Winsford Weekend, an invitation to Eype Church to hear the musicians’ play-through, led by Nancy Hadden
Each year now for the last six years a group of about 30 singers and players of renaissance instruments (e.g. curtals, recorders and viols) has worked through a repertoire of pieces new to them on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning, and this year we shall, as last, be happy to welcome the public in to hear, not quite a ‘concert’ but a public play-through of all that we’ve learnt up until about 12 noon on Sunday. We shall welcome listeners from 12.15 for a performance starting at 12.30. When it is over those attending will, of course, be invited to share our coffee and cakes.
The musical menu in 2018 consists of festive music from Italy and France, for 4 to 12 voices, especially the Te Deum ceremonies which went on in France. During the reign of Henry III (1574-89), Henry IV (1589-1610) and Louis XIII (1610-1643) there were a number of triumphal returns after the wars, weddings and other festivities which prompted celebrations, processions, religious services and fireworks all over France. Music for Winsford will be drawn from these, including ‘Laudate Dominum omnes gentes’ a12 by Orlando Lassus, Guillaume Boni’s ‘Quaesumus omnipotens Deus’ a12, motets and hymns for the Te Deum by Jean Mouton, Eustache du Caurroy, Claude Le Jeune, and if we have time, we will top these off with a festive motet or two from the Medici Codex. We probably won’t manage the fireworks.