There are some new dates for your diary this month. We also have a
number of events in the pipeline, not yet confirmed. We hope that
Alison Crum will be doing a voices and viols day on (probably) the
9th July. I shall be running a baroque chamber music day in November,
probably on the 5th so I hope there won't be too many daytime fireworks!
Put these dates in your diary but check next month that they haven't
changed. We are also planning an event with Jeffrey Skidmore, possibly
Please note that the Renaissance Playing Day at Burnham is on Sunday
27th February, not the day before. The form sent out last month had
the correct date on it, but I somehow had the wrong information when
I was writing Tamesis.
Included with this mailing is the form for the next Baroque chamber
music day, which is organised by Peter Collier, the director of
the Oxford Baroque summer school. It started off a few years ago
as a reunion for past members of the summer school, but so many
of these were also forum members that we were very pleased to be
able to make it a joint event open to all our members. The form
contains less detail than our usual ones, but the event will be
run very much like one of my own baroque days and Peter will send
out more information to you after he has received your booking.
Please email me if you need any general information before you book.
One thing I can strongly recommend is that you bring your own lunch
as the waiting time at the pub is often over an hour, and you can
of course eat your picnic inside the school. The shops at Headington
are within walking distance.
Back-numbers of Tamesis can be seen on http://www.tvemf.org/tamesis/index.htm
It's renewal time, and already some 220 forms have arrived. One
or two people are not happy with the way the instruments and voices
are listed, and I concede that it could perhaps be clearer. However
the listing is (almost) unambiguous and has served us since 1988.
The possible ambiguity arises with recorder, where I use the letters
s, a, t, v, b & c to indicate the size of instrument, and the
letters p, c, f or b to show the proficiency level. Because the
latter is not compulsory it is theoretically possible that someone
who is listed as "REC c" might be a competent player of
unspecified recorders, or a player of just the contrabass recorder
of unspecified standard. I would have been inclined to asses the
probability of the latter as approaching zero were it not for the
fact that one of my friends used to be in precisely that category.
Sadly, however, he is no longer with us and I am prepared
to insist on a standard being given should any other such person
appear. This is just a long-winded way of reminding you that it's
time to return those forms!
The Portuguese workshop was pretty successful, though I must apologise
to a couple of members who were less than happy with the way things
went. The layout of the seating was not very good and we will try
to do better next time. For some reason there was a late rush of
treble instruments which made us have to share parts, as I miscalculated
the requirements, so apologies to those who shared. The Estaves
Lamentations was better than I thought it was going to be whilst
I was typesetting it. Many thanks are due to Wayne Plummer for setting
the other pieces - such a pity he was too ill to attend. Thanks
too to John Graham for organising the event - he is talking of a
possible workshop of Polish music with Peter Leech next year, so
that is a novelty to look forward to.
We could do with a few more singers, especially tenors and altos,
for the forthcoming Renaissance day. Instrumentalists will also
be welcome, as the more varied and numerous the participants the
better chance I have of making up compatible groups. If you can
only manage two or three sessions then don't be afraid to come,
as long as you tell me which you want to attend.
There were quite a lot of entries to Sidney Ross's very clever
circular quiz. I wrote the names of all the entrants on separate
pieces of paper, jumbled them up and the first correct one I picked
was from Tim Samuelson. The prize was intended to be a year's free
subscription to the forum, but as Tim already gets Tamesis because
he is the SEMF contact I decided to award him free entry to a one-day
TVEMF event of his choice. Next entry out of the hat (or waste paper
basket in fact) was Don Gill, so he wins the year's free subscription.
I didn't try the quiz myself because I had been sent the answers,
but I thought it looked quite hard, so congratulations to both of
you and to all the other correct entries. Here are the questions
again complete with the answers.
1.Great German, little Welshman (4) Bach
2.Carries a revolver without hesitation (5) Holst
3.But he doesn't come round to repair your set ! (8) Telemann
4.Condition for unsuccessful butterfly hunt (5) Nonet
5.Composer of great stature, apparently (6) Tallis
6.Proverbially wise pianist (7) Solomon
7.Not a single chorister originally sang for him (5) Nasco
8.Reaction to the Threepenny Opera ? (7) Obrecht
9.Innkeeper of note (8) Taverner
10.Hires pig, being wholly disorganised (8) Respighi
11.Venerated in Huntingdon and Cornwall (4) Ives
12. Composer and decorator (7) Stainer
13.Farmland set aside for Tower guardians (11) Ravenscroft
14.Harmonious gang ? (5) Triad
15. Electrical direction to performers (1,1) D.C.
16.Two-thirds of him was absolutely heavenly (9) Cherubini
17.Distance between members of 14 (8) Interval
18.Unchanging composer ?(7) Lambert
19.Tragic heroine gets into scary situation...(5) Tosca
20....but does she help another one ?(4) Aida
21.Colourless, approaching Ulster... (8) Albinoni
22....with which he has no connexion (7) Ireland
23.Mode that is Wildly uninteresting (6) Dorian
24.See his new publication (7) Novello
25.1 is frequently on the programme, so we hear (9) Offenbach
The next open workshop hosted by the Renaissance Singers will be
on Monday 21st February from 7 to 9.15pm. In his 500th anniversary
year the programme will be the music of Thomas Tallis and in particular
his music for Lent. The austere beauty of this repertory is a reminder
of what the Lenten season meant for Tallis and his contemporaries.
The workshop will be in the upper hall of St Pancras Church House
in Lancing Street, just off Eversholt Street which runs up the eastern
side of Euston Station. Tea and coffee will be provided at the interval.
Renaissance Singers contacts are in the Concert and Events listings,
or to book a place visit www.renaissancesingers.com/bookings_workshops/index.htm