Rachel Podger – new review

“Podger plays with a remarkably consistent serenity and poise, the virtuosity unaffected, almost unnoticeable.  But, there is an underlying rhythmic vigour, which gives shape and coherence to the fluent elaborations and explorations which run, dance, fly and exclaim with unwavering eloquence.”

So says Claire Seymour of Seen and Heard International in a review of Rachel Podger’s collaboration with Voces8, A Guardian Angel.  Look out for further performances this autumn – and come and hear Rachel play some of the music in the programme, including the wonderful Biber Passacaglia at her recital for us on Friday 27 April.

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Outreach programme

Our Outreach programme aims to broaden our audience base in order to progress towards greater financial independence. This year’s programme starts on Wednesday March 21st, European Early Music Day,  with one of three events at Worcester’s Commandery Museum, when members of K’Antu Early Music group will perform to visitors to the museum between 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Further dates are Saturday 28th April when a performance by Blondel will be given as part of our Festival, and on Thursday June 22nd when K’Antu return to celebrate Making Music Day.

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Sing early music – workshop day with Deborah Roberts

We’re delighted to present a renaissance music singing day with Deborah Roberts on Saturday 1 September in Worcester .

Deborah was a longstanding member of the Tallis Scholars.  Turning to choral directing, in 1990 she founded, with Tessa Bonner, Musica Secreta, an ensemble of female voices and continuo, to research and perform a rapidly expanding repertoire of music which has helped re-establish the role of women as performers, interpreters and composers of music from the 16th and 17th centuries.  She is also musical director of Brighton Early Music Festival Consort of Voices, an ensemble of solo and consort singers formed from semi-professional, student and experienced amateur singers, and runs courses in Triora, Italy.  Deborah is co-founder and director of the Brighton Early Music Festival.

This is a fantastic opportunity to study renaissance repertoire from around Europe with a specialist singer and director in the field.

Further details to follow soon!

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