Tamesis Issue 189 February 2007
Iím looking forward to seeing lots of you (more than sixty Iím told) at the Dutch
church next weekend for the Andrew Carwood workshop. Unfort unately Michael
Reynor has had to ask me to let you know that the District Line between Earls Court
and Whitechapel and also the whole of the Circle Line will be closed on Saturday 3rd
March, so there will be no access to Mansion House station. The Northern Line through
Charing Cross will also be closed but according to Transport for London the Central
and Metropolitan lines are still running.
Donít forget to let the Michael know if you canít get to the workshop, which is now
full. There was a waiting list for the Peter Syrus day at Ickenham, but two people
simply failed to turn up so it wasnít possible to give their places to anyone else.
Iím sorry Tamesis is so late this month. I didnít realise in time that the copy date last
week was during half term, when I planned to be away. Iíve decided to postpone
next monthís copy date to the third Monday (19th March) to leave a reasonable gap
between issues, and I donít intend to produce Tamesis in April at all because it would
be due out during Easter. The copy date for May will be Monday 7th (the bank
holiday) so that I can get Tamesis out as early as possible.
You will see from the front cover that we have arranged some more events. We are
hosting the National Early Music Association day this year, which usually includes a
workshop, a lecture and a concert. Simon Hill is organising a baroque orchestra day
in the autumn or early next year, and there may also be a workshop for voices and
instruments on 7th October in conjunction with the Wooburn festival. I hope to be
able to give you more information about all these next month.
I find that I have signed up for Forum workshops on three successive Saturdays:
following TVEMF's workshop of music by Cipriano de Rore and Andrea Gabrieli I am
going to SWEMF's "Ad fugam" in Challock, and finally there is the music of
Hieronymus Praetorius at the Dutch Church. If the others are as good as the day with
Peter Syrus (and with tutors David Allinson and Andrew Carwood this could well be
the case), then I shall be delighted. His organisation of the music was exemplary - we
even had our names written against our line on our scores or parts, and were
presented with a summary of the composers' lives for reference. The music was
largely unfamiliar, though our Secretary pointed out to me that I must have
previously taken part in Quem vidistis, pastores by Andrea Gabrieli, but playing the
top line on cornett is a different experience from singing a slow-moving inner part as I
did this time. I found the Maria stabat particularly moving and Peter's favourite, Ave
regina caelorum by Rore, was stunning. Peter joked that anyone who found they had
one of the long-note cantus-firmus-like parts in the three pieces which featured them
should apply for their money back. Well as it happens I found myself in that situation
but enjoyed the experience very much, so TVEMF's funds will not suffer on that
account. Incidentally I gather that The Andrew Carwood workshop is fully booked
unless you are a tenor!
Hugh Rosenbaum has instigated what he hopes will be an ongoing custom of
circulating CDs of early music which, whilst perhaps not worth a place in ones
permanent collection, might be of interest to others. I am minded to try to organise a
circle of people who pass CDs around, say once a month, so if you are interested
please get in touch with me, by email or other means.
Penny Vinson also wrote to express her appreciation of the Ickenham day with Peter
Syrus: This was a very well organised day, despite the need for re-arrangements of
forces between many of the pieces tackled. Very enjoyable, with excellent
opportunities to sing a wide variety of lines in the various choirs demanded by the
music. I was very impressed too. Although due to lack of voice on the day I had to
play the recorder rather than sing as Peter had arranged for me, it never took him
more than about half a minute to find something suitable for me to play. Victoria
Opportunities to make music
Calling all viol players
Do you fancy a week of music making in the Lake District 21-27 July? The NWEMF
summer school of renaissance music takes place each year in St Martinís College
(formerly the Charlotte Mason College) in Ambleside. This will be its 26th year. The
summer school has become very popular and has had a waiting list for the last
couple of years. However, numbers have become a bit unbalanced. We would really
like a few more viol players - hence this notice. The summer school offers a wonderful
friendly week of renaissance music making with well-informed, enthusiastic tutors.
The flexibility of the afternoon sessions means that you can tailor the week to your
own preferences. The more viol players there are, the greater the flexibility. Why not
give it a try?
Viol consort coaching is under the direction of Elizabeth Dodd with input from Peter
Syrus, Clive Walkley, Margaret Westlake and the lutenist Hugh Cherry. The summer
school is open to voices, viols and wind instruments, and there is the opportunity to
do more than one of these at different times of the day. The timetable is: viol consorts
(or choir or wind band) in the first morning session and then, after coffee, a mixed
consort with a different tutor each day working on their particular specialist repertoire.
Afternoon activities are entirely optional and include: try-a-lute, try-a-viol, one-to-a-
part singing, self-organised playing, lectures, workshops, or walks in the surrounding
Lake District. The evenings are mostly spent on a large multi-choir renaissance piece,
followed by trips to the pub and informal late-night playing and singing. See accounts
and photos of previous years and information and booking forms for the 2007 course
on the NWEMF website http://www.nwemf.org.uk/Summer%20School.htm
Food is good and there are many options for accommodation (eg full-board; half-
board; non-resident; en suite or not). Indicative cost: last year the course fee plus
half board en suite accommodation in a single room worked out at £440 for the week.
Student bursaries are available. Some people prefer to book non-College
accommodation, which can work out cheaper, but is likely to mean a bit more walking
up and down hills, a certain amount of which is necessary anyway.
Hope to see you there.
(A consumerís opinion is available if required from Ruth Harris)
March at the Handel House Museum
Thursday 1 March, 6.30 to 7.30pm
Mercedes Romero performs a selection of keyboard works by Bull, Frescobaldi,
Sweelinck, J.S Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Buxtehude and Scarlatti.
Tickets: £9.00, £7.50 concessions
Nuns and Courtesans (SOLD OUT)
Thursday 8 March, 6.30 to 7.30pm
Tuesday 13th March, 6.30 to 7.30pm
Ludmilla Tschakalova, renowned Belgian harpsichordist returns to the Handel House to
perform a cross- section of French harpsichord repertoire, to include Louis Couperin,
J-H d'Anglebert, FranÁois Couperin and others. £7
Ireland's Enchantment (SOLD OUT)
Thursday 15 March, 6.30 to 7.30pm
Clockwise Baroque (SOLD OUT)
Thursday 22 March, 6.30 to 7.30pm
Handelís Watering-can Music
Sunday 25 March 2pm-3pm and repeated 3.15pm-4.15pm
Handelís Water Music performed as youíve never heard it before! In this event
participants will learn how to play the rarest of baroque instruments, the watering-
can, under the expert tuition of renowned natural trumpeter Ruth Ross. The workshop
will end in an informal performance of Handelís Water Music specially arranged by
Handel House Composer-in-Residence Mark Bowden. No previous experience of
playing the watering-can necessary! Suitable for children aged 5 plus.
Free for 16 years and under/ free with adult admission (£5)
Hardly Handel: RCM Junior Department Composersí Concert
Thursday 29th March, 6.30 to 7.30pm
Bridget Cunningham (harpsichord) and students from the Royal College of Music
Junior Department perform new works inspired by the sounds of the magnificent
Handel House harpsichord. Tickets: £9.00, £7.50 concessions
1. Handel House booking line: 020 7399 1953.
2. Handel House is open Tues-Sat 10am-6pm (with late night Thursday until
8pm); Sun 12pm-6pm. Closed on Mondays (including Bank Holidays). General
admission £5.00 / £4.50 concessions / £2 for young visitors (ages 16 and
3. Handel House is located at 25 Brook Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 4HB.
Entrance in Lancashire Court. (Nearest tube: Bond Street / Oxford Circus). Tel:
020 7495 1685. www.handelhouse.org