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Requiem for a King – a workshop for voices and instruments (A=415) with Jeffrey Skidmore
April 27, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm£5
Jeffrey Skidmore explores music by Michel-Richard de Lalande including two magnificent Grand Motets written for Louis XIV to be performed in the golden splendour of the Chapelle Royale in the palace of Versailles. The workshop includes the powerfully moving Requiem from De Profundis, which was performed at the Sun King’s funeral in 1715, and the uplifting Hymn for Easter Day O filii et filae. He will take a look at primary source material, discuss research and explore some important features of French Baroque style – ornamentation, pronunciation and notes inégales.
We will sing these two pieces at A 415 – SATBB chorus, backed by an orchestra of strings, oboes, bassoons, flutes, recorders, organ and theorbo. (Instrumental parts will also be available)
The powerful music of Lalande is still the least well-known of the great Baroque composers. With a major anniversary creeping up in 2026 NOW is the time to start putting things right. His music is consistently incroyable!
Jeffrey Skidmore OBE has been Artistic Director of Ex Cathedra for over 50 years and has an international reputation for the quality and range of his work. Baroque music from Latin America has featured prominently in recent years and he has given many magical performances in beautiful venues around the world, he has recorded four CDs, created many new editions and explored a whole new world of performance practice.
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