1, 8 & 15 OCTOBER 2022

COME & LEARN TO SING WORKSHOPS

Calling adults in the High Wycombe area who have always wanted to learn how to sing and read music notation… please join us 10am – 1pm on Saturdays 1, 8 and 15 October 2022 at the Wycombe Arts Centre for three FREE “Come & Learn To Sing” sessions. 

VBF Artistic Director Jonathan Darbourne will lead up to 15 participants in:

• ‘Finding’ your voice: physical and vocal warm up exercises
• Learning folks songs and rounds
• Music notation: learning the language!
• Singing from sheet music: how to follow and hold your line
• Improvising vocal melodies
• Practising the pieces for our Saturday 15 October ‘Come & Sing’ afternoon

To sign up, please email betty@vachebaroquefestival.com

We’re delighted and very grateful to have received funding for this project through Localgiving’s Magic Little Grants Fund.

24 - 28 OCTOBER 2022

VBF CHILDREN'S CHOIR

Via the gateway of the Baroque era, we want to introduce young people to the joy of classical music and its many benefits, to inspire their creativity and elevate their self-esteem.

Our 2022 Children’s Choir course will be held over the October half-term (Monday 24 – Friday 28) at The Vache, HP8 4SD. You will also need to be available on Saturday 19 November for a rehearsal and gala performance alongside professionals in London. 

We’re looking forward to building on the success of last year’s choir and are excited to be able to welcome up to 16 young singers on our course this year. 

We’re looking for keen young singers who can demonstrate both a passion for singing and a need to take part in our fully-funded course and performance opportunity. Please don’t worry if your child has never done any classical music before or cannot read sheet music. Enthusiasm and openness is much more important. 

To apply, please submit the following short application form before Friday 30 September.

We’re delighted and very grateful to have received funding for this project from the Arnold Clark Community Fund.

22 & 23 OCTOBER 2022

PIANO MASTERCLASS WEEKEND

The Vache Baroque Festival invites young pianists aged 15 – 18 to apply for our masterclass residency weekend exploring the music of J. S. Bach’s ‘The Well-Tempered Clavier’ Book 1 and ‘Notebook for Anna Magdalena’.

The course will be led by acclaimed Bach pianist Libby Burgess and will comprise individual lessons, group sessions, historical analysis discussions, a movement class, and a public masterclass where each pianist will play a Book 1 prelude and/or fugue.

All activities will take place within the beautiful Vache house, which has several pianos including a Steinway B grandWe are offering travel bursaries and free accommodation for each pianist and one parent/guardian. 

To apply, we’re asking young pianists to submit a video of them playing any piece by J. S. Bach and a short piece of writing (500 words max) or another video (2 mins max) telling us about their musical journey and what they hope to gain from this masterclass weekend. 

We have extended the application deadline to Friday 30 September.

If you have any questions, please contact us. We’d be more than happy to hear from you.

SCHOOL WORKSHOPS

In June and July 2022, we held our first series of workshops in partnership with two primary schools in Buckinghamshire, exploring the world’s environmental challenges through music and art.

The participating schools were St Peter’s Catholic Primary School and Haddenham Community Junior School.

Students enjoyed short performances from some of today’s finest baroque musicians and singers, as well as opportunities for them to sing and interact with the music. Designer Carla Conte then led the students in creating art pieces that encapsulated their responses to the music. The students’ artwork will be displayed at Vache Baroque’s summer festival in September 2022. 

We are excited to have confirmed a number of school partners for our upcoming History of Sound workshop-performances & are looking forward to announcing these once we have confirmed our funding.

We are always interested in hearing from schools and community groups who would like to collaborate with us. Please get in touch: info@vachebaroquefestival.com

SHUTTLE BUS

VBF provides a complimentary shuttle bus service from and back to Chalfont & Latimer station (Metropolitan line Zone 8 and Chiltern Railways from Marylebone). 

The shuttle runs at regular intervals during our public events. Information is sent to all ticket holders.

VOLUNTEERING & JOBS

There are many ways to get involved with Vache Baroque, both behind the scenes and on event days. Please do get in touch with Daniel at info@vachebaroquefestival.com if you would like to offer your time.

AUDITIONS & Creative involvement

We have now cast our 2022 opera Orphée.

Keep an eye on this page for future opportunities, or if you’d like to be added to our mailing list, please email us:

auditions@vachebaroquefestival.com

OPEN DRESS REHEARSAL

La descente d’Orphée aux enfers (1686) by Marc-Antoine Charpentier

6pm – 8.15pm on Thursday 1st September at The Vache

Our Open Dress Rehearsal is a unique opportunity for you to see our open-air production of Charpentier’s Orphée before it opens to the general public. It is a final chance for the cast to rehearse in performance conditions before the opening night. The grounds will be open from 6pm, with the performance starting at 6.30pm. The dress rehearsal will include a 30-minute interval, however drinks and food will not be available, so please do come prepared!

We are dedicated to our charitable mission of making classical music available and accessible to everyone. As in 2020 and 2021, we invite individuals and groups (up to 6 people) to apply for free tickets to attend the more informal and relaxed performance that is the dress rehearsal. Tickets will be allocated through a ballot system. 

Please email emma@vachebaroquefestival.com to enquire about larger groups.