Choral Workshop: Spirituals with Jeremy Summerly

Saturday 20th May

Time 10am -5.30pm

Some of the most haunting music for voice comes from the oral traditions of the slaves working on the American and Caribbean plantations in the 17th and 18th centuries.  Their plight gave rise to songs of despair and yearning, but also of delight in Old Testament stories and enormous hope for their future, in the present and in the life to come. Bob Chilcott has assembled a collection of Spirituals, arranged by him and others,  which reflect the richness and diversity of the Spiritual tradition, including some which have become familiar and much loved favourites as well as well as exquisite discoveries that are less well known.

Our leader for the day will be Jeremy Summerly, known to us in Edington as Director of the Consort in the Edington Festival; he is Director of Oxford Camerata,  and  also known to audiences of BBC Radio 3 and choirs worldwide as a first class musician, educator and enthusiast.  He has a particular interest in Spirituals and will give us a short talk on context and content before working with us on some of the most interesting and beautiful pieces in the Chilcott anthology.

£25 including music hire and morning refreshments.  £10 for students and young people in full time education.  Booking opens in February.

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