The Future of Polyphony Down the Pub (no less)

This evening, many of us will be getting together to celebrate the last 5 years of Polyphony Down the Pub, so now is probably as good a time as any to think about what the future may hold.

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Reminder: booking for PDtP’s 2nd Birthday Bonanza goes live in 45 mins

Here’s the link to the registration page. If you miss out today then more spaces will be made available at 5pm on October 7th.

As an added bonus, you’ll get to choose which pieces we’ll be singing on the night by voting on a selection drawn from the last year’s worth of set-lists; details to follow.

I’m also holding back a handful of spaces for newcomers who have not been able to book for previous sessions.

If you have never attended a session before and want to come along then drop me a line via the comment box below and I’ll let you know if we can fit you in.

(No changing your name by deed poll or wearing a false moustache on the night…)



Possible Cardiff session, plus basses wanted

I’m going to be in Cardiff on Sunday September 25th so I’m wondering if there any PDtP fans based in or around the city who might be up for an afternoon singalong. Or do you have friends in the area who might be interested?

Drop me a line ASAP via the comments box below and we’ll see if we can set something up. (Please share via Facebook & Twitter if you can.)

Also, here’s the link to the booking page for our next PDtP London session on Monday September 19th; registration goes live at 9am September 3rd.

Finally, the excellent Orlando Chamber Choir are currently seeking basses to join them for their current season.

I’ve been to a couple of OCC concerts and I can tell you that they really are the business, so if you’re a bass looking for a friendly choir with some great repertoire then get in touch with them. (Added bonuses – the Orlandos love cake almost as much as we at PDtP love beer and they’re even more eccentric in their concert titles than we are!)







PDtP Sheffield and London updates

A quick note to say that our Europe Special on July 11th is almost fully booked now, with just one alto and one tenor spot left; thanks to you all for signing up so swiftly.

We already have 7 people on the waiting list so please cancel asap if you have changed your mind and won’t now be able to make it.

Polyphony Down the Pub Sheffield (July 5th) is also looking good on numbers, though if we get just a few more sopranos then we will be able to include a double-choir motet. I’m sure that anyone who was at our London double-choir session in March would agree that it’s a pretty special experience to be immersed in 8 part harmony so let’s all do one final push to persuade the sopranos of South Yorkshire to get on board!



PS Don’t forget also too that Counterpint in the Cafe (July 8th) booking goes live tomorrow at 9am.




Some non-PDtP dates for your diaries

While you’re waiting for our next PDtP, here are a few other events that may be of interest.

On Friday June 10th, our friends in the Orlando Chamber Choir are performing a concert of music by composers who had run-ins with the authorities at some point in their lives.

It’s a great programme of music by a wide range of composers, from Gesualdo to Tippett. Of particular note for PDtP fans is Lugebat David Absalon by Gombert*, a contrafactum (same music, different text) of his Tulerunt dominum meum, which proved to be such a hit at our double choir special. (We’ll be including Lugebat in a future PDtP session as it has a fabulous second part that Tulerunt lacks.) Details for the concert are here. 

On Sunday June 19th, the marvellous City Bach Collective are performing Cantata BWV 177 as part of their one voice per part Bach Vespers series. The cantata forms the central part of a Lutheran vespers service, which includes music by JSB’s predecessors and contemporaries as well.

I’ve said it many times before and I will keep saying it for a long time to come: these (free) performances constitute music making of the highest order and anyone who loves Bach should not miss them. Details here.

Looking further ahead, on Friday/Saturday September 2nd/3rd, a very special come and sing event is taking place. Requiem to Cancer will see singers get together in St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden to rehearse and perform 3 settings of the Requiem Mass, by Mozart, Duruflé & Chilcott, over a period of 24 hours.

As you may have guessed from the title, the proceeds will go to Cancer Research UK. It’s a wonderful event being organised by some of our PDtP/Counterpint singers so please so sign up or donate as you can; details here.

Now, at PDtP, we’re also very happy to highlight upcoming events by other wonderful groups, even when they clash with our own sessions! After all, we’re all about spreading the singing love.

If you’re not coming to PDtP on June 13th** then you might like to consider a workshop of Portuguese polyphony, given by the fantastic Siglo de Oro.

I’m a huge admirer of these young singers and you couldn’t be in safer hands. The rep includes PDtP favourite the 6 part Kyrie from Cardoso‘s Requiem, among other gems; details here.

Similarly, though we haven’t confirmed September’s PDtP date yet (I barely know what I’m doing next week), it may well end up being Monday the 12th, which means it would clash with a choral workshop of Great Fire of London-themed choral music with the Renaissance Singers; details here.

That’s it – hope you manage to get to some of the events above and looking forward to seeing some of you at PDtP.



*You really don’t want to know why Gombert was locked up.

**PDtP June 13th update as at 1pm, May 30th: all tenor/bass spots taken (waiting list in place); 4 soprano and 3 alto spots left.