Workshops & info for choirs

Al fresco workshop in Triora

Al fresco workshop in Triora

With many years’ experience as both performers and coaches, Deborah and Laurie have gained an international reputation for their imaginative and informative workshops.

Always challenging and exciting, the topics reflect their intimate knowledge of the Renaissance and early Baroque repertoires. Whether Old World or New, polyphony or chant, Deborah and Laurie (together or individually) can help your choir venture into new territory and introduce you to some fabulous music. Single sessions, days or weekends can be devised to suit your choir’s interests.

For those looking to expand their horizons even further, Deborah also runs occasional workshops, combined with a delicious short break away, at her home in Triora, a small town nestled in the mountains on the Ligurian coast, close to the Italian border with France. Visit the Triora Musica website for details of early music courses for singers and instrumentalists;  there is more information and photos on our Musica Secreta in Triora page.

Just for women…

Musica Secreta is keen to encourage female-voice choirs and ensembles to experiment with Renaissance and Baroque repertoire, just as we have, in order to be able to perform a wealth of music that has remained too long under wraps! Single workshops can introduce the basic rules for arranging that were used by the nuns. With a few simple guidelines and pointers towards repertoire that is both accessible and suitable for a range of abilities, female-only groups can transform their libraries overnight.

For those who want to combine learning about convent polyphony with a short break in the Italian mountains, we run a week-long summer school in Deborah’s fabulous home in Triora – an ex-convent at the heart of a beautiful and unspoilt medieval town.

To book a workshop, or to discuss what we might be able to offer, please email via our contacts page.

Getting your choir started

We have put together some repertoire, and some advice for how to find or create even more, on a page for choirs looking to expand their horizons: Music for female-voice choirs.

Early music workshops in Brighton

Wearing her director’s hat for the Brighton Early Music Festival, Deborah promotes the annual workshops associated with the festival. There is always something new to experience, be it Andean baroque, crossover between renaissance and jazz improvisation, the spiritual songs of Hildegard of Bingen, and more. Past sessions have been run by Andrew Carwood, Jeffrey Skidmore, the Orlando Consort, Robert Hollingworth, Fontanella, Vivien Ellis and many more. For detail, see the festival website.