An introduction to 16th century facsimile – a repeat of Alison Kinder’s 2020 online course for SEMF, with two new live Zoom tutorials. Session 1.

Alison Kinder’s recent online course for SEMF on playing or singing from facsimile was fully booked with a waiting list, so we’re delighted she’s agreed to repeat it. The course will follow the same format as before: there will be two (new) live tutorials at 7.30pm on 16th February and 2nd March via Zoom, plus […]

Patrick Craig: Music for Ash Wednesday

Another Zoom session with Patrick Craig in which he will present music associated with Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent – forty days representing Jesus’s time in the Wilderness. The music for this day is both contemplative and challenging. Allegri’s Miserere is the most famous of many important settings of this substantial […]

Laurie Stras: Music from medieval and Renaissance Convents

For just over 20 years, Professor Laurie Stras has been co-director (with founder Deborah Roberts) of Musica Secreta (, an ensemble dedicated to exploring the music written for and by women from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century. Laurie will talk about her ground-breaking research into the music sung by – and often composed by […]

David Allinson on the Salve Regina chant and its settings

The Salve Regina chant is the seasonal antiphon after Easter and David will look at ways in which composers such as Josquin, Guerrero and Victoria have incorporated it in their music. May is the month of Mary, which makes this topic especially timely. For this workshop David will be looking at more pieces than usual […]


Josquin 500 – linking heaven and earth

A Zoom session with Patrick Craig marking the 500th anniversary of the death of Josquin Des Prez. You may have noticed that this year is the 500th anniversary of the death of Josquin des Prez, the founding father of renaissance polyphony. SEMF is marking this with a zoom session from Patrick Craig. He will celebrate […]


Live workshop for instruments with Emily White


This (live) Renaissance workshop for instruments is open to cornetts, sackbuts, curtals/dulcians, recorders, viol and violin family, plucked continuo.  Pitch is A=440. Violin family players do not need to have a baroque instrument. The music will be subject to the forces available, we hope to include a Kyrie Eleison by Andrea Gabrieli and one or more pieces […]

POSTPONED: live workshop for voices with David Allinson

Scaynes Hill

Postponed We regret that this event has been postponed. A new date for this live choral workshop will be announced in due course. Meanwhile, we have asked David Allinson to give another of his excellent Zoom talks for us. This is likely to be on a weekday evening in early autumn.An announcement will be posted […]

Josquin Remembered, with Andrew Griffiths

This Zoom session with Andrew Griffiths explores some of Josquin’s finest motets, through the lens of a very unusual tribute work by the composer Jacquet de Mantua. Published in 1554, Jacquet’s Dum vastos Adriae fluctus hints at the esteem in which Josquin's music was still held fully a generation after his death. Its poem mentions […]


‘Before the ending of the day’ with David Allinson online

Polyphony for Compline Compline is the final service of the day in the Christian monastic tradition, said or sung just before the community retires for the night. With its poetic words invoking sleep and praying for protection, Compline can be a meditative, spiritual experience, whatever one’s beliefs.  In this live talk David will look briefly […]


Josquin 500 with Patrick Craig

Scaynes Hill

Workshop for voices and instruments ***** Please check with the organiser before making a payment. The event is now full. *****. Patrick has chosen three beautiful Marian motets, three Agnus Dei from Josquin’s mass settings, and the Qui habitat a 24. He will no doubt inspire us with his informative talks about these works on […]

Patrick Craig on Chant and Polyphony

Zoom event As a beacon of light in the dark days of January, Patrick Craig will lift our spirits with a zoom session on ‘Chant and the origins of Polyphony’. The Old Testament book of Psalms is full of exhortations to worship God with song. But for the majority of history music has been shared […]