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Past workshops


Come Together

A workshop for viols, violins and all who want to explore the English Broken Consort* repertoire. 

Led by Lindsey Strand-Polyak & Alexa Haynes-Pilon

(*An ensemble featuring different families of instruments.)

Monday, May 28, 2018 (Memorial Day)

10 am to 6 pm

St James' Episcopal Church, South Pasadena, CA

Supported by a grant from The Viola da Gamba Society of America.

Los Angeles Baroque invites you to explore the sounds of viol consort and broken consort music. This workshop is geared toward any instrumentalist who wants to play English consort music, build musical skills, learn to blend same and different families of instruments outside the usual hierarchy of instruments in orchestral groups, and discover what is so fun about this repertoire. Artistic Directors Alexa Haynes-Pilon and Lindsey Strand-Polyak will be sitting in and playing with the consort groups.


Pitch: A=415

Instruments: Period instruments recommended but not required


The workshop will include:

Tutti warm-up: sound exploration

Consort speed-dating: 45-minute reading sessions

Large group speed-dating favorites

Tutti playing of works by Gibbons and Purcell inspired by LAB’s collaboration with Jouyssance later in the week

Lunch, and 5pm BBQ in church courtyard open to all workshop attendees, and to LAB members and their families.


Venue: LAB's home at St James' Episcopal Church, 1325 Monterey Road,

South Pasadena, CA 91030. 


LAB Lab: fireworks, frogs and all things summer!

June 23-24 2017 saw LAB host its first summer workshop - a fun, intensive 2-day workshop on Baroque-style playing and performing, 

including an intimate Friday evening concert given by LAB’s Artistic Directors and a Saturday afternoon showcase concert.

The workshop was open to all string and wind players who wanted to play a broad range of baroque music, from beginners to advanced players. Baroque bows were available during the sessions for string players to experiment with.    

Repertoire covered: 

Giovanni Bassano: Hora che ogni animal

Juan del Encina: CuCu!
Johann Georg Ahle: Die unstrutische Nachtigall
Telemann: Overture-Suite 'La Bizarre' TWV55:G2 (Fantasie & Rossignol)
Vivaldi: Concerto for strings and basso continuo RV114
Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks HWV351 (dance movements)


Friday, June 23

7:00 pm     Opening reception and introductions

7:30 pm     Faculty concert given by LAB Directors

8:30 pm     Workshop session 1

9:45 pm     Evening activities ended

Saturday, June 24

10:00 am   Workshop session 2

12:30 pm   Lunch 

1:30 pm     Workshop session 3

4:00 pm     Free showcase concert (friends and family were invited)

5:00 pm     Closing reception

Interested in future workshops? Please contact us!

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