Season 2019/2020


Focused on Puccini’s MESSA DI GLORIA

After a Workshop in November and a wonderful Concert in February featuring Mendelssohn’s ELIJAH, we are now holding a Summer Study Day on Saturday 2nd May. This will be an opportunity to further develop your singing ability with the inspirational Robert Dean, while celebrating the music of Puccini’s Messa di Gloria. Robert enthuses:

“The Messa di Gloria fulfils much more than its original purpose as an academic exercise. It is a product of Puccini’s youth, written in 1880 long before he became the famous composer of such operatic masterpieces as La Bohème and Tosca.

It is a joyful work, packed full of memorable tunes and striking ideas. Puccini later plundered some of the material for his operas – Edgar, and Manon Lescaut – most memorably the final Agnus Dei, which found its way into the latter opera as an 18th century madrigal in Act 2. We must not forget that, stretching back into the 1700s, Puccini’s forefathers were church musicians, and perhaps one can sense a tribute to his musical ancestors in this work.

At 45 minutes, the length of the Mass is ideal for a workshop day, as we should be able to rehearse and perform comfortably within the day – and have much fun at the same time! For the performance at the end of the day we shall be joined by two soloists from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.”


How to get involved.

Click on the Registration button below. You will be transferred to the Eventbrite website, where you should click on “Register” and select Study Day Membership; then click on “checkout”, to make payment and to complete an online registration form. Your confirmation email will contain basic information for the day (but you can keep up to date with the detail by clicking on the Study Day Information option at the top left of this web page)