Any PDtP regulars up for a bit of madrigal singing in an honest-to-goodness Tudor house?

Hi all

Just wondering if any of you would be willing & able to do me a HUGE favour by singing a short set of some of the madrigals from our English special at a private event in the lovely setting of Sutton House in Hackney on Thursday May 28th, within a time-slot of 5pm to 7pm.

Involves doing no more than a couple of 15/20 minute sets, followed by a few drinks and a look around the beautiful Tudor house.

Would also need to do a 90 minute rehearsal in SE1 next weekend, exact day/time to be determined, light refreshments to be provided!

Need a couple of singers for each voice so if you are up for it, please drop me a line via the form below.

Please indicate your voice; would also be grateful if you could let me know any days/times you wouldn’t be available for the rehearsal on the Bank Holiday weekend.

Many thanks!



Another great PDtP session notched up

What a lovely, lovely time I had at Monday’s Polyphony Down the Pub. Thanks to all who came and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

It was great to see so many new faces among the familiar ones and I hope that we will see you again at future sessions.

Highlights for me were BWV 4 – such harmonisation! – and the final run of the Palestrina Super flumina Babylonis; I don’t think we’ve ever sung a motet better.

Thanks too to those of you who stayed back to share your thoughts on PDtP; it’s good to know that we are on the right track in terms of format and repertoire.

Next session details will be published here soon but in the meantime, here’s the Bach chorale that I mentioned on the night.

It might be a just a little too intricate for us to try at PDtP but I would recommend that you have a look at the score (pp 22 & 23 of this file) and marvel at how this miniature masterpiece is put together.

There’s not a duff line it in – every part is exquisitely constructed (and, like BWV 4, there’s another of those monumental interrupted cadences in the penultimate phrase).

For me, it’s like looking at an orrery and getting lost in the beauty of the planets’ movements, alignments and interactions; I could never tire of examining it.

Anyway, enough flim-flammery – thanks again and see you next time.



Take a trip down PDtP Memory Lane

As you will have found out from reading this post, PDtP 9 will be largely made up of music from previous sessions.

These are some of the numbers that have made an appearance; which ones would you like to see pop up again at PDtP 9?

Use the comment field below to let us know…

Victoria: O decus apostolicum

Palestrina: Ave Maria a 4

Lassus: In monte Oliveti (we have never actually sung this all the way to the end!)

Morales: Kyrie from Missa Mille Regretz

Parsons: Peccantem me quotidie

Palestrina: Super flumina babylonis

Morley: My bonny lass she smileth

Casulana: Morir non puo il mio cuore

If Polyphony Down the Pub were a TV series…

…then PDtP 9 would be a ‘clip show‘; i.e. a re-cap of many of your favourite numbers from previous sessions.*

I’d love to claim that this is by design – some of the absolute belters that we’ve sung deserve a second airing, of course – but it’s actually down to the fact that I have run out of time to research new numbers.

Over the coming days I’ll post reminders of some of the great numbers that may be making a reappearance so feel free to drop a comment highlighting any that you would really, really like to be on the set-list.

In the meantime, don’t forget too to sign up to PDtP 9 here as this will help me figure out if we can do any of those double-chorus numbers.



*If it were a TV series then I bet it would have a really cool opening title sequence as well, with explosions and helicopters and beautiful people sipping cocktails at a Los Angeles pool party, all to the soundtrack of My Bonny Lass She Smileth.

Breaking the silence

Hey there, PDtP folk!

Apologies for the radio silence but a busy week plus serious website problems conspired to keep me off-line.

Website issues persist still (how unlucky am I with technical problems? First FB and now WP!) but I can at least post now; hope to have the Follow via e-mail functionality back up and running soon.

What a wonderful night we had last Monday! Great to have had the perfect combo of new faces and old hands.

Highlights for me were April is in My Mistress’ Face and Christe Jesu, Pastor Bone but you all will have had your favourites (and least favourites too, no doubt); feel free to comment on them below.

Next session details are here, including our brand new poster (I am going to start giving masterclasses in how to produce mediocre publicity materials using just Microsoft Word).

PDtP sessions are now listed on Eventbrite so you can sign up to them just like many of you used to via FB.  Of course you don’t have to do this – it’s a drop-in music night after all – but if you do then it’s a handy way for me to get an idea of voice numbers, which in turn helps when planning the rep for the night.

Thanks again to you all for your continuing support and I look forward to seeing many of you at the next PDtP.





Quick sheet music update for tonight

Hi guys

Just a reminder that we will be recording excerpts and taking pictures at tonight’s PDtP for possible inclusion in R3’s Meet My Choir, so please bear this in mind in case you are worried that Interpol might catch up with you as a result.

As Bach chorales are usually a staple of the sessions (they should be a staple of all singing events at all times and I include The X-Factor in this assertion), I am chucking the final chorale of BWV10 back in the mix.

Some of you will remember it from PDtP 6 and it really is the most brilliant 50 seconds of choral music you could wish for – simultaneously archaic and utterly fresh, a pure pleasure across all 4 parts.

It has been added to the sheet music folder on Box so grab it via the usual link.

Thanks again and see you at 7!