San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
***Update: all places now taken. Join the waiting list (on the bass booking line) and type the voice part you're waiting for after your surname in the space provided.***
London’s Favourite Night of Renaissance Motets & Booze!™ celebrates 2 years of bringing you harmony & hangovers in equal measure!
After 24 months of belting out 16th century choral music in pubs, we are still going (somewhat improbably), stronger than ever. We have no idea why people keep coming but we're not complaining!
The first booking period for our birthday special goes live 9am Saturday October 1st; more spaces will then be released at 5pm on Friday October 7th, so everyone should be in with a chance of getting a space.
As an added bonus, you get to choose the setlist for the evening by voting on which of the motets that we've covered over the past 12 months you'd like to sing again; follow us on Facebook or Twitter for more details.
NB Lambeth North tube station is currently closed - use Waterloo instead - and please read the FAQs before registering.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Over 18s only, please. Not because it's rude (although to be fair some of our madrigals can be a bit racy) but because it's in a pub.
Do I need to be able to read music to take part?
You do need to be a reasonably confident sight singer to get the most out of the evening. However, anyone who just wants to come along to listen and socialise is also very welcome.
Do you provide print-outs of the sheet music?
No, only the links to the sheet music, which will be e-mailed to you 2 or 3 days before the event; you need to print out the pages yourself or better yet, save them to a tablet and do the planet a favour.
My voice section appears to be sold out; why is that and can I just book in under another section?
Some voices appear to be extremely attracted to the idea of drinking while singing (yes, altos, we are indeed looking at you), which means that they get booked up first. However, it's really important that we keep the right balance of voices on the night so please do not book another voice part or a non-singing space if your voice section is not available.
Instead, join the waiting list (usually on the Alto or Bass booking line) as we'll almost certainly find you a space nearer the time.
Please specify your voice (or non-singing space) after your surname when joining the waiting list.
Is the venue wheelchair accessible?
The private room at the Horse and Stables is on the first floor with no lift and so regrettably the event is not suitable for people who are unable to use stairs.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Where can I find out more?
See https://polyphonydownthepub.com/about/ for all the answers you could ever wish for.
When & Where
Polyphony Down the Pub
Polyphony Down the Pub & Counterpint are music-making evenings for anyone who wants to sing the great choral pieces of the High Renaissance – plus a few Bach chorales thrown in for good measure – in the informal and relaxed atmosphere of a pub.
Download the sheet music for each session in advance and then just turn up on the night and sing – simple as that.