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Our open workshops allow anyone with some experience of singing and an interest in Renaissance repertoire the opportunity to explore this music in depth alongside members of the Renaissance singers, under the direction of leading experts in the field. A basic level of ability to read music is helpful as we cover quite a lot of music during the evening.

On the Wings of a Dove

Online workshop with David Allinson

Monday 6th July 2020 7.30pm - 9pm

An online workshop with David Allinson

William Byrd, Vigilate

Manuel Cardoso, Sitivit anima mea

£15 full price, £12 concessions

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 style is smooth and consoling; Byrd’s is energetically, restlessly rhetorical.


David will explore the context and meaning of each piece in words and images, along the lines of his ongoing ‘From the Conductor’s Stand’ talks. We will mark up our scores together, picking out points of interest. There will be an opportunity to pose questions in the typed ‘chat’ facility, and David will answer some of those queries towards the end of the session.


PDFs of scores will be emailed out in advance to all those signed up. The session is expected to last about 90 minutes.

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