Viol Consort Day 25th April 2018
Another great day in our series of coaching days with Alison Kinder. We played Michael East, Lupo, Byrd Kerll and Tomkins amongst others. "These playing days are such a lovely experience." "It's great not to travel for miles in order to receive top-class tuition." "As usual it was a lovely day." "It was a great day and I had an enjoyable time!"
Viol Consort Day 10th January 2018
We got the New Year off to a great start with a well-attended day. This is what people said: "Thanks so much for organising another very successful Viol Day. I really enjoyed the playing that I did and as usual had a very good lesson with Ali." "Many thanks for organising the sessions." "we both enjoyed it - the choice of music, the catering, and of course, the company. We know how much work it is to do it and how much planning it takes, and are therefore doubly grateful." " I thought it all very successful and enjoyable."
Viol Consort Day 24 May 2017
The third of what is becoming a regular series of consort coaching days. It was good to see some new faces. "[I] really enjoyed and benefited from playing with other competent viol players", "another very enjoyable (and sometimes challenging!) day", "an absolutely lovely day of viol playing and tutoring!"
Essex Voices Concert 6 May 2017
Ten singers form the group Essex Voices. Their concert, entitled "Songs of Angels", was a very accomplished performance of a widely ranging repertoire in the beautiful surroundings of Great Waltham Church. The first half explored some of the biblical encounters between angels and men, the Annunciantion, Mary's response in the Magnifcat, and angels appearing to the shepherds at the Nativity in settings by diverse composers such as Guerrero, Byrd, Victoria, Schutz, Gabrieli and Handl. The second half took song as its starting point with spirits, birds, swans and nightingales all having their turn to warble in settings by Finzi, Bennett, Gibbons, Stanford, Harris and Ayres. The concert raised over £750 to be split equally between the Church and Angel Early Music, so many thanks to all those who supported this event.
Viol Consort Day 1 March 2017
The second day in our series of consort days, again coached by Alison Kinder. The hall soon filled up with viols and a productive and enjoyable day was had by all. "A lovely day", "so organised", "an excellent day of viol playing". With apologies for the quality of the photos this time!
Viol consort Day 14 December 2016
Our first event, a viol consort day, was a great success. 10 players spent a day playing in two consorts, coached by Alison Kinder and with the opportunity for a private lesson. Comments from the participants included: "a most enjoyable day", "very well organised", " a real treat to have Alison Kinder to coach us", "what a lovely day of viol playing".