Baroque Style for String Players

An exciting opportunity to learn from Devon Baroque Orchestra's principal players


Friday 17 – Sunday 19 February 2023 


Andrew Wilson-Dickson, Sharon Lindo


Dartington Trust, South Devon


Residential: £395* | Non Residential: £295

Bursaries are available – find out more here.

*Residential course fees include all vegetarian meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions and includes private, simple accommodation with shared bathroom from supper on the day of your arrival through until the lunchtime before your departure. More info about accommodation can be found below.

About this course

An exciting opportunity to learn from Devon Baroque Orchestra’s principal players about creating the unique baroque sound.

Devon Baroque is the only fully professional orchestra in the South West specialising in Baroque and early Classical music played on period instruments and in appropriate style. On this course you will have the chance to learn from orchestra director Andrew Wilson-Dickson and multi-instrumentalist Sharon Lindo.

Key Repertoire will include a Corelli Concerto Grosso and other baroque favorites.

We will be learning through doing. Devon Baroque work in a collegiate style. The tutors will share rather than dictate, developing an ensemble playing style without a conductor. What inspires our work is historically informed performance brought to life through bowing techniques and the understanding of style in the baroque era.

We will have a chance to perform an informal concert at the end of the course together.

Join us for a supportive weekend of playing together and learn bowed strings the historic Baroque way!

On this Short Course you will:
*Learn Baroque bowing technique
*Play ensemble style without a conductor
*Explore Italian style in the Baroque era
*Improve your baroque harmonies and phrasing

“The best thing I’ve done all year!” Previous course participant

There will be a concert by Devon Baroque Orchestra the following weekend – Sunday 26 February, 3pm in Great Hall – tickets on sale soon.

Extra information box

Suitable for Grade VI and above string players.
Specifically violin, viola, cello or bass.

Please bring your instrument, and a Baroque bow if you have one.

Please tune your instrument to A 415 (a semitone below modern pitch.) Do this in good time to allow the instrument to settle. It is strongly recommended to take off the violin/viola chin rest. Violins and violas recommended to acquire and put on (with help if needed) a gut top string. Cellists may be encouraged to not use the endpin. Some baroque bows will be available but please bring one if possible.


Andrew Wilson-Dickson

andrew wilson-dickson

Andrew is a musical polymath: as a composer he has had his music, from chamber music to operas, commissioned and broadcast by the BBC and supported by the Arts Council and other foundations. As a keyboard player (a pupil of John Lill and Nicolas Danby) he gives piano and organ recitals, plays chamber music with a number of groups and leads the Welsh Baroque Orchestra from the harpsichord. Read More

Sharon Lindo

Sharon Lindo

Sharon studied violin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with David Takeno and then Baroque violin with Catherine Mackintosh and Richard Gwilt. She now specialises in historical stringed and wind instruments as a freelance multi-instrumentalist, performing for films, television dramas, radio plays and for many productions at the Globe Theatre in London, touring around the world as far as Japan and South America. Read More


We recommend that if possible, you stay on-site during your course. All our courses are best experienced holistically: through working, relaxing, eating and staying with other course participants and tutors.

The residential course fee is based on staying in one of our hostel-style single rooms with shared facilities and easy access to the wider estate, the White Hart and the spaces in which you will be learning. They are the perfect base to rest your head, relax and recharge. You can find out more about the rooms here.

Breakfast and dinner each day – made with fresh, locally-sourced produce by our award-winning team – are included: one less thing to worry about during your stay.

Choose this option by selecting ‘residential’ at checkout (head to ‘Book now’, below).

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the fine print
  • Accommodation is available at a discounted rate for course attendees
  • Accommodation is booked on a first come, first served basis only
typical schedule for short courses
  • Check-in to the room is between 3-3.45pm on the day of arrival. Check-out is 11am on the day of departure, although if travelling by public transport, luggage can be left at the Welcome Centre until the course has completed.
  • Teaching generally begins at 4pm on the first day and ends at 2pm Fridays or 4pm Sunday (whichever is the last day of the course).
  • The daily timetable can start at 9.30am and end around 9.15pm, with free time available at set times throughout the day.
  • For residential participants breakfast is included, followed by a morning gathering and community work groups on weekdays, which are open to all participants and the college community. Non-residential participants can pay extra if they wish to have breakfast on one or more of the days.
  • Lunch for all participants is between 1-2pm and supper is 6.30-7.30pm (both meals are included in the residential and non-residential course fee).

If you have any questions about your course schedule please contact

optional: upgrade to a courtyard room

It is also possible, subject to availability, to upgrade your accommodation to a single or double en-suite bedroom in our beautiful and historic courtyard. An upgrade to a single room with en-suite bathroom is an additional £35 per night and a double room with en-suite bathroom is an additional £47.60 per night.

If you would like to upgrade, please first book with residential option included, and then contact our Guest Services team on 01803 847101 or email to check availability. Our Guest Services department is open daily, 8am–8pm.

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Select a time below to begin your online booking. You will receive an e-ticket for this event. You are welcome to email us at with any queries you have. Full Short Course T&Cs can be found here >

If you place a deposit, you will be contacted by us six weeks before the course start date to pay the outstanding balance. You will also be contacted with full details about the course before you arrive.

Please note that bookings for all our Short Courses close at midday on the Thursday before the course begins. This enables us to give you the best possible course experience and ensures all bookers receive the relevant course materials before they arrive.

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