Please note, due to the length of the programme tonight we are changing the start time to 7pm (previously billed as 7.30pm here and in our printed season brochure). Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Director Peter Phillips
Soprano Amy Haworth, Emma Walshe, Emily Atkinson, Charlotte Ashley
Alto Caroline Trevor, Alexander Chance
Tenor Steven Harrold, Simon Wall
Bass Tim Scott Whiteley, Simon Whiteley
Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars have long been fascinated by how composers from different backgrounds set the same, seminal texts. This programme goes some way towards showing how important and durable plainchant was, from the renaissance period to 20th century Paris; and from territories as far apart as England and Mexico.
They begin with one of the most famous of these chant melodies – the Salve regina – and sing three strongly contrasting settings based on it, from Puebla, Paris and London. The Ave Maria section follows the same pattern. In the second half it is the Miserere and Magnificat settings which are most obviously dependent on chant (the famous Allegri particularly so); while the Tallis and Messiaen O sacrum convivium motets show how composers who were poles apart in time and place may react to the same words in the same way – in this case with a sense of mystical intensity. Their programme rounds off with two similarly joyful Magnificats, one Protestant, one Catholic, from 16th century England and Spain.
PRE CONCERT TALK
Beyond the Barline with Jon James
6.15pm (45 mins) | £5, £3 with ticket to concert
How do composers make timeless texts come alive, and add their own fresh perspectives?
Chant Salve Regina
Padilla Salve Regina
Poulenc Salve Regina
Cornysh Salve Regina
Chant Ave Maria
Cornysh Ave Maria
Poulenc Ave Maria
O sacrum convivium
Tallis O sacrum convivium
Messiaen O sacrum convivium
Byrd Short Magnificat
Victoria Magnificat for double choir