Last updated: 21 June 2016
For more information on concerts, special services and workshops I am giving in the next few months, please see below:
Sat23Jun201810am-5pmSt Gregory's Centre for Music, North Holmes Road, Canterbury. CT1 1ND
A singing workshop day for Southern Early Music Forum. Full details and booking form will appear here.
Thomas Tallis (c.1505–1585) was the most significant English composer of the 16th century, producing superb music for the Catholic and Protestant rites through the most turbulent decades of religious change. Although his birthplace is unknown he had lifelong family and professional connections in east Kent, and when in the early 1540s the dissolution of the monasteries deprived him of employment at Waltham Abbey he returned home as the most prominent of the singing men in the newly-refounded Canterbury Cathedral choir.
For this workshop day, held close to the historic precincts that would have been so familiar to Tallis, we will sing a representative selection of his anthems, motets, hymns and polyphonic songs.
Sat30Jun201810am-5pmLittle St Mary's, Trumpington Street, Cambridge. CB2 1QG
A singing workshop day for Eastern Early Music Forum. Full details and booking form will appear here.
Devotion to Mary was practised with a new fervency during the Counter-Reformation and the following decades. Spanish composers, in particular, poured their energy into utterances of ravishing beauty in honour of the Mother of God. This workshop brings us the chance to sample just a few of the best Iberian motets from the mid and later C16th century.
As ever, repertoire is dependent on numbers signing up, especially in the Tenor and Bass parts, but it is hoped to include larger-scale motets by Guerrero, Morales and Alonso Lobo.
A singing holiday for Run by Singers. Full details and booking form here.
A special week of early C17th century Portuguese sacred music.
The three greatest composers of the time, Manuel Cardoso, Duarte Lobo and Filipe de Magalhães, all sang and studied at the cloister school under the same teacher, Manuel Mendes (c.1547-1605). They went on to write mass settings of astonishing suavity, and motets of searing emotional intensity, as they spiced the inherited idiom of Palestrina with the chromaticism of the new baroque. The week climaxes with a concert in Évora Cathedral.