Happy New Year to our Membership

Our members will all be renewing their membership for the coming year and we hope to see you at our events in the New Year.

If you are not receiving notifications of our events etc. do drop us a message. There is one member we know we have lost contact with who is paid up but we are missing contact details. So if you are E. Bright please do make contact via the contact us page on the web site.

A couple of unusual Events

There are a couple of online lecture/concerts that might interest you. The first is on the Musette, the bagpipe that became an art music instrument in 18thC France. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/amazing-musette-online-concert-talk-tickets-175342302547?aff=erellivmlt

And a lecture called Why Play the Serpent from St Cecilia’s Hall in Edinburgh. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/why-play-the-serpent-tickets-173498517737?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR3EpZD4G6pBKngjYt57yvuT8p0RV-Jvj6K9IX7suXv8GHk1tfsbiz1qZWs


The news letter for June 2021 is now available on the members page. Elizabeth Dodd is back as newsletter editor and this is her second edition. There are reviews of two recent Zoom presentations and notice of the first of our Autumn workshops which is on Usper and Bassano and is being taken by our president Roger Wilkes.

Josquin des Pres revisited: the myths, the man and his music

Zoom Presentation by John Bryan

Saturday 17 April 2021, 10:00 am

While the 2020 celebrations for the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth suffered badly due to the pandemic, let’s hope that 2021 is kinder to Josquin, marking the 500th anniversary of his death. A contemporary of Leonardo da Vinci, and working in many of the same Italian cultural centres, we know far less about Josquin’s life and career than about Leonardo’s. Much of what we thought we knew has been revealed to be ‘fake news’, or at least unsubstantiated hypotheses resulting from his celebrity status in his own lifetime. Soon after his death publishers began to attribute pieces to him in order to boost sales of their part-books, and musicologists are still debating whether some of his best loved pieces are genuinely by him. Nevertheless, the securely attributed music, and other pieces that are thought to be his, give us much to celebrate in this anniversary year.  In this illustrated talk, I will survey what is known about Josquin’s career, investigate some of the ‘myths’ that grew up about him in the sixteenth century, and see some of the ways in which his music influenced other composers in the years after his death.

The application form is below.

 Sinking under a Sink-A-Pace?

Dowland and Dance

Elizabeth Dodd
A Zoom presentation Saturday 20th March at 10.30

In this presentation Elizabeth shares ideas she has been having over the years on John Dowland’s appreciation of dance, his use of it in his vocal and instrumental works and how our understanding of his skill can inform our performance. We hope it will be of interest both to singers and to instrumentalists. Anyone who possesses copies of the First and Second Books of Songs and the Lachrimae may like to have them handy but Elizabeth plans to display some of scores she will be talking about as well as playing recorded examples.

Follow the link below for the full details and booking information.

Reading Between the Lines

There is an illustrated talk by John Bryan on  “Reading between the lines”: how contemporary written descriptions can help transform early musical notation into sound.  John will be looking particularly at four pieces for which we have some contemporary form of verbal description, by Francesco Corteccia, Edward Johnson, Giaches de Wert and Thomas Tallis. Tuesday the 9th February at 7.30 pm.