25th April 2015: Brazilian Adventure Workshop

A choral workshop with Jeffrey Skidmore (Ex Cathedra).

All Saints Church, Hoole, Chester CH2 3HZ

Discover a lost civilisation of great choral music – sophisticated, passionate and intensely spiritual.

Having been at the forefront of bringing South American Baroque music to the attention of European audiences, Ex Cathedra is now leading the way in exploring and championing the little known musical heritage of Brazil. Jeffrey Skidmore Director of Ex Cathedra, who will be leading our Brazilian Adventure writes, “I have made three trips in search of the voice of Brazil  – Amerindian, African and Portuguese – the musical soul of this vast, powerful and mysterious country. The music is sophisticated, profoundly spiritual and passionate and this workshop will introduce the extraordinary repertoire from Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brazil’s ravishingly beautiful baroque mining town – Ouro Preto – in the mineral-rich mountains of Minas Gerais.”

The music to be studied is late Baroque, early Classical and Early Romantic.  Composers include:

António Marques Lésbio (1639 – 1709)
André da Silva Gomes (1754 – 1844)
José Joachim Enerico Lobo de Mesquita (1746 – 1805)
José Maurício Nunes Garcia (1767 – 1830)


09.30 am Registration and coffee
10.00 am Warm up and session 1
11.15 am Break
11.45 am Session 2
1.00 pm Lunch
2.15 pm Session 3
3.45 pm Break
4.15 pm Informal performance

Friends/family are welcome to listen to the free informal performance.  Tea and coffee (small charge) will be available in the church hall from 3.45pm.

This is your opportunity to spend a day with one of Europe’s most exciting Choral Directors.  He is no stranger to Chester.  In 2002 he conducted a large mixed choir of adults and children in an exciting performance of David Fanshawe’s African Sanctus in Chester Cathedral.  In 2004 he ran a very successful Chester Bach Singers workshop on Spanish American Baroque. 11 years later, we are delighted Jeffrey has agreed to direct a workshop to share his latest research in Brazil.


Workshop fee £28 (£20 under 19 or a full time student).

This fee includes hire of all music, which will be issued at registration, and returned at the end of the day. The fee also includes tea / coffee / squash on arrival and during the morning and afternoon breaks.

A two-course lunch consisting of vegetarian soup, bread and dessert is available at an additional cost of £5.  This must be ordered and paid for in advance.

Regrettably, no refunds after 12 April 2015, but we advise early application as numbers are restricted.


This year we are holding our workshop at All Saints Church, Hoole (CH2 3HZ).  This is the church with the spire on Hoole Road, Chester.  It has excellent facilities and is less than 10 minutes walk from Chester railway station.  There is very limited parking at the church but we would like to save that for people with reduced mobility.  Parking in the streets of Hoole is also possible but can be difficult at the weekend.

We are very grateful to Hoole United Reformed Church (CH2 3NT) for giving us permission to use its large car park for this event.  The car park is on your right as you drive towards Chester.  It is then only a 5-minute walk to All Saints.  There will be car-parking attendants on duty and we ask that you make a donation of £2 towards the church’s programme of modernisation.