Clavichord Course


12 to  19  October  2018


Suzana Mendes

Venue: Almádena, Portugal
Arrival: Friday  12 October afternoon/evening (reception dinner)
Departure: Friday 19 October after breakfast
Course Fees:

Board and lodging:

EUR 400  active participants (passive participants 50% off)


EUR 500


The prices for board and lodging assume the stay at Hotel Belo Horizonte. All rooms with private bathroom.
Partial attendance options available, partners are welcome!

Special prices for students and residents: please get in touch!


Course plan: up to six hours of masterclasses a day, generally one afternoon and one morning free.
Repertoire: free choice, Iberian Music is specially recommended!

We learn as well how to tune clavichords.



The course will take place at Hospedaria Belo Horizonte in Almádena, between Lagos and Sagres, far away enough from Algarve’s mass tourism.

Besides good music there is good food, nature, sea, and many other things to enjoy.

The Hospedaria Belo Horizonte is unique in offering the possibilities to live, work and eat in the same place, which has proved to be very practical,  supporting the work and allowing intense social contacts.

However if you wish to stay in a more comfortable or exquisit hotel, there are many possibilities in the area, I can advise you. In that case, participants should provide themselves for transportation to Hotel Belo Horizonte, where the course takes place.


Language: English (German, French and Spanish also possible).

You can participate as a listener, or just for a weekend, or as you wish.

Clavichord concert by Suzana Mendes in a local church (place and time will be anounced).


About my teaching

My aim as a teacher is to help pupils develop their capacities in order to get the most enjoyment out of their music making.

To have a conception of a piece helps us find out how to play it, but it is a process by itself to achieve this.

Creative practice is not only the most exciting, it is also the most efficient way to keep this process in motion and develop our skills.

My teaching focuses particularly on these issues, and suits any level of development and any keyboard instrument.

The Master Classes teaching model, has many advantages, but if you are not convinced please just ask for single lessons.


Is this course intended for me?

If you wonder if this course is right for you (almost everybody does, once!),  give yourself a chance and get in touch with me so that we can talk about it.

If you are a pianist or organist and have little experience with ancient instruments, to start with the clavichord is a wonderful thing, even if you don’t have an instrument to practise on.


There will be three instruments available, two for the lessons and one to practise on:

*  After Leipzig Nr. 10: Meantone, double fretted, short octave E/C-c“‘,  built by Geert Karman.

*German model, 18th century: unfretted, GG-d“‘, built by Geert Karman.

*After Krämer, Göttingen 1804: unfretted, FF-a“‘, built by Suzana Mendes