SINGING IN CASTARA
a course in Tobago for choral singers led by JanJoost van Elburg
10 to 15 February 2019
A week of music-making in the idyllic village of Castara Bay on Tobago’s Caribbean coast.
We rehearse a programme of largely early music every day in the morning and late afternoon for a concert at the end of the course. This is one of Lacock’s occasional ventures to this part of the world; previous courses have been held in Havana and in San Miguel de Allende and Cholula in Mexico. The aim is always to combine music-making with a chance to explore, in good company and a relaxed and convivial setting.
The Garden of EdenClemens non Papa &
Francisco Guerrero ~ Ego flos campi
Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla ~ Missa Ego flos campi
Melchior Franck ~ Du bist aller Dinge schön, Fahet uns die Füchse
Heinrich Schütz ~ Ego dormio
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina ~ Canticum canticorum
Camille Saint Saëns ~ Calme des nuits, Les fleurs et les arbres
Frederick Delius ~ Song to be sung of a summer night on the water
Robert Lucas Pearsall
~ Waters of Elle
JanJoost’s programme is inspired by Castara’s spectacular coastal setting in the world’s first legally protected forest, established in 1776
“for the purpose of attracting frequent showers of rain on which the fertility of lands on these climates doth entirely depend”. All the early works take their inspiration from the the dark green religion of the Bible’s most
sensuous book, The Song of Songs. Padilla was maestro de capilla of Puebla cathedral in Mexico; the motet on which his mass is based has not been identified, but the mass’s exceptional rhythmic vitality is undoubtedly influenced by
the musical culture of the Aztec and African elements of the population. The four romantic part songs are a singerly self indulgence entirely in keeping with the spirit of the place.
Andrew van der Beek writes: “I
discovered Castara Bay on a family holiday a few years ago and was immediately struck by the thought that it would make an ideal Lacock course venue: an idyllic Caribbean fishing village with two glorious swimming beaches,
surrounded by virgin jungle crashing down into the sea, the choice of a church and a community hall to sing in and no large-scale tourist development. It was the perfect place to go when the northern winter begins to pall. The bird
life was fantastic, from the motmots, trogons and amazing variety of humming birds to the pterodactyl-like frigate birds. Edmund de Waal (yes, that one) liked the place too; he visited Castara a few years ago and wrote about it
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