Cadogan Hall presents its ninth Choral at Cadogan series
- The Tallis Scholars and Artistic Director Peter Phillips open and close the series with two contrasting programmes
- Ensemble Plus Ultra makes its Cadogan Hall debut with a selection of songs set alongside Shakespeare sonnets
- Nederlands Kamerkoor gives a rare performance in the UK with a programme exploring the relationship between the heavenly and the human
- The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge returns to Cadogan Hall for an evening of festive choral music
The series ‘Choral at Cadogan’ returns from October 2016 to May 2017 with eight concerts given by renowned vocal ensembles including The Tallis Scholars, The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, The Sixteen and Ex Cathedra. These eight concerts explore a range of repertoire from the music of religious conflict and discovery to the beauty and complexity of the early Spanish renaissance. The award-winning Ensemble Plus Ultra makes its Cadogan Hall debut with a programme of songs set alongside Shakespeare sonnets and Nederlands Kamerkoor makes a rare trip to the UK for a programme exploring the relationship between the heavenly and the human.
The series opens on 19 October with The Tallis Scholars directed by Artistic Director Peter Phillips with an all-English programme exploring Renaissance masterpieces. The concert features Taverner’s Missa Western Wind, a sacred composition based on a secular theme which was the first of its kind, and three works by Byrd: Laetentur caeli; Salve regina and Vigilate. There is also a performance of Davy’s Salve regina, a tour-de-force from the Eton Choirbook which is set alongside Tallis’ Lamentations 1 and Ferrabosco’s Lamentations.
The world-renowned Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge returns to Cadogan Hall on 12 December for an evening of festive choral music, directed by Andrew Nethsingha, with a performance of The Annunciation which was written specially for the Choir in 2011 by contemporary composer Jonathan Harvey. The concert also includes Poston’s spellbinding Jesus Christ, The Apple Tree, Gardner’s exuberant setting of Tomorrow shall be my dancing day and traditional favourites The Holly and the Ivy and Ding dong, merrily on high, all of which have been recorded by the Choir on its new CD Christmas with St John’s.
The Sixteen present ‘The Three Kings’, a varied and diverse Christmas concert on 20 & 21 December with conductor Harry Christophers with music originating from England, Ireland and Bohemia. The programme features traditional carols such as The First Nowell, I wonder as I wander and Wexford Carol alongside early music from Palestrina and Lassus, and lesser-known modern pieces including Quem pastores laudavere by 21st-century composer James Bassi.
The award-winning Ensemble Plus Ultra makes its Cadogan Hall debut on 15 February with a programme celebrating love and Shakespeare. This rare London performance showcases some of the most beautiful and erotic of scriptural texts set in a variety of styles including four songs by Victoria: Nigra sum; Trahe me post te; Nigra sum: Vadam et circuibo and Vidi speciosam, and three from Palestrina: Trahe me post te; Osculetur me and Nigra sum sed formosa. Other songs include Lassus’ Veni dilecti and the chants Tota pulchra es, Nigra sum sed Formosa and D_um esset rex_. Throughout the concert readings of Shakespeare sonnets are performed alongside the songs.
On 8 March Dutch chamber choir Nederlands Kamerkoor gives a rare UK performance as part of the choral series. Chief Conductor Peter Dijkstra leads the choir in a programme exploring the relationship between the heavenly and the human with Britten’s Sacred and Profane as the centrepiece. Composed in 1975, Sacred and Profane is a collection of ‘Eight Medieval Lyrics’ for unaccompanied voices in five parts. The concert also includes Britten’s Hymn to St. Cecilia, Jackson’s Ave Regina caelorum, Lars Johan Werle’s Orpheus and Canzone 126 di Francesco Petrarca and Berio’s Cries of London written about street vendors in the 16th century.
Ex Cathedra *presents ‘In a Strange Land’ on *26 April under conductor Jeffrey Skidmore with an evening exploring man’s search for heaven and earth in the Old and New World during the turbulent 16th and 17th centuries. The concert features music of religious conflict and discovery from England, France, Holland, Spain, Mexico and Bolivia. The programme includes Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices, Gibbons’ O clap your hands together, Tallis’ Why fum’th in fight and If ye love me, Padilla’s Missa Ego flos campi as well as music from the Latin American Baroque infused with evocative, indigenous imagery.
The Tallis Scholars close the series on 17 May with an all-Spanish programme focusing on three of the greatest composers of the renaissance period; Morales, Victoria and Alonso Lobo. The centrepiece for the evening is Morales’ Missa Mille regretz, a 6-voice mass setting based on a chanson by Franco-Flemish composer Josquin. Other works by Morales include Regina caeli and Emendemus in melius set alongside Alonso Lobo’s Lamentations and Victoria’s Dum complerentur, Regina caeli and the double-choir Magnificat primi toni which concludes the evening.
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