The diary for 2020

The following events took place.

Sunday 9 February

Workshop for instruments directed by Emily White
at Smarden Village Hall (near Headcorn)
Instrumental music by Giovanni Gabrieli, Rosenmüller etc. for violin and viol families, sackbuts, cornetts & curtals.
Application form

Postponed from Saturday 14 March
Sacred music as sung in Convents directed by Deborah Roberts & Prof. Laurie Stras
in Bosham (near Chichester)
Music of the 16th/early 17th century (see eg for players of suitable instruments plus female (SAT) voices.

Postponed from Saturday 2 May 
“Machaut and the Magic of the Mediaeval” directed by Elizabeth Gutteridge.
at Scaynes Hill (near Haywards Heath) for voices and instruments.

Postponed from Saturday 20 June to Saturday 19 June 2021 
Workshop for voices directed by David Allinson
at Smarden Village Hall (near Headcorn)

Wednesday 29 July

at 7.30 pm.
Veni in hortum meum
the first of two online talks (via Zoom) by David Allinson 
on motets from the Song of Songs, with music by Victoria, Guerrero, and Palestrina.
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Wednesday 2 September

at 19:30 – 20:30

‘When David Heard’ – The death of Prince Henry, 1612

Online talk (via ZOOM) by Patrick Craig 

When the eighteen year old heir to the throne, Prince Henry, died suddenly after an unwise dip in the Thames in 1612, the country mourned the loss of a potentially brilliant monarch. Musical grief poured out from the composers of the day led by William Byrd but also featuring Tomkins, Weelkes, Gibbons and Ramsey. “When David heard” was the text most expressively set, and Patrick will conclude with an overview of other settings, including those by Josquin and Gombert.

Online booking only – booking information.

Postponed from Saturday 5 September 
Workshop for voices & instruments directed by Patrick Craig
at Scaynes Hill (near Haywards Heath)

Cancelled from Saturday 28 November 2020
Workshop for voices directed by Dr. David Allinson
Subject to Covid 19 controls.
At a venue near Portsmouth. 

October 17 @ 17:00 – 19:15

Online workshop on Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.

Discover the origins and cultural background of Purcell’s semi-opera Dido and Aeneas with writer and broadcaster Richard Wigmore, and explore the music in some detail with conductor and singer John Hancorn, with recorded illustrations. Both singers and players will then be able to join in with several choruses. Participation is via Zoom.

For more information and a link to the booking form click here:

When you sign up you will receive details on how to join the Zoom online session, plus links to scrolling scores (for singers) and pdf instrumental parts.

£10.00 plus booking fee

November 11 @ 19:00 – 20:30

Dances from Orchesographie with Lizzie Gutteridge.

An on-line play-along workshop with Lizzie Gutteridge.
Music supplied (PDF files)
With a demonstration of the live looping which Lizzie uses as the Consort of One.

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November 26 @ 19:00 – 20:00

Discover how to sing or play from original renaissance notation

Short course for SEMF with Alison Kinder. Book here.

So much renaissance music is now available in modern editions that you may think “why bother” to learn to read it from the original notation. But playing or singing music as it was originally “published” can illuminate how how to interpret modern editions – as well as being fascinating in its own right. In this short practical course Alison Kinder will explain how to interpret renaissance composers’ original notation, and will provide lots of opportunities to “play – or sing – along” with her (muted, of course!). The course combines two live teaching sessions (at 7pm on 26th November and 3rd December) via Zoom, plus two specially prepared “play-along” videos so we can practice what we’ve learnt. Music will be provided (including copies in modern notation if you want to “cheat” sometimes!)

The fee for the whole course is £15 for Forum members, £20 for non-members. Click HERE to book online. Numbers limited, so please book early.