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Music in honour of the Virgin - Beverley 29 May 2016

Each year the Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival hosts a workshop for amateur singers of all ages. 2016 was no exception and some thirty singers (with an encouraging mix of young and more experienced singers) assembled in the Hexagon Music Centre, Beverley with Andrew Carwood, director of 'The Cardinall's Musick' to explore the music of Byrd, Lassus and Palestrina.

After some warm up exercises to get the voices working, singers had an opportunity to work on single and double choir motets and the Byrd "propers" featured in the concert given by The Cardinall's Musick in Beverley Minster on the previous evening.

With humorous encouragement from Andrew and directions on the importance of word stress and shape of phrases, the assembled singers were soon sounding like a choir. An informal performance of the music studied during the day was followed by a revelatory discussion session providing background to the music, technical details and more. 

The day was admirably summed up in this response from a participant:

"Yesterday's choral workshop with Andrew Carwood surpassed our expectations and we both really enjoyed the day. The choice of music was so lovely, the amount of knowledge and information effortlessly imparted was amazing, and the whole pace of the day was really good, keeping up our energies and our enthusiasm to do well.  Andrew is a true educator.  The Q and A at the end only added to our enjoyment. Thank you so much." 

Our thanks to the East Riding Schools Music Service for the use of the Hexagon Music Centre.

More details  here  

This event is supported by the East Riding of Yorkshire Music Hub.