New research at Granada women’s music workshop

On Thursday 16 September, Laurie will be presenting at the WoMuNet (Women and Music Networks in Early Modern Europe) workshop, hosted by the Universidad de Granada. She will be talking about the links between the Biffoli-Sostegni manuscript and Suor Maria Celeste Galilei, the daughter of Galileo Galilei, and how convent of San Matteo in Arcetri … Read more

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Musica Secreta at Stapleford Granary

This past Tuesday and Wednesday we have been rehearsing our new programme for 2022, Mother, Sister, Daughter, which ruminates on women’s relationships, their prayers and the stories they tell each other. We were so privileged to have a wonderful space at Stapleford Granary, as part of their Artist Residencies scheme. Rehearsing in pandemic conditions meant … Read more

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Announcing our 2021-2022 Choir Membership Scheme

Musica Secreta at Cuddesdon

Musica Secreta’s score shop includes many works that we’ve prepared for ourselves and our workshops, and it is growing steadily. Choirs all over the world have already included them in their repertoire and recordings – just listen to these wonderful performances of Leonora d’Este motets from the Monteverdi Choir and Elektra Women’s Choir. But we … Read more

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Residency at Stapleford Granary, and changes for 2021

Like so many of our colleagues and friends, members of Musica Secreta have found the last twelve months a challenge, and we were unable to find ways to work together. The pandemic has meant that we’ve undergone a significant change in personnel, since our founder, dear friend, and wonderful co-director Deborah Roberts has needed to … Read more

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From Darkness Into Light shortlisted for 2020 Gramophone Awards

We are so happy that From Darkness Into Light has been shortlisted for the 2020 Gramophone Awards in the Early Music category!  Full details of the shortlist are posted here. We’re especially pleased that three out of the six nominations are groups directed by women. Keep your fingers crossed for us!

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Music for Holy Week – what does it mean?

On 11 April, at this year’s St John’s Smith Square Holy Week Festival,  Musica Secreta will be giving the London premiere of the recently discovered complete Lamentations of Jeremiah for Good Friday by Antoine Brumel.  This performance is preceded by one at St Paul’s Huddersfield on 9 March – and will be repeated on 1 … Read more

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From Darkness Into Light receives glowing reviews

From Darkness Into Light

Our latest CD has been receiving excellent reviews since its release in November: Gramophone called it “another superb album” while Early Music Review calls it “revelatory.” We’ve been particularly pleased how reviewers have commented on the quality of the music as well as the performances – we know these are stunning works, and it gave us great pleasure … Read more

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From Darkness Into Light: short documentary film

In mid-September, Laurie and David Lefeber, CD producer and film-maker, took a lightning trip to Florence to make a short documentary about the manuscript sourced for the CD and concert project, From Darkness Into Light. The resulting film was shown at the CD launch concert at the Brighton Early Music Festival.  Since the concert tour will … Read more

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Women and Music in Sixteenth-Century Ferrara wins major book prize

We are delighted that Laurie’s book, Women and Music in Sixteenth-Century Ferrara has been selected for the 2019 Otto Kinkeldey Award from the American Musicological Society, which is for a “musicological book of exceptional merit published during the previous year by a scholar who is past the early stages of his or her career.” This is one … Read more

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The metamorphosis of a masterwork: Brumel premiere and CD launch just two weeks away!

We are getting ready for the big reveal!  Next Friday, 25 October 2019, our audience in Brighton will finally be able to hear the Antoine Brumel’s Lamentations of Jeremiah for Good Friday in their glorious entirety: forty-five minutes of searingly beautiful, heart-breaking polyphony.  We will also be performing music from the Biffoli-Sostegni manuscript (pictured here), … Read more

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The choirbook lectern on tour

It’s like having a new toy that we want everyone to play with! Our new choirbook stand got its first outing at the Friends of Cambridge Early Music workshop, Sisters of Ferrara, on the weekend of 13-15 September. Using some Sibelius-generated scores we sang chant and polyphony from parts, learning all the time about how … Read more

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Filming in Florence

When we were first thinking about how we wanted to bring Brumel’s Lamentations to audiences in performance, we knew that it would be hard to do the work justice in a stand-and-deliver concert – it feels far too contextually rich for that approach. We also wanted to express some of the wonder we feel when we … Read more

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Brumel’s Lamentations: an analytical guide

As we get closer to the release date of From Darkness Into Light, we want to share an essay written by Laurie to accompany the liner notes to the CD. There are only so many words a CD booklet can contain, but we felt there might be some listeners who wanted to know more, or who … Read more

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Triora week of women’s polyphony

Fourteen intrepid singers from the USA, Canada, UK, and mainland Europe made their way up the mountain on the first Sunday of July to join Deborah and Laurie in the medieval mountain town of Triora, high in the Argentine mountains above the Italian Riviera. Despite delays caused by thunderstorms and a stray suitcase, we managed … Read more

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