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A un nino llorando: Spanish Marian and Christmas music - Saturday 8 December 2018

Saturday 8 December
10am-4pm, followed by an informal performance
£15.00 (students/observers £10.00) book you place here

The Virgin Mary holds a special significance in the works of Spanish Golden Age composers, inspiring them to heights of musical rapture unparalleled in Renaissance music. This workshop will explore this devotion manifested in sumptuously-textured motets by Victoria, climaxing with his sublime 8-part setting of the Salve Regina. We will also explore some of the charming villancicos of Guerrero, simple polyphonic vernacular songs for the Christmas season.

Singers of all voices (SSAATTBB) are invited to join James for a day of delightful and less familiar seasonal choral music. Participants should be fairly confident sight readers. Links to the music will be available on this page in due course, to allow for private study, with printed copies provided on the day.

Tickets should be booked in advance (by 23 November 2018) to allow time for preparation of the music.
Repertoire (See PDF downloads below)
Victoria: Ave Maria a8; Salve Regina a8; Quem vidistis pastores a6; Vidi speciosam a6; Nigra sum a6
Guerrero: Niño Dios d'amor herido; A un niño llorando al hielo; Pastores, si nos queréis

James Weeks is a composer and conductor with wide ranging interests encompassing both early and contemporary music. His early music interests cover the Middle Ages, Renaissance and early Baroque (Machaut, Ars subtilior, the 16thC Italian madrigal, Monteverdi and Schütz) and he has directed this repertoire regularly with his acclaimed ensemble EXAUDI, who gave a memorable performance at this year's Beverley Early Music Festival. James is also an experienced and popular workshop director.

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