From Russia With Love. Bristol St Thomas'

Church of St Thomas the Martyr, Bristol
13th March 2021
9am to 4pm
Bristol, St Thomas'
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The Inaugural St Thomas Early Choral Workshop


Experience the opulent choral sound world of the Imperial Chapel of the Tsars and Empresses. Music by Galuppi, Manfredini, Bortnyansky, Degtyarev, Sarti, Vedel and others

Workshop Information

What standard of singer is this workshop for?
This workshop is aimed at amateur singers who can read music. Singers will be spaced 2m apart and voice parts will be mixed up. Music will be loaned to singers on the day of the workshop, so an ability to sight read to a reasonable level is needed. That said, it is a workshop and there won't be an audience, so don't let any nerves about your sight reading ability deter you from signing up. We appreciate that for some, you won't have done a lot of singing recently and this workshop will provide an amazing opportunity to warm up those vocal chords and make music in a glorious acoustic!

Can children attend the workshop?
We are sorry but this workshop is only open to singers aged 18 or older.

How many singers will attend the workshop?
To ensure singers receive the experience of singing in a chamber choir we are limiting numbers to 32 singers: 10
sopranos, 8 altos, 6 tenors and 8 basses.

Is this workshop Covid-19 secure?
A full risk assessment will be prepared and acknowledged by the venue for this workshop. We recommend all singers read the risk assessment available on the Harmona Sacra website before they purchase their ticket. In order to keep all singers safe, any singer who does not follow the rules set out in the risk assessment may be asked to leave the workshop. The formation of the singers for this workshop will be forward facing and spaced at least 2m apart. There will be a number of breaks during the workshop to allow singers to go outside.

What if I am unable to attend the workshop due to illness?
We will provide a refund if sufficient notice is provided and your ticket can be resold, otherwise we will transfer your ticket to any of the future workshops planned for 2021.

What do I need to bring?
Please bring your own refreshments as we are unable to provide any drinks or food. There are some cafes nearby where you can purchase food and drink and there is a Co-operative close to the church where you can buy takeaway hot drinks. The church is not heated so it is best to assume that the ambient temperature will be cool and wearing extra layers will be necessary. It is also fine to bring a cushion and a blanket if you know you are inclined to feel the cold! You will also need to remember your face mask and pencil!

Information about the Church of St Thomas the Martyr
This late C.18 church is managed by The Churches Conservation Trust. Its big open space makes it an ideal venue to sing in a socially distanced formation and it really has the most glorious acoustic!
The church is situated on Thomas Lane, between Redcliffe Street and Victoria Street. It is close to bus routes and the nearest railway station is Bristol Temple Meads (0.25miles). Address: Thomas Lane, Bristol, BS1 6JG.

Disabled access: there are steps up from the footpath at both doors. Ramps are used inside the church.
For more information visit the CCT website

About Peter Leech:
Peter is a musician with diverse skills and interests, including late sixteenth-century continental polyphony, Catholic court musicians in seventeenth-century England, early Russian Orthodox church music, seventeenth-century instrumental music and the music of late Georgian and early nineteenth-century English composers. Peter has over 30 years experience as a professional choral and orchestral conductor, composer and musicologist. He is a lecturer at Cardiff University School of Music. For further information visit

Further information is available on our website You can also
email any enquiries to [email protected] or phone 07881 442546

07881 442546

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