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Perched on a hilltop overlooking the plains of Umbria, Assisi - the city of Giotto and St Francis - is a place of picturesque alleyways, steps, churches, bells and pilgrims. It has a unique spiritual tranquility which is part of the reason for our return year after year. To us, it almost feels like a second home
This summer, the fifteenth Run by Singers Assisi Summer School 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. This will be David's fourth Assisi and its popularity under his baton has grown year on year. David always compiles a wonderful programme of music but, for 2018, he has surpassed himself with his most ambitious and most splendid programme of Renaissance delights yet. Don't miss it!
The Assisi course runs from Sunday evening, when we meet for a welcome drink and dinner, to the following Saturday evening where we perform our new repertoire at a concert in the Basilica of St Francis.
We will sing for approximately five hours each day with breaks for coffee and a long afternoon break. Thursday will be a half-day when people may choose to explore a little further afield.
Who is the course for?This course is for experienced choral singers of all ages. Participants should have good sight-reading ability and be prepared to study the music beforehand, although nobody is expected to be note-perfect on Day One.
It also helps if you enjoy good food, good company and the occasional glass of wine. We all eat together most evenings in a selection of different restaurants where everyone will soon get to know each other. Our singing holidays have proved equally popular with people travelling on their own and singing couples.
MASTERWORKS OF RENAISSANCE EUROPE
Dum complerentur (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina) — SAATTB
Pater noster (Palestrina) — SSAATTBB
Beata es virgo (Giovanni Gabrieli) — SSATTB
Jubilate deo (Gabrieli) — SSAATTBB
Nigra sum sed formosa (Tomas Luis de Victoria) — SSATTB
Salve regina (Victoria) — SSSAATBB
Circumdederunt me (Aires Fernandez) — SSAATB
Hei mihi Domine (Francisco Guerrero) — SSATTB
Quam pulchra es (Hieronymus Praetorius) — SSAATTBB
Tota pulchra es (Ludwig Senfl) — SAATB
Osculetur me (Orlandus Lassus) — SSAATTBB
Media vita (Lassus) — SAATBB
O dulcissime domine (Philippe Verdelot) — SATTB
Surrexit pastor bonus (Jean Lheritier) — SSATBB
Salve regina (Jean Richafort) — SATTB
Nesciens mater (Jean Mouton) — SSAATTBB
Suscipe queso domine (Thomas Tallis) — SSAATBB
Ne irascaris (William Byrd) — SATBarB
Ad dominum cum tribularer (Byrd) — SSAATTBB
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 recently received the 2015 Gramophone Award in Early Music for their recording of The Spy’s Choirbook.
Their most recent CD, Anne Boleyn’s Songbook (London, Royal College of Music, MS 1070) has met with great critical acclaim, having received Australia’s Limelight Award and a nomination for a BBC Music Magazine Award. read more...