March 20, 2022

North Wales Early Music Festival

Welcome to the first North Wales Early Music Festival. This year, we start online with four concerts and three workshops given by performers from three of the groups.
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    MARCH 20, 2022

    Early Music Festival

    4 Online Concerts

    Immediate access to programme

    3 Online Workshops

    Immediate access to material

Online Concert: £8.00

Deborah Catterall : mezzo soprano and Hugh Cherry: lute
2022-Mar-20 18:30

Pilgrimage to the Heart

The repertoire in this concert forms a deep journey into the heart of early French song and lute music.  From Josquin des Prez   (1450 - 1521) to Thomas Crecquillion (c1505-1515 -1557?).  The heart of relationship is also uncovered, through mellifluous  and softly duetting lute accompaniments with a vocal line of long, meditative phrases.  The lute part may also, in some cases be a reconstruction of the original chanson, sung in four parts.  The concert is by candlelight.


Deborah Catterall began an interest in early music whilst at the Royal Northern College of Music. After a post-graduate course in early singing at the Royal College, London, she began life as a freelance soloist, working with orchestras, groups and lutenists alike. She began singing with The York Waits at the age of 26, whilst simultaneously becoming a Musical Director at the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and a vocal tutor at Chetham's specialist music school in Manchester.  Deborah sings with lutenist, Hugh Cherry, directs opera, Shakespeare, three early music vocal ensembles, including Company of Voices and often writes articles for healing magazines. She teaches singing and healing and in 2005 was invited to Buckingham Palace in honour of her contribution to the British music industry.  Deborah teaches voice and choir at the Royal Northern College of Music Junior School.


Hugh Cherry studied lute, archlute, theorbo and viol at the Guildhall School of Music in London, with Nigel North and Jane Ryan, going on to perform with many baroque and renaissance groups. He taught Lute and Continuo for ten years at the Royal Northern College of Music, and recently retired from being tutor for lute at Chetham’s School of Music.