Diary

Last updated: 14 January 2021

For more information on concerts, special services and workshops I am giving in the next few months, please see below:

  • Mon
    10
    May
    2021
    Fri
    14
    May
    2021
    8:00 pmOnline Talks

    Booking and queries: via this link.

    A series of five illustrated online lectures celebrating the music and legacy of the musicians of Ávila – focusing particularly on the music of Victoria and his contemporaries – Morales, Vivanco and Ribera.

    At the core of every talk is Victoria: tracing his career and influences across the episodes, David selects representative works and asks questions about structure, style and the ways in which we perform and hear this music. From the juvenile brilliance of Super flumina Babylonis to the final, searing music of the 1603 Requiem, David urges you to listen afresh to Victoria, while championing the music of unjustly eclipsed contemporaries. All with his customary mixture of expertise, passion and humour.

    These talks will be ‘illuminated’ with images of Ávila, music, virtual walks through the city and recipes to recreate the gastronomic taste of Ávila for those of us who have been lucky enough to visit – and those who have that pleasure yet to come. There will also be opportunities to sing some of the glorious music we are exploring together.

    A Taste of Ávila will begin and end with live interactive chat opportunities where you can ask David questions in real time. All lectures will be broadcast on the Runbysingers YouTube Channel so you can catch up on any missed episodes if the live times don’t suit your schedule – or time zone.

  • Wed
    26
    May
    2021
    7:30 pmOnline Talk
    A live online talk for the Southern Early Music Forum. Advance booking essential via http://www.semf.org.uk/. Minimum charge is £5.
    The Salve Regina is perhaps the most important Marian hymn in the Catholic church, to be sung daily through the summer months. During the late medieval period, as devotion to the mother of Jesus became increasingly popular, the market for polyphonic settings of the Salve Regina grew strongly, leading to a large number of beautiful and increasingly inventive compositions.
    The solemn tone chant melody is a gift for musicians: it opens with one of the most striking gestures in the whole repertoire: a four note motto for the salutation ’Salve’, ripe for development. And the chant closes with rapturous arcs of melisma for the epithets: ‘O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria’.
    Join me on this evening in May — traditionally the ‘month of Mary’ — as I trace the ways in which 16th century composers were inspired to quote, embed and elaborate upon the Salve Regina chant in ever more inventive polyphonic settings.
    I will also examine when and where these settings might have been sung, and who was funding the composition and performance of settings of this hymn to Jesus’s mother.
    A range of Salve Regina settings will be introduced, spanning a century or more from Okeghem to Victoria.
    There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end.
  • Sun
    01
    Aug
    2021
    Sat
    07
    Aug
    2021
    Rendcomb College, Cirencester GL7 7HA
    I am delighted to be co-tutoring this residential summer school for voices and historical instruments in rural Gloucestershire, alongside David Hatcher.
    The repertoire is C16th and C17th music associated with saints and sainthood, from small-scale settings of the Litany of the Saints to grand, polychoral masterpieces, especially from Italy and Germany.
    This is our postponed programme from 2020. It will be wonderful to deliver it at last.
    Book now to ensure a place! Course brochure, pricing and application form are available here.