18 Mar Armonico Consort: Supersize Polyphony
Thursday 12 July 2018, 8.00pm
Our Lady and the English Martyrs Catholic Church
Christopher Monks director
With the choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and Cambridge Chorale
Alessandro Striggio Mass for 60 voices
Thomas Tallis Spem in Alium
Audiences may be familiar with Tallis’s mighty 40-part motet Spem in Alium, one of the glories of English church music, written around 1570. The chances are, however, that most of us will not have heard an even more epic work for 60 voices, penned a few years earlier by Tallis’s Italian contemporary Alessandro Striggio, Mass for 60 voices.
There’s some speculation that Tallis was inspired by Striggio’s work, which was the largest of its kind composed during the Renaissance. Critically acclaimed choir and instrumental ensemble Armonico Consort will encircle the audience to perform these epic works, immersing them in 360 degrees of sound.
The pieces by Tallis and Striggio will be interspersed with ethereal chants by Hildegard of Bingen and other works from the period.
Armonico will be joined for this concert by the choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Members of local choir Cambridge Chorale will also take part in Striggio’s Mass for 60 voices.
Come and Sing open rehearsal: The Armonico Consort will be holding a 45 minute open rehearsal of Tallis’ Spem in Alium at 6.30pm on the day of this concert in St Paul’s Church, Hills Road. Advance booking essential.
Tickets: £24 unreserved (students and unwaged £11)
Prices include box office booking fee