Saskia Coolen and Willem Wander van Nieuwkerk

May 2018 Course

at Victoria House, Lyme Regis, Dorset, England

Trio sonata workshop for advanced players

10th - 14th May 2018

Limited to a maximum of 12 players

Saskia Coolen and Eric Beijer

Saskia Coolen

Saskia  Coolen studied the recorder with Kees Boeke and Walter van Hauwe at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, as well as musicology at the University of Utrecht. For many years, she has been a member of La Fontegara and Camerata Trajectina, which have given numerous concerts at home and abroad. She has also played in the Taverner Players, the orchestra of the Nederlandse Bachvereniging, the Freiburger Barockorchester, the Gabrieli Consort, Tragicomedia, the King's Consort, and other major ensembles and chamber music groups throughout Europe.

In 1994 she founded Ensemble Senario, which focuses on Baroque chamber music in which the recorder is featured as a major instrument. With her own Recorders Foundation she works in the field of multi-disciplinary music theatre. Saskia Coolen gives courses and master-classes throughout Europe and America, and she teaches at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

Willem Wander van NieuwkerkWillem Wander van Nieuwkerk

Willem Wander van Nieuwkerk is a Dutch composer born in 1955 in Amsterdam in a Dutch-Indonesian family. At the University of Utrecht he specialized in 20th-century music and music psychology but quickly devoted himself solely to the writing of music.

His first major composition, Debris, Soli (1982-83), blended punk, reggae, new music and experimental pop music in a groundbreaking collaboration of pop musicians and classical musicians that met with acclaim but also some surprise in the press.

In recent years Willem has concentrated on writing chamber music in search of a ‘new classical music’ that combines contemporary rhythm and expression with the ensemble ethos and lyricism of Classical-romantic forms.


About the course

This course is for advanced recorder, harpsichord or continuo players who would like to spend four to five days enjoying trio sonatas. With two tutors, the timetable will be flexible and will vary according to the needs and wishes of those attending.

The course will start at 11.00am on Thursday 10th May and finish after lunch on Monday 14th May.

The early part of each afternoon is free for relaxation, exploring Lyme Regis or informal playing.  Bed and breakfast is available for £20 per person on the night of Wednesday 9th May for anyone who wants to arrive early.


Prices are as follows:

Single occupancy    £600

2 players, sharing    £500 each

Couple sharing, one playing    £710

A £90 deposit is required per person on booking, with the balance to be paid at least one month before the course.

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