Renaissance Flute with Clare Beesley – May/June 2018

27 May to 1 June

Clare Beesley enjoys a varied career as a flute-player, specialising in historical performance practice on early flutes spanning the Renaissance to Romantic periods. She performs with period instrument orchestras Concerto Amsterdam, Collegium Musicum Den Haag and Orchestra Le Chardon, and has recently worked with Barokksolistene, Das Kleine Konzert and Accademia Amsterdam. Highlights of 2017 include performances with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, under the direction of Ton Koopman, at the Itinéraire Baroque Festival, France.  Clare has performed with the Attaignant Renaissance Flute Consort and Hemony Ensemble in the Netherlands, and directs her own three-part flute consort Catch As Catch Can, often joining forces with bray harpist Leah Stuttard to explore richly textured ensemble pieces and a wealth of diminution repertoire. They have enjoyed numerous performances in festivals and concert series in the UK, The Netherlands, Italy and Austria.

An enthusiastic teacher and ensemble coach, Clare tutored for Baroque Week from 2009-2016 and has led several early music workshops, including events hosted by the Birmingham Conservatoire and University of Sussex. In May 2017 she directs a one-day Renaissance flute workshop, in conjunction with the Southern Early Music Forum. She serves as music examiner for the ABRSM, and her PhD research concerns the interrelationships between 18th century notions of gender, aesthetics and flute tone.


The Accord Renaissance flute course at the Moulin de Cajarc welcomes players of descant, tenor and bass flutes at A=440Hz. A secure command of one’s own flute’s fingering system is required. Emphasis will lie in consort playing, culminating in an end of course concert by participants. There will be complementary workshop sessions providing practical help in tone production and playing technique.  Reading from original notation in individual part-books will be encouraged, though is not mandatory, and much help will be on hand for those willing to tackle old clefs and ligatures within a positive and relaxed atmosphere. Additional topics for the week include an introduction to the use of sol-fa theory in consort performance practice, articulation and text, and diminution playing. Participants are welcome to bring any repertoire they particularly wish to play, though music will be provided.