Explore polyphony from 13th & 14th century France

Tutor: Lizzie Gutteridge

Saturday 6th May 2017

Morley Green Club, Mobberley Road, Wilmslow, SK9 5NT

“Explore polyphony from 13th & 14th century France” will include works from the Bamberg & Montpellier codices and mass movements and virelai by Guillaume de Machaut. Built around the stark beauty of a harmonic system of open 4ths & 5ths this music can be hugely rewarding both to sing and play. We’ll look at some of the compositional techniques used, including cantus firmus and hocketting and a variety of approaches for performing this music in the 21st century.

This workshop is open both to singers and instrumentalists (including those playing instruments that were not around in the 13th century) as we would like to offer the chance to engage with this repertoire to as many people as possible. Each piece will be learned together as a group but there will be plenty of chances to try out sections of the music a cappella, on “authentic” ensembles as well, and to listen to the effect of different combinations of voices and instruments.

Lizzie Gutteridge took up playing Renaissance music as a part of the historical re-enactment movement to re-form Waits bands throughout the country, then decided to pursue it further and make it her main occupation. Since 2007 Lizzie has studied with some of the country’s leading Renaissance wind players at Cambridge and Dartington summer schools and at Guildhall. She plays a wide range of other historical instruments, including bagpipes, recorders, curtals and fiddles. Lizzie is a member of Blondel and The York Waits and musical director of The Colchester Waits. Freelance engagements have included the Globe’s “Nell Gwynn”, both on tour and in the West End, “The Knight of the Burning Pestle” at the Wanamaker Theatre, performances in Morocco and London with Passamezzo, and large-scale events at Hampton Court and the Tower of London. She is a trustee of the International Guild of Town Pipers. Lizzie’s latest project “Consort of 1” combines early music on historical instruments with the use of live looping  equipment which allows  layering of parts to show Medieval and Renaissance melodies from a new perspective.

St Mark Passion

We have just received this message from Paul Spicer –

There is a rare opportunity to hear a wonderful reconstruction of Bach’s St Mark Passion which the B’m Bach Choir is doing in Lichfield Cathedral on 11th March? 7.30pm. Tickets on the door or through the Bach Choir website.
It’s a really fascinating work and there is some truly great music here in unfamiliar surroundings. The choir is on wonderful form and the orchestra is Martin Perkins’s terrific Musical and Amicable Society period instrument band. Great team of soloists headed by Thomas Hobbs, one of the great current evangelists.


The new 40-page NEMA Newsletter is online at http://www.earlymusic.info/nema.php for public download. As well as an interview with Peter Holman, it includes articles by Christopher Page, Claudio di Veroli, Mark Windisch and Alexander Blustin, and a full listings section, with Composer anniversaries, News, Obituaries, Early Music Fora events, Publications, Research reports, Conferences and Festivals. Please feel free to circulate it to anyone you think might be interested.

Details about our September conference, ‘Early Keyboard Instruments – Repertoire, Use and Design’ are online at http://nema-conference-2017.webnode.com/, in case that is of interest as well.