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Learn, discover and enjoy Renaissance music in Florence

The Florence International Singing Programme aims to provide exceptional music teaching and a pathway into the world of Renaissance Polyphony. Many academics merit Florence as the birthplace of the Renaissance and the epicentre of the surge in art, science, literacy and, of course, music!


This year's course focuses on the world-renowned English tradition. In our optional short seminars, we will explore how the Reformation changed the whole English musical/choral tradition and how it affected the compositional style of composers such as Tallis and Byrd.


The break from Rome changed the landscape of music and with the Reformation came newly formed services which were now in English, a stark contrast from the Latin polyphony which preceded it.  Along with the reforms came the need to form allegiances to different monarchs which meant that composers had to adapt their music constantly. Together, with the optional seminars, we enable this music to be explored in its social context and then performed in an authentic environment.


Please note: the venues we will be rehearsing and performing in are places of worship. As such, we ask that participants respect them, regardless of personal faith.


Our exceptional staff will ensure you can explore this exciting repertoire in fantastic detail. With several years of Cathedral and Oxbridge chapel experience behind them, they have worked with groups (either as singers, accompanists or conductors) including The Gabrieli Consort, The Armonico Consort, Cambridge & Oxford Singing School, Cambridge University Music Society, Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra, European Union Chamber Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and many more.