Back from the summer break with a bang!

What a turn-out we had Monday night – packed to the rafters! And as usual, it was a super night of singing.

In among the motets and madrigals by well-known composers, we had one or two by less familiar chaps – one of whom caused something of a minor Twitter spat.

And while the full-throated singing was mighty, I’m not sure it was always sympathetic to the text when busking through something like Morales‘ Regina coeli.

But what the hey, you don’t come to PDtP for subtlety!

We were very lucky to have had the chance to sing Estêvão de Brito‘s Circumdederunt me in an edition by early music scholar Luís Henriques. Luís is a big supporter of PDtP and very kindly gave us permission to use his edition of this fine motet, with its rich harmonies so characteristic of Portuguese polyphony. (I highly recommend you follow Luís’ blog for his excellent posts on early music.)

While old favourite Palestrina was undoubtedly a hit, I’m  very glad that Brito’s work also went down well.

At the odder end of the spectrum was Verdelot‘s O dolce nocte, making for widespread perplexity concerning the text and its author.

But that paled in comparison with the reaction to the madrigal by Wilbye.

No, I don’t have a clue as to what the poem is about either but you can’t argue with the wonderful music!

It was great to see so many new faces in amongst the regulars and I hope we’ll see you all again at future sessions.

Speaking of which, our 2nd Birthday Bash is scheduled for October 17th so watch out for booking updates.

Sooner than that of course are PDtP Cardiff (still a few spaces left) and Counterpint in the Cafe; the first wave of spaces have all been taken but there’ll be a second release at 5pm this Friday.

Once again, thanks for your support and see you soon.




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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.

5 thoughts on “Back from the summer break with a bang!”

  1. Hi everybody! Really happy to know that Brito’s “Circumdederunt me” went great. Love that motet.
    Also happy that all had a blast singing polyphony! Hope I can join you in a session some day

    all best,


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