Sing & Discover Online & Live Workshops

Spring/Summer 2021 series now on sale

John Hancorn

Conductor and singer John Hancorn and writer and broadcaster Richard Wigmore 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 & Discover workshops are for experienced choral singers, choirs, instrumentalists and music lovers who wish to broaden their range, extend their experience, increase their knowledge of style and context, and who enjoy a challenge.

Sing & Discover Spring/Summer 2021 Online series:

Haydn: Nelson Mass and Harmonie Mass
Saturday 20 March 2021, 4-6.15pm
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Mozart: Requiem and Mass in C Minor
Saturday 24 April 2021, 4-6.15pm
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Beethoven: Mass in C and Missa Solemnis
Saturday 5 June 2021, 4-6.15pm
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Brahms: Requiem
Saturday 10 July 2021, 4-6.15pm
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Recent online workshops:

Purcell: Dido and Aeneas
Saturday 19 October 2020, 5-7.15pm

Bach: Christmas Oratorio
Saturday 14 November 2020, 4-6.15pm

Handel: Messiah
Saturday 23 January 2020, 4-6.15pm

Bach: St Matthew Passion
Saturday 27 February 2020, 4-6.15pm, £10


Sing & Discover Day Workshops

When we are allowed to sing together again, John and Richard will continue their successful series of live day workshops.

Sing & 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