Friday, 14 August 2015 from 10 am to 1 pm
Free Conductus Workshop for Singers and Vocal Ensembles
This free Conductus workshop is intended for both amateur singers and aspiring professionals. It is designed to give an insight into how these Latin songs were created and how they can be performed. Practical activities will include the creation of a solo conductus and coaching in key aspects of performance practice (including tuning and ensemble singing with particular focus on how to sing in up to three parts without conventional metrical rhythm). The scores will be provided, but existing ensembles are invited to bring a piece of plainchant and the oldest piece of medieval music they can find.
Active participants are requested to register before 15 July. Please write to Domen Marinčič.
E firstname.lastname@example.org T +386 (0)1 432 42 58 M +386 (0)31 849 498
Photo: Paul Arthur
John Potter, Christopher O’Gorman and Rogers Covey-Crump first came together as a trio of tenors for the Cantum pulcriorem invenire (finding a finer song) research project at the University of Southampton. The ensemble made their debut at the York Early Music Festival in 2012 and have now released three Conductus CDs on the Hyperion label. Under the name of the Three Medieval Tenors they have continued to research and expand their 12th and 13th century repertoire, and in this season are giving concerts in Belgium, Germany, Slovakia and Spain.
John Potter is involved with early music both as a researcher and performer, and has written extensively on the subject, focusing on historical performance reality; his four books on singing are published by Cambridge University Press and Yale University Press. John is a former British Library Edison fellow and is reader emeritus in music at the University of York, which he left in 2010 to return to his freelance projects. As a member of the Hilliard Ensemble from 1984 to 2001, he was a major contributor to the group’s Officium project, subsequently developing many of the ideas in The Dowland Project's four albums for ECM. Red Byrd, the ensemble he founded with the bass Richard Wistreich, has made numerous records for Hyperion. His eclectic performing experience has ranged from first performances of works by Arvo Pärt, Luciano Berio, Karheinz Stockhausen, James Dillon, Gavin Bryars and Michael Finnissy to backing vocals for Manfred Mann, Mike Oldfield and The Who.
Christopher O’Gorman studied at the junior department of the Royal Academy of Music and then the University of York, where he gained a master's degree in vocal studies with John Potter. He pursues a career both as a songman in the Choir of York Minster and as an ensemble singer with a number of groups including the Gabrieli Consort, the Binchois Consort, I Fagiolini, Ex Cathedra, Britten Sinfonia Voices, the Brabant Ensemble and the Ebor Singers, with extensive tours in Europe and America. With the Gabrieli Consort, he has toured the UK, Germany, Poland and Spain and featured as a soloist. His recordings as an ensemble singer have included several premieres of works by Roger Marsh and Kerry Andrew, and first modern performances of French Baroque music rediscovered by the musicologist Paul Gameson.
Rogers Covey-Crump was both a founder member of Gothic Voices and one of the six singers in the first British recording of Stockhausen’s Stimmung. Similarly, his three decades as a core member of the globally renowned Hilliard Ensemble saw not only concerts and recordings of early music, but also works commissioned from living composers and acclaimed first recordings of the vocal works of Arvo Pärt. Rogers has also enjoyed a solo career spanning 48 years, appearing at the BBC Promenade concerts, cathedrals and other major venues around Britain, in mainland Europe and in North America. Solo recordings have included the secular songs of Dufay and Ockeghem, albums of lute songs with Jakob Lindberg and Paul O’Dette, and five albums of late-18th-century song with the chamber ensemble Café Mozart. He has also recorded much Baroque repertoire, especially the Bach Passions with Andrew Parrott, Stephen Cleobury and Roy Goodman, and also the ceremonial and the church music of Purcell with the King’s Consort.
This workshop and concert are the result of research cunducted at the University of Sauthampton between 2010 and 2014, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and entitled Cantum pulcriorem invenire: Latin Poetry and Music, c1180–c1320.