Mendelssohn Hymn of Praise

An open choral workshop directed by Paul Spicer
Accompanist: Mark Dancer

Saturday 25 September 2021
10.30 am–4.30 pm
Bedales School
Church Road, Steep
GU32 2DG

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Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise is a joyous work written as a celebration. The original occasion in 1840 was the 400th anniversary of Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press, but the life-affirming Biblical texts and Mendelssohn’s uplifting music are universal, with tuneful, approachable choruses expressing the central theme of the piece – ‘The night is departing, the day is approaching’.

The work is scheduled for the closing concert of the 2022 Petersfield Musical Festival, and this open singing day will launch rehearsals leading up to the performance in March.

Paul Spicer is one of today’s most distinguished choral conductors and is in great demand for his inspirational choral workshops. He conducts the Birmingham Bach Choir, is founder- director of the acclaimed Finzi Singers, and is Professor of Choral Conducting at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He is a composer, writer and broadcaster, and a leading authority on twentieth-century British music. Paul has been Resident Conductor at Petersfield Musical Festival since 2005.

Covid security. The event will be risk-assessed and held in accordance with regulations in force at the time. Further information will be sent to ticket-holders in advance of the day if needed. All details in this leaflet are as at the time of printing, but subject to change or cancellation if necessary.

Bedales School Quad offers excellent facilities. The school is two miles from the A3 and has ample parking. Tiered seating for the choir ensures good visibility for all.

Timetable for the day
10.00 am–4.30 pm

10.00 Doors open
10.30 Workshop session 1
11.30–11.50 Coffee Break
11.50 Workshop session 2
13.00 Lunch break. Lunch is available, provided by the school’s catering team, or bring your own.
13.45–15.00 Workshop session 3
15.20–16.30 Workshop session 4



Including tea/coffee at morning break and lunchtime

Singers £18
Friends of the Festival £14
Members of Petersfield Festival choirs £14
Full-time students Free
Audience £5
Music hire £1 per copy
Lunch £6.50


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