Author Archives: Brian

If Ye Love Me – Thomas Tallis

I would love to meet Thomas Tallis! He lived for some 80 years from approx 1505 to 1585. He spent 40 odd years as a gentleman of the Chapel Royal and served in one capacity or other under Henry VIII, … Continue reading

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Mozart – Missa Brevis K194 in D Major

What is it that creates and carries our memories? Our experiences, our history, what we read, what we are told and taught? Probably all of these things and much more. I am not interested, here, in any kind of scientific … Continue reading

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Handel Dixit Dominus – Venue and Fastest Fugue

One thing about running an event at the extraordinary Convento de Cristo in Tomar is that we are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing venues for individual performances. It has taken a while to settle on a space … Continue reading

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Aer Lingus Puts On Extra Flights for the Zêzere Arts Festival

Well, yes I am joking, the flights are not actually for the Zêzere Arts Festival! But they do suit us really well. The price has been creeping up and these extra Saturday flights bring them back down to the sensible … Continue reading

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The Story of Jonas – Carissimi

I came across Carissimi’s Jonas a few years ago, having known and performed Jephte many times. Carissimi is one of those composers that undergraduates can easily think of as a one hit wonder. We all learn about the stunning word … Continue reading

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Sir Colin Davis – A Personal Memory

I won’t be the only musician feeling sad at the news announced by the LSO yesterday evening. Sir Colin Davis passed away at the age of 85 after a mesmerizing life of achievement and contribution to music. Like so many … Continue reading

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Strings Masterclass with Lopes-Graça String Quartet

Zêzere Arts is delighted to announce a new element to the 2013 festival. We will run a masterclass for advanced string players as part of our 2013 summer course. Players will study individually and in chamber groups as well as … Continue reading

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Festival Chorus at the Convento de Cristo

It is an exciting day for us at Zêzere Arts.  Today we announce the formation of a festival chorus as part of this year’s Festival of Opera, Song and Singing.  Singers are offered the amazing opportunity to spend a week  … Continue reading

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