Oh, [wow!/no!]*: it’s the return of the Madrigal Special

As our next PDtP session takes place on May Day itself, it would be churlish of me not to dedicate it to

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Vox Populi, Vox Dei

The people have spoken and we now have our set-list for Monday’s Birthday Bonanza.

I must admit to some surprise at a couple of the selections, but at least Peñalosa didn’t make it through. (Poor Peñalosa; his Ave verum has in fact made it on to tonight’s Counterpint runners-up set-list.)

Many thanks to all of you who took the time to vote; here now are the fruits of your labours:

Byrd: O sacrum convivium

Clemens non Papa: Ego flos campi

Gesualdo: Sancti spritus, Domine*

Guerrero: Alma redemptoris mater

Morales: Regina caeli a 4

Morley: I love alas I love thee

Palestrina: Laudate Dominum a 8

Palestrina: Pueri Hebraeorum

Victoria: O magnum mysterium

Zieleński: Vox in Rama

There’ll be the usual warm-up Bach chorales as well, so all in all it should be a great evening.

If you’ve signed up then you should have received an e-mail with the links to the scores. If you missed out on signing up, there’re still one or two places left at tonight’s Counterpint in the Cafe.

Cheers

Kevin

*The Gesualdo was tied with Croce‘s O sacrum convivium so the judges went with the work that’s likely to be more fun to sing under the influence.

 

 

A rousing Counterpint to finish our London season

Thanks to all who came to the Canbury Arms last night for our final London session before a summer break.

We had an extremely well-balanced mix of singers, though as ever it was quite something to behold so many tenors in one place.

There were many, many great moments during the evening but the highlights for me were definitely the simple beauty of Remember me my deir contrasted with the 8 voice contrapuntathon of the Victoria Alma redemptoris mater and the luxurious 7 voice bubble bath that is Verdelot‘s Beata es virgo Maria.

Thanks to all who came and indeed thanks to everyone who came along to any of our sessions over the past few months; your support is very much appreciated.

We’ll be back with both PDtP in Waterloo and Counterpint in Kingston in September so keep an eye out for updates. (Hope to get back up to Sheffield too.)

In the meantime, I’ll be spending the summer putting together the setlist for next season’s sessions, which will include a Franco-Flemish Special, the return of our Double-Choir Special (hurrah!) and, following the success of our European Special on Monday, May 2017 will see our very own Eurovision Chanson Contest; after all, if ever there was a period of music that combined incredibly catchy tunes combined with utterly ridiculous lyrics, it’s the Renaissance.

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m also hopeful that we can fit in another couple of tour dates in August and I’ll also be posting links to any interesting concerts that catch my eye*, so you won’t be rid of me entirely.

For the moment, though, thanks again and have a great summer.

Cheers

Kevin

*Speaking of which, the Whitehall Singers have a French-themed concert tonight in honour of Bastille Day, including works by Phinot and PDtP favourite Mouton; details here.

Also, Counterpint friends the Canbury Singers are having their summer party next Monday; details here.

Best. PDtP. Ever. (Possibly.)

Still reeling from just how good last night’s session was. So many phenomenal moments, but those that linger in the mind were the heart-meltingly beautiful Verdelot Beata es Virgo (particularly the post-10pm run-throughs) and the mighty, mighty sound of 60 singers giving a spine-tingling rendition of Gallus‘ Duo Seraphim.

Even trickier numbers such as the Victoria Lauda Sion went from not-so-good to actually-pretty-bloody-awesome after only 2 or 3 attempts.

And what a great atmosphere throughout the night – there was a real buzz about the room as we busked through these masterpieces.

Thanks to all who came, whether old hands or new faces, from nearby or indeed not so nearby…

Our final PDtP session of the season is pencilled in for July 11th but this is still TBC; an update will follow in the next few days.

However, what I can confirm is some very exciting news: following the tremendous success of our April PDtP session in Travelling Through, we now have a monthly Counterpint residency in the venue. (Yes, they really want us back!)

We’ll be revisiting the very best of previous PDtP sessions, in a smaller, more intimate setting (though still with booze).

The first of these Counterpint in the Café sessions is 6pm next Tuesday, June 21st. Spaces are extremely limited and booking goes live at 10 am tomorrow (Wednesday June 15th).

(Please note the early arrival time and booking conditions on the Eventbrite page.)

That’s it for the moment – thanks again for your support.

Cheers

Kevin

PS Don’t forget to tell everyone you know in Sheffield that they simply must not miss out on our session up there on July 5th.

 

 

Polyphony Down the Pub 16 sheet music now live

As if the excitement of last night’s Counterpint session wasn’t enough, the sheet music for next Monday’s Polyphony Down the Pub is now ready to grab via the usual page.

As usual, there’ll be some cracking Bach chorales to warm us up, to be followed by several rather excellent offerings from Guerrero, Richafort and Gallus among others, plus a look again at a couple of previous favourites from Crecquillon and Lassus.

There’s still time to sign up in advance – looking forward to seeing many of you there!

Cheers

Kevin

 

Counterpint II: a knock-out session at the Punch Tavern

I am very happy to report that last night’s Counterpint session was a stonking success, with some damn fine singing interspersed with some damn fine drinking.

We welcomed many first-timers, though it was great to see a healthy number of PDtP/Counterpint regulars too.

Many thanks to our gracious hosts at the Punch for their hospitality and willingness to tolerate 45 people banging out Renaissance choonz in their back room; I hope they’ll have us back for another session in the near future.

Highlights were the Gallus Ecce quomodo moritur justus and the Victoria Ave Maria a 4, both of which seemed to go down very well with everyone.

Another real treat was the post-10pm session, where a handful of us went through the best bits again, this time with the volume dial turned down from 11.

That said, the camaraderie of the main session was really something to experience (though to be fair, PDtP/Counterpint participants very much tend to lean towards the affable), so thanks again to all who took part.

Hope to announce the next Counterpint very soon, but if you’re worried about withdrawal symptoms in the meantime, there’s always next Monday’s Polyphony Down the Pub session to feed your habit.

Cheers

Kevin