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A Tudor Workshop for Singers with Patrick Craig, Beverley, Sunday 24 May 2015

Hexagon Centre, Beverley

Sunday 24 May 2015
10.30am - 4.30pm

On Sunday 24 May 2015, counter-tenor Patrick Craig of the Tallis Scholars led a group of 45 singers in a workshop exploring music of the 16th century, alongside complementary 20th century repertoire. The newly-gathered ensemble came together specifically for this workshop, as part of the Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival, and spent a day working on ten pieces of music, exploring their history and learning to perform them under Patrick's expert tutelage. The workshop culminated in an informal performance for family and friends.

The repertoire for the session was:
Sancte Deus - Thomas Tallis
O magnum mysterium - William Byrd
Caligaverunt (from The Reproaches) - Tomas Luis da Victoria
Tu solus qui facis - Josquin des Prez
Christe qui lux (III)  - Robert White
The Lamb - John Tavener
Magnificat - Arvo Pärt
O magnum mysterium - Morten Lauridsen
The Reproaches - John Sanders
My Guardian Angel - Judith Weir

Participants' thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of the repertoire, the expertise and charisma of the director, and the opportunity to learn and explore:
  • "Patrick's workshop was sublime.... I enjoyed the repertoire and the fact that it was challenging but attainable"
  • "His approach was relaxed and welcoming and yet an iron musical discipline and vast knowledge underpinned everything that he did with us"
  • "Patrick was an entertaining and informative tutor"
  • "I'm so glad I took the courage to do it. Patrick was calm, funny, instructive and clear and got the group to sing amazingly well by the time of the little concert at the end. I thoroughly enjoyed it"
  • "I found the music to be challenging but at the same time interesting and stimulating. I particularly liked the way the programme included Tudor and modern music and it was interesting to hear how the modern pieces have been influenced by the ancient ones"
Patrick Craig has been a regular member of The Tallis Scholars since 1997 and also sings with The Cardinall's Musick and St. Paul's Cathedral Choir. He conducts his own choir Aurora Nova - Britain's leading all-female choir, that sings in St. Paul's Cathedral. He has a busy career as guest conductor with The Cardinall's Musick and the Cecilia Consort, and as a popular choral director at workshops and summer schools.

With thanks to the East Riding of Yorkshire Music Hub