Saturday, 29 November 2014

Ancient and modern from Chapelle du Roi

New lamps for old
Next week, on Saturday 6 December 2014, Alistair Dixon and the Chapelle du Roi are performing their programme New Lamps for Old at St John's Smith Square. Alongside the repertoire for which the group is familiar, plainchant, Tallis, Sheppard and Victoria, they will be performing a number of contemporary pieces including four premieres. The modern works are paired with old ones, both using the same text, so that listeners will be able to contrast my own setting of the Advent Prose with the plainchant version. 

The contemporary composers  are an interesting mix, with many being inspired by the polyphonic music of the Renaissance, and the full programme to be performed is as follows:
  • O Sapientia: Sarum Chant
  • Magnificat: Thomas Tallis
  • O Sapientia: David Braid World Premiere
  • Nunc Dimittis: Thomas Tallis
  • Nunc Dimittis: Samuel Bordoli
  • Cantate Mass: John Sheppard 
  •  Advent Prose: Gregorian Chant 
  •  Advent Prose: Robert Hugill World Premiere 
  • Verbum Caro: John Sheppard
  • Verbum Caro: Norman Harper World Premiere
  • No Man's Land 1914: Jonathan Darbourne World Premiere
  • Alma Redemptoris: Tomas Luis de Victoria
  • Alma Redemptoris: Cecilia McDowall 
 Further information from the Chapelle du Roi website, and tickets are available from the St John's Smith Square website.

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