Come and Sing 2022

Come and Sing Workshop

 Settings of STABAT MATER


Director: Richard Roddis
Organist: Michael Overbury

will take place on

Saturday 22nd January 2022

The Music

Our comeback Come and Sing explores three beautiful settings of the 13th century Latin hymn, Stabat Mater, depicting Mary at the foot of the Cross. The text lends itself to musical setting, with its regular metre and rhyme, and is full of expressive inspiration and scope.

Perhaps the most famous setting is that by Pergolesi, who tragically died of tuberculosis in 1736 aged only 26. Usually performed by Soprano and Alto voices only, Tenors and Basses have a rare opportunity to join in a special arrangement of the work.

Two lesser known but worthy settings are by Antonio Caldara (who died the same year as Pergolesi), and Josef Rheinberger (1884). Caldara’s is in an older style with constantly varying textures and imitative polyphony.

Rheinberger’s is in a more Romantic style, quite restrained though declamatory with all four voices working together. It ends, like the other settings with a vigorous statement of faith and attainment of glory in Paradise. 

Sinfonia Chorale Director

Director Richard Roddis is well known throughout the East Midlands for his work with choirs. His conducting experience stretches back more than a quarter of a century and, as a professional singer and a member of several top choirs, he brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to choral conducting. He was appointed Director of the Sinfonia Chorale in June 1991.

Venue for the 2022 Come and Sing event :

St. Michael and All Angels Parish Church, Church Street, Bramcote, Nottingham, NG9 3HD.

The venue is conveniently situated between Nottingham and Derby close to the A52. There is a car park next to the Church and additional on-street parking nearby. 

Programme for the day 

  • 9.30 Registration
  • 10.00 - 13.00 Rehearsal with tea/coffee break
  • 13.00 Lunch
  • 14.00 - 16.30 Rehearsal with tea/coffee break and mini concert

Cost for the day

£20 (without lunch)

£25 (including a hot buffet lunch.

Music may be borrowed in advance of the event – details will be in the confirmation letter/email which will be sent to you on receipt of your booking application.


  •  Either ONLINE
    • Please complete the ONLINE BOOKING FORM and then submit it. (one application per person)
    • You will receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 7 days which will contain BACS payment details for the event.
    • The booking is provisional until payment is received.
    • Bookings close on Saturday 8th January 2022
    • To be eligible for a full refund, any cancellations must be received by Monday 10thJanuary  2022
  •  or By POST
    • Please download the POSTAL BOOKING FORM, print and complete it. (one application per person)
    • POST this completed form together with your cheque made payable to Sinfonia Chorale for £20 / (£25 to include lunch) to the name and address shown on the form
    • You will receive an acknowledgement within 7 days which will either be sent to you by letter, or to your email address (if provided.)
    • The booking is provisional until payment has been cleared.
    • Bookings close on Saturday 8th January 2022
    • To be eligible for a full refund, any cancellations must be received by Monday 10th January  2022


Current Government Covid-19 guidelines will be followed.

Concert Settings of Stabat Mater - Saturday 19th March 2022

The Sinfonia Chorale will perform in concert some of the works which are to be studied during the workshop on Saturday 19th March 2022, at St Martin's Sherwood, 12 Trevose Gardens, Nottingham NG5 3FU. 

Comments from the last Come & Sing workshop held in 2020:

“As usual it was a very enjoyable occasion, the more so as we managed some quite challenging music under Richard's usual masterly direction. I sing in three choirs in Norwich with pretty good conductors but I'd forgotten just how good Richard is at this job.

"Please will you pass on to your splendid team my thanks for a most enjoyable day yesterday. I always enjoy your "Come and Sing" days, so well organised and friendly. I guess the music had something to do with it too so praise to those who chose the programme ....well done

"Just a quick line to say how much I enjoyed the workshop yesterday, with the many variations of O Magnum Mysterium. As always, I was made to feel most welcome, the singing was spine-tingling and Richard’s brief introduction to each piece’s composer was illuminating and helpful. The behind-the-scenes work by your members meant the day ran smoothly so please pass on my appreciation to everyone involved."

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