A quick heads-up to let you know that a couple of spaces have just come up at tonight’s PDtP Italian Special; if you’d like to take one of them drop me a line via the comments box below and I’ll book you in (first come first served etc).
Grab it from the usual place.
Set-list includes a good dollop of Palestrina, a sprinkling of Marenzio & even a sprig of Monteverdi among other tasty ingredients, all of which should make for an opulent feast of singing.
Only a few alto/tenor spots left but waitlist is open…
The wait is over – here at long last are the posters for the February & March PDtPs:
You’re right; some things really are just too beautiful for words.
…as many of you are extremely keen to find out the details of the next Counterpint session.
(In case you needed reminding, Counterpint is Polyphony Down the Pub’s slightly flightier and less reliable sibling, in that it’s always in a different pub and on a different night of the week each time.)
I have a couple of pubs in the pipeline but it would be utterly great if any of you could also suggest some London venues in which you think a Counterpint session might work.
The ideal pub:
- has a private room that can accommodate around 40 – 50 people (seated)
- is less than 10 minutes’ walk from a tube station
- has a good selection of beers and wines. And gins, for the sopranos.
- is willing to have you lot rock up to belt out Palestrina and Byrd.
If your neighbourhood boozer meets these criteria then drop me the details via the comments below and we’ll see if we can set something up.
PS If you are stuck for something to do on Saturday night, why not go and hear the excellent Crouch End Festival Chorus perform Bach’s B Minor Mass at the Barbican?
PPS If you’re still twiddling your thumbs on Sunday, the also excellent St Bride’s Choir are singing Victoria in the morning and Byrd, Gibbons and Weelkes in the evening.
…as it now takes me a couple of days to recover from a PDtP session.
And what a great session it was! Despite my best efforts to put you off (deliberate errors, of course), you all sang lustily and with a commitment rarely seen in a group of people largely singing together for the first time.
Speaking of which, it was lovely to see so many new faces there – many thanks for coming and hope to see you at future sessions. Thanks too of course to all you for whom it wasn’t your first time – we must be something right for you all to come back!
Highlights for me were the Bach chorales – we definitely had some crackers in the line-up – plus the Crecquillon and the Mantua. The Hassler ended up being more challenging than I’d envisaged but by goodness it felt like an achievement to make it through to the end!
By the way, apologies to any Peñalosa fans – I was probably a bit harsh about him so I will make it up to you by including something slightly more interesting by him at a future session.
As always, special thanks to the 15 or so who stayed back for the post-10pm session; the Mantua sounded even more stunning with reduced forces.
I’d also like to thank the people who told me that this was the first time they’d sung in years – in fact, 40 years for one gentleman! – as it’s extremely gratifying to know that our little evening can act as a way back in to singing.
As a reminder, the next PDtP is Feb.8th and is our Italian special (a third of spaces have already gone) but don’t forget that March 7th is our double-choir spectacular, so book now to avoid disappointment.
Thanks again and see you next time!
While there’s still time to sign up for this Monday’s PDtP session*, anyone looking further ahead may be pleased to know that PDtP XVII has been confirmed for February 8th and PDtP XVIII is March 7th.
Sign up here for February’s PDtP, which will explore the music of the Italian masters.
March’s PDtP on the other hand will focus on double-choir repertoire.
News on future Counterpint sessions will follow so keep an eye out for updates.
*Altos, technically there are no spots left for you at Monday’s event but the waiting list is open and I’d be surprised if we weren’t able to squeeze in one or two more of you somehow…
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!