Chamber Music & Dance Course, Perugia 2019

“Gods & Goddesses” Divine inspiration

Italian baroque dances, vocal & instrumental baroque music

organised by Accademia Amsterdam

Perugia (Italy), July 22 – 26, 2019

for enthusiast amateurs and students: dancers, singers, strings-, wind-, and harpsichord/basso continuo players

Be inspired by divinity in dance and music of the Baroque era.
Welcome to follow the courses and master-classes in the civic museum “Palazzo della Penna”.
We collaborate with the Festival “Musica dal Mondo”, and offer courses cooking and arts.
“Piazza in Ballo” workshop baroque dance for everybody on the main square of Perugia.

Chamber music & dance

Summer Course AA 2018 01The tutors of Accademia Amsterdam invite amateurs and (music) students to an exciting summer course dedicated to baroque chamber music and dance. Particular attention is paid to the overall interpretation of the early baroque period up to classicism.

Accademia Amsterdam will treat participants with an inspiring concert in the Palazzo della Penna or the beautiful hall in the Università per Stranieri, located in the medieval centre of Perugia. The music and dance courses are taking place in Palazzo della Penna (or in a dedicated dance studio). Music students present themselves on the last afternoon in a magnificent historical hall.

The baroque arts are sprinkled with pastoral scenery. Accademia Amsterdam takes this rich tradition as a source of inspiration for music, dance and visual arts.

Duration of the course: 5 days.

Who can attend?

Courses are open to all dancers, singers and instrumentalists, whether you are experienced or not. Participants of all ages can apply, from moderately advanced amateurs to college of music students. We organise additional master-classes for participants who would like to obtain individual coaching in technique and style. The experienced tutors of Accademia Amsterdam will coach dancers, singers, winds, strings and keyboard players of both modern and historic instruments. Individuals are welcome as well as ensembles.

Everyone can follow a dance workshop by master of baroque dance, Ricardo Barros, organised on the main square of Perugia. Dance skills are not necessary! We organise separate baroque dance workshops and master classes for dancers, accompanied by instrumentalists.

Music teachers (who bring in their students) can follow advanced interpretation workshops at an advantageous rate. We offer Italian (music) students an attractive discount.

Excursion & Free Dance Workshop

While we emphasize on making music together, some time will be reserved to visit the historical centre of Perugia or its surroundings. For those interested, we organize an excursion to one of the local cultural highlights.
Everyone can follow a dance workshop by master of baroque dance, Ricardo Barros, organised on the main square of Perugia. Dance skills are not necessary!

Italian kitchen

Of course we do not forget the good life: dinners are being served in the proper Italian way, on the terrace of restaurant Iris, one of the typical Perugian restaurants. All course members and their family, partners or friends can join them. During the final party dinner we will offer you a typical Italian ‘aperitivo’ and the cook serves festive dishes.

Side programme

We offer an interesting and varied side programme for friends, partners, children and other interested people of all ages. This involves classes in traditional Italian cooking and painting/drawing. The participants of the side courses can present the results at the final concert. During the course-week you can enjoy the dishes of the cooking course at lunch or dinner.

It is possible to apply for extra days of individual coaching or to follow additional courses apart from the mentioned dates. Locations can be Perugia or Deruta (in Umbria). Prices are €80 (70£) per extra day. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Where to stay?

Close to the course locations, in an antique structure, we find hotel hotel Signa, where guest-students can stay conveniently at a reduced price. Participants wishing less luxurious accommodation can stay at a camping site or in ‘ostelli’ in the neighbourhood or in the historic centre of Perugia. Very close to the course location are several affordable hotels.

If you don't know how to book your lodging yourself, we are glad to advise you.
Please note that those who are staying outside the city centre will need to be able to get to the Palazzo della Penna on their own, by car or by public transport.

Ricardo Barros, London: baroque dance* This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Antonio Magarelli, Molfetta (Bari): singing/ensemble coaching & direction* This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Onno Verschoor, Amsterdam: (baroque) oboe/recorder/winds/ensemble coaching* This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jan Pieter van Coolwijk, The Hague: (baroque) violin/strings This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Wilma van der Wardt, Groningen: (baroque) cello/viola da gamba/strings* This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Annalisa Martella, Rome/Perugia: harpsichord/basso continuo This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*with minimum number of participants


“Gods and Goddesses” Divine inspiriation
Be inspired by divinity in dance and music of the Baroque era.
Italian baroque dances, vocal & instrumental (early) baroque music.


Baroque (chamber) divine music wether secular or sacred: dances, choirs, arias and instrumental music. Pastoral music and cantatas of baroque composers like Monteverdi, Handel, Vivaldi and Charpentier.

The courses are open to (student) conductors as well. Music participants have a great opportunity to exchange experience with them.

Advice for repertoire can be obtained from the tutor(s) (see their e-mail addresses).

From July 1, sheet music will be available for downloading at this website. After logging in you will find it in the folder "Music Course Accademia Amsterdam". Also, a list can be found with the composition of the ensembles.
You are kindly requested to print and bring your own parts. Bring your own music stand (with your name written on it).


English, Italian (partially), German (partially), French (partially), Dutch (partially), Portugese (partially).


Monday July 22 to Friday July 26, 2019.

Programme (preliminary)

It is possible to apply for extra days of individual coaching or to follow additional courses apart from the mentioned dates. Locations can be Perugia or Deruta (in Umbria). Prices are €80 (70£) per extra day. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Perugia is easy to reach. You can fly to Rome, Perugia or Pisa (KLM/Alitalia/Transavia/EasyJet/RyanAir). Then take the train (Trenitalia) or coach (SULGA) to Perugia.

All hotels and hostels are accessible by the "minimetrò", which departs from Perugia railway station.

We are pleased to advise you with booking of your travels and with the transportation of your instrument(s). Please note that those who are staying outside the city centre will need to be able to reach the Palazzo della Penna independently, by car or by public transport.


Five dinners are organized (Monday – Friday), participation at wish, €19 (17£) per meal. Final party dinner: €22 (19£).


You can book and pay lodging yourself in hotels close to the course locations, hostels in the neighbourhood, or on a camp site. See our suggestions on the next page.

When you book hotel Signa, you will get an attractive discount on the normal price, if you mention the owner that you attend the course.

Any questions? We are glad to help!

Participants under the age of 25 (incl. extra workshop baroque dance for musicians – ad hoc) €295 (259£)
Participants from the age of 25 (incl. extra workshop baroque dance for musicians – ad hoc) €395 (347£)
Additional master-classes (participants – listeners free admission) + €81 (70£)

Applications before April 1, 2019: you receive 5% reduction on the fee of the course.
If you introduce another participant, you will receive 5% (extra) reduction on the fee of the course. (Only valid if you subscribe simultaneously and applicable once and only for the introducer. Not valid in combination with teacher's reduction and discount for Italian students).
Students who study in Italy, receive 15% reduction extra on the total fee. You need to show us your student card.

Fees are excl. travel, lodging and meals and including 21% VAT. No VAT-reduction possible.
Min. 16, max. 40 participants.
A course day does not consist of a fixed number of hours. The duration depends on other activities that are organized in a day.

Lodgings and Meals (indicative)
Hotel, 6 nights (double/single rooms) approx. €240/€360 (210£/315£)*
Hostel, 6 nights (dormitory/single rooms) approx. €110/€240 (97£/210£)*
Camp site, 6 nights (two adults with caravan) approx. €135 (118£)*
Meals (participation at wish, 5 dinners are organized) per meal €19/€22 (17£/19£)*

*price per person, directly to be paid to the hotel/hostel/restaurant


By subscribing, you agree with the general conditions. Since we are working on our website, you can request by phone a subscription form or download it here. After filling in, send it by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Upon subscription you will receive an invoice. You can pay the fee by money transfer directly to our bank account. Your subscription is confirmed when we have received your payment.

Official registration ceases the 1st of July 2019 or till the course is fully booked. Only in particular cases we accept later subscriptions. We will do our utmost best to take your wishes into account.

Tailor made Courses

Do the dates not suit you, and do you want individual treatment? Throughout the year we organise music, painting & drawing and cooking courses in Casa “Le tre Muse” in ceramics-town Deruta (15km from Perugia). They are intended for individuals or small groups of friends, who want to stay a couple of days to enjoy the inspiration Italy has to offer. Plan your music, arts or cooking course on the dates that you prefer. Teachers, who bring their students, can use our studio for free. At wish, we offer you interesting excursions and other activities. See our website for more information:

Bank Account

Accademia Amsterdam, Onno Verschoor, The Netherlands.
ING Bank IBAN: NL83 INGB 0005 4620 51 BIC: INGB NL 2A

Addresses - Contact

Accademia Amsterdam
Onno Verschoor
(NL) +31 6 24254791
(IT) +39 334 5763313
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Museo civico di Palazzo della Penna
Via Prospero Podiani 11, 06121 Perugia
+39 075 9477727

Università per Stranieri di Perugia
Piazza Fortebraccio 4, 06122 Perugia
+39 075 57461

Hotels close to Palazzo della Penna
Hotel SignaSigna (will give reduction)
Hotel Iris

Hotel Sant'Ercolano

Youth Hostels (ostelli)
Centro di Accoglienza - Ostello della Gioventù
Little Italy Hostel
Ostello Spagnoli

Camp site
Camping Il Rocolo

Ristorante Iris (dinners)
Via Marconi 35, 06121 Perugia
+39 075 5721382

General conditions

If you subscribe to the course, you state that you agree with our general conditions. The organization cannot be held responsible when our partners do not live up to their agreements.

For the side courses painting & drawing and cooking apply separate conditions and prices.


Ricardo BarrosHaving been awarded with the prestigious ARAM (Associate Royal Academy of Music) title for his ‘significant contribution to the music profession’, Ricardo Barros directs and performs with his innovative Mercurius Company in fully- and semi-staged concerts involving dancers, singers and instrumentalists. His published PhD thesis on 17th- and 18th-century French stage dances ‘Dance as a discourse’, has gained worldwide acclaim. He has been recently appointed the chairman of the European Association of Dance Historians, and featured on BBC4 documentary 'Dancing Cheek to Cheek' as a dance historian.
Recent engagements include Mercurius’ début at the Cadogan Hall in London; directing and choreographing a pioneering fully-staged Lullian divertissement in Brazil; concerts as a guest dancer with Dorothee Wortelboer's La Folia at De Doelen in Rotterdam, teaching in the annual ‘Enter-Baroque’ Summer School in Ormoz (Slovenia), performing a Forqueray solo harpsichord recital at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, performing (Baroque dance) in Utrecht Festival 2013, delivering his Lottery funded ‘Baroque Fitness’ programme in London and Devon, directing and choreographing a project of Iberian and Brazilian 18th-century dances (including the first historical reconstruction of the controversial Brazilian Lundu) with Mercurius and I Danzatori Palatini in Mannheim, and finally assisting choreographer Edith Lalonger in a pioneering Rameau project led by Jonathan Williams involving the OAE, Oxford University and Mercurius Company in a performance of Zaïs at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Future plans include Mercurius's debut at the Utrecht Early Music Festival, running his Lottery-funded programme 'Baroque Fitness & sounds II' in London and Devon, and concerts in the UK, Holland and Germany.

Antonio MagarelliAntonio Magarelli, born in Molfetta (Bari), is graduated in Piano, Music Pedagogy, Choral Music and Choir direction, Band Instrumentation and Conducting at the Conservatory of Bari and Monopoli. He studied composition and continued his study conducting and interpretation of the repertoire with Peter Neumann, Gary Graden, Nicole Corti, Javier Busto, Bo Holten, Paul Smith. He attended the International Academy for Choral Conductors and Singers in Fano and the Laboratory of choral conducting at the Conservatory in Monopoli. He studied singing with Claudio Cavina and Steve Woodbury.
He specialized in the interpretation and practice of the Renaissance and Baroque repertoire. At the institute “S. Cecilia” in Brescia attended an annual course of Semiography and Musical Palaeography and a Laboratory of Renaissance and Baroque music.
Antonio Magarelli is frequently involved as choir and orchestra director. He has participated as a speaker at the VI National Conference at the Research Center of History and Art of Bitonto (Ba) by publishing an essay on the Renaissance composer Agostino Scozzese. He edited the transcription of some of the works of Francesco Durante and two books of madrigals of Luzzasco Luzzaschi.
Antonio Magarelli directed the world premiere of two new works by composers from Puglia: the Passio Domini Jesu Christi Secundum Joannem by Vito Antonio Raffaele Cozzoli (1777-1817) and Inno al Sole by Giuseppe Millico (1737-1802), cantata for two sopranos and orchestra. For Digressione Music he has recorded choral works by the contemporary composer Francesco Lisena and the Passio Domini Jesu Christi by Vito Antonio Cozzoli with period instruments. Since 2007 he is director of the “Cappella Musicale Corradiana” based in Molfetta.

Onno VerschoorOnno Verschoor studied recorder with Adriënne du Clou and oboe with Koen van Slogteren at the Conservatory in Zwolle, the Netherlands. In 1984 he decided to specialize in the baroque oboe, initially studying with Taka Kitazato and then with Ku Ebbinge at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In 1989 Onno Verschoor graduated in baroque oboe and historical performance, also obtaining his recorder soloist diploma with distinction.
Currently he is active as a freelance musician with many of Europe’s baroque orchestras, including Concerto d'Amsterdam, Telemannisches Collegium Michaelstein, L'Orfeo (Linz), the Utrecht Baroque Consort, Anima Aeterna (Brussels), The King's Consort (London), Das Neue Orchester (Cologne) and Accademia Barocca Willem Hermans (Rome). With the latter ensemble he performed in 2007 as a soloist for a CD of recorder concertos by Telemann.
Onno Verschoor performs in various ensembles specializing in chamber music between 1300 and 1850. He has collaborated on radio, television and CD recordings (RAI Italy, Dutch broadcasting companies, Mitteldeutscher and Westdeutscher Rundfunk, CPO Germany, Tactus Milano).
Onno Verschoor has been artistic director of Accademia Amsterdam since 1990. This ensemble has performed at festivals in France and Italy, and in concert series in the Netherlands (e.g. at the Holland Early Music Festival) and in Germany. The ensemble is also involved with chorus accompaniments. In 1994 Onno Verschoor co-organized a project to stage the Opéra-ballet ‘l’Europe Galante’ by André Campra. In 2002 and 2010 he made a CD recording with Accademia Amsterdam of dance music from the 17th and 18th century: ‘A Choice Collection of Dances’. The ensemble has collaborated on projects with the professional chamber choir Capella Frisiae. In 2006 Accademia Amsterdam was guest at Festival Solomeo in Perugia where it gave concerts as part of the Mozart year, playing the 40th Symphony. In 2007, in collaboration with Italian colleagues he recorded a CD of Dutch and Italian chamber music from the 18th century. Since 2009 he has focused with this ensemble on the rediscovery and recording of the cantatas by Handel’s teacher, F.W. Zachow. A CD of Christmas cantatas was released in 2010.
He founded the wind ensemble ‘Fiati Amsterdam’ which performs on historical wind instruments.
He is a teacher of baroque performance practice on baroque oboe and recorder at a Centre for Artistic Education in the Netherlands.

Jan Pieter van CoolwijkJan Pieter van Coolwijk studied violin and baroque violin at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with Jacques Holtman, Vera Beths and Lucy van Dael. As musician he works in Europe, particularly in France, Spain, Germany and, of course, the Netherlands. He has international professional experience including the Nederlands Balletorkest, Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam, La Grande Ecurie, Académie Sainte Cécile, Münchener Monteverdi Ensemble, Rheinische Kantorei, Nederlandse Bachvereniging and The New Consort (Utrecht) with Frans Brüggen, Sigiswald Kuijken, William Christie and Jean Claude Malgoire. Jan Pieter is concertmaster at baroque orchestra Accademia Amsterdam, the Spanish ensemble Capella de Ministrers (Valencia), with which he made a concert tour in Mexico, and the French baroque orchestra Le Capriccio Français.

Wilma van der Wardt 1 sqWilma van der Wardt studied cello and viola da gamba with Ben de Ligt at the College of Music in Groningen, The Netherlands. She graduated with special distinction for chamber music. She followed courses and master-classes with cellists William Pleeth and Jaap ter Linden, and with viola da gamba players Jordi Savall and Wieland Kuijken.
For some years she was a founder member of l´Orchestre des Champs-Élysées (Paris), conducted by Philippe Herreweghe.
Currently she is, nationally and internationally, playing in a number of baroque ensembles and orchestras, such as Concerto d’Amsterdam, the Northern Consort, Accademia Amsterdam and the Amsterdams Consort, and appears frequently as viola da gamba soloist with many Dutch orchestras in Bach’s Passion music. In addition she plays on many cd-recordings.
Wilma van der Wardt has an extensive teaching practise for cello and viola da gamba. She is connected with the Prins Claus Conservatorium in Groningen as coach Early Music.

Annalisa MartellaAfter awarded with the diploma piano, Annalisa Martella studied harpsichord with E. Giordani Sartori at the Conservatory of S. Cecilia of Rome, graduating with the highest grade. She has continued her studies of cembalo with Ferruccio Vignanelli, of figured bass with Domenico Bartolucci, organ with Flavio Benedetti Michelangeli and contrappunto with M° Bellandi. She has achieved the Diploma of Improvement with Christiane Jaccottet at the Advanced Conservatory of Music of Geneva.
As Master of the Harpsichord Annalisa Martella carries out intense concert activity in chamber and orchestral groups ranging from baroque repertoire to contemporary music. As a soloist she gave recitals at the greater Roman Institutions and at important festivals like Itinerari '95, Nature in Concert, the Italian Soloist, Mousikè at Bari, Baroque Festival at Viterbo, l’Architasto at Rome. She performs abroad in Spain, Switzerland, Jordan, Rumania and more. Her devotion to contemporary music lead to performances in the festival of “Nuova Musica Italiana”, organized by RAI - Radiotre and at Pesaro in the series of contemporary music. She has recorded contemporary compositions, specially dedicated to her. She made recordings for Radio Vatican and RAI TRE. On the label Tactus she recorded music by Baldassare Galuppi “Passatempo al cembalo”.
Annalisa Martella founded the quintet “Aphrodite Ensemble”, which performed numerous the concerts with classical and modern repertoire. She performs using a fortepiano original of 1835, as a duo with the guitar player Stefano Magliaro. With Marco Fornaciari on the baroque violin, she has executed numerous concerts and recorded integrally the 6 Sonatas for violin and harpsichord of J.S. Bach. Annalisa Martella founded and directed the Italian musical Association “l’Architasto”. She is teacher of Harpsichord and Historical Keyboards as “Master of the cembalo” at the Conservatory of Perugia.

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