We have a new web page! And with it, a new blog. We’re hoping this will make it much easier to update our friends with news of concerts, workshops, talks, and projects.
July has already been a busy month for our directors: Deborah has been teaching at the Tallis Scholar Summer School at Uppingham, and will soon be off to Seattle for the Summer School there. Laurie has been in Certaldo, near Florence, giving a paper on Cipriano de Rore’s madrigals for the theatre, at the Conference for Medieval and Renaissance Music, and will soon be back at the convent of the Poor Clares at Crossbush for some peace and quiet in which to write.
Lots of activity for the singers, too: Before Deborah disappears to Seattle, Musica Secreta will have an exploration day, singing through some of the anonymous convent motets from Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata (1543) – hopefully as the first step to recording these astonishing pieces. Celestial Sirens gave a short concert at St Michael’s, Bugle Street, Southampton, on 9 July as the opening event for the Knowledge Exchange and Arts and Humanities Research Conference. It was unbearably hot, but the Sirens took it in their stride.