Friday 13th – Sunday 15th October
Final Run-through 1.15 – 2pm Sunday – public welcome
The Winsford Weekend musicians are dedicated to performing renaissance music, almost all of it church music, in October each year, and in the last five years have chosen Eype as their meeting-place, a pleasant place in which to spend three days with a church acoustic that suits well the sounds they seek to make. Their leader, Nancy Hadden, is a renowned player of the renaissance flute, conductor and teacher. Singers and players number in total about 30, and the players’ instruments include the sackbut (early form of trombone) the curtal (early form of bassoon), recorders of different sizes and pitches, a cornetto (wooden instrument with a trumpet-functioning mouthpiece) and viols, which slightly resemble cellos.
This year their repertoire will include music by, among others, Claude LeJeune, Goudimel, and Giaches de Wert. De Wert and Le Jeune are known mainly as composers of secular madrigals and chansons, but their religious motets will include ‘Ascendente Jesu in naviculam’, the story of Jesus calming the waves of the sea in a boat with his disciples. There are also more ‘traditional’ Palestrina-like motets, such as Virgo Maria. They will, in addition, rehearse and perform music by Lassus and Jacob Clemens again.
The public are welcome to attend their final run-through from 1.15 to 2pm on Sunday 15th. There is no entrance charge, but any donations will be gratefully received. Refreshments will be available.