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Strictly Singing

Sunday April 14, 2024 @ 15h00

This year’s Strictly Singing Workshop programme, curated and directed by Rory McCleery, explores the music of French Renaissance composer Jean Maillard. Despite his being identified as ‘one of the most important French composers of the sixteenth century’, Jean Maillard is a figure who remains shrouded in mystery and whose works have rarely been performed in modern times. This contrasts sharply with his reception during his own lifetime. The Workshop participants will also be singing additional pieces by Maillard’s contemporaries, Claude Goudimel and Pierre Cadeac.
Rory McCleery began his musical career as a chorister at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh under Timothy Byram-Wigfield and Matthew Owens. He gained a double first in music at Oxford University as both Organ and Domus Academic scholar of St Peter’s College, subsequently completing an MSt in Musicology with Distinction. As a countertenor, Rory greatly enjoys working as a soloist and consort singer in concert and recording with ensembles including
The Dunedin Consort, The Monteverdi Choir, Ludus Baroque, The Sixteen, The Gabrieli Consort, Contrapunctus, The Tallis Scholars, Le Concert d’Astrée, The Academy of Ancient Music, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and The Cardinall’s Musick.
Recent solo performances have included Bach St John and St Matthew Passions;
Handel Messiah, Dixit Dominus and Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne; Pärt Passio and Stabat Mater; Purcell Come ye Sons of Art, Ode to St Cecilia and Welcome to All the Pleasures; Monteverdi Vespers of 1610; Rameau Grands Motets; and Britten Abraham and Isaac in venues
including the Chapelle Royale de Versailles, The Concertgebouw Brugge, and the Snape Maltings Concert Hall. Rory has appeared as a soloist for broadcasts on ARTE, Radio France, BBC Radio 3 and German and Italian radio, and collaborates regularly with the Rose Consort of Viols. Rory is the founder and musical director of The Marian Consort (www.marianconsort.co.uk), with whom he
performs across the UK and Europe. He has recorded five highly-lauded CDs with the ensemble, and they appear regularly on the radio both in the UK and abroad. Rory is also in demand as a guest conductor, chorus master and workshop leader, and is a passionate believer in the importance of
music education and singing for young people. He is currently engaged in doctoral research centerd on the French Renaissance composer Jean Mouton, and acts as an academic and programming consultant to festivals and many of the ensembles with whom he performs.

Jean Maillard – International Man of Mystery

Despite his being identified as ‘one of the most important French composers of the sixteenth century’ by the renowned Musicologist François Lesure nearly half a century ago, Jean Maillard is a figure who remains shrouded in mystery and whose works have rarely been performed in modern times. This contrasts sharply with his reception during his own lifetime: his works were clearly very popular and widely travelled: they survive in manuscripts and prints originating in Germany, France, Poland, the Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium and the UK. Telling also is the number of composers who modelled their own compositions on works by Maillard: this list includes fellow Frenchman Claude Goudimel and also such luminaries as Orlando Lassus, Jacob Handl and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. It is possible that Maillard harboured Protestant sympathies which may have resulted in his exclusion from the circles of the Catholic royal court in Paris. Award-winning conductor and musicologist Rory McCleery leads a fun and engaging weekend exploring the music of this unjustly forgotten French musical master in his home city.

Italian (Venetian) School; A Concert

Program

Jean Maillard: Missa Je suis desheritee, Laudate Dominum, In me transierunt, In pace, Gaudent in caelis

Pierre Cadeac: Je suis desheritee

Claude Goudimel: Motets and psalms

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