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The Gesualdo Six

Saturday 3rd September, 2016, 7.30pm

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SUMMER TOUR 2016

Directed by Owain Park

Beautiful unaccompanied choral music from the renaissance to the present day: Tenebrae Responsories, English Polyphony, Contemporary Works, Light Music Selection

Byrd, Tallis, Tomkins, Sheppard, Gesualdo, Harvey, Marsh, Poulenc, Ligeti

"The coolest vocal group around... revel in the gorgeous sounds, the spellbinding music, the programmes with something for everyone. Don't miss them, I guarantee you'll have the best evening ever." - John Rutter

The Gesualdo Six are a vocal sextet specialising in the performance of renaissance polyphony, directed by Owain Park. Formed in March 2014 for a performance of Gesualdo's Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday, the ensemble has since gone on to perform numerous concerts around the UK, including a ten-concert tour in the summer of 2015.

Whilst focusing on early music, the group often programmes modern works, recently juxtaposing madrigals by Monteverdi and Gesualdo with Ligeti's Nonsense Madrigals. Other programmes have included sacred and secular renaissance works by the English and Italian masters, combined with modern works by Poulenc, Jackson and Lukaszewski.

In June 2015, the group were revealed as St John's Smith Square Young Artists, following a highly competitive audition process. The scheme aims to invest in future talent, selecting promising artists who show "enormous talent and energy", endeavouring to help shape their futures. The ensemble will perform several times at St John's Smith Square during the 2015/16 season.

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Back Nave (£15)
Aisles (£10)
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Concert starts at 7.30pm

Cash bar open from 6.30pm

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City of Leicester Singers

Saturday 12th November, 2016, 7.30pm

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VIVALDI AND FAURÉ CONCERT

For their Autumn 2016 concert, The City of Leicester Singers have chosen popular contrasting works by Vivaldi and Fauré.

The two main works to be performed are Vivaldi;s Gloria and Fauré's Requiem. The Gloria in D Major is Vivaldi's best-known sacred composition and was written around 1713 during his employment at the Ospedale della Pietà, one of four Venetian orphanages for girls. The Requiem was written in 1888 shortly after the death of Fauré's own mother. It is a tender rather than grief-stricken work, and offers what Fauré called "an aspiration to the bliss of the beyond".

Complementing these two major works are Handel's anthem "The King shall rejoice", written for the actual crowning of King George II in 1727, and one of the four coronation anthems; and "The Beatitudes", written in 1990 by the contemporary Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.


Richard Archer - Conductor
David Cowen - Organist
Ruth Provost - Soprano
Alison York - Mezzo-Soprano/Contralto
Clive Hilton - Baritone/Bass

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St James Cantata Choir

Saturday 26th November, 2016, 7.30pm

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Ex Cathedra

Tuesday 6th December, 2016, 7.30pm

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