A Lover’s Discourse

In love, as in music, we find ourselves in a multitude of hazy, transcendental states, neither here nor there. ‘We are enchanted, bewitched: we are in the realm of sleep, without sleeping; we are within the voluptuous infantilism of sleepiness: this is the moment for telling stories.’ So says Roland Barthes in his sweeping and ecstatic examination of human love, A Lover’s Discourse. Join us for a unique and transformative experience, as we pair Barthes’ vivid recitations with madrigals by Monteverdi, Gesualdo and Marenzio, a specially commissioned film by Arms & Legs, and Pippa Murphy’s evocative new score.

Welcome to all the Pleasures

A 25th birthday calls for a rousing celebration and we intend to mark it in suitable style. Joins us for a celebratory event centred around Purcell’s magnificent Welcome Odes, in the company of a host of Dunedin favourites and friends from over the years. Music by Handel, Corelli and Blow completes this virtuosic feast — the perfect showcase for our wonderful singers and instrumentalists.

Glasgow Choral Workshop

We are delighted to be bringing back our choral workshops in 2022. These sessions are the perfect way to explore some new repertoire in a relaxed and enjoyable way. Since most of us have been without regular singing for more than a year, we’ll also devote some time to vocal health and share tips on how to get your vocal cords safely back into shape.

Led by celebrated soprano and teacher Mhairi Lawson, this year’s workshops focus on Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas. Although the opera is most famous for Dido’s lament, the chorus gets some of the best music, commentating on the action as the lovers move through the frisson of early courtship to the heartbreaking conclusion of their affair.

Although some choral experience is helpful, these workshops are open to anyone who would like to improve their choral singing and learn some new repertoire. Join us for a relaxed, fun-filled day of music making, and the chance to share what you’ve learned with friends and family at the end of the day.

Ticket price includes score hire and light refreshments throughout the day.


09:30 — Registration

10:00-13.00 — Session 1

14:00-16.15 — Session 2

16.30 — Informal performance for friends and family