An Introduction to Medieval Music; An Easter
holiday course for singers and players
THIS COURSE IS OVER!!!!
Tuesday April 11th – Friday April 14th 2006
Directed by Clare Norburn (centre) and Pastorella
This course for singers and instrumentalists is designed for people of all
abilities including those who have little or no experience of performing
medieval music. We will look at how you approach medieval repertoire and will
focus on the collection of Cantigas de Santa Maria (Spanish, late 13th century),
a collection of pilgrim songs called the Libre Vermell and troubadour songs from
12th century Provence.
Instrumentalists will learn how to accompany the songs and also work on
creating their own estampies and other instrumental pieces. The content of the
workshop will be tailored to the experience of participants, who will work
together and in groups. Music will be sent in advance and the course will
culminate in a concert on the Thursday evening. There will also be an informal
concert given by Pastorella at the start of the course.
Bringing together three of the UK’s leading medieval musicians, Pastorella is
a new group which aims to bring medieval music to life for 21st century
audiences. The members of Pastorella have performed together on many occasions
and have wide experience of teaching and leading workshops. They play with some
of the UK’s leading early music groups, including Musicians of the Globe,
Tintagel, Sociall Musick, Fontanella and The Troubadours. They are all members
of Mediva who are famous for their dynamic approach.
Clare Norburn sings with a number of early music groups, including
Mediva, Pastorella and The Troubadours. She regularly performs at festivals and
venues all over the UK and has made a number of broadcasts on Radios 3 and 4.
With the ensemble Vox Animae she recorded Abbess Hildegard of Bingen’s Ordo
Virtutum on CD and video, and on BBC Radio 3 & Danish Radio. Together with the
soprano Deborah Roberts, Clare is co-Artistic Director of the Brighton Early
Music Festival which has expanded rapidly over the past three years into the
UK’s second largest early music festival.
After graduating in his native Iceland, Arngeir H. Hauksson studied
the Classical Guitar and the the Lute with Robert Brightmore and David Miller at
the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in London. He won the Portallion Solo
Guitar Prize in 1998 and the Portallion Chamber Music Prize in 1997 and 1998.
Arngeir now specialises in music from the medieval,
renaissance and baroque periods on authentic instruments. He regularly plays
with the ensembles The New London Consort, Musicians of the Globe, The Sixteen,
Ex Cathedra, Broadside Band and Mediva in Early Music Festivals throughout
Britain, Europe and Japan.
Rebecca Austen-Brown graduated in 1995 from the Royal Academy of
Music, London with the Francis Ayling B Mus prize. She went on to study on a
postgraduate course in early music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Having studied recorder, she decided to commission a medieval fiddle in 1997,
and now plays early fiddles, flutes and recorders on an equal basis. With the
Young Vic Theatre Rebecca played 17 instruments in the production of Arabian
Nights, touring Brazil, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Broadway, New York. She has
performed in several established early music ensembles, such as Mediva,
Fontanella and Tintagel at music festivals throughout the UK, and has toured
Europe and the US, as well as recording live broadcasts for BBC TV and BBC
Radio's 2,3 and 4.
The course begins on the Tuesday evening and ends after breakfast on Good
Friday morning. There will also be plenty of opportunities to explore Triora and
the surrounding countryside.
Booking closes on March 1st but we recommend you book soon in order to
get the cheapest travel deals.
Cost of tuition for the
course is £75 (students £50).
The cheapest available flights at the moment (Feb 2006) are shown below.
We would advise you to book your flights as soon as possible in order to get the
lowest prices. For general info on getting to Triora from UK, click
here . We can provide private bus transport from Nice
airport to meet the latest of the flights that arrive within an hour or so of
each other if there is demand. Please note that the final price of the bus would
have to depend upon the numbers involved, but a deposit of £25 is required at
the time of booking.
Please do contact Deborah Roberts
before making any flight bookings. It might be that more people decide to travel
via Genoa (see below) and that the group from Nice will be small enough to fit