A unique insight into choral music with John Hancorn and Richard Wigmore
‘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.
Please contact Liz Webb Management for further details and to discuss dates.
‘Sing and Discover’ 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