Halifax Come and Sing Event

Halifax Chamber Choir welcome singers to a Come and Sing event, working on
Vivaldi’s Gloria and J. S. Bach’s motet,”Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden”
Key details are:
Date: Sunday 17 September 2017
Time: Registration 1.00 pm; rehearsal 1.30 pm – 4.15 pm; Performance: 4.30 pm
Place: Crossley Gallery, Dean Clough, Halifax HX3 5AX
Cost: £10 – includes for music

A flyer and full details and conditions are at www.halifaxchamberchoir.co.uk


Fort Belan

October 6 – 8/9 Fort Belan. Viols and voices course for experienced sightreaders (intermediate and advanced) with Ibi Aziz and Clare Wilkinson. Consort coaching and large tutti groups. This year the theme will revolve around Martin Luther and the Reformation in Europe, along with William Byrd and other composers during the Tudor/Stuart Reformation in England. Tuition ends 8 October at teatime; option to stay on with no extra room charge for informal music-making that evening and on the morning of the 9th.

Fort Belan, Llanwnda, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL54 5TP fortbelanearlymusic@gmail.com

40th Birthday

On Saturday NWEMF celebrated its 40th birthday with a workshop taken by Justin Doyle to mark also another birthday, that of Claudio Monteverdi. We worked on movements from the Vespers of 1610. Are there many better ways of spending a day?


Philippe Rogier workshop with Sally Dunkley

The details and application form for the workshop with Sally Dunkley are here, Sally Dunkley sept 2017

Described by a Spanish eulogist as ‘honour, glory and light of Flanders’, Philippe Rogier (c.1561-1596) was one of a number of distinguished musicians of Flemish birth who made a career in Spain, becoming assistant chapelmaster to the Spanish king in 1584 and director two years later, at the age of just 25. A collection of his motets was published in 1595, and one of Masses shortly after his untimely death the following year, but many of his works were lost in the Lisbon earthquake of 1755. Nevertheless, enough of Rogier’s music survives to show him to have been an unusually fine composer with an individual voice, whose musical vocabulary combines the extended polyphonic technique of the Flemish school with the emotional intensity of his adopted country, with a glimpse into the following century in its compelling use of sequential patterns.

This music is not yet generally available in performing editions, and the workshop will make use of Sally Dunkley’s extensive work on the original sources. The music is a delight to sing, a real discovery.


Sally Dunkley‘s lifelong interest in 16th-century vocal music was established back in her student days, and ever since then her career as professional consort singer has run in parallel with editing  and researching.

She is the last remaining founder member of The Sixteen, and a regular in Philip Cave’s ensemble Magnificat; she also contributed to more than 1000 concerts in 25 years with the Tallis Scholars. She is often busy behind the scenes preparing performing editions from original sources, and is increasingly involved in sharing her experience through summer schools,  workshops and lectures. She co-presents a series of highly regarded workshops for The Sixteen, coaches vocal consorts for Sixteen Genesis courses, and takes singing days for Early Music Forums in the UK. She has been a regular faculty member at Chorworks summer workshop in Washington DC ever since its launch in 2005, and has twice participated in Dartington International Summer School.