The EFMS Choral Programme

Director: Philip Redfern

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The Early Music Choirs programme was established in 2016 in response to demand from singers for opportunities to sing Early Music on a regular basis.

Working through a monthly workshop rehearsal, with different groups and areas of focus in morning and afternoon sessions, the programme has attracted singers from far and wide. The EMFS Choir for singers with some choral experience and basic sight-reading skills meets after lunch and the EMFS Advanced Choir, for singers with wide choral experience and the reading and musicianship skills to work at a faster rate, meets in the morning.

Singers may sign-up for the entire term of rehearsals or just take part in individual sessions. Those in the Advanced Choir may opt to sign up for the afternoon also so that they can enjoy the music that the EMFS Choir is working on.

The pattern of three meetings per term enables music to be mastered and questions of style, performance practice and context for music by, among others, Palestrina, Tallis, Byrd, Monteverdi, Purcell, and even Mozart to be considered. Preparing music without the pressure of an impending performance continues to be a refreshing and rewarding experience allowing great flexibility in music selection and preparation for all concerned.

EMFS Choirs Spring 2020 Programme

Sign up via the EMFS Choirs Brochure Spring 2020

EMFS Choir

A French Requiem: Charpentier’s Messe des morts à 4 voix

Mark Antoine Charpentier occupied a prominent position at the court of Louis XIV - composing for the theatre and for the Royal Chapel. His Requiem for four-part choir is a sombre work replete with all the sumptuous harmonies we expect from the finest of French Baroque music.

EMFS Advanced Choir

Requiem in F minor - Heinrich Biber

Nowadays, best-known as a composer for the violin, in his day Heinrich Biber was equally celebrated as a church composer. His Requiem is a large scale work, dark-hued and at times dramatic, which deserves to be much better known.

Dates for Spring 2020:

  • Saturday 18 January
  • Saturday 15 February
  • Saturday 14 March - cancelled

Sign up via the EMFS Choirs Brochure Spring 2020

If you're not sure which session is best for you please complete our self assessment form 

Further information available from the Choir Administrator Sue Owen