Musica Secreta holds a female-voices-only week in conjunction with Deborah’s summer workshop series Triora Musica. Sessions are based at Deborah’s house in Triora – a tiny medieval town in the Ligurian mountains, just half an hour’s drive from the Mediterranean Sea. The nearest airport is Nice; the nearest rail station is Arma di Taggia – we organise group transport for course arrivals and departures.
Casa Convento is an ex-convent, so participants (and tutors) stay in well-appointed bedrooms with views out over the Ligurian mountains. There is also an option for B&B or self-catering accommodation in the town for participants who want to get away from it all, or who are bringing families.
After breakfast on the terrace, morning rehearsals take place in Casa Convento. We keep cool in the afternoons by rehearsing in the town’s churches, including the tiny fifteenth-century church of San Bernardino, which nestles in the terraces below Casa Convento. Lunch can be self-catered or taken in Triora’s delightful cafés in the medieval squares. Dinner can be self-catering in the convent gardens, or local specialties (or pizza) in the medieval town’s wonderful pizzeria. If you are happy to take taxis or have your own transport, then there are other options in neighbouring towns.
Our 2017 course ran from 22-30 July, with a performance in one of the town’s seventeenth-century churches on 29 July. We concentrated on repertoire from the early flowering of convent polyphony in the fifteenth century to the glories of Sistine Chapel repertoire (yes, nuns DID sing it, too!!), from chant and the simple tunes of convent laude to music by Josquin des Prez and his contemporaries. Watch this space for details of 2019!
We welcome experienced female singers from high sopranos to low altos and tenors.