SWEMF April Zoom Meeting

Sing and play chorales from the St Matthew Passion – a short practical session led by Clare Griffel. All Welcome – pitch A=440. All 12 chorales are available in a convenient format (with German text) athttps://www.cpdl.org/wiki/images/b/b1/Ws-bachmatt.pdf.If you have a score of the work, the chorales are numbers 3, 10, 15, 17, 25, 32, 37, 40,…

SWEMF Zoom Meeting

We’d like to make this a bit of a celebration (hopefully the New Year will be better than the old one!) so feel free to wear a festive hat, eat a mince pie, or whatever else suggests itself. I’ve planned a little music-making for us: below you will find links to five pieces of early…

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…

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…

Baroque Playing Day

The day is for string players (violin, viola, ‘cello and bass viol), wind players (recorders, flute, oboe and bassoon) solo voice and continuo (keyboard and plucked instruments). We will be playing chamber music in various combinations, mainly trio sonatas, quartets & quintets with continuo and we will try and include larger works when possible.

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.

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.

Workshop for Singers

Singers in all voice ranges are invited to a day centred on the church music of Peter Philips (1560/61-1628). Though Philips was documented as a choirboy at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London in the 1570s, within a decade his Roman Catholicism had led him abroad, never to return. He reached Italy, settling in Rome, but the Low…