A one-day conference and concert to mark the 350th anniversary of the death of Captain Henry Cooke (d.1672), sometime Master of the Children of the Chapel Royal https://users.ox.ac.uk/~quee3938/mcc_conference.html
The dates have been chosen to encapsulate the tumultuous period of English history beginning with the outbreak of the English Civil Wars in 1642 and ending in 1688 with the Glorious Revolution. There is an exceptional array of speakers lined up for the event, which should promote some excellent discourse into the world of Seventeenth-Century English music:
- Keynote – Professor Rebecca Herissone (University of Manchester)
- Dr John Cunningham (Bangor University)
- Caroline Lesemann-Elliott (Royal Holloway, University of London)
- Professor Peter Holman MBE (University of Leeds)
- Alexander Norman (Royal Holloway, University of London)
- Dr Matthias Range (University of Oxford)
- Dr Zsombor Tóth-Vajna (Royal College of Music)
- Professor Jonathan Wainwright (University of York)
- Dr Bryan White (University of Leeds)
- Samuel Teague (The Queen’s College, Oxford)
The registration fee (£30) grants access to the entire one-day event, including the evening concert, with refreshments throughout the day. (N.B. lunch and dinner are not included.) Conference registration can be completed via the following link, and by clicking on the ‘book conference’ button: https://users.ox.ac.uk/~quee3938/mcc_conference.html.
The event is affiliated and kindly sponsored by the Church Music Society, as well as the University of Oxford Faculty of Music. Full details, including paper titles, abstracts, and timings, can be found at the link above. The event is being convened by Samuel Teague, DPhil Candidate in Music at The Queen’s College, Oxford.
The concert on the evening of 21 May, separately titled Music for Restored Times, will feature jewels of the English Restoration School repertoire, performed by the Choir of The Queen’s College, Oxford, and Instruments of Time & Truth, conducted by Professor Owen Rees. The concert features verse anthems by John Blow, Henry Cooke, and Henry Purcell, as well as Pelham Humfrey, Matthew Locke, and Michael Wise. Singers from across the choir will perform solo verses, which alternate with passages for full choir, much akin to the operation of the seventeenth-century Chapel Royal.
The concert begins at 6pm and, including a short interval, will be finished by 8pm. Tickets cost £20, with a few £5 student tickets available whilst stocks last, and can be purchased from this link: www.queenschoir.com/tickets