The members of the English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble are passionate that the music of the Renaissance should be known, and played, as widely as possible.

The ECSE Academy was set up in March 2014 to run workshops to give amateur players of cornetts, sackbuts (and even violins, shawms and dulcians etc) a chance to work closely on specialist repertoire with expert tutors, and to develop expertise in some of the skills needed by early wind players. Weekends of music-making have sometimes culminated in performances in glorious venues such as Sherborne Abbey, Cartmel Priory etc but the emphasis is on informality and meeting, learning and playing together.

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Working with young people. ECSE also enjoy sharing their love of, and expertise in, the music of the 16th and 17th century with young people; giving them too, an opportunity to work with professional Early Music musicians. The music of the Renaissance is very accessible to all levels of learner and we can provide valuable new experiences and the joy of individual and shared music making.

Lead by Sue, our Education Officer, who has over 30 years of experience working with students of all ages and abilities in music education, we can offer workshops, aimed at both budding musicians or those with no musical experience, tailored to meet your needs. We also have a large resource of music and instruments which can be brought to the sessions for students to use. Where possible we also involve students from music colleges and conservatoires, or even local amateur musicians to become involved in sharing their enthusiasm and knowledge.

Examples of the workshops we can offer include:

The Origins of Music – music from the Medieval to the Baroque period.

Musical Battle Themes - Music from 16-17 th century, looking at the part music played throughout the centuries in time of battle etc. This type of course links music with local and national history and allows students of different levels to learn from each other.

A Venetian Spectacular – a workshop bringing vocal, percussion and brass music from that city, which was central to the birth of the Renaissance, together.

Side by Side - a workshop bringing both the music and the drama of the Renaissance period together, in a multi-disciplinary experience.

If you are interested in any of these workshops, or wish to discuss your own ideas with us, please contact Sue via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.