Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with David Hill
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Saturday 10th February 2018
St Georges Church, Leeds, LS1 3BR
A full day exploring Dvorak’s lyrical and deeply moving Stabat Mater. Setting the medieval Marian poem about a mother grieving the death of her child, Dvorak’s early masterpiece is particularly poignant for having been written in the midst of the most desperate of personal tragedies. Through his own outpouring of grief, Dvorak writes music that is by turns expansive and climactic, and by turns restrained and intimate, with individual grief treated as a universal experience. Ultimately in this towering work, human suffering is transcended through the recognition that death is the path to salvation.
One of the world’s leading choral conductors, David Hill – with assistance from vocal coach Richard Wilberforce, Dvorak scholar Dr Stephen Muir and organist Alan Horsey – will lead singers through an invigorating and energetic day exploring this great work. In addition to learning and singing the piece, participants will discover more about the work’s conception and history, draw comparisons with other settings of the text, enjoy expert coaching on vocal technique from a professional singer, and have plenty of time left to relax with other like-minded singers over a cup of coffee and a slice of cake! The schedule of the day is as follows:
10.00 – 10.30 Registration
10.30 – 11.00 Warm up / Vocal Technique – RW
11.00 – 12.00 Session 1 (Tutti) – DH
12.00 – 12.15 Tea Break 1
12.15 – 13.15 Session 2 (SA/TB Sectional) – DH/RW
13.15 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 14.45 Lecture by Dr. Stephen Muir
14.45 – 15.45 Session 3 (Tutti) – DH
15.45 – 16.00 Tea Break 2
16.00 – 17.00 Session 4 (Tutti) – DH
David Hill is one of the UK’s best-loved choral directors, and holds positions as Musical Director of The Bach Choir, BBC Singers, Yale Schola Cantorum and the Leeds Philharmonic, as well as regularly conducting the Hallé Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
Richard Wilberforce is a member of the Monteverdi Choir, and has sung as a countertenor in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls and opera houses.
Stephen Muir is a Senior Lecturer in Musicology and Performance at the University of Leeds, and has published widely on Russian and Czech romantic music.
Alan Horsey maintains a busy recital schedule, as well as appearing regularly with the Hallé Orchestra and Manchester Camerata. He was for 16 years organist of Bradford Cathedral.
Tickets price includes hiring the music, as well as free tea and coffee.
A special Early Bird offer of is available for tickets purchased before the 1st December 2017.
Phil Members £12.50, Early bird £10
Non Members £20, Early bird £15
Student tickets are £5.
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