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28 October 2021
 
7.30pm
St Peter's Eaton Square
119 Eaton Square
London
SW1W 9AL

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Tickets £15, earlybird £12, concessions £10
(Gl)Oriana - Tunes of Tudor Tumult

Orlando Chamber Choir
Lucy Goddard, director

Byrd: Vigilate
Byrd: O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth our Queen
Byrd: Quis est homo
Byrd: Laudibus in sanctis
East: Hence stars too dim of light
Tallis: several Tunes for Archbishop Parker's Psalter
Tallis: When Jesus went into Simon's house
Tallis: Salvator mundi
Tallis: In jejunio et fletu
Tallis: O nata lux
Weelkes: As Vesta was
Wilbye: The Lady Oriana
Andrew: Archbishop Parker's Psalme 150


Orlando Chamber Choir's autumn concert features a breath-taking blend of English choral works from turbulent late-Tudor times. The ascension of Anglican Queen Elizabeth I drove Catholicism underground, compelling the country's prime composer, Thomas Tallis, to tactfully transcribe some of his music for compliance with protestant practice. He and his pupil William Byrd published stunning high-Anglican settings like Salvator mundi and O nata lux but continued to celebrate their own conviction in covert Catholic compositions. These latter works touched on themes of religious treason – like the warning against Anglican spies whispered in Vigilate and the insistence in Quis est homo that salvation is restricted to the religiously righteous.

Not only credence required careful weighing, words called for caution too. Controversially to some, Queen Elizabeth had Archbishop Parker translate the psalms into English, reverently tuned by Thomas Tallis and (much later) set with rowdy joy by Kerry Andrew. Even seemingly innocent secular poetry could be treacherously contentious. The madrigal collection "The Triumphs of Oriana", in which the country's most prominent composers celebrated Queen Elizabeth, is rumoured to have first been dedicated to Anne of Denmark, would-be Catholic Queen of England had the so-called Essex Rebellion succeeded. When we perform John Wilbye's flattering The Lady Oriana and Thomas Weelkes' joyful As Vesta was, you may wonder whom they really woo…

The concert's glorious repertoire conveys a comforting message: in periods of religious unrest and political pandemonium, when language is contested and there's venom in mere verse, music resounds with even more depth and beauty.

Come and listen to our tunes of Tudor tumult!
 
7.30pm
St Peter's Eaton Square
119 Eaton Square
London
SW1W 9AL

Details:
Web site

Tickets GBP 15, earlybird GBP 12, concessions GBP 10
(Gl)Oriana - Tunes of Tudor Tumult

Orlando Chamber Choir
Lucy Goddard, director

Byrd: Vigilate
Byrd: O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth our Queen
Byrd: Quis est homo
Byrd: Laudibus in sanctis
East: Hence stars too dim of light
Tallis: several Tunes for Archbishop Parker's Psalter
Tallis: When Jesus went into Simon's house
Tallis: Salvator mundi
Tallis: In jejunio et fletu
Tallis: O nata lux
Weelkes: As Vesta was
Wilbye: The Lady Oriana
Andrew: Archbishop Parker's Psalme 150


Orlando Chamber Choir's autumn concert features a breath-taking blend of English choral works from turbulent late-Tudor times. The ascension of Anglican Queen Elizabeth I drove Catholicism underground, compelling the country's prime composer, Thomas Tallis, to tactfully transcribe some of his music for compliance with protestant practice. He and his pupil William Byrd published stunning high-Anglican settings like Salvator mundi and O nata lux but continued to celebrate their own conviction in covert Catholic compositions. These latter works touched on themes of religious treason - like the warning against Anglican spies whispered in Vigilate and the insistence in Quis est homo that salvation is restricted to the religiously righteous.

Not only credence required careful weighing, words called for caution too. Controversially to some, Queen Elizabeth had Archbishop Parker translate the psalms into English, reverently tuned by Thomas Tallis and (much later) set with rowdy joy by Kerry Andrew. Even seemingly innocent secular poetry could be treacherously contentious. The madrigal collection "The Triumphs of Oriana", in which the country's most prominent composers celebrated Queen Elizabeth, is rumoured to have first been dedicated to Anne of Denmark, would-be Catholic Queen of England had the so-called Essex Rebellion succeeded. When we perform John Wilbye's flattering The Lady Oriana and Thomas Weelkes' joyful As Vesta was, you may wonder whom they really woo...

The concert's glorious repertoire conveys a comforting message: in periods of religious unrest and political pandemonium, when language is contested and there's venom in mere verse, music resounds with even more depth and beauty.
 
7.30pm
Sheldonian Theatre
Broad Street
Oxford
OX1 3AZ

Details:
Siena Linton
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07826067863
Mozart's Requiem and Clarinet Concerto, with Choir of Merton College and Laura Ruiz Ferreres

 


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