SPEM IN ALIUM
22 March 2014 – St Nicholas Church, Sevenoaks, 7.30pm
‘Spem in Alium’ presents a musical journey through the Renaissance performed by Cantate in a first time collaboration with the leading period instrument ensemble His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts.
The programme includes music by Gabrieli, Gesualdo, Handl and Sweelinck and with the wonderful acoustic of St. Nicholas Sevenoaks the intense and layered music of these composers will come alive, helping to invoke a world of religious contemplation and celebration for voice and instrument.
His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts will perform a range of music that highlight how evocative and expressive these period instruments are, showing why they are particularly suited to the harmonically evolved music of the period.
The concert will build to a climax with Thomas Tallis’ extraordinary Spem in Alium, a motet written in 40 parts, and a landmark piece in musical history.
ABOUT THE CHOIR
The Cantate Choir celebrated its 10th anniversary in October 2012 and began 2013 and its second decade in great shape. Under Robin Walker’s leadership the choir has grown in stature, achieving standards of which its members are justly proud. The choir’s desire to reach new levels of excellence is driven by the warm support of its loyal and growing audience. We thank you for this and very much hope that you will continue to enjoy our concerts.
Please enjoy reading about our forthcoming concerts, or reminisce over some of our past performances. For those who enjoy Sara Kemsley’s excellent programme notes, they can be found by clicking on the event listed in previous concerts.
We have received some very appreciative feedback following our performance of Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus. You may like to read critic, Graeme Fife’s review of the concert.
We very much look forward to seeing you again at our Spem in Alium concert on 22 March 2014 at St Nicholas Church, Sevenoaks.
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