You’d better watch out, PDtP…

…’cos there’s a new game in town and its name is Counterpint!

Tonight was just fantastic, with some truly inspiring moments – from the luscious sound of If Ye Love Me & Sicut cervus through to the austere beauty of the Victoria. (Still can’t believe that most of you weren’t familiar with it – you sang it with real sensitivity & musicality).

Other highlights were a superb rendition of the Crecquillon – it’s a real smasher, isn’t it? – and the ‘after-hours’ 2nd go at the Bennet – just gorgeous.

Thanks to all of you who came, from our PDtP regulars through to all you awfully good Kingston newbies – really hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Thanks too to Charlotte and the team at The Canbury Arms for welcoming us and to Aine at Kingston Arts for inviting us to be part of the Festival of the Voice; it was such a success owing to the publicity efforts and support from both of you.

Tonight was a bit of a punt as I really wasn’t sure if there would be enough interest in our bonkers music-making shenanigans to justify a spin-off night; however, I think it’s now safe to say that Counterpint will be back in 2016, so keep ’em peeled for updates!

In the meantime, do please join us for PDtP November 23rd & December 14th.




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K O'Neill

I am a classical music enthusiast and a lover of choral music in particular. I run the Polyphony Down the Pub social/singing night, probably the most thrilling singing-Renaissance-motets-in-the-backroom-of-a-pub experience you could ever hope to have.

2 thoughts on “You’d better watch out, PDtP…”

  1. Kevin,
    A real pleasure to finally experience the PDtP thing in its Counterpint guise this week. Loved the music – it seemed many had previously sung a fair number of the pieces, which was great for putting me and everyone else at ease. I am away now for quite a while but would be very interesting in trying to find a locale for a Counterpint session in my part of NW London – Primrose Hill, would that suit?
    (Even) more Byrd would be fabulous. How about Diliges Dominum? Do you ever look at German Renaissance composers like Praetorius? I would love a spot of Gabrieli, as well…


    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Michael. Yes, please do look into a pub near you; I’ll be posting the guideline criteria for CP venues in the next couple of days. Byrd regularly features at PDtP and CP and if you join us at the Christmas special you will get not one but two Praetorii. We have also covered a bit of (Uncle) Gabrieli in the past but always happy to take suggestions, preferably with a link to a free (and reliable) edition on cpdl/imslp etc. Hope to see you at another event soon. Kevin


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