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Gesualdo Six

English Motets

 
William Byrd
Ave verum corpus
Vigilate
Robert White
Christe qui lux es et dies (I)
Robert Parsons
Deliver me from mine enemies
Orlando Gibbons
O Lord, in thy wrath
Thomas Tallis
Suscipe quæso Domine
If ye love me
Loquebantur
Tunes for Archbishop Parker’s Psalter
Thomas Tomkins
When David heard
William Cornysh
Ave Maria Mater Dei
John Dunstaple
Veni Sancte Spiritus
Christopher Tye
Ad te clamamus (Salve Regina)
In pace
John Plummer
Tota pulchra es
Thomas Morley
Haec Dies

Guy James, Tom Lilburn countertenors Joseph Wicks, Josh Cooter tenors Michael Craddock baritone Sam Mitchell bass Owain Park director


This wonderful programme of English motets vividly illustrates how music accommodated itself to the political turbulence of the 15th and 16th centuries. Lavish Catholic services required elaborate music and Latin texts. Edward VI’s stricter Protestantism demanded simpler settings where each word was audible. Then, in Elizabeth’s reign, a more relaxed simplicity combined clarity with musical refinement.

Tallis was the supreme exponent of reinvention – consistent in quality even while his style changed dramatically. The recusant Byrd, retaining the Queen’s favour, gave voice to the plight of fellow Catholics with some of the most enduring music of the era. This was a period of incredible productivity when many other talented composers blossomed and printed sheet music became widely available.

“…a beatific smile of pure enjoyment as we listened to this admirably constructed programme” Cathedral Music Magazine, “At times you felt like there were a hundred voices; at others, only one” Varsity

The Gesualdo Six is a vocal consort, directed by Owain Park, which comprises some of the country's finest young choral singers. Formed in 2014 for a performance of Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday in the chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge, the group went on to give over one hundred performances around the United Kingdom and abroad in its first four years. Over that time, they further developed their passion for ensemble singing, that for several of them, stemmed from formative years as choristers in churches and cathedrals around the country. The group previously sang at the Festival in 2016. 

www.thegesualdosix.co.uk

Programme notes provided free of charge

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Friday 11th October 8:00pm

Little Missenden Church

Tickets £22, £16, £8