Sacred Renaissances Workshop

Sacred Renaissances Workshop

Sat 3 July | St John's Presbyterian Church Hobart  |  9:30am - 4pm  |  Experienced Singers  |  $110

This one is for more experienced singers with a passion for sacred music.

Travel back in time to key historical events in Western Music, where rich unified choruses echoed throughout church buildings of old. 

In this workshop Sam Allchurch – Director of Music at Christ Church Saint Laurence and Artistic Director of the Sydney Chamber Choir – will take us through a memorable exploration of the revival in church music at the turn of the 20th Century. 

We’ll begin with the Cecilian Movement and the work of German composer Heinrich von Herzogenberg who was involved in the revival of this 19th Century Palestrina style.    

Our workshop will also explore Ralph Vaughan Williams groundbreaking Mass in G Minor, created in a new style that combined the spirit of Renaissance composers Tallis and Byrd with a modern take on modal harmony. 

And finally we will look at the way French composer Maurice Durufle incorporated the plainsong revival at the Abbey of Solemnes – the famous French Benedictine monsatery – into his choral music. 

If you’re a seasoned singer with sight-reading abilities and a love for sacred music, we hope to see you there. 

Works to be explored:

Plainsong                    Ubi caritas, Tantum ergo

Tallis                            O nata lux

Byrd                             Sing Joyfully

Palestrina                     Exsultate Deo

Herzogenberg              Heilig ist Gott

Vaughan Williams        Mass in G minor

Duruflé                         Four Motets on Gregorian Themes

After the workshop, refreshments will be available at the venue with the opportunity to chat with Sam.

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VENUE: St John’s Presbyterian Church, 188 Macquarie Street



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