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Lassus choral workshop, Beverley, Saturday 25 May 2013


Orlande de Lassus

The Guildhall, Beverley
Saturday 25 May 2013
10:30am - 4:30pm
The Guildhall, Beverley
Principe della Musica: The Music of Orlande de Lassus
A Choral Workshop directed by Gabriel Crouch
To complement the concert by Gallicantus as part of the 2013 Beverley Early Music Festival, we were delighted to welcome their director, Gabriel Crouch, to direct a workshop for singers on the music of one of the greatest masters of Renaissance polyphony, Orlande de Lassus. This workshop was open to singers of all voices and included excerpts from Lagrime di San Pietro (a cycle of madrigali spirituali) his Prophetiae Sibyllarum, a French Chanson and a motet. The workshop concluded with an informal performance, open to the public free of charge.
Gabriel Crouch is a Senior Lecturer in Music and Director of Choirs at Princeton University. He began his musical career as an eight-year-old in the choir of Westminster Abbey, where he performed a solo at the wedding of HRH Prince Andrew and Miss Sarah Ferguson. After completing a choral scholarship at Trinity College, Cambridge, he was offered a place in the renowned a cappella group The King's Singers in 1996. In the next eight years he made a dozen recordings on the BMG label (including a Grammy nomination), and gave more than 900 performances in almost every major concert venue in the world. Special collaborative projects saw him working and performing with some of the world's most respected artists, including percussionist Evelyn Glennie, pianists Emmanuel Ax and George Shearing, singer Barbara Hendricks and 'Beach Boy' Bruce Johnston.

Since moving to the USA in 2005, first to run the choral programme at DePauw University in Indiana, and now at Princeton University, he has built a truly international profile as a conductor, with recent engagements in China and Australia as well as in Europe and the United States. In 2008 he started directing Gallicantus, with whom he has released four recordings under the Signum label to rapturous reviews. His work as a singer, coach and musical director has led to his name appearing in the London Times' list of 'Great British Hopes'.
The Guildhall, Beverley, has been the home of civic governance in Beverley for over 500 years. The building itself was substantially re-modelled in the 18th and 19th centuries, and features a stunning courtroom with ornate plaster ceiling by Giuseppe Cortese, a Magistrate's room with original 17th century furniture and an elegant Parlour with a silver collection dating back over several centuries.

This workshop took place as part of Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival.