With William Hunt, a co-founder of viol consort Fretwork
Adrian House Seminar Room, Burrell’s Field,
We will confine our efforts to two pieces, both of them substantial: Tomkins O God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance (reconstructed by John Milsom) and Gibbons Do not repine, fair sun (reconstructed by David Pinto). Both pieces have fascinating ‘secular’ relevance to political events of the time.
Their musical language is, in different ways, highly rhetorical and far removed from the aloof, Anglican tradition of verse anthem performance which may be more familiar today.
The Tomkins anthem, O God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance, was studied at the ‘Chains of Gold’ verse anthems conference, which was covered in Early Music Review. It is a fantastic piece, thoroughly recommend as a subject for a day’s study, especially in Bill Hunt’s extremely able hands.
regards instruments, we welcome a mixture of viols and wind, in the interests
of introducing the music to as many as possible. Ideally, we would like to
have at least one complete consort of viols, but this can be alternated with
a wind consort (soft rather than loud) to illustrate the text with some
2013 is the 300th anniversary of the Peace of
Utrecht, at the end of the War of the Spanish Succession. In this workshop we
will look at parts of three pieces written to celebrate the treaties signed
by Queen Anne, Louis XIV and Philip V of Spain: the Utrecht Te Deum and
Jubilate by Handel (which will be the principal fare); William Croft’s ode
‘With noise of cannon’, written for his Oxford doctorate in 1713 and
coincidentally dealing with the prospect of peace; and the extraordinary
orchestral anthem ‘Arise, shine, for thy light is come’ by Thomas
Roseingrave, written in Venice for performance in Dublin. It’s written in a
very modern style, with nods to Scarlatti, Albinoni and the young Vivaldi.
Workshop for singers on Gesualdo
We will study pieces from the relatively simple to the challenging, and sessions will also include music by Gesualdo’s contemporaries, including currently unpublished repertoire.
Epiphany Party – Rex Gloriae
– Christmas music by the ever-inventive Michael Praetorius led us from
the annunciation to the incarnation and on to the manifestation with the
arrival of the three kings, taking in some jolly Christmas carols on the way.
The traditional feast of music and food at Beccles – music directed by Philip Thorby, food prepared by Jennie Cassidy and members.
The Plangent Prophet – settings
of the Lamentations of Jeremiah. A workshop for singers in Girton College
Gabrieli reconstructions by Hugh Keyte, including the Magnificat a 28 and Lechner’s Quid, chaos at Waltham Abbey, for voices and instruments, with Philip Thorby. A joint event with TVEMF.
Epiphany Party –
sumptuous 12-part Angelus ad pastores ait
and pieces by Andrea Gabrieli and Hans Leo Hassler.
Motets by Marc Antoine Charpentier. A workshop on some fine examples of French Baroque music, for singers and instruments, tutored by Graham Sadler at
Richafort’s Requiem – a workshop for singers
with John Milsom, one of
Bach’s cantata no. 4, ‘Christ lag in Todes Banden’,
one of his most powerful cantatas, for singers and Baroque band, with John
Biber: Missa Bruxellensis a25. The annual polychoral workshop at Waltham Abbey for singers and instruments with Philip Thorby. Another joint event with TVEMF.
‘Unser Gott ist im Himmel’: A workshop for singers and instrumentalists on the music of Heinrich Schütz with Peter Syrus, at Bury St Edmunds Unitarian Church
Music by Thomas Linley the Younger (The “English Mozart”), a workshop for singers and Baroque orchestra, at Elsworth, with Peter Holman
A workshop on sequences and hymns of
Hildegard of Bingen with tutors Sara Stowe and
Epiphany Party – Rudolphus Rubrinasus: music inspired by deer, composed by Palestrina,
Honour, Glory, Light of
Striggio’s 40-part Mass at Waltham Abbey. A
workshop for singers and instruments with Philip Thorby. Although most of Striggio's piece is in 40 different voice parts,
the last movement is for 60 separate voices. A joint event with Thames Valley Early
The Eton Choirbook: A workshop for singers tutored by Peter Syrus of the Royal Northern College of Music, at St Cyriac’s, Swaffham Prior
Choruses from Handel’s Israel in Egypt. A Baroque workshop with Peter Holman in the Old
Baptist Chapel, Elsworth.
Exploring medieval music, a workshop for voices
and instruments, with Belinda Sykes at the Unitarian Church, Cambridge
Tomás Luis de Victoria: Doyen of the Spanish Golden Age. A choral workshop with David Allinson at Fitzwilliam College,
Epiphany Party – Noe! noe! French motets and carols from the Annunciation to Epiphany
Philip Thorby’s talk on Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610. Lecture, discussion and workshop at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
Tallis: Gaude gloriosa. An a cappella singing day at Waltham Abbey with Philip Thorby. A joint workshop with TVEMF
Henry Du Mont – Grands Motets. A workshop for singers and Baroque strings and continuo, tutored by Graham Sadler, at Stow-cum-Quy.
Ruggiero – an opera by Francesca Caccici. Studied and performed over a weekend at Westleton, Suffolk, under the direction of Philip Thorby.
John Blow’s God spake sometime in visions, and Purcell’s Praise the Lord, o Jerusalem. A Baroque workshop with Peter Holman in the Old Baptist Chapel, Elsworth.
A further workshop on medieval music, for voices and instruments, with Jon Banks, at the Unitarian Hall,
workshop: the genius of Palestrina. A day for singers with tutor David Allinson
at Bury St Edmunds Unitarian Meeting House
Epiphany Party – Roman Christmas music: Benevoli Dixit Dominus and Palestrina polychoral music including Hodie.
Verse Anthems by Gibbons and Tomkins, with William Hunt, at Elsworth
Interfora/NEMA Weekend Workshop at
To commemorate Handel’s 250th anniversary, a weekend course & informal performance of Saul
Handel’s Dixit Dominus. A workshop with Peter Holman in the Old Baptist Chapel, Elsworth
on medieval music, for voices and instruments, with Jon Banks, at the Unitarian
Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit: a workshop led by Peter Holman, for soloists, chorus and small Baroque orchestra, at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.
This event was combined with the NEMA
Epiphany Party – featuring a four-choir
Te Deum by Hieronymus Praetorius, with Philip Thorby
Josquin – a workshop for singers at
A Schütz workshop at Waltham Abbey with Philip Thorby (joint event with TVEMF)
polyphony workshop with David Allinson on Masterworks of the Portuguese Golden
Age at The Centre at St Paul’s,
Venus and Adonis, by John Blow. A workshop with Peter Holman in the Old Baptist Chapel, Elsworth
Music for Voices and Instruments by Tomás Luis de Victoria, suitable for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
with Roger Wilkes (President of NWEMF) in St. Mary’s Church, Bury St. Edmunds
Charpentier's Messe pour les Trépassés:
a workshop with Peter Leech in Rushmere St Andrew,
Monteverdi Vespers weekend with
Philip Thorby (King's Music edition).
In St Stephen's Church, Norwich, including a performance at 4.30pm on the Sunday
Giovanni Gabrieli Magnificat a33 with Philip Thorby, in two reconstructions. A joint event at Waltham Abbey with TVEMF
My Heart is Inditing – a day of Purcell anthems at Elsworth with Peter Holman
Bach cantata choruses workshop, tutor Peter Leech
Striggio: forty-part Ecce Beatam Lucem, with Philip Thorby, a joint event with TVEMF
Restoration choral workshop at Swaffham Prior with Peter Leech (a private event publicised by EEMF)
Dido and Aeneas – a day's workshop with Peter Holman
Epiphany Party – 'Praetorius and travel' with Philip Thorby
The Singing Body: Voice workshop and seminar, tutor Ashley Stafford
Lalande: choral workshop with Jeffrey Skidmore
Tallis: Spem in Alium day with Philip Thorby, in conjunction with TVEMF
Scenes from Purcell's Fairy Queen tutored by Peter Holman
Viol masterclass and workshop with Amit Tiefenbrunn
Epiphany Party – polychoral music by Schuetz with Philip Thorby
A day with Dufay (and Philip Thorby)
Festal Mass Salve Regina
in Trinity College, Cambridge, directed by Michael Procter
Scenes from King Arthur (Purcell) tutored by Peter Holman
Polyphonic and popular medieval songs – a workshop tutored by Andrew Lawrence-King
Epiphany Party – Palestrina 12-part motets with Philip Thorby
Byrd and his Chester contemporaries – a workshop with Roger Wilkes
Singing weekend coached by Richard Wistreich
Draghi: Song for St Cecilia's Day with Peter Holman
Klezmer Day with Ilana Cravitz and friends
Epiphany Party – Praetorius, Polyhymnia Caduceatrix et Panegyrica with Philip Thorby
Monteverdi Madrigals and Arias – Singing Masterclass with John Potter
Handel and others – choral and baroque orchestra workshop, tutor Peter Holman
Choral weekend in Cambridge with Michael Procter
In earlier years
Epiphany Party – every year in January
Instrumental music and dance workshop with Steve Player
NEMA workshop: Biber Requiem with Philip Thorby
Mexican music by Gaspar Fernandez, with Andrew Lawrence-King
'Historically-informed performance': a UEA seminar with Clifford Bartlett
Medieval and Traditional Song, tutor Belinda Sykes
Service at Framlingham, tutor Alistair Dixon
An Italian Entertainment for the Wedding of Lucrezia Borgia, tutor Nancy Hadden
Purcell Ode – Hail Bright Cecilia – photos, tutor Peter Holman
Singing Masterclasses for
soloists and ensembles, tutor John Potter
Sponsored by the Music Faculty of the University of Cambridge
Choral and baroque orchestral workshop with Catherine Mackintosh
Philippe Rogier's magnificent Mass in 12 parts (1596), tutor Alan Lumsden
Purcell choral and baroque orchestra workshop Come Ye Sons of Art, tutor Peter Holman
Music for the 800th anniversary of Ipswich's Charter, tutor Belinda Sykes
La Dafne, tutor Philip Thorby – two weekends of workshops and an informal performance
Recorders and Viols, tutor Margaret Westlake
Music of Lassus, Gabrieli, and Croce, tutor Alan Lumsden
Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, tutor Philip Thorby
Spanish music and dance, tutors Andrew Lawrence-King and Steve Player