Workshop Details

Workshop Details

Saturday, 11 December 2010, 10.00am to 5.00 pm St George’s Church, Rugby CV22 5HR

A Renaissance Christmas - A workshop for singers

Tutor: David Allinson


The December workshop was Renaissance Advent and Nativity music, tutored by Dr David Allinson who is tutor very popular with MEMF. Although many of you sadly were kept away by rehearsals and performances due to the season, the group of stalwarts who made it to Rugby were not disappointed.

David Allinson has an engaging style as a workshop tutor, striking a pleasing balance between giving background on the repertoire, and drawing a performance out of those present. His prime focus is on enjoying the music, hard not to do when his own immense enthusiasm for the repertoire is so clear. We tackled Victoria, Morales and Guerrero, some familiar pieces, some less so. One of the joys of the Early Music field is that there are scholars still unearthing "lost" early manuscripts and transcribing them for modern musicians to enjoy.

Put aside thoughts of Christmas shopping and join us for a day of uplifting seasonal music.

Renaissance composers were inspired to their greatest heights by the mystery of Advent and the joy of the Nativity. Our day mixes English works with Spanish motets and villancicos. Francisco Guerrero was the master of the villancico form, which drew popular themes and dance rhythms into the church.

Our final choice of repertoire choices will be selected from the following and will be dependent upon numbers signing up.

  • ADVENT MOTETS Victoria, Ecce Dominus veniet a5 SATTB; Guerrero, Canite tuba a4 SATB; Tallis, Videte miraculum a6 SATTBB; Guerrero, Veni Domine et noli tardare a 5 SSATB
  • NATIVITY MOTETS Victoria, O magnum mysterium a4 SATB; Morales, Pastores, dicite a4 SATB; Byrd, Lullaby, my sweet little baby a5 SAATB; Guerrero, Villancicos (various)

We need plenty of tenors, particularly for Videte Miraculum, so men are especially encouraged to book early!

We are delighted to welcome Dr. David Allinson back to MEMF. As a professional conductor, singer and educator specialising in early music, he works extensively with choirs and is the regular conductor of several choirs, including the Renaissance Singers. He leads many workshops, both here and abroad and is well known amongst all our Early Music Fora as a lively and informative tutor.

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