Early-Music Seminars 2019 | Westron Wynde. Taverner, Tye and Sheppard 1530-60

Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice
plus Oct, 0812 2019

In collaboration with the Concordance, the Irma Merk, and the L. + Th. La Roche Foundations, the Fondazione Giorgio Cini is dedicating an Egida Sartori and Laura Alvini Early Music Seminar to mid-16th century English liturgical and devotional repertoires. While focusing on the mass-settings by John Taverner, Christopher Tye, and John Sheppard, occasionally based on traditional melodies such as Westron Wynde (West Wind), the seminar will also discuss their motets, psalms and antiphons. These works reflect some of the bitter religious controversies following the German and English Reformations of the 1530s and during the reign of Mary Tudor (1553-1558).

The seminar will be directed by Pedro Memelsdorff and the principal teacher will be the early English music specialist Peter Phillips, founder of The Tallis Scholars, and a leading expert on the chosen repertoires. Having performed in over 2,000 concerts and made countless recordings, he has contributed more than anyone else to the dissemination and promotion of English Renaissance polyphony.

The participants at the seminar, entitled Westron Wynde. Taverner, Tye and Sheppard. Masses, Motets, Psalms and Antiphons in Renaissance England (1530-60), were selected through an international competition. They will give a final concert at the Squero Auditorium on Friday, 11 October.


Friday 11 October, 6 pm | The Squero Auditorium


Director of the Seminars: Pedro Memelsdorff

Teachers: Peter Phillips and Magnus Williamson

Ensemble Tarentule (the international competition winners)

CECIL GALLOIS (alto and director)



XAVIER DE LIGNEROLLES (tenor and director)

Free admission while seats last