Musica Secreta on Music Matters, 12:15 Saturday 9 February on Radio 3

 What a thrilling week! Monday, we met at the beautiful Tudor church of St Michael the Archangel in Southampton to rehearse some beautiful new repertoire, which we will be recording at St Michael’s in May this year. This includes a major new discovery, which Laurie unearthed when we were recently in Florence, and which we cannot wait to bring to your ears. The day was made all the more special by a visit from Tom Service, music critic for the Guardian and the presenter of BBC Radio 3’s Music Matters. Tom’s congenial interviewing over lunchtime cake (there is always cake) made a fabulous day even more enjoyable. Listen out for us on Saturday at 12:15, or on BBC Sounds thereafter – with tantalising previews of music preserved in Florentine manuscripts of the mid-sixteenth century.