and in solo singing, vocal ensemble, choir and dance. There is also the opportunity of taking part in tutored mixed ensembles and in large-scale works involving all participants. The course is organized and led by a group of professional musicians all of whom specialize in renaissance music.
50 - 70 participants of different ability are expected, i.e. amateur musicians, music teachers and music students. A knowledge of renaissance music is not required, but an ability to read music is essential, and experience of playing in an orchestra or other ensemble or singing in a choir is an advantage.
The venue is Midtjysk Efterskole, a boarding school situated in beautiful Jutland, Denmark. The accomodation is in single and double rooms where 2-4 persons share one bathroom - a limited number of rooms have a private bathroom. You can also stay - at a lower fee - in a mixed dormitory or your own tent.

The tutors are

Hans Tjalve Cornett, serpent, sackbut
Ingrid Garnæs Viol, recorder
Jamie Akers Lute
Jennie Cassidy Vocal group, chamber choir
Jens Bauer Sackbut, recorder
Jørgen Schou-Pedersen Dance
Oliver Hirsh Viol, choir
Renate Hildebrand Curtal, shawm
Ute Goedecke Vocal group, choir

The tutors offer tuition in specialized ensembles as indicated on the application form, and all tutors will be tutoring mixed ensembles.

The daily time-table is

  9.00 -  9.50 Choir for all.

10.00 - 12.00 Mixed ensembles with voices and instruments. For all.

13.30 - 18.00 Tutoring in individual subjects, see application form.

19.30 - 22.00 Playing, singing and dancing together. On some evenings there will be three simultaneous activities: dance, dance band and chamber choir.

During hours off in the afternoon and late evening participants have the opportunity of free music-making.

Certain instruments can be borrowed in limited numbers. Participants may apply for elementary tuition without bringing their own instrument. Please indicate in the comments section on the application form if you are interested.

Original notation is used throughout the week. Playing and singing from unbarred notation and from facsimile part-books rather than scores brings a freedom which is difficult to obtain using modern editions. The essentials of the original notation will be explained to new participants at the beginning of the course.

Enquiries can be made to Oliver Hirsh,
or to Patience Balslev  or +45 2628 6884.

To apply, please print the application form and send it to Morten Piil by April 14th (the address can be found on the form).
Confirmation will be sent out in the end of May together with an invoice for the course. The payment will be due June 4th.
Links to other websites:

Some of the 2007 - 2015 tutors' websites:
Oliver Hirsh (
Ute Goedecke (
Jens Bauer ( (Facebook)
Jamie Akers (Youtube)
Jørgen Schou-Pedersen (
Kathrine Brandt (
Mikae Natsuyama (

Associations and courses:
TMDK (  Association
RICC (  
for Madrigal Ensemble and Viol Groups based in Copenhagen
AOF Gentofte for the rest of RICC's old program

Other music sites:
Frans Waltmans (  Early and contemporary music
Björn Ross (  What is going on in early music in Denmark?

Music in facsimile:
Det Kongelige Bibliotek  Free facsimiles of music from the collections of the Royal Danish Library.

On original notation: