FAQs

Where is Lythe?
On the North Yorkshire coastline, just a 4 miles north of the historic seaside town of Whitby.

How do you get to Lythe?
Getting to Lythe from London is wonderfully straightforward (though it does involve 2 trains and 2 buses!)
TRAIN from London King’s Cross – York – Scarborough – Whitby – Lythe
You will leave from London King’s Cross and travel to York (2 hours).
TRAIN from York to Scarborough (35 minutes) and then upon arrival in Scarborough station you will see the bus stop, and it is from this stop that you will need to catch the X93 bus to Whitby (journey lasts around 1 hour, and the bus terminates here before moving onto Middlesborough, so you’ll know when you have arrived). Then, catch the number X4 bus from the same bus stop to Lythe (15 minutes), leaving at 02 and 32 minutes past each hour.
TRAIN from London King’s Cross – Darlington – Middlesbrough – Lythe
You will leave from London King’s Cross and travel to Darlington (2.5 hours).
TRAIN from Darlington to Middlesbrough (30 minutes), and then upon arrival in
Middlesbrough catch the X4 bus to Whitby, which stops outside the Village Hall
in Lythe (journey time is about 90 minutes), leaving at 10 and 35 minutes past
the hour.

Why is this course special?
The combination of music with countryside and craftsmanship. The unique setting allows for musical study and understanding to grow alongside the instrument builder.
The opportunity to experiment with new techniques and musical sounds, developing a creative tactile relationship with the historical instruments as a solid basis for  re-imagining your musical interpretations.

Will I get to perform?
We offer class performances and public performances that students may contribute to if they wish.

Do I have to perform?
Students who wish to present repertoire in concert settings are encouraged to, though this is not compulsory.

Who is the course for?
Keyboard players, strings players, woodwind and horn players with a minimum of grade 6 and up to professional standard.

Can I come to Lythe with my modern instrument?
Yes and there will be opportunities to explore Historically Informed Performance on your modern instrument

Can I come to Lythe with my historical instrument?
Yes and we will have keyboard instruments at various pitches to allow for suitable chamber music performance.

Who are the tutors this year?
John Irving (keyboard repertoire and continuo), Jane Booth (classical chamber music for woodwinds and horns), Madeleine Easton (strings), James Brookmyre (baroque chamber music and recorders), Johannes Secker (keyboard tuning and maintenance).

What can you expect?
Individual lessons (keyboard, wind, strings) – ensemble and duo coaching – continuo skills sessions – opportunities to experience historical instruments at first hand (early oboe, early bassoon, early clarinets and chalumeaux, classical bows, early keyboards) – high quality harpsichords, clavichord, virginals, fortepiano, square piano – sessions on keyboard instrument maintenance from Johannes Secker.

Where can I get a brochure or an application form? 
You can download them both by using the links below!

If you have any further queries, please contact us on admin@denote.org.uk