Voice Trio: Medieval Music Workshop
Saturday 15th October, 11am - 12.30pm
Laidlaw Music Centre

An opportunity for amateur singers to come discover the joy of singing medieval music with one fo the genre's leading present-day ensembles. Beginning with rounds and moving to music by Medieval composers, whilst discovering the challenges of turning these ancient scores into modern scores. 

Music for this workshop will be available in advance from the Music Centre office. 

“Voice’s performance was an absolute triumph of history and music in a setting that put it amongst the truly exceptional experiences so unique to Oxford.” Oxford Daily Information

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Voice Trio

‘A Life of Love and Joy’: A programme of songs that illustrate both joyful, celebratory settings of poetry often using the theme of birds as heraldic symbols, and the recurring topic of unattainable love so often expounded in Medieval Europe.

60 min programme (can be extended on request)

The programme starts in calm and serenity with the sacred chant of the German Medieval abbess, Hildegard of Bingen.  It builds in intensity with secular songs from medieval France and Italy, including celebratory settings of poetry often using the theme of birds as heraldic symbols, and the recurring topic of unattainable love so often expounded in Medieval Europe, by Guillaume de Machaut, Francesco Landini, and Jacopo de Bologna.  Gradually, the intensity dies down, and we return to Hildegard’s beautiful, melismatic chant to end the programme.

Title text translated from a line in Guillaume de Machaut’s “Puis qu’en oubli”.

“Voice’s performance was an absolute triumph of history and music in a setting that put it amongst the truly exceptional experiences so unique to Oxford.” Oxford Daily Information