Baroque Academy

Everything you never knew you needed to know about music between 1600 -1750 ish

Lecture Series

Baroque Academy will recommence in January 2024

11.00am - 12.30. tea and coffee provided.

Six week course on Wednesdays

£60. Pay as you go: £15.

Venue: Dorset Rural Music school

Our Autumn term series of lectures will focus on Italian Baroque, with a special Christmas themed session to close the term.
Following an ‘Edutainment’ model, each episode aims to be a fascinating yet digestible exploration of the innovative, inspiring and occasionally bonkers world of Baroque music. 

Told with a mixture of sincerity and humour by music historian and professional Baroque Violinist, Emma-Marie Kabanova, we will examine musical ideas from the Baroque period, putting the music into its social, political and artistic context. Listeners will learn about the lives and music of the composers that helped define the style of the era. We will discover the musical instruments and compositional quirks of the period that will help them aurally to identify Baroque music.

Each episode will feature lively discussions, plenty of musical excerpts and live performance. The lectures are suitable for all, with or without musical experience or prior knowledge of Baroque music.

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Our Soloist

Formerly based in Moscow, Russia, Emma-Marie was a guest principal with the Moscow Baroque Soloists, performed with Opera Omnia early opera company, and was the Artistic Director of Globus Music Baroque Ensemble, where she created interdisciplinary projects with singers and dancers from the Bolshoi Theatre and other major theatres in Moscow.

After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Emma-Marie returned to the UK where she she has been working as a freelance violinist. Recent concerts include a charity concert of unaccompanied music to support musicians in Kyiv, a performance of Baroque and Folk Music from the family archive of Thomas Hardy, with Tim Laycock and Colin Thompson, and the UK Premiere of ‘Violin Psalms,’ four new works for unaccompanied violin inspired by JS Bach, at Cambridge University.