Arcadia Early Music Academy


Charpentier & contemporaries

Koszęcin (Poland), 18-25 August 2020

Arcadia Summer 2020 will focus on the music from France, around the figure of the great Marc-Antoine Charpentier.

Charpentier was born in or near Paris and he spent two or three years in Rome, probably between 1667 and 1669 and studied with Giacomo Carissimi. He is also known to have been in contact with poet-musician Charles Coypeau d’Assoucy, who was composing for the French Embassy in Rome. A legend claims that Charpentier initially traveled to Rome to study painting before he was discovered by Carissimi. This story is undocumented and possibly untrue.. Regardless, he acquired a solid knowledge of contemporary Italian musical practice and brought it back to France.

Next to the usual chamber music sessions there will be a big “tutti” group, involving all the participants, making the main program of the course and presented to the public at the end of the week.

For whom?

Voices: Sopranos, Altos, Tenors, Basses (ripieni singers and soloists)
Instruments: strings (including viola da gamba), flutes, oboe, bassoon, harpsichord/organ, theorbo.

Pitch will be A=415, we prefer period instruments.

Week program

18 August: Arrival of the participants and welcome concert in the evening
19-23 August: see day program
24 August: final concert of the participants (specific schedule will be announced during the week)
25 August: departure after breakfast

Day program

10-13h: morning session
13:30: Lunch
15-18: afternoon session
19:00: Dinner

please note that the times are indicative and may change at the courses

Palace of Koszęcin
Zamkowa 3
42-286 Koszęcin, Poland


  • Full time course
  • Accommodation in double rooms
  • 3 meals per day
  • Travels, drinks & single room not included


  • Full time course
  • Accommodation in double rooms
  • 3 meals per day
  • Travels, drinks & single room not included

Please note that due to the high demand (and the limited amount of rooms) we cannot guarantee the single rooms to everybody. We will apply the “First-come, first-served” principle. The rooms will be confirmed after booking.

Airport transfers are available at a fee. Please contact us for more info.