STANDARD: UPPER INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED

The cultivation of the figure of the melancholic individual in Elizabethan and Jacobean England owed much to the madrigalists. As a stock figure, the lovesick melancholic can be discerned in a large number of madrigal texts of the period, usually as the author of the text being sung (and, by implication, the composer of the music too). He frequently expresses his torments with references to weeping, sighing, lamenting and dying – this last of course carrying a double meaning all too appropriate in the circumstances. Applications are invited from singers (all voices) to this new one-day course, led by Dr Clive McClelland, Associate Professor in Music at the University of Leeds and Director of Leeds Baroque Choir. We shall explore this rich repertoire, including Weelkes O Care, thou wilt despatch me, Bennet Weep, O mine eyes, Tomkins Too much I once lamented, Ward Out from the vale, and Wilbye Draw on, sweet Night - do bring along a copy of the Oxford Book of English Madrigals (a small number of copies will be available to borrow on the day). The opportunity will be made available to employ period pronunciation. We begin at 10am, break for lunch (included in the price) at 1pm and end no later than 5pm.

Fee: £75 Code: 19/115