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Choir heads to Spain for Holy Week concerts

  • 15 March 2018

The Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge heads to Spain this Easter for a series of four concerts featuring music for soloists, choir and string trio.

Monteverdi’s famous setting of the Psalm Beatus vir opens the programme, followed by Kerll’s Missa in fletu. One of the most powerful settings of the Mass text from the 17th century with some extreme chromaticism; it was written while the composer himself was besieged in Vienna. Leo’s Miserere is a complete setting of the famous Lenten Psalm in which the composer pays tribute to the Palestrina style of sacred vocal music, though enriched with early 18th-century harmonies. Each concert concludes with Carissimi’s celebrated oratorio Jephte, in the version with violins, telling the tragic tale from the Old Testament.

Dates and venues are as follows:

Saturday 24 March, 7.30pm ~ Iglesia de la Sangre, Liria, Valencia
Sunday 25 March, 8.00pm ~ Iglesia del Buen Suceso - Santa Ana, Sagunto, Valencia
Monday 26 March, 8.00pm ~ Iglesia de Santiago, Villena, Alicante
Wednesday 28 March, 8.30pm ~ Iglesia de Santa Maria, Brihuega, Guadalajara

A little later in the year, the Choir takes to the road again with its Supersize Polyphony 360 Tour with the Armonico Consort. Supersize Polyphony 360 is a celebration of large-scale works from the 16th century, performed surrounding the audience. The unique programme features epic motets, such as Tallis’ Spem in Alium and Striggio’s Ecce Beatam Lucem, alongside the rarely performed 60 part Missa Ecco Si Beato Giorno. Interspersed with the serene beauty of ethereal chants by Hildegard of Bingen and other works from the period, it is an evening of magnitude and polyphonic drama that cannot be missed.

Tickets for all of the concerts listed below are available here.

Friday 22 June, 7.30pm ~ Thaxted Festival, Thaxted
Sunday 1 July, 7.30pm ~ Lighthouse, Poole
Wednesday 4 July, 7.30pm ~ The Hawth, Crawley
Thursday 5 July, 7.30pm ~ Malvern Theatres, Malvern
Friday 6 July, 7.30pm ~ Coventry Cathedral, Coventry
Saturday 7 July, 7.30pm ~ The Anvil, Basingstoke
Thursday 12 July, 7.30pm ~ The Church of Our Lady and English Martyrs, Cambridge
Tuesday 17 July, 7.30pm ~ Petworth Festival, Petworth

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