Victoria in Avila - 17 June to 24 June 2018
Directed by David Skinner
Victoria Requiem & Spanish Funeral Motets
This week is designed for more advanced singers who are comfortable singing in small chamber groups following the model established in Burgos and Antwerp. The group will be smaller than usual and there will be splits in upper and lower voices. The week will be directed once again by the internationally acclaimed musicologist and choral director Dr David Skinner, director of Alamire and co-founder of The Cardinall's Musick.
Numbers will be capped at just 40 voices, excluding Nick and those who help him, so early application is strongly advised; however places will not be allocated purely on a first-come, first-served basis. David is keen to have the right balance of voices for this special study week and we ask you to be patient if you don't receive an answer as quickly as you would like. Everybody should have a response within two - three weeks of applying. Applications from music students and graduates are particularly welcome and a small number of bursaries will be available.
Avila is of course the birthplace of Victoria and we shall have an opportunity to sing in the Cathedral where Victoria was a chorister. We will stay in a very comfortable four-star hotel right in the centre of town and close to our splendid rehearsal room. If there is sufficient interest, we will have an outing to Segovia.
Missa Pro Defunctis
Taedet animam meam vitae meae
Versa est in luctum
Peccantem me quotidieve
Hei mihi, Domine
Versa est in luctum
David Skinner is Fellow, Praelector, and Osborn Director of Music at Sidney Sussex College in the University of Cambridge where he teaches historical and practical topics from the medieval and renaissance periods, as well as directing the chapel choir.
He is also artistic director of the professional consort Alamire (www.alamire.co.uk), who received the 2015 Gramophone Award in Early Music for their recording of The Spy’s Choirbook (London, British Library, Royal 8.g.vii). Anne Boleyn’s Songbook (London, Royal College of Music, MS 1070) similarly met with great critical acclaim, having received Australia’s Limelight Award and a nomination for a BBC Music Magazine Award.
His latest CD, Thomas Tallis ‘Songs of Reformation’, been featured on BBC Breakfast Television and various media owing to the discovery of Queen Katherine Parr’s links with Tallis. It was named CD of the Month in BBC Music Magazine (January, 2018).