Salve! Gaude! (Hail! Rejoice!) - soaring Tudor polyphony from the golden age
BREMF Consort of Voices;
Deborah Roberts director
Tickets £12 (£10 conc) available online NOW at www.bremf.org.uk
Dispel the gloom of winter with music composed for the magnificent choirs of pre-Reformation and Marian England. Those of you who enjoyed 40 shades of Spem in Alium in last year's festival will be in for a similar treat on March 1st when BREMF Consort of voices give an early evening performance of more rich and spine tingling music from Catholic England.
The choirs of 16th-century England were probably the finest in Europe, and the music composed for them quite unlike anything heard on the Continent. It demands great virtuosity from the singers and covers a really wide compass from high treble to low bass. The textures and scoring are constantly changing.
The consort will sing large-scale music by Thomas Tallis and William Byrd as well as works from the Eton Choirbook by John Browne, William Cornysh and Robert Fayrfax. These will be interspersed with secular songs from the period and the concert will end with the monumental Vox Patris Caelestis of William Mundy, composed during the reign of Queen Mary.
Formed from the best local student and experienced amateur singers, BREMF Consort of Voices is fast establishing a reputation as a leading interpreter of renaissance and early baroque music. Its director, Deborah Roberts brings almost 30 years experience of singing with leading ensembles such as the Tallis Scholars to this vast and richly diverse repertoire.