A unique insight into choral music with John Hancorn and Richard Wigmore – now ONLINE
‘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
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: St John Passion
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
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 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