Words and Music - 5 men singing unaccompanied + Zeb Soanes, narrator

audience-friendly story-telling sequences
entertainments of narrated texts with unaccompanied sung music of all kinds.
Presented by Opus Anglicanum Trust, Charity No.1083865

Thursday 5th May
Strode Theatre, Church Road, Street, Somerset BA16 0AB
http://www.strodetheatre.org.uk & 01458 442846 in aid of Opus Anglicanum Trust

Saturday 14th May 10 am - 5 pm

Chant workshop: TONGUES OF FIRE chant for Whitsun
Worcester Lodge, Didmarton GL9 1AH
£25 (u-18 £5) here
Worcester Lodge is an 18th century Banqueting House on the Badminton estate. We shall be studying and singing some of the glorious chant for Pentecost - which is the following day. This includes the great poem of Venantius Fortunatus which is used as the hymn ‘Salve festa dies’ with its exhilarating refrain.


Saturday 21st May 5pm
Concert: A SONG FOR A FESTIVAL Canto canto, festa festa
St Cuthbert's Church, Wells BA5 2AW
£10 here
Opus Anglicanum's own celebration concert: Andrea Gabrieli and Mozart; William Cornysh: ‘Ave Maria mater Dei’; Martin Bussey: ‘Albion’ (2015); Gordon Crosse: ‘Spring Awakening’ for narrator and singers. Shakespeare, Blake, Edward Lear, John Arlott; recollections of music in Cornwall from Evelyn and Maisie Radford, and the Padstow May Song arranged for us by Peter Nardone; Music Hall (I'm Henery the Eighth I am), Purcell and Handel.


Friday 17th June 7 pm
Concert: A SONG FOR A FESTIVAL Canto canto, festa festa
Bromsgrove Festival
Hanbury Hall, School Road, Hanbury, Droitwich Spa WR9 7EA

NB with Carole Boyd as narrator

To welcome, Andrea Gabrieli and Mozart. William Cornysh: ‘Ave Maria mater Dei’; Martin Bussey: ‘Albion’ (2015); ‘The Nymphs and Shepherds Danced’ 1601; David Bednall: Shakespeare sonnet (2007); Gordon Crosse: ‘Spring Awakening’ for narrator and singers . William Byrd: ‘Ave Maria, gratia plena’. Shakespeare, Blake, W H Auden.To end, recollections of music in Cornwall from Evelyn and Maisie Radford, and the Padstow May Song in an arrangement for us by Peter Nardone.


Saturday 9th July  10 am - 4:30 pm
Chant workshop: ALLELUIA Sweet song of endless joy
St. Mary Magdalen, Brinsmead Road, Knighton, Leicester LE2 3WB
Chant workshop: £10 : info Yolanda Courtney 20 Lytton Road, Leicester LE2 1WJ  0116 2120271 yolanda.courtney@ntlworld.com


Wednesday 13th July 8 pm    
New Chaucer Society Congress 2016
Drama Studio, Queen Mary University of London,
Mile End Rd E1 4NS
£14.99 http://newchaucersociety.org  & link to ‘2016 Congress’
The charm of the 6th century Italian poet Fortunatus comes across warmly in his verse, much of it addressed to Radegund, Queen and Saint. Our programme tells their fascinating story in the context of settings of Fortunatus’s verse by Bruckner, Dufay and Byrd, also including newly commissioned miniatures from Howard Skempton, and Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s 2015 ‘In the crypt of the wood’


Friday 22nd July 6 pm    
David Jones: dialogues with the past Conference York University
St Wilfrid’s Church, York YO1 7EN
1916 - The Battle of Mametz Wood. The story read from David Jones’ poem “In Parenthesis” of 1937. Schubert, Palestrina, Josquin and two new works: Cheryl Frances-Hoad ‘In the crypt of the wood’, composed with inspiration from David Jones’ drawing Vexilla Regis. Owain Park 'Sequence:In Parenthesis' brings together snatches of tunes referred to by David Jones in the poem, including Welsh and English songs and hymns, music hall and soldiers trench songs.


Saturday 3rd September 6 pm 
Concert: BACH ORGELBÜCHLEIN with Richard Stephens (Organ)
St James’ Chipping Campden GL55 6JG


Saturday 24th September 7:30 pm    
Botley Music
All Saints Church, Botley SO30 2EA
£12 / £10 concessions www.wegottickets.com & Church Office 01489 782445
This delightfully entertaining sequence places the most beautiful moments from Shakespeare’s popular and masque-like play, with music from Renaissance Italy,  Elizabethan London and works by Elgar, Schubert, and Brahms.  A feature is Gordon Crosse’s “Spring Awakening” of 2009, setting Bottom’s Dream from the play. The sequence concludes with Wilbye’s exquisite ‘Draw on sweet night’.


Sunday 23rd October

Two Moors Festival Dulverton TA22 9BU
Chant workshop 11 am
Concert: THE SONG OF ANGELS 4 pm



Saturday 5th November 10 am to 4 pm    
Chant workshop: ALL HALLOWS music of the Saints
Sarum College, 19 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EE
Contact Alison Ogden www.sarum.ac.uk & 01722 424826
An entertaining, informative and enjoyable experience structured around the monastic hour services. Using at first simple recitation in English it includes also some of the rich heritage of more adventurous Latin chant. The day concludes with an informal performance of a sequence of chant for All Hallows.

Saturday 10th December 6 pm    
Concert: CHRISTMAS CONCERT St James’ Chipping Campden GL55 6JG www.opus-a.co.uk


Saturday 17th December 7:30 pm    
Concert: FIGGY PUDDING Haslemere Museum GU27 2LA direct from the Museum 01428 642112


Monday 12th December 7:30 pm    
Concert: MEDIAEVAL CAROLS Wells Cathedral, Wells BA5 2UE www.opus-a.co.uk


Opus Anglicanum

Patron - Dame Emma Kirkby Opus Anglicanum Trust Charity No.1083865
Michael Kuhn, chairman;
Prebendary Elsa van der Zee; Stephen Tilton; Dr Frances Hogwood; Dr John Sedgwick


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