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Illuminating the Music of Petrus Alamire - Saturday 27 May 2017

Beverley Minster Parish Hall, 
Minster Yard North, HU17 0DP
Saturday 27 May 2017

Petrus Alamire (born in 1470) was the nom de plume of Peter Imhoff, a musician and music copyist who produced some of the finest examples of music manuscripts of the Middle Ages.

The workshop:
As a prelude to the concert on Saturday 27 May given by The Tallis Scholars, and to complement the Petrus Alamire exhibition in the Minster, Patrick Craig led festival-goers in a practical exploration of some of the repertoire featured in the Petrus Alamire collection, including works by Pierre de la Rue and Josquin des Pres. This workshop brought together 40 singers from across all voices (SATB) and culminated in an informal performance of repertoire studied during the day.

Repertoire List:
Josquin  Kyrie from Missa Pange lingua - View here
Josquin  Gaude Virgo - View here
Pierre de la Rue/Josquin  Absalon fili mi - View here
Pierre de la Rue  O salutaris hostia - View here
Pierre de la Rue  Ave regina caelorum - View here
Mouton  Alleluia, confitemini - View here
Richafort  Christus resurgens - View here
Compere  Sile fragor - View here

Participants' feedback:
  • "As always, Patrick delivered an excellent workshop for us; the underpinning of the music to the manuscript and the opportunity to view the facsmile";
  • "Patrick's wicked sense of humour and his 100% dedication to the music (and its historical context) are exceptional";
  • "The repertoire was lovely, but a big thing was the chance to sing with such an encouraging teacher in quite exposing music - a capella, 4 part, some unexpected notes. Patrick did an amazing job as a facilitator, always being positive, but always encouraging us to do better";
  • "I really enjoyed the way Patrick gave the historical background, bringing it to life in such a lively, humourous way";
  • "It was quite an experience going back in time 500 years;  firstly with the opportunity to sing some of the music in the choral workshop, under Patrick's expert leadership, then viewing the exhibition in the Minster and finally listening to the sublime concert in the evening by the Tallis Scholars.  It really was an excellent day"

Patrick Craig returned to Beverley by popular demand, following an acclaimed workshop in 2015. He has been a regular member of the Tallis Scholars since 1997 and sings with The Cardinall's Musick and St. Paul's Cathedral Choir where he also conducts his own choir - Aurora Nova - Britain's leading all-female choir. He has a busy career as a conductor, directing concerts with the Temenos chamber choir and services with Chiara women's choir, and as a popular choral director of workshops and summer schools.