OUR CHORAL WORKSHOPS
Platinum Consort, directed by Scott Inglis-Kidger, is the leading provider of high-quality choral workshops in the UK, attracting singers from Europe, the USA, and even Australia. Expert and enlightening vocal coaching is at the heart of what we do. You will explore compelling repertoire in one of our beautiful London homes: the riverside church of St Mary’s, Battersea and the candlelit choir stalls of St Barnabas, Pimlico.
Our choral workshops are designed to challenge and stimulate experienced choral singers. We work quickly with only limited note-bashing, and we keep the groups fairly small. We therefore expect you to prepare music in advance or be a proficient sight-reader. Our goal is to enable every one of you to love your voice, through our welcoming atmosphere and our community of like-minded singers.
If you are new to Platinum, please do register with us as a singer and feel free to peruse our 2019 programme by scrolling down below. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our Flagship Workshops, Bach Club days or Early Nights sessions soon.
Claudio Monteverdi: Christmas Vespers
Saturday 7th December 2019
We all know and admire Monteverdi's famous Vespers of 1610, thought to have been written as a showcase for his appointment as Maestro di Cappella at St Mark’s, Venice. Monteverdi, however, wrote many more exuberant psalm settings in his Selva morale e spirituale of 1640, many of which may have been performed as complete Vespers sets. Denis Stevens, in his edition for Novello, carefully re-imagined a Christmas Vespers service by Monteverdi, complete with plainchant antiphons such as Hodie Christus natus est. This reconstruction, which uses works from the Selva morale, contains a particularly beguiling setting of Beatus vir, and is a thrilling alternative to the 1610 set. We hope this will mark the beginning of Christmas for all our singers.
Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
Scott Inglis-Kidger Director
Saturday 7th December 2019, 10:30-17:00
St Mary's Church, Battersea Church Road
London SW11 3NA
Cost includes break time refreshments. Participants are kindly asked to purchase their own score.
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“Monteverdi gives us the full gamut of human passions in music, the first composer to do so; Beethoven tells us what a terrible struggle it is to transcend human frailties and to aspire to the Godhead; and Mozart shows the kind of music we might hope to hear in heaven. But it is Bach, making music in the Castle of Heaven, who gives us the voice of God - in human form.”
Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Join us on a journey of discovery as we embark on our first year of singing the choruses and chorales of Bach's complete cycle of sacred cantatas.
£50 per workshop
SATURDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2019
Cantata BWV 1 Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern
Cantata BWV 2 Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein
Cantata BWV 3 Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid
SATURDAY 27 APRIL 2019
Cantata BWV 4 Christ lag in Todes Banden
Cantata BWV 5 Wo soll ich fliehen hin
Cantata BWV 6 Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden
SATURDAY 8 JUNE 2019
Cantata BWV 7 Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam
Cantata BWV 8 Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben?
Cantata BWV 9 Es ist das Heil uns kommen her
SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER 2019
Cantata BWV 10 Meine Seel erhebt den Herren
Ascension Oratorio BWV 11 Himmelfahrtsoratorium
Cantata BWV 12 Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen.