Sing and Discover

A unique insight into choral music with John Hancorn and Richard Wigmore – now ONLINE

John Hancorn



‘Sing and Discover’ day workshops are for experienced choral singers, choirs and music lovers who wish to broaden their range, extend their experience, increase their knowledge of style and context, and who enjoy a challenge.  Starting in June 2020, John and Richard are offering their successful ‘Sing and Discover’ workshops online:

Sing and Discover: Bach Choral Masterpieces
Saturday 11 July 2020, 4-6pm, £10
Tickets here

Please contact Liz Webb Management for further details and to book a workshop.


‘Sing and Discover’ 2-hour online workshop themes include:

Bach: Mass in B Minor

Bach: Magnificat

Bach: St John Passion

Handel: Samson

Handel: Saul

Purcell: Anthems

Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

A typical ‘Sing and Discover’ online workshop runs from 4-6pm although timing and duration is flexible. John and Richard look at the origins and cultural background of these magnificent works and explore the music in some detail, with recorded illustrations. Participants then join in with several choruses, first with John then using Youtube recordings with scrolling scores.


‘Sing and Discover’ day workshop themes include:

Haydn’s late harvest: Creation and The Seasons

A Ceremony of Innocence:  The Christmas story in music across the centuries: Schütz: Christmas Story; Bach: Christmas Oratorio;  Handel: Messiah; Britten: Ceremony of Carols

Myths and Misconceptions: Mozart: Requiem

Handel in London: Acis and Galatea, Messiah

Handel and the Old Testament: Saul, Israel in Egypt, Jeptha

Purcell and the Restoration Theatre: Fairy Queen, Dioclesian, King Arthur

Workshop content

A typical ‘Sing and Discover’ day workshop runs from 1030-1630. Richard and John discuss the music drawing on their extensive professional experience, including unique insights into style of performance, expert historical and cultural knowledge, all illustrated with CD excerpts. John Hancorn will direct the singers in a selection of choruses, while Richard Wigmore joins the basses. Participants are welcome to join the singing or listen.

Richard Wigmore this oneRichard Wigmore
studied languages at Cambridge and music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. A former professional singer, he now works as a freelance writer, broadcaster and lecturer. While his tastes are eclectic, he specialises in the Viennese Classics, Lieder and opera. Richard writes for Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine and other journals, and has given classes in the history and interpretation of Lieder at Birkbeck College, the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall. He appears frequently on Radio 3′s CD Review, is in demand for pre-concert talks at the South Bank, Wigmore Hall, King’s Place etc, and is a regular lecturer on Martin Randall cultural tours.


Richard’s publications include Schubert: the complete song texts and the widely acclaimed Faber Pocket Guide to Haydn