British choral music workshop planned

By February 24, 2011

Choral singers are invited to join in performing “Music of the British Isles, Past and Present” during a weekend workshop led by guest conductor Simon Holt, a British choral and opera conductor and organist.

The workshop, set for March 18-20, is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, 27074 Patwin Road in Davis.

The choral repertoire will feature works from the Renaissance to the present, including composers Thomas Tallis, Thomas Morley, William Byrd, Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams and John Rutter. J.S. Bach, whose birthday is March 21, also will be represented.

The workshop opens with a Friday evening madrigal “jam” and introduction of repertoire, followed by a dessert social. It concludes with the workshop choir performing at two Sunday morning services at the church.

Holt has served as the executive and artistic director of Salt Marsh Opera in Stonington, Conn., and as a choral conductor in the U.S. and the U.K. As an organist, he has performed in venues such as Westminster Abbey, Windsor Castle, Sacre Coeur, Notre Dame, St. Mark’s and many other European venues. He is the head of music and director of fine arts at St. James School in St. James, Md.

Registration for the weekend event costs $45 for adults and $22.50 for high school and college students. For more information or to request a workshop flier and registration form, e-mail the church at [email protected]

Enterprise staff

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