Brand, spanking new PDtP poster!

Hi all

Thanks to an obliging graphic design pal, we have a lovely new poster for our next PDtP in just over a week’s time:

It makes us look like a hipster club night, which is of course in many ways what we are.

Sign up to the session here and tell all your friends!






Any PDtP regulars up for a bit of madrigal singing in an honest-to-goodness Tudor house?

Hi all

Just wondering if any of you would be willing & able to do me a HUGE favour by singing a short set of some of the madrigals from our English special at a private event in the lovely setting of Sutton House in Hackney on Thursday May 28th, within a time-slot of 5pm to 7pm.

Involves doing no more than a couple of 15/20 minute sets, followed by a few drinks and a look around the beautiful Tudor house.

Would also need to do a 90 minute rehearsal in SE1 next weekend, exact day/time to be determined, light refreshments to be provided!

Need a couple of singers for each voice so if you are up for it, please drop me a line via the form below.

Please indicate your voice; would also be grateful if you could let me know any days/times you wouldn’t be available for the rehearsal on the Bank Holiday weekend.

Many thanks!


Another great PDtP session notched up

What a lovely, lovely time I had at Monday’s Polyphony Down the Pub. Thanks to all who came and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

It was great to see so many new faces among the familiar ones and I hope that we will see you again at future sessions.

Highlights for me were BWV 4 – such harmonisation! – and the final run of the Palestrina Super flumina Babylonis; I don’t think we’ve ever sung a motet better.

Thanks too to those of you who stayed back to share your thoughts on PDtP; it’s good to know that we are on the right track in terms of format and repertoire.

Next session details will be published here soon but in the meantime, here’s the Bach chorale that I mentioned on the night.

It might be a just a little too intricate for us to try at PDtP but I would recommend that you have a look at the score (pp 22 & 23 of this file) and marvel at how this miniature masterpiece is put together.

There’s not a duff line it in – every part is exquisitely constructed (and, like BWV 4, there’s another of those monumental interrupted cadences in the penultimate phrase).

For me, it’s like looking at an orrery and getting lost in the beauty of the planets’ movements, alignments and interactions; I could never tire of examining it.

Anyway, enough flim-flammery – thanks again and see you next time.



Take a trip down PDtP Memory Lane

As you will have found out from reading this post, PDtP 9 will be largely made up of music from previous sessions.

These are some of the numbers that have made an appearance; which ones would you like to see pop up again at PDtP 9?

Use the comment field below to let us know…

Victoria: O decus apostolicum

Palestrina: Ave Maria a 4

Lassus: In monte Oliveti (we have never actually sung this all the way to the end!)

Morales: Kyrie from Missa Mille Regretz

Parsons: Peccantem me quotidie

Palestrina: Super flumina babylonis

Morley: My bonny lass she smileth

Casulana: Morir non puo il mio cuore