18th April 2015 King Arthur, Purcell with John Hancorn. Details and application form are here.
Saturday 16th May 2015 Mediaeval Polyphony – from organum to Josquin : A day for singers. Tutor: Donald Greig. Venue:- Morley Green Club, Mobberley Road, Wilmslow, SK9 5NT Details and application form are here
27th June. Portugese Polyphony. A workshop for singers with David Allinson.
Duarte Lobo (d.1646): Missa pro defunctis a8 (extracts); Audivi vocem de caelo; Pater peccavi
Manuel Cardoso (d.1650): Missa pro defunctis a6 (extracts); Sitivit; Non mortui
The sumptuous sacred music composed in Iberia during the first half of the 17th century is profoundly conservative in style. While elsewhere in Europe composers embraced Italian innovations such as madrigalism, monody and basso continuo, the Spanish and Portuguese spurned such ‘baroque’ affectation, maintaining the hallowed stile antico, as brought to perfection in the hands of Palestrina. The rich-textured masses and motets of Duarte Lobo and Manuel Cardoso, the two greatest composers of Portugal’s late-flowering musical Renaissance, have all the technical refinement of Palestrinian polyphony but are also bathed in a new harmonic richness and chromatic colour that is found nowhere else. Booking information is here.
19th September, Senfl for voices, viols and recorders. With Eileen Silcocks. Details TBA
25-27 September. This is not a NWEMF workshop but is such an important event it is included here. 'Fair Britain Isle' - ECSE Academy Weekend English Music for Cornetts and Sackbuts from Henry VIII to the Restoration
Venue: Cartmel, Cumbria. Directed by Gawain Glenton (cornett) and Adrian France (sackbut) The workshop is for cornetts, sackbuts and other instruments.
17th October Music from the court of Henry VIII with Sara Stowe, at Grappenhall. Details TBA
28th November Venetian polychoral music with Jamie Savan. A workshop for instruments and singers. Details TBA
January 2016 a workshop with Martin Westhorp in St Bart's Westhaughton. Details TBA
14th May 2016 A Natland "Spanish workshop" with Clive Walkley. Details TBA
18th June 2016 Clemens non Papa. with Stephen Rice. Details TBA