[updated 11 July]
June 3 BBC Radio 3 (17.00): The Choir (discussing chant with Aled Jones)
The interview took place down the line from Radio York, with me sweltering in the tiny studio having run most of the way there. But great as always to talk to Aled Jones – and he’ll play tracks from Red Byrd and the Hilliard Ensemble among others.
June 4 Bratislava: Dowland Project at St Martin’s Cathedral (Convergence Festiva)
These two Slovakian gigs will feature our first forays into Schubert Lieder, following the experimental performance on BBC3’s Schubert Remix. John Surman, Milos Valent and I are doing an interview at 11.00 at the Artforum bookshop if you want to come along and chat.
June 5 Kosice: Dowland Project at Premonštrátsky kostol (Convergence Festival)
Is it possible to get closer to musical heaven than being on stage with Milos Valent, Jake Heringman and John Surman roaring away at full throttle? It’s like falling off a precipice and discovering you can fly. These were great gigs – and a big thankyou to Josef Luptak and his team for giving us the opportunity. The Schubert worked really well, and we’re going to try some more in Slovenia. There’s some video of the Bratislava concert here, and an intervew (in Slovak) with Milos). There’s also a video and a bit of an interview with me (in English!) from our Prague concert last year (courtesy of The Times of India). Latest hint from ECM suggests the Night Sessions album will appear early next year…
June 7-11 Rhineland ensemble coaching sessions
This was a magical time too: I had a wonderful time with Werner Schüssler’s two ensembles. The youthful Vocal T and the multi-instrumental Four Reasons were a delight: creative and intelligent musicians who really understood how to collaborate.
June 14 Goldmark Gallery Uppingham: Gavin Bryars Ensemble
Programme to include Laude, Irish Madrigals and extracts from the Morrison Songbook.
This was very atmospheric – very intimate space and very high-powered audience. Lovely people – it makes such a difference when everyone appreciates that this is something more than just a job for us.
June 15 York: Workshop with Ensemble Norma (York)
Norma were really fired up after their success in the Leipzig competition. It was great to work with them (I still feel guilty about their not making the final at Tampere last time). They’re hugely versatile, and we had a very creative time. Keep an ear out – they write or arrange all their own stuff (some of which you can hear here).
June 17 : Alcalá de Henares (Clásicos en Alcalá) : Dowland recital with Ariel Abramovich (lute)
Alcalá is the birthplace of Cervantes. As a coda to our Dowland recital we’ll perform Robert Johnson’s ‘Woods and Rocks and Mountains’ (thanks to a bit of detective work by Robert White). Thomas Shelton’s translation of Don Quixote was published in 1612, as was the play Cardenio which drew on it (and which may have been co-authored by Shakespeare). The Johnson song is believed to have been composed for this production.
Ariel Abramovich and I have done a lot of Dowland over the last four years or so, but this must have been the most appropriate venue ever: the Corral de Comedias is an exquisite 17th century theatre, perfect for our Pilgrim’s Solace programme. And it was great to do the Johnson ‘Don Quixote’ piece just yards from where Cervantes was born.
June 20-25 Vienna: Sound & Fury recordings
This will be an Ockeghemfest…, with multiple versions of the Missa Cuius Vis Toni.
Our last Ockeghem effort was greatly appreciated by Todd McComb. He seems particularly gratified by our musica ficta – for wich we have to thank Jaap van Bentham. The Cuius Vis Toni will be a field day for ficta...
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July 10 Harewood House: Conductus Project concert and CD launch
A late night event in the medieval church in the grounds of Harewood House as part of the York Early Music Festival, this will be the first live concert following the research and recording sessions for Southampton University’s Cantum Pulcriorum Invenire project. It will be by candle light, and feature the first showing of a specially commissioned film by Michael Lynch.
We enjoyed this a lot, especially the gasps from the audience when Mick Lynch’s horses seemed to go for Chris O’Gorman’s head… Another very atmospheric gig (very efficiently organised by the York Early Music Festival team. For details of the CD see the Hyperion website.