Last updated: 16 August 2023
For more information on concerts, special services and workshops I am giving in the next few months, please see below:
Sat21Jan2023all dayTBC (check MEMF website)
Date for your diary: I will be leading a public workshop for the Midlands Early Music Forum on Saturday 21 January.
Sat04Feb2023all dayTBC (check EEMF website)
Date for your diary: I will be leading a public workshop for the East of England Early Music Forum on Saturday 4 February.
Sun26Feb202310:45 amSt Gregory's Centre for Music, Canterbury. CT1 1ND
A choral workshop day exploring William Byrd's Lenten music.
Please visit this page: Canterbury Choral Workshop 2023 and follow the links there.
Sat16Sep202310:00 amTitley Village Hall, Titley, nr. Kington, HR5 3RL
In 1612 England was convulsed by grief at the death of Henry, Prince of Wales. Henry, who was the eldest son of James I and Anne of Denmark, enjoyed immense popularity and at a time of great national anxiety the loss of the heir to the English throne was keenly felt. Alongside a wave of public sermons, poetry and prose, composers wrote anthems, madrigals and solo songs of lamentation, frequently drawing upon the Old Testament figure of King David as he mourned the death of his son Absalom, or his grief at the death of his friend Jonathan.
For this workshop day we will explore several of these powerful pieces, from Tomkins’ justly-celebrated setting of When David heard to expressive works by Dering and Ward which, though almost unknown, are of superlative quality.
£22 for Early Music Fora members, £26 for non-members, £5 for students.
BOOKING - https://www.bmemf.org.uk
Sat21Oct20234 and 7pmIngatestone Hall, Hall Lane, Ingatestone, Essex, CM4 9NR, EnglandMaster ByrdA new play by Brean HammondStarring Vincent Franklin, with live choral interpolations by The Renaissance Singers, dir. David AllinsonWilliam Byrd died in Essex on 4 July 1623. Four hundred years later, as the musical world celebrates his genius, the Renaissance Singers raise their voices in this new short play.Remarkably, the performance happens in the very place where the play is set - Ingatestone Hall, still owned by the family who sheltered and supported Byrd: the Petres.We are delighted that the great composer will be embodied by the superb actor Vincent Franklin, whose television work includes Happy Valley 2 and 3, Doc Martin, Bodyguard, Cucumber, The Office, Twenty Twelve, The Thick of It and Decline and Fall and whose film work includes Topsy Turvy, Peterloo, The Bourne Identity and Allelujah!We hope you will join us, for a unique experience in a space the composer would have known well.There are two performances, at 4pm and 7pm. Book early via https://www.renaissancesingers.com/concerts.
Sat16Dec20237:30 pmCentral London church (tbc)
Renaissance Singers Christmas concert
Tallis, Missa Puer natus est and motets
Book via https://www.renaissancesingers.com