Saturday 11 June
St John's Chapel, St John Street, Chichester PO19 1UR
10.30-11.00 Arrival and coffee
11.00-12.30 'Friendly emulation': In 1622 Henry Peacham reported that William Byrd and Alfonso Ferrabosco senior had entered into some competitive compositional ventures, while Thomas Morley in 1597 had commented that composers who would be excellent 'must spend much time in practise, and looke over the dooings of other men.' John Bryan considers questions of emulation and originality in late Tudor music by comparing some compositional processes in In nomines by Byrd, Parsons and Ferrabosco. This will be thoroughly illustrated with live musical examples provided by the Rose Consort.
12.30-13.30 Lunch. You are welcome to eat your packed lunch in the chapel, or you may prefer to find one of the numerous sandwich bars, pubs and cafes in Chichester – the nearest being about 2 minutes' walk away.
13.30-15.00 'In chains of gold': Thomas Morley's advice to singing churchmen, that they should lead the hearer through the power of rhetoric 'to the consideration of holy things' is nowhere better illustrated than in performance of the Elizabethan and Jacobean verse anthem. But how should viol players contribute when executing the intricate accompaniment of a consort anthem? Bill Hunt shares some thoughts, with musical examples provided by the Rose Consort.
15.00-16.30 Shem Mackey with students from West Dean College will be talking about the interesting construction details that they encountered while examining original English viols by Barak Norman and Henry Smith.
16.30-17.15 Tea and end of meeting
19.30-21.30 Musical Tributes: A Concert (in same venue) by The Rose Consort: Ibi Aziz, John Bryan, Alison Crum, Andrew Kerr, Roy Marks and Peter Wendland. The programme will include six-part consort music by Gibbons and Tomkins, earlier Tudor repertory with settings of In nomines and Brownings, music from the Baldwin partbooks and a final set of pieces paying a musical tribute to Queen Elizabeth I in the current Queen's 90th anniversary year.
Tickets (priced £12, £10 for VdGS members or Friends of St John's, £8 for students) will be on sale at the door, and during the meeting. Seating is unreserved.
24th October 2016 in London.
Hume, Shakespeare and some Renaissance Dancing
Our meetings are free to members, but a small charge or donation is requested from non-members.