Monday, April 07, 2008

Dreaming of England

Here is some information on the Spode Music Week, now in its 55th year, which will be August 9-16, 2008.

Spode Music Week is held annually at Beechwood House, a School in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. The course offers a unique opportunity to combine practical music making in a friendly atmosphere with optional participation in the course’s celebration of the
Catholic Liturgy in both Latin and English.


The blending of sacred and secular musicmaking, set in a beautiful environment.

A structured day with a wide range of musical activities and free time for afternoon pursuits.

Informal choral and chamber musicmaking for a range of abilities.

Musical activities for children.

Lectures on a range of musical subjects.

Daily recitals given by professional performers.

Extensive gardens and a licensed bar.

Many nearby Country Houses and Gardens open to the public.

There is a sung Mass and Compline each day, the music ranging from full Latin liturgy to works composed especially for Spode Music Week. Rehearsals each day concentrate on the music for the main Course Mass on Friday and secular choral and orchestral works performed in an informal concert on the Thursday. This concert also gives opportunities for members to prepare and perform music individually, or in small groups. Members are encouraged to bring pieces of music they wish to play.

This year's coursework includes Vaughan Williams: Mass in G minor.

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