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Open Workshop: Polychoral Music for Voices and Brass with Gareth Wilson


Nov 30, 2018, 1:18 PM

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Open Workshop: Polychoral Music for Voices and Brass with Gareth Wilson

Saturday 12th January 2019 10am - 5pm
St Mary-at-Hill, Lovat Lane, London EC3R 8EE
£25 full price, £22 concessions


Perhaps for obvious reasons, Renaissance polyphony is commonly sung unaccompanied, and this is how most of us have become accustomed to hearing it. But it is not the case that such music was always performed this way; the use of instruments within choral music, especially multi-choir music, while not necessarily the default option, may have been more common than we often assume. For this workshop, led by Gareth Wilson, we will be joined by six early brass instruments, specifically cornetts and sackbuts, to explore the various means by which they might be employed to enhance its performance. Through the rehearsal of music by Palestrina, Lassus, Cardoso, and culminating in the 16-voice “Vidi Speciosum” by Ingegneri (an Italian contemporary of Palestrina and teacher of Monteverdi), this workshop will look at how voices and instruments can combine in order to create a unique and extraordinary sound world, one which allows us to see familiar music in a very different light.

Gareth Wilson is Director of Chapel Music at Girton College, Cambridge, and Director of Music at Christ Church, Chelsea. He is also an academic professor at the Royal College of Music and is a member of the Music Faculty at Cambridge University, having previously held similar positions at the Royal Academy of Music and at King’s College, London, where he became the first member of the Music Department to receive a KCL Teaching Excellence Award. In addition to his conducting work, he is a composer whose music has been heard in dozens of cathedrals, churches, and college chapels all over Britain, Canada, and the USA, has been broadcast on BBC Radio and Classic FM, features on several recordings, and has been performed by such groups as the BBC Singers, the Choir of St John’s, Cambridge, and by the Choir of the Chapel Royal at the baptism of Prince Louis.