Welcome to Polyphony Down the Pub!

***Next Counterpint in the Cafe: February 28th***

***Next Polyphony Down the Pub: March 6th***

***Next Counterpint at the Canbury: TBC***

***Next PDtP Sheffield, Manchester & Cardiff TBC***


Congratulations – you’ve found the home of

Polyphony Down the Pub

London’s Favourite Night of Renaissance Motets & Booze!™ 

&

Counterpint

London’s Other Favourite Night of Renaissance Motets & Booze!™

 as heard on BBC Radio 3’s The Choir:


If you are new to PDtP/Counterpint and want to find out more about the UK’s most exciting Renaissance-motets-in-a-pub events, check out our FAQs.

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Looking forward to seeing you at one of our sessions; in the meantime, remember the strictly enforced:

5 Rules of Polyphony Down the Pub

1. Arrive when you want to

2. Leave when you want to

3. Sing or don’t sing

4. Drink

5. Avoid parallel fifths & octaves

Cheers

Kevin

PS We’re taking PDtP on tour over the coming months; if you’d like us to visit your hometown, get in touch via this page and we’ll see if we can sort something out!

If you can’t wait till our 5th Birthday to sing Spem in alium*

then you have the chance to sing it this coming Saturday (February 25th).

The Choir of King’s College, London are putting on a come & sing afternoon workshop before their public performance of the work later that evening. Tickets are Continue reading If you can’t wait till our 5th Birthday to sing Spem in alium*

Booking for next sessions

As previously threatened, the next PDtP will take place on March 6th. Registation is via this page; first booking period goes live at 9am on Saturday February 18th, with more spaces released at 5pm on Friday February 24th.

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Although our Franco-Flemish Special was a tough act to follow, this is going to be another great session, not least because we’ll be celebrating International Women’s Day with some corkers by Maddalena Casulana and other women composers.

Before that, we have a Counterpint in the Cafe session on February 28th. Booking is via this page and is already live. (Spaces were pre-released to our Twitter and Facebook followers; follow either/both accounts to be first in line for future sessions.)

Finally, our next Counterpint at the Canbury is likely to be in March or April, so keep an eye out for updates.

Cheers

Kevin

The most sublime thing that’s ever been sung in a pub. Fact.

I don’t know about you, but my head is still lost in the world of the Franco-Flemish masters, following Monday evening’s PDtP special.

Pretty much every piece proved to be a hit right from the start, from the proto-chorale of Isaac‘s Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen all the way through to the bliss-injected Long temps mon cueur by Manchicourt at the end of the evening.

In between we enjoyed some belters thanks to Arcadelt (Voi ve n’andat’al cielo), Lassus (Justorum animae) and Clemens non Papa (Vidi Jerusalem), as well as more challenging (but rewarding) fare in the form of Gombert‘s 6-part reimagining of Mille regretz and Josquin‘s Tu solus facis mirabilia.

However, it was Josquin’s O benigna (aka Inviolata, integra et castiga Part 3) that stole the show for me. The final run-through was utterly sublime, and I actually found it quite moving that a group of scratch singers could make something so intricate sound so ravishingly beautiful in such a short amount of time. It really was one of those moments that made me realise why I love this crazy project so much.

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The most sublime bars in the most sublime work. Basically, it’s sublimeness squared. 

Thanks once again to all who came and made it such a great night.

Thanks, too to everyone who came to January’s Counterpint at the Canbury last week. We had a great turn-out despite the weather and enjoyed some of the many hits from previous PDtP sessions.

I’m also very grateful to Dan Hayes for helping out during part 2.

The next PDtP session will be Monday March 6th and before that we’ll be holding a Counterpint in the Cafe session on February 28th; booking details for both will go out sometime next week, alongside a confirmed date for our next Counterpint at the Canbury session.

(We will almost certainly be revisiting many of the Franco-Flemish works in both the Counterpint sessions so if you missed out on Monday’s session, you’ll get another couple of chances to sing these amazing pieces of music.)

In the meantime, here are a couple of other events you may be interested in:

Cheers

Kevin

 

 

 

Giddy with excitement

thinking about tomorrow’s Franco-Flemish Special.

Those of you who’ve been coming to PDtP for a while will know that I’m a big Josquin fan, and tomorrow we get three(-ish) works by the great man to perform, including this one:

(though sadly not the version with obbligato accordion.)

Josquinophiles may also be pleased to see that Gombert‘s remix of the master’s Mille regretz is also on the set-list:

It wouldn’t be a celebration of all things Netherlandish without an appearance by Lassus:

And at the lesser-known end of the F-F spectrum is Manchicourt, though with a chanson like this we should be singing his stuff all the time:

 

All these and many, many more besides! There’re still a couple of spaces left for sopranos, tenors and basses so with the tube strike called off, why not come along?

Cheers

Kevin

 

It’s not often that you have to turn away tenors…

…but that is what we’re doing at the moment, as all their spaces at Monday’s PDtP have now been taken. Then again, with the world currently turning upside and reality twisting itself into new,  ‘alternative’ forms, it probably shouldn’t be so surprising.

(All alto spots have also gone, but no one’s puzzled by that, given that alcohol is on offer.)

This means that we still have room for a couple of basses and even more room for sopranos.

What’s going on sopranos? Are you worried that the Franco-Flemish repertoire, with its emphasis on lower voices and dense textures, will hold nothing of interest for you? Fear not: we’ve got loads of great, great stuff that will be right up your alley.

Or perhaps you’ve found the event less attractive without a poster to promote it? Again, we’ve addressed your concerns:

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Whatever it is that’s been holding you back, shrug it off and sign up now for what will be a great night of singing!

Cheers

Kevin

 

I’m sure you don’t need reminding…

…but just in case you do, booking for PDtP on February 6th is now open.

If you miss out on the first tranche of spaces, more will be available from 9am tomorrow morning, after which the waiting list will be open.

Also, there’s still room for some tenors and sopranos at Tuesday’s Counterpint at the Canbury Arms in Kingston. (Basses and altos can join the waiting list next to the bass booking line.)

And finally, if you’re near the Square Mile on Sunday, the City Bach Collective are performing BWV 72 at 6.30 in St Mary-at-Hill. (If you’re familiar with the Lutheran masses, then you’ll recognise the first movement of the cantata as the basis for the Gloria of the G minor Mass, BWV 235. Hashtag: BachFact.)

Cheers

Kevin