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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.

Josquin at 500: a remarkable tribute motet

Online workshop with Andrew Griffiths

Sunday 10th January 2021, 7pm

£12 full price, £10 concessions

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. Its poem mentions Josquin by name, and alludes to the texts of five of his most notable motets. At each reminiscence, Jacquet introduces direct musical quotations from the appropriate Josquin setting, so that the whole work functions as an affectionate act of tribute to the older master. This workshop with Andrew Griffiths (a member of Stile Antico, and a sought-after choral conductor) takes Jacquet as a guide, focusing on the five quoted Josquin works - Praeter rerum seriem, Stabat mater, Inviolata et casta es Maria, Salve Regina a5, and Miserere mei Deus - to reveal their beauty and their structure ingenuity.

 

Andrew Griffiths enjoys a unusually varied career as a conductor, vocal coach, and singer with the vocal consort Stile Antico. In the theatre he has conducted productions for The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, and Early Opera Company; concert work includes the Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Orchestra of the Swan. He is particularly experienced in early music, working regularly alongside such conductors as Christian Curnyn, Laurence Cummings and Maxim Emelyanychev as an assistant and continuo player.

In constant demand as a choral conductor, Andrew frequently directs the BBC Singers, and is musical director of Londinium and Kingston Choral Society. He is often invited to conduct the choirs at Dartington International Summer School, and regularly leads workshops for regional early music fora. As a member of Stile Antico since its foundation, he has a deep knowledge and understanding of Renaissance choral music, and is very much looking forward to sharing this with Renaissance Singers once again.

Photo credit: Marco Borggreve

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