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Conferences, Concerts & Workshops


At the Chains of Gold event in Cambridge next weekend I’ll be doing a talk on Friday 1st March entitled Historical singing style: can it be done? What’s the point? followed by three verse anthem workshops the next day (with Bill Hunt and Fretwork). Conference registration is now closed but it’s still possible to attend the workshops.

I’ve now decided on a title for my Association of Teachers of Singing conference keynote in Bristol on July 19th; it’s called Singing interpreted: the silent language of historical pedagogy. More info when I’ve wriiten the abstract…


The next performance is on April 13th at the Cambridge Festival of the Voice in the Emmanual United Reform Church (a bit later than the music but a lovely acoustic). I’ll be doing a short talk first and the programme (with Mick Lynch’s film) will be similar to the one we did in the York Early Music Festival but with a couple of additions from the forthcoming CD. Chris and I will be doing a short performance also of new material (without film) at the PMMS conference in York on July 10th, and a more detailed exploration with Rogers Covey-Crump (and film) at the Cantum conference in Southampton on September 9th. That will be followed by our first full-length trio performance in Otterberg on September 22nd.

Aldeburgh residency

I had a bit of a fright when I saw that this seemed to be billed as Concerto Caldonia John Potter Singers but I think this is just a web cock up. My illustrious colleagues are billed in full here. Still no idea how this will work, though it will be fun if YouTube clips of previous CC Aldeburgh residencies are anything to go by. The concert is on Easter Saturday, and we’ll be joined by James Bowman (whom I haven’t seen since David Munrow days). I haven’t sung at Snape since sharing Handel’s L’Allegro with Peter Pears. He’d just been knighted and we weren’t sure if we could still call him just plain Peter. The concert was exciting: the conductor fell off the podium in the rehearsal and conducted the whole thing with one arm in a sling. Half a conductor…

Finland visits

My next Finland visits are April 27-29, June 4-8, September 13-16 and October 25-28, so if anyone wants any coaching while I’m there, let me know.

ECM  lute projects

Progress is being made on both the Josquin/Victoria edit and the proposal to record the Sting, John Paul Jones and Tony Banks songs (though there’s no sign yet of the Dowland Project Night Sessions). There’s a new lute songs page here, and Ariel, Jake and I will be doing some of the new material in Navarra in September.


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