Sing & Discover Online & Live Workshops

Autumn 2021 Online Workshops

John Hancorn

Conductor and singer John Hancorn and writer and broadcaster Richard Wigmore look at the origins and cultural background of the finest works in the choral canon 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.


Brahms: Requiem
Online and LIVE at St Michael’s Church, Lewes BN7 1XU – advance bookings only
Saturday 25 September 2021, 4-6.15pm, £10 (please note change of date – was 10 July)
Book here:

Sing & Discover ONLINE workshops since October 2020:

Purcell: Dido and Aeneas
Bach: Christmas Oratorio
Handel: Messiah
Bach: St Matthew Passion
Haydn: Nelson Mass and Harmonie Mass
Mozart: Requiem and Mass in C Minor
Beethoven: Missa Solemnis and Mass in C

Sing & Discover online workshops last 2 hours plus a 15 minute tea/social break and use online scrolling scores.
Book for Brahms workshop here.
Book your workshop for your choir via the Contact page.

Sing & Discover LIVE Day Workshops

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