BMEMF Workshop with Mary Tyers

We will be comparing two versions of a tune: the traditional tune, and then William Byrd’s ‘art’ version. We will learn something of the history of the tune, and will have plenty of opportunity to play (muted) both versions.

MEMF Talk by Rory McCleery

In this workshop, Rory McCleery, Artistic Director of The Marian Consort, explores the fascinating history and rich musical lineage of Jean Mouton’s exquisite motet Quaeramus cum Pastoribus.

Renaissance Singers workshop with Andrew Griffiths

Dum vastos Adriae fluctus by Jacquet of Mantua, published in 1554, hints at the esteem in which Josquin’s music was still held fully a generation after his death in 1521, exactly five hundred years ago.  This workshop with Andrew Griffiths (a member of Stile Antico, and a sought-after choral conductor) takes Jacquet as a guide,…

SingTheScore Extra

Another in the popular series of webinars with Robert Hollingworth of I Fagiolini and a special guest.  Robert is a natural chat show host and these Saturday mornings are always entertaining and informative.  Plus there is something to sing along with – music links are sent out in advance with the booking form in the…

NEEMF Talk by Alison Kinder

Michael East (1580 – 1648) was one of the most published composers of his time. His output was varied, but it seems that today he is remembered mostly for his vocal music, and primarily for his madrigals. 

The Telling in Retreat Sephardic Songs

Make singing your new year’s resolution and join Ariane on Zoom for the next 3 Friday mornings to learn some beautiful Sephardic Jewish songs. Can’t make that time? The workshops will also be made available post-broadcast for you to watch at your leisure.

Virtual Recorders at Christmas

Join Pam Smith for half an hour every morning on the run up to Christmas for recorder duets! Music will mostly be from Mediaeval Christmas Carols ed. by Greg Lewin. You will need a treble and tenor recorder, and access to zoom.

The Sixteen

Mediaeval carols were for everyone from festivities in the town square or village green to celebrations in church. This programme demonstrates the way these carols have influenced musicians of more recent times, in the historic medievel setting of Kent’s Penshurst Place. Presented by actor Sir Simon Russell Beale, this special series, produced by The Sixteen,…

NEEMF Talk by David Allinson

Jean Mouton, Nesciens Mater  –︎  Philippe Verdelot, Beata es, Virgo Maria As Christmas approaches, in a year like no other, NEEMF spends a December evening exploring two of the greatest Renaissance motets in honour of the Virgin Mary. 

TVEMF Talk by Andrew Griffiths

Join in with your renaissance instruments and voices, or just enjoy listening to Andrew Griffiths as he explores well-known renaissance Christmas music, focussing particularly on Hieronymus Praetorius’s Magnificat Quinti Toni, famous for the carols (In dulci jubilo and Josef Lieber) interpolated between the verses.

SingTheScore Extra

Another in the popular series of webinars with Robert Hollingworth of I Fagiolini and a special guest.  Robert is a natural chat show host and these Saturday mornings are always entertaining and informative.  Plus there is something to sing along with – music links are sent out in advance with the booking form in the…

Platinum Virtual Vocals

Sing four sublime Christmas motets by Renaissance composers with the Platinum Consort. The motet for this week’s workshop is: Praetorius Angelus ad pastores ait a12.

The Sixteen

Set in Elizabeth I’s childhood home of Hatfield House, the music of William Byrd and Arvo Pärt make for a perfect match. Both spent many years facing adversity and persecution and both sought solace through their sacred music. Presented by actor Sir Simon Russell Beale, this special series, produced by The Sixteen, explores choral music…

Virtual Sing at Home Messiah

Each December we present a sold-out performance of Handel’s Messiah in the composer’s own church, St.George’s Hanover Square in London’s Mayfair.  This year, because of restrictions around live performances, it will be different; the movements for orchestra and soloists will be performed live in the church, but the choruses will be pre-recorded by partner choirs from around…

Great Works: Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas

Greek mythology, northern European witches, court masques and a boarding school in Chelsea… The story of Purcell’s masterpiece Dido and Aeneas has it all! We’ll investigate the theatrical and musical world of late seventeenth-century England and the curious tale of two lovers divided by fate and sorcery.

The Sixteen

Purcell wrote for court, church, tavern and the place he loved most, the theatre. This programme is set in the Sam Wanamaker Theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe, an amazingly atmospheric space that slightly predates Purcell but feels like the perfect place to revisit his music. Presented by actor Sir Simon Russell Beale, this special series, produced…

SingTheScore Extra

Another in the popular series of webinars with Robert Hollingworth of I Fagiolini and a special guest.  Robert is a natural chat show host and these Saturday mornings are always entertaining and informative.  Plus there is something to sing along with – music links are sent out in advance with the booking form in the…

SEMF Workshop with Alison Kinder

This short course will combine two live teaching sessions via Zoom and two specially prepared “play-along” videos for practising what we’ve learnt. The second session will be on Thursday 3rd December at 7pm.

The Sixteen

There are surely few composers who can boast a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, let alone one who survived kidnap by pirates on his return journey home! This programme explores one of Spain’s finest Renaissance composers, Francisco Guerrero. Presented by actor Sir Simon Russell Beale, this special series, produced by The Sixteen, explores choral music…

NEEMF Talk with John Bryan

Spaces for music and how early musicians used them An illustrated talk for NEEMF by NEEMF’s founder, John Bryan Since March 2020 most of us have been frustrated, unable to meet and perform music together in our usual ways, and with few ‘live’ concerts to attend. The need to keep a safe distance from each…

The Sixteen

The first programme in the series focusses on two towering works by Renaissance composers John Sheppard and Richard Davy, performed in the surroundings of Magdalen College Chapel, Oxford where both were resident and wrote their music. Presented by actor Sir Simon Russell Beale, this special series, produced by The Sixteen, explores choral music from across…

Josquin, Master of Notes

An exploration of the enduring appeal of Josquin des Prez, one of the most influential composers of the Renaissance. The music includes Josquin: Ave Maria, Mille Regretz, El grillo, Salve regina a5; Gombert Mille regretz; Victoria Salve regina; Jacquet de Mantua Dum vastos Adriae fluctus; Morales Missa ‘Mille regretz’.

Sing and Discover: Bach: Christmas Oratorio

In this two-hour online video workshop, with a fifteen minute social break, conductor and singer John Hancorn and writer and broadcaster Richard Wigmore explore Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. We shall look at the music in some detail, with recorded illustrations, while participants will join in with some of the choruses. Sing & Discover online workshops are…

SingTheScore Extra

Another in the popular series of webinars with Robert Hollingworth of I Fagiolini and a special guest.  Robert is a natural chat show host and these Saturday mornings are always entertaining and informative.  Plus there is something to sing along with – music links are sent out in advance with the booking form in the…

The Telling in Retreat Carols

Get into the festive spirit by joining singer Ariane to learn how to sing a mixture of medieval and traditional carols from around Europe. Following their popular In Retreat weekly online workshop series which began at the start of lockdown, The Telling is thrilled to present a six-week Carol edition to help you get into…

Enchanted Music

An examination of how composers of the Renaissance incorporated medieval Gregorian chant into their compositions. The music includes Robert White, Christe qui lux es et dies III; Byrd Christe qui lux es et dies; Sheppard Gaude, gaude, gaude virgo; Gombert Magnificat Primi toni; Guerrero, Surge propera amica mea; Morales Jubilate Deo; Tallis Missa Puer natus est nobis; Byrd Miserere mihi.

Playford Then & Now

Playford – “The ‘Why’ and ‘How’ of his continuing success today through dances, bands, his London, his contemporaries and choreography. Following the success of the HDS Webinar Talks and the Online Dance Tutorials – both of which can be found on our YouTube channel – we’re delighted to announce the HDS Playford Weekend Festival –…

The Telling in Retreat

Early music group The Telling’s singers Ariane Prüssner and Clare Norburn present an online singalong concert featuring the songs covered in the previous two workshops as well as a few glorious solos. All welcome, no experience necessary and you don’t need to have attended the workshops. Link to join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83647362000(Meeting ID: 836 4736…

LIFEM: Digital

London International Festival of Early Music is one of the world’s largest and most inclusive early music festivals in the world. We produce an annual festival in Blackheath, London, which brings together the world’s largest early music exhibition, live concerts from leading artists, makers’ demonstration recitals, workshops and masterclasses. We have made the positive decision…

TVEMF Talk by David Allinson

In this talk, David Allinson will explore the roots of the mythology that surrounded Josquin’s name, and look briefly at the tradition of musical epitaphs which he helped to develop at the end of the 15th century, before surveying the musical tributes that were written upon Josquin’s death, and Richafort’s astonishing ‘Requiem for Josquin’ in…

Baroque Ornamentation Demystified

Tutor: Oliver Webber This course explores methods of learning the art of florid ornamentation, as practised by musicians in the 17th and 18th centuries, by studying surviving historical examples and at the same time developing our own inventive skills.

Unconventional Women

A survey of the remarkable female monastic composers living and working in Renaissance Italy. The music includes Hildegard von Bingen: O viridissima Virgo; Leonora d’Este Veni, sponsa Christi and Sicut lilium inter spinas; Palestrina Sicut lilium; Rafaella Aleotti Exaudi, Deus; Victoria Versa est in luctum; Sulpitia Cesis Ascendo ad Patrem and Cantemus Domino; Andrea Gabrieli Benedictus Dominus.

SingTheScore Extra

Another in the popular series of webinars with Robert Hollingworth of I Fagiolini and a surprise guest. Robert is a natural chat show host and these Saturday mornings are always entertaining and informative. Plus there is something to sing along with – music links are sent out in advance with the booking form, usually the…

The Telling in Retreat

Early music group The Telling’s singer Ariane Prüssner will guide participants through a beautiful Sephardic song to be confirmed. All welcome, no experience necessary. Link to join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83363946082(Meeting ID: 833 6394 6082) You don’t need a webcam and all participants are muted so you can sing without fear!

Choruses from Handel’s Messiah

Join The Bach Choir for a free online choral workshop with David Hill, Musical Director. David will lead some vocal warm-up exercises before taking singers thought the choruses from Handel’s Messiah, movement by movement, giving tips before singers have the opportunity to join in with a recording of the work.

Thomas Tallis, A Composer for All Seasons

An exploration of sixteenth-century English politics, church and music, through the lens of the works of Thomas Tallis. The music includes Tallis: Loquebantur, Salve intemerata, If ye love me, Purge me, O Lord, O sacrum convivium, Miserere nostri, God Grant with Grace, and Te lucis ante terminum.

MEMF Talk by Will Dawes

The four works scored for seven parts by Thomas Tallis are amongst his most spectacular compositions. They are Loquebantur, Suscipe Quaeso, Missa Puer Natus est Nobis, and Miserere nostri. Each is perfectly created and two of them contain some exceptionally clever compositional devices. This session will give a little history to each of the pieces and allow you the…

The Telling in Retreat

Join The Telling singer Ariane as she guides participants through a beautiful medieval song to be confirmed. Link to join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86986111311Meeting ID: 869 8611 1311 You don’t need a webcam and all participants are muted so you can sing without fear!

BMEMF Workshop with David Allinson

In recent months our music has necessarily been muted and we are all yearning to sing again. For this, the first live online event run by BMEMF, David Allinson brings singers together, virtually, to study and sing two utterly ravishing settings of Psalm 137, which speaks of exile and the suspension of song. Further Information

SingTheScore Extra

Another in the popular series of webinars with Robert Hollingworth of I Fagiolini and a surprise guest. Robert is a natural chat show host and these Saturday mornings are always entertaining and informative. Plus there is something to sing along with – music links are sent out in advance with the booking form, usually the…

MEMF Talk by Dame Emma Kirkby

Prima la Parola – In praise of Speaking Harmony Under this title, misquoting Salieri and stealing a phrase from Dowland, Emma aims to celebrate the power and joy of song lyric. Poems in Tudor England were often published as “Songs”, and “lyric” means “apt for the lyre”. Though the human voice was dutifully admired as…

The Telling in Retreat

Early music group The Telling’s singer Ariane Prüssner will guide participants through a beautiful lullaby or two. All welcome, no experience necessary. Link to join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87317700297 (Meeting ID: 873 1770 0297) You don’t need a webcam and all participants are muted so you can sing without fear!

Harmoniemusik with Boxwood and Brass

Tutors: Emily Worthington, Robert Percival, Martin Lawrence Explore the wind sextets and octets of the 18th and 19th century including partitas, operatic and symphonic arrangements and serenades. Open to oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon players.

The Telling in Retreat

Join The Telling singers Ariane Prüssner and Clare Norburn as they present a singalong concert featuring the songs covered in the previous two workshops as well as a few glorious solos. Link to join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87616552039 (Meeting ID: 876 1655 2039) You don’t need a webcam and all participants are muted so you can…

Reed Maintenance with Lizzie Gutteridge

This webinar is free and is meant for players of crumhorns, shawms etc. that have little or no experience so far in adjusting a reed or in the maintenance of a reed. Lizzie will explain in the webinar how you can do this. NB: the host organisation is Dutch but Lizzie will be teaching in…

The Telling in Retreat

Early music group The Telling’s singer Ariane Prüssner will guide participants through a beautiful medieval song. All welcome, no experience necessary. Link to join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86828580343 (Meeting ID: 868 2858 0343) You don’t need a webcam and all participants are muted so you can sing without fear!

Music Theory: Grade 6

Develop your understanding of musical language by learning to write four-part harmony, harmonise and write diatonic melodies, modulate, and analyse scores (harmony, melodic decoration, phrase structure, performance instructions, stylistic implications). 

Handel London Operas 1

Study the cultural history, plots and structure of Handel’s Italian operas written for London audiences between 1720 and 1728. Learn about recitative, aria-types and discover the stories behind these great works. 

Music Theory: Grade 4

Study more complex musical language including duplets, double-dotted rhythms, alto clef, double sharps/flats, the concept of enharmonic equivalence, and recognising and writing common triads. Learn the technical names for scale degrees, and standard ornaments and instruments.

Music Theory: Grade 7

Learn more complex elements of music: figured bass, melodic and harmonic decoration, writing for instrument or voice with given accompaniment, and score analysis of harmonic and phrase structure, style, performance and directions. 

The Telling in Retreat

Join one of the singers of The Telling Ariane Prüssner as she guides participants through traditional Irish lullaby, Hush, the waves and Georgian lullaby, Naninai. Link to join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87317700297 (Meeting ID: 873 1770 0297) You don’t need a webcam and all participants are muted so you can sing without fear!

The Septenary Foundation

The inaugural Septenary Foundation Historical Performance Research Seminars. These sessions aim to provide a platform for independent performer-researchers to present their work in return for a modest concert-type fee, and are supported by the Septenary Foundation and Music & Letters.

The Telling #HomeTour

Join The Telling’s singer Ariane Prüssner as she guides participants through Sephardic song Morena me llaman so you can singalong during the Sephardic Song Concert screening at 8pm. Link to join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85144187048 (Meeting ID: 851 4418 7048) You don’t need a webcam and all participants are muted so you can sing without fear!

Baroque Ornamentation Demystified

Tutor: Oliver Webber This course explores methods of learning the art of florid ornamentation, as practised by musicians in the 17th and 18th centuries, by studying surviving historical examples and at the same time developing our own inventive skills.

The Telling in Retreat

Singers of The Telling, Clare Norburn & Ariane Prüssner, present a singalong featuring the medieval and Sephardic songs covered in the previous two workshops as well as a few glorious solos. All welcome. You don’t need a webcam and all participants will be on mute so you can sing without fear! Link to join via…

SEMF Talk by Patrick Craig

‘When David Heard’ – The death of Prince Henry, 1612 When the eighteen year old heir to the throne, Prince Henry, died suddenly after an unwise dip in the Thames in 1612, the country mourned the loss of a potentially brilliant monarch. Musical grief poured out from the composers of the day led by William…

Handel Flute Sonatas

Tutors: Elizabeth Walker, Sarah Murphy A five-day online flute course for baroque and modern flautists, looking at the flute sonatas by George Friedrich Handel, connecting these to arias found in the operas and looking at the construction of the basso continuo line, including an understanding of figured bass, baroque style, use of ornamentation, tone and…

The Telling in Retreat

One of The Telling’s singers Ariane Prüssner will guide participants through a beautiful Sephardic song to be confirmed. Practice video and lyrics coming soon. Check the website closer to the time. Link to join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81262055111(Meeting ID: 812 6205 5111)

MEMF Talk by Bill Lyons

The role of wind and brass players in Renaissance Europe The talk will discuss the various and varied roles of wind and brass players in civic and court bands in the 16th and 17th centuries. The splendid sight and sound of shawms, sackbuts, cornetts, trumpets and other wind instruments was considered an essential element in…

The Telling in Retreat

Early music group The Telling’s singer Ariane Prüssner will guide participants through another song from the Llibre Vermell de Montserrat, Stella Splendens. All welcome, no experience necessary. Link to join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84074312068(Meeting ID: 840 7431 2068) You don’t need a webcam and all participants are muted so you can sing without fear! Singalong to…

TVEMF Talk by David Allinson

Perhaps the most ‘secular’ book in the Old Testament, the Song of Songs is an extended love poem which has been interpreted as an allegory of God’s love, either for the Israelites or for the Christian soul. The text, filled with vivid evocations of longing and passion, has always appealed to church composers, giving them…

HISS at Home

Featuring pre-recorded performances, live Q&A interview sessions and a live folk workshop. These events are all free to access.

TVEMF Talk by Patrick Craig

Palestrina spent most of his working life in Rome, including many years as maestro di cappella at St Peter’s. At his funeral in 1594 many of the composers he taught and influenced paid their respects at the lavish ceremony in St Peter’s Basilica. While looking at Palestrina’s genius and influence, we shall also look at…

Grade 5 Theory with Katharine Bramley

This five-day course leads you through all the main elements of the ABRSM Grade 5 Theory syllabus, in a topic-based, classroom-style, supportive approach with plentiful examples and instant feedback. Each day will start with a group log-in to Zoom at 10am for the first session, which will last until 11.30am.  The second session of the day will…

An illustrated talk by Patrick Craig

The last time St Paul’s Cathedral was deprived of music for this long was after the devastating Fire of London in 1666. But in 1697 Christopher Wren was able to triumphantly declare RESURGAM as the phoenix rose from the ashes. Patrick will look at music from either side of this momentous event. He will also…

The Telling in Retreat

Every Friday at 11am we will bring you a live online workshop or concert via Zoom. Consider it a 30-minute coffee break to escape lockdown and learn something new with some musical enlightenment. Your feedback is invaluable for shaping our future plans. We would be really grateful if you could tell us what you think. It…

Bach’s Magnificat and Mass in B Minor

Join John Hancorn and Richard Wigmore for this two-hour online workshop. John and Richard will look at the origins and cultural background of these magnificent works and explore the music in some detail, with recorded illustrations. You will then join in with several choruses. When you sign up you will receive details on how to…

The Telling in Retreat

Every Friday at 11am we will bring you a live online workshop or concert via Zoom. Consider it a 30-minute coffee break to escape lockdown and learn something new with some musical enlightenment. Your feedback is invaluable for shaping our future plans. We would be really grateful if you could tell us what you think. It…

On the Wings of a Dove

In this live session, David will look at two wonderful motets of longing — Vigilate by Elizabethan composer William Byrd, whose text speaks powerfully of watching and waiting at a time of great turbulence, and Sitivit anima mea by Portuguese composer Manuel Cardoso, which conjures with images of longed-for peace, of flying like a dove and finding rest. Cardoso’s…

Online Early Music Forum (OEMF)

Most of us know that making music over the internet is not possible with systems like Zoom, (because of something called latency).  People have been recording their parts solo, then mixing them into video performances. Well, now we can make real harmony online.  We have been testing Jamulus, which minimizes latency and enables us to sing or play…

The Telling in Retreat

Every Friday at 11am we will bring you a live online workshop or concert via Zoom. Consider it a 30-minute coffee break to escape lockdown and learn something new with some musical enlightenment. Your feedback is invaluable for shaping our future plans. We would be really grateful if you could tell us what you think. It…

Online Early Music Forum (OEMF)

Most of us know that making music over the internet is not possible with systems like Zoom, (because of something called latency).  People have been recording their parts solo, then mixing them into video performances. Well, now we can make real harmony online.  We have been testing Jamulus, which minimizes latency and enables us to sing or play…

SingTheScore Extra

We are singing two relatively unknown English madrigals this week – both quite a handful: you’ll enjoy getting to know them! Wilbye – Cruel, behold my heavy ending(There’s a recording of The Consort of Musicke on Youtube) Tomkins – Oft did I marle (I’m sure we’ll find out what ‘marling’ is on the day)(on I…

The Telling in Retreat

Every Friday at 11am we will bring you a live online workshop or concert via Zoom. Consider it a 30-minute coffee break to escape lockdown and learn something new with some musical enlightenment.

The Telling in Retreat

Every Friday at 11am we will bring you a live online workshop or concert via Zoom. Consider it a 30-minute coffee break to escape lockdown and learn something new with some musical enlightenment.

SingTheScore Extra

Our two pieces will be: Andrea GabrieliIo mi sento morire (SSA ATBarB) Thomas TomkinsO let me live for true love and its 2nd part O let me die (SATB)

The Telling in Retreat

Every Friday at 11am we will bring you a live online workshop or concert via Zoom. Consider it a 30-minute coffee break to escape lockdown and learn something new with some musical enlightenment.

Bach Flute Sonatas

Explore the Bach Sonatas and gain confidence in practising, interpreting and performing them. The six Bach flute sonatas are a cornerstone of the repertoire, but they can be daunting. This class will provides hints and tips on style, ornamentation, articulation and phrasing, as well as musical and historical context. Participants will have opportunities to play,…

The Self-Isolation Choir

At this time of self-isolation, our regular choir rehearsals and concerts have been postponed or cancelled. We wanted to continue to sing, so here is Messiah at Home, in association with www.choraline.com. We have chosen this work in conjunction with ChoraLine because at this time of lock-down, isolation and worry for us all, Messiah is…

SingTheScore Extra

We will be singing John Wilbye’s ‘Oft have I vowed’ (missed last time) and George Marson’s ‘The nymphs and shepherds’ from The Triumphs of Oriana. There will be a mystery guest and, as always, lots of fun.

The Telling in Retreat

Every Friday at 11am we will bring you a live online workshop or concert via Zoom. Consider it a 30-minute coffee break to escape lockdown and learn something new with some musical enlightenment.

Grade 6 Theory and Beyond with Katharine Bramley

Following on from our Grade 5 Theory course, Katharine Bramley returns with a course designed for those who are interested in progressing with theory to the higher grades. Whether you are intending to take a theory exam in the near future, or would like to learn more about harmony and melody writing, this is the…

The Telling in Retreat

Every Friday at 11am we will bring you a live online workshop or concert via Zoom. Consider it a 30-minute coffee break to escape lockdown and learn something new with some musical enlightenment.

Free Up Your Playing with Martin Lawrence

Log-in daily for an online open class, followed by a 45 minute individual lesson in the afternoon to explore issues that stop you playing as well as you can: including physical tension; performance anxiety; or just the feeling that you want to express yourself better. A fun course looking at serious issues. As no-one is rehearsing…

SingTheScore Extra

Monteverdi Birthday Edition We know that this is no substitute for in person workshops, but it is at least a way to meet up with Early Music friends and sing some music. This will be an informal session, with an excellent surprise Early Music guest, a chance to sing along with some lovely music, a…

The Telling in Retreat

Every Friday at 11am we will bring you a live online workshop or concert via Zoom. Consider it a 30-minute coffee break to escape lockdown and learn something new with some musical enlightenment.

JS Bach and CPE Bach for solo flute

Log-in daily for an online open class, followed by an individual lesson based around J.S and C.P.E. Bach’s solo Sonatas in A minor. An advanced five-day online flute course for baroque and modern flautists, comparing and contrasting two exceptional baroque solos by J.S. and C.P.E. Bach, written in the same key – but there the…

Baroque Orchestra Workshop – CANCELLED

*THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED* The Baroque Suite – from Overture to Chaconne: a baroque orchestral workshop A workshop for string, wind, and brass players Pitch will be A415; however, both baroque and modern string players (violin, viola, cello, bass) are welcome to take part and there will be baroque bows available for those who…

The Telling in Retreat

Every Friday at 11am we will bring you a live online workshop or concert via Zoom. Consider it a 30-minute coffee break to escape lockdown and learn something new with some musical enlightenment.

The Telling in Retreat

Every Friday at 11am we will bring you a live online workshop or concert via Zoom. Consider it a 30-minute coffee break to escape lockdown and learn something new with some musical enlightenment.

Beautifully Baroque

This class will develop your understanding of baroque flute music and help you perform it with style and confidence. Suitable for players of around Grade 5 and above.

Grade 5 Theory with Katharine Bramley

This five-day course leads you through all the main elements of the ABRSM Grade 5 Theory syllabus, in a topic-based, classroom-style, supportive approach with plentiful examples and instant feedback. Each day will start with a group log-in to Zoom at 10am for the first session, which will last until 11.30am.  The second session of the day will…

Workshop for Singers – CANCELLED

*THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED* Jacob Obrecht (d.1505), 4-, 5-, and 6-part works We shall sample Obrecht’s many settings of the Mass Ordinary, both early (Petrus Apostolus) and mature (Salve diva parens and Malheur me bat). His motets embrace a huge stylistic variety, from the disarming simplicity of Parce Domine to the dazzling virtuosity of…

Recorder Consort Weekend

For players of intermediate ability who can play confidently on C and F recorders. You will cover a wide variety of repertoire, from the Renaissance to the present day, with music tailored to the group.

The Carnival Band

A friendly 3 hour workshop with Andy Watts of The Carnival Band. Drawing on the band’s collection of music in a variety of styles (early music, folk, traditional and world) Andy will lead you in singing in harmony. An ability to read music is not necessary. All songs will be taught by ear as well…

Baroque String Workshop

Tutor: Alison Townley Suitable for adult players. Intermediate onwards.  Alison is particularly looking for more upper strings. Baroque Bows available to hire for the workshop and long term. 2019/2020 workshop dates: 13th October 10th November 9th February 8th March

Music, Masonry and Manuscripts

Tutor: Mark Cottle The music, architecture and manuscript illumination of medieval England are among the greatest acheievements of any period of English cultural history. The aim of the lecture is to open a window onto this remarkable world to capture something of the essence of its religion and secular music, its Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals…

Baroque Dance Workshop

This workshop will focus on a dance from an original 18th century notation, the emphasis will be on the movement quality required for the style, technique and performance of the steps within the dance. Not suitable for beginners as previous dance experience is necessary if unsure please contact Philippa. Saturday venue:Claverton Down Community Hall, Bath,…

Rondo Viol Academy

The Rondo Viol Academy exists to provide teaching material and coaching for viol players of all ages and abilities. We have a keen focus on technique, not just being able to play lots of notes, but being able to play them well! Our courses are at different levels and we choose the music for each…

Rondo Viol Academy

The Rondo Viol Academy exists to provide teaching material and coaching for viol players of all ages and abilities. We have a keen focus on technique, not just being able to play lots of notes, but being able to play them well! Our courses are at different levels and we choose the music for each…

PIVA – Real Roots!

We’re delighted to be welcoming Piva back to Halsway for a fifth course exploring the Real Roots! of folk music, both the music and the instruments. Discover the world of late 16th century popular traditional music as heard in both court and country. The focus of the course will be playing 4 or 5 part…

NWEMF Workshop for Voices and Instruments

The workshop is for singers in all ranges reinforced by brass and loud winds (A=440), and also two violins, a basso continuo keyboard and other basso continuo instruments such as harpsichords, theorbos, violones, cellos, bassoons, curtals.

The City Musick

Explore the rich and varied repertoire of musicians from court and city in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, for wind and brass instruments: cornett, sackbut, shawm, dulcian, recorder and crumhorn. Music will come from the part books associated with major European courts including that from the English court of James I and Charles…

Hurdy Gurdy Weekend

Guaranteed to be one of Halsway’s noisiest weekends, this popular Hurdy-Gurdy takeover is a brilliant opportunity to get together with some of the best of Europe’s players in an intensive learning weekend of masterclasses, workshops, sessions and a Saturday night concert/dance.

Viol Consorts Workshop

This weekend will fill Hawkwood with beautiful music, with expert coaching throughout. Primarily for pre-formed consorts, individuals will be accepted on condition that a compatible group can be formed. There will be the opportunity to work from facsimile music on renaissance instruments, too. Expect to be stretched and encouraged in your practice within a supportive…

Baroque String Workshop

Tutor: Alison Townley Suitable for adult players. Intermediate onwards.  Alison is particularly looking for more upper strings. Baroque Bows available to hire for the workshop and long term. 2019/2020 workshop dates: 13th October 10th November 9th February 8th March

Dorset Bach Cantata Club

The Dorset Bach Cantata Club meets for three weekends each year at Sturminster Newton High School. The Club provides a unique opportunity for amateur choral singers to study, rehearse and perform these inspiring, deeply spiritual, joyous works. *** Cantata BWV 45: Es ist dir gesagt, Mensch, was gut ist Cantata BWV 123: Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen Albinoni: Oboe Concerto…

Recorder Orchestra Weekend

Recorders@plymouth are back for their annual visit to Halsway Manor, offering an opportunity to explore the huge diversity of recorder orchestra repertoire. The recorder orchestra will be led by a professional conductor to enable players to develop their playing to a better standard, in a supportive environment with convivial company!

West Country Carols + Social Event

This workshop day will look at a variety of Christmas music from Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Gloucestershire. Much of it will be drawn from manuscripts of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries – the so-called West Gallery period. The music is characterised by its danceable rhythms and its gorgeous harmonies and fugued entries. The words…

Dances of the French Renaissance Courts

Come and enjoy the rich tapestry of dancing at the French courts from the reign of François I to that of Louis XIII: the sociable French branle, courante and bouree, dances in the Italian style, also impromptu mascarades and grand ballets. The weekend will be based on the forthcoming HDS book and CD of twenty-four…

Facsimile for Advanced Recorder Players

The course is aimed at advanced recorder players who would like to learn about playing music from facsimile and a little prior knowledge of facsimile is necessary.  For light relief, there may also be some playing sessions using conventional notation!

Historical Dance in Tudor Mansion

Learn 16thC dance music from England and France, marking the 500th anniversary of the Field of the Cloth of Gold. Play or dance the same pieces in the afternoon. Led by experienced musician and Historical Dance Society tutor. Wear costume or elegant clothes if you wish, for dancing – not mandatory. No partner needed. Light…

Historical Dance in Tudor Mansion

Get active with 16thC dances from England, Italy and France: from fast to slow, simple to complex. Taught by experienced Historical Dance Society tutor. Live music on period instruments by early music trio Doves Figary. Wear costume if you wish, or elegant clothes – not mandatory. No previous experience or partner needed. Light flexible footwear…

Historical Dance in Tudor Mansion

Learn 16thC dances from England, Italy and France: from fast to slow, simple to complex. Taught by experienced Historical Dance Society tutor. Recorded music used (historically informed performance); some dances repeated with live music on period instruments, same venue, afternoon of Sat 11 and Sun 12 Jan. No costume or partner needed. Light flexible footwear…

Historical Dance in Tudor Mansion

A class taught by experienced Historical Dance Society tutor Ann Hinchliffe, on a variety of 16thC dances from slow to fast and simple to complex. No previous experience needed; no costume or partner needed. Light flexible footwear advised, and warm clothes; class is in unheated Library, as seen on TV in Wolf Hall. Recorded music…

Viol Consort Music

This course is intended for intermediate and advanced players of treble, tenor or bass viols, who are confident in sight reading and playing one-to-a-part. 17th Century English music will form the main area of study.

Corsham Winter School for Choral Singers

A week of music-making for choral singers in the Wiltshire town of Corsham, on the southern reaches of the Cotswolds. We rehearse every day in the morning and late afternoon with a specialist conductor for a concert at the end of the course. The Winter School is a tradition dating back to 1990; in the…

West Gallery Carols Workshop

West Gallery Carols Workshop with Dave Townsend. Sing songs from the rural parish churches of the 18th and 19th centuries and finish the workshop with a performance in the Atrium at 4pm.

The Carnival Band

We love performing with our Carnival Choirs and we invite you to join us for A Carnival of Carols on our December tour. There are no auditions and the choirs are open to all. Each choir will have a one-day workshop led by Andy Watts at which singers will learn arrangements in four-part harmony from the band’s…

Baroque Dance Workshop

The workshop will be for Improvers, Intermediate and Advanced levels, and attendance is possible either for the whole weekend or just on Saturday. Saturday venue:Claverton Down Community Hall, Bath, BA2 6DT Saturday evening & Sunday venue:Monkton Combe Village Hall, Bath, BA2 7EX

Recorder Weekend

Work with one of the foremost teachers and performers of this instrument to explore the vibrant and varied world of the recorder; solo and consort, ancient and modern. Anna Stegmann, a Royal Academy professor, will offer individual coaching in a friendly masterclass format, group lessons on general technique, as well as the opportunity to work…

Violin Making

The violin making workshops are extremely popular at Halsway Manor; some of the participants have been coming back year after year. The workshop gives maximum continuous time at the workbench supported by Neville Gardner, who has been teaching violin making for twenty years. He is joined by Corrie Schrijver to ensure that there is a…

Recorders For All 2019

With a professional conductor and aimed at a more advanced level of playing, being able to play a bass recorder of some description is essential. All participants are expected to frequently change instruments through the course to give everyone the opportunity to play a variety of recorders. This course will focus on canons and fugues.

Baroque String Workshop

Tutor: Alison Townley Suitable for adult players. Intermediate onwards.  Alison is particularly looking for more upper strings. Baroque Bows available to hire for the workshop and long term. 2019/2020 workshop dates: 13th October 10th November 9th February 8th March

Queen Elizabeth – Her Musicke

Tutor: Colin Booth Queen Elizabeth I did not let matters of state prevent her from enjoying two favourite activities: hunting – and music and dancing. This course will examine what that music was, and what dances she preferred.

London Festival of Early Music

The UK’s largest Early Music exhibition, plus an exciting line-up of concerts, workshops and recitals. Concerts include:• Solomon’s Knot• Red Priest• Palisander• Tinka Pypker and Anders Muskens Duo• Elizabeth Kenny• Thomas Tallis Society Choir with Orchestra of The Sixteen Festival Flyer

Gregorian Chant

Come and learn to read the old notation and enjoy singing masses, hymns and canticles and appreciate why the music was written the way it was and how perfectly the notes colour the words.

Rondo Viol Academy

This course is for anyone who is new to viol playing and wants to take the next step. There will be technique sessions, a few set pieces to study together, and a friendly introduction to consort playing.

Rondo Viol Academy

This course is designed as a stepping stone between the Elementary and  Intermediate courses. There are technique sessions, a few set pieces to study together, and friendly, relaxed consort playing. There will be plenty of help and advice with things like bowing, fingering, first and half position, making a good sound – do bring any…

Rondo Viol Academy

Pre-formed consorts can be of any standard and must consist of at least 4 people. You bring your own repertoire that you would like to work on. We can also make some suggestions and bring a few things for you to try. Please contact us if you have any questions. Sometimes a consort will be…

Come and Sing – Handel

Join Sarah Latto and Paragon Singers for a workshop singing music by George Frideric Handel, one of the greatest Baroque composers. Focusing on his choral masterpiece ‘Dixit Dominus’, learn about ensemble work, Baroque phrasing and the context of Handel’s life alongside work on vocal technique and health.

MEMF Portugese Polyphony Workshop

A workshop exploring Renaissance music of Southern Portugal We will sing music by Duarte Lobo, Estevao de Brito, Estevao Lopes Morago, Filipe de Magalhaes, Manuel Cardoso and Pedro de Cristo. This music has a lot in common with Spanish Music of the 16th century, by composers such as Victoria and Guerrero, but with a greater…

Baroque String Workshop

Tutor: Alison Townley Suitable for adult players. Intermediate onwards.  Alison is particularly looking for more upper strings. Baroque Bows available to hire for the workshop and long term. 2019/2020 workshop dates: 13th October 10th November 9th February 8th March

Dorset Bach Cantata Club

The Dorset Bach Cantata Club meets for three weekends each year at Sturminster Newton High School. The Club provides a unique opportunity for amateur choral singers to study, rehearse and perform these inspiring, deeply spiritual, joyous works. *** Cantata BWV 11: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen Cantata BWV 34: O ewiges Feuer, O Ursprung der Liebe

Workshop for Singers and Instruments

This workshop will explore the innovative music of Michael Praetorius, whose prolific work as a composer and theorist helped introduce the latest Italian styles to German-speaking countries, whilst also realising the musical ambitions of Martin Luther’s reformation. If forces allow, we shall explore repertoire such as the following:Jubilate Deo [7], Ein feste Burg [8], Ich…

Gabrieli Recorder Workshop

Gabrieli’s 2 and 3 choir canzonas are masterpieces of polychoral music full of light and shade, grandeur, dancing rhythms and singing melodies. During the course of the day, we will study, in depth, some of the finest of these. As well as conducting, the tutor will give some historical and musical background to this fascinating…

Musical Emotions: Choral Workshop

Join Hereford Chamber Choir for a morning of singing on the theme of human emotions expressed in music, led by singer and conductor Simon Harper. Repertoire from 16th Century Britain and Europe by Lassus, Guerrero and Ramsey. Advance booking essential.

Early Music in the Marches 2019

A two-day workshop on Johann Caspar Kerll‘s settings of the Mass. The workshop is for singers and experienced players – with good sight-reading skills. There are parts for violins, viols, trombones, cornets, trumpets and a variety of wind and continuo instruments. A=440 Tutored by David Hatcher and David Allinson. Workshop Leaflet

Rondo Viol Academy

These courses are for anyone who considers themselves to be of an intermediate or upper intermediate standard and would like to improve both their individual technique and consort playing experience. We will look at the set repertoire, covering choices of fingering and bowing which can then be applied in one-to-a-part consort sessions. Further music will…

Autumn Voices, Viols and Recorders

An ensemble course for experienced players of early instruments with Michael Sharman. Recorders, viols, baroque oboe, flute, violin, viola, ‘cello, and also cornett, cornamuse, sackbut and curtal all welcome.

MEMF Baroque Strings Workshop

A Workshop of Baroque Music for strings (A=415) Music to be studied: – JS Bach: Orchestral Suite no4 in D major (with wind parts played by strings)– John Stanley: Concerto Grosso op2 no3 – concertos for strings in 7 parts– Vivaldi: L’Estro Armonico – Concerto in B minor for 4 violins

Cambridge Early Music Weekend Workshop

A Weekend for women singers to immerse themselves in the polyphonic choral music of convents in Italy in the 16th century, from the little-known music of Suor Leonora d’Este, Princess of Ferrara, to Josquin des Prez, Cipriano de Rore and GP Palestrina amongst others. Come and learn with the co-directors of Musica Secreta, Deborah Roberts…

An afternoon in the 1500s

Take part in pavan dances from the Mulliner Book and other Elizabethan favourites, fast and slow, led by Anne Daye, Director of Research with the Historical Dance Society [previously Dolmetsch HDS]. Includes special seminar by Dr Daye on researching the Mulliner and other dances. All abilities welcome; no partner needed nor previous experience. Flexible footwear…

Violin Making

The violin making workshops are extremely popular at Halsway Manor; some of the participants have been coming back year after year. The workshop gives maximum continuous time at the workbench supported by Neville Gardner, who has been teaching violin making for twenty years. He is joined by Corrie Schrijver to ensure that there is a…

Stylish Baroque

A baroque chamber music course at A415, predominantly for pre-formed groups although we welcome applications from individual players and will do our best to put together coherent ensembles. Theresa (violin) and Alastair (harpsichord), bring their wealth of knowledge to encourage and cajole you into stylish performances of repertoire from the early 17th to late 18th…

Come and Sing Early Music

Robert Howarth, harpsichordist and director, specialising in early music (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Early Opera Company, English Touring Opera etc), will be joined by his singer wife Lisa Wilson for our Come and Sing Early Music workshop day this year. The repertoire will include madrigals by Monteverdi (La giovinetta pianta, Sfogava con le…

The Life Chants of Hildegard of Bingen

The visionary music of Benedictine abbess, Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) came to popular attention nearly 900 years after her life with the album, A Feather on the Breath of God, sung by Emma Kirkby with Gothic Voices in 1985. We are delighted to welcome Emma to guide us in singing and discovering the beauty of…

Irish Recorder and Viol Course

Tutors: Ibi Aziz, Marion Doherty-Hayden, Pamela Flanagan, Emma Murphy, Philip Thorby. Designed for players of recorders, viols and other early instruments, the Irish Recorder and Viol Course offers a warm welcome and a wide repertoire of music from ancient to modern. Sessions include one-to-a-part groups, workshops, consort songs, trio sonatas, choir, large and small ensembles.

Choral Experience Weekend

Enjoy a life-enhancing weekend traversing the vast landscapes of one of Classical music’s greatest creations. Gavin Carr will bring his trademark humour, passion and insight to this journey into Bach’s extraordinary world, so full of thrilling grandeur and achingly beautiful complexities. The course will culminate in an informal performance sing-through on Sunday afternoon.  Singers of…

Consort de Danse Baroque Summer School

Module 1: 16th – 18th August Module 2: 18th – 21st August Module 3: 22nd – 26th August This non-residential course is designed for all levels from the absolute beginner to the professional dancer and concentrates on the technique, presentation & notation of Baroque dance. It allows students to immerse themselves in a number of skills associated…

HISS 2019

The 9th international summer school will take place 12-16 August once again at Bishop Burton College, near Beverley, East Yorkshire. We will feature the same range of classes for winds, cornetts & sackbuts, baroque strings, lutes and other plucked strings, viol consort, chamber choir and natural voice singing – all of which made 2018 the…

Beauchamp Early Music Course

Directed by Philip Thorby With tutor David Hatcher and guest tutors Theresa Caudle, Adrian France and Richard Thomas The theme is ‘Gloria in Excelsis Deo’ and will include Glorias from the 24-part setting by Annibale Padovano and the 40-part setting by Alessandro Striggio. For further information visit www.gamusic.co.uk / Holiday Courses / Early Music (adults)…

Cambridge Early Music Summer School

Les Cris de Paris: ​​The Sounds of Court & City in 16th-century France THE COURTIERS OF GRACE ​Gawain Glenton course director & cornetto, Clare Wilkinson voice, Uri Smilansky viols & recorders, ​Jacob Heringman lutes, Catherine Motuz improvisation & sackbut, William Lyons flutes, recorders, reeds & pipes   We welcome applications from competent singers, and from players of Renaissance instruments at A=440 including…

Cambridge Early Music Summer School

Paris versus Versailles: Marc-Antoine Charpentier & his Court Rivals THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS Peter Holman course director & continuo, Judy Tarling upper strings, Mark Caudle lower strings, Gail Hennessy woodwind and Philip Thorby voices   Applications are invited from proficient singers and confident players of gut-strung Baroque instruments (violin, viola and cello), with Baroque bows (some instruments and bows are available…

NORVIS XLIX

NORVIS, founded in 1971 by Layton and Christine Ring Recorder tutors: Oonagh Lee, Chris Orton, Jane Rumney and Mary Tyers. Other tutors: Elizabeth Dodd, Alison Kinder, Susanna Pell and Jacqui Robertson-Wade (viols), Andrew Fowler (singing), Michael Williamson (baroque strings), Martin Eastwell and Richard MacKenzie (lutes), John Treherne (harpsichord). We welcome recorder players, other instrumentalists and…

Dartington Summer School

CoursesEach week of Summer School features more than 30 courses, encompassing a wide range of styles, disciplines and abilities. Courses run for 6 days (Sunday – Friday), most lasting for 1 session (90 mins) per day. There are 4 sessions in a day (9am, 11am, 2pm, 3.30pm), allowing each participant to build a timetable personalised…

Workshop and AGM

Music at the Viennese Court of Emperor and Composer Leopold I. Workshop led by Peter Leech (Cardiff University) at pitch A = 440 for SATB voices, recorders (descant/treble/tenor & bass) and strings (viols/violins, violas, bass viols/cellos/violone). The SWEMF AGM will be held during the lunch break.

Ludlow Summer School

A course for singers and instrumentalistsled by Gabriel Crouch and David Hatcher The Ludlow Summer School is a combination of specialist coaching, informal festival and musical holiday. It is open to experienced choral singers and early instrumentalists of all ages and nationalities. This week of intensive training with leading tutors will end with a public…

Workshop for Singers

This workshop day will explore Vespers repertoire in the Southern European tradition, from the rambunctious polyphony of Juan Gutierrez de Padilla (1590–1664) to Domenico Scarlatti’s expressive setting of Laudate pueri, and plainsong psalmody.

Baroque String Workshop

Suitable for adult players. Intermediate onwards. Tutor: Alison Townley. Baroque Bows available to hire for the workshop and long term. 2019 workshop dates:27th January, 24th March, 12th May, 16th June

Clifton Festival Generations Choral Workshop

Our third workshop marks the start of the Clifton Festival 2019 and focuses on Lassus’s tour de force, Missa Bell’ amfitrit altera. This sumptuous double-choir setting stands among the finest works in the Renaissance repertoire. This workshop also features Ave Regina Caelorum and The Souls of the Righteous by the Oxford University Press House Composer,…

Southwest Viol Fest II

Residential Course in Culmstock on the Somerset/Devon borders. Tutors: Caroline Ritchie and Henrik Persson A residential course exclusive to viol players, to be tutored once again by Caroline Ritchie and Henrik Persson.

Baroque String Workshop

Suitable for adult players. Intermediate onwards. Tutor: Alison Townley. Baroque Bows available to hire for the workshop and long term. 2019 workshop dates:27th January, 24th March, 12th May, 16th June

Clifton Festival Generations Choral Workshop

Two devout Roman Catholics separated by 500 years and joined by an ability to write devotional works of unmatched emotional impact and compositional quality. We’ll look at Victoria’s Missa O quam gloriosum MacMillan’s O radiant dawn and A new song.

Rondo Viol Academy – Advanced Course

The annual Advanced Course enables players to work on more difficult and unusual repertoire: consorts by Purcell and Lawes, the fabulous repertoire for two trebles and two basses by people like Jenkins and Simpson, and the fantastic later repertoire for three basses by Forqueray, Nicolai and others.

Baroque String Workshop

Suitable for adult players. Intermediate onwards. Tutor: Alison Townley. Baroque Bows available to hire for the workshop and long term. 2019 workshop dates:27th January, 24th March, 12th May, 16th June

Ten Ways to Sing the Psalms

An all-day workshop led by Christopher Martin Thomas, Rev. Stephen M’Caw, and the singers and musicians of St.John’s Keynsham, followed by a short service built around the Psalm settings learnt:• Participate in learning new and ancient ways to sing the Psalms• Learn about the theology, history and use of Psalmody in a multimedia presentation• Listen to…

Renaissance flute workshop with Clare Beesley

Applications are now open to join Clare Beesley’s Renaissance flute day – organised in conjunction with Worcestershire Early Music – on Saturday 2nd March 2019. All players of discant, tenor and bass instruments (or potential bassists – Clare has two instruments to loan) welcome. Pitch A=440Hz.

Singing weekend with Robert Hollingworth

This singing weekend celebrates Leonardo da Vinci’s 500th anniversary. Through vocal music we will consider his art and life, weaving music by Josquin, Victoria, Monteverdi and Howells into an approach that allows one to experience music through the prism of the art and vice versa. Singers need to be competent sight-singers with experience of relatively…

Halsway Manor – Piva: Real Roots!

Discover the world of late 16th century popular traditional music as heard in both court and country. The focus of the course will be playing 4 or 5 part harmony in small groups but it doesn’t matter if you are new to this music or an experienced renaissance specialist; sessions will be adapted to suit…

Polish up your singing

Glastonbury Cantilena is delighted to have secured the services of Ben Sawyer: Ben is a countertenor, conductor and educator based in Gloucestershire, England. As a singer, he performs as a soloist around the country; he is a founder member of the award winning male voice a cappella group, “The Songmen”; and He is a lay…

Viol Consorts

Tutors: David Hatcher and Jane Francis We are happy to help in putting individual applicants unable to pre-form a group into a compatible consort.

Baroque String Workshop

Suitable for adult players. Intermediate onwards. Tutor: Alison Townley. Baroque Bows available to hire for the workshop and long term. 2019 workshop dates:27th January, 24th March, 12th May, 16th June

Come and sing Victoria Requiem

Come and indulge yourself in the glorious Requiem by Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611). Victoria was a Spanish composer in 16th century Spain and part of the counter-reformation. His Requiem, written for six parts, is full of refined but passionate conviction: just wonderful Renaissance music to wrap yourself in.