Friday 10 June 2016

Launch of Choral at Cadogan 2016/17

Nederlands Kammerkoor
Nederlands Kammerkoor - appearing at Choral at Cadogan in March 2017
The 2016/17 season of Choral at Cadogan (the ninth season) was launched at Cadogan Hall on Tuesday 8 June 2016 with an event for subscribers at which Peter Phillips and the Tallis Scholars performed a couple of selected highlights from their concerts during the season, the Gloria from Taverner's Western Wynde Mass and Victoria's motet Dum complerentur.

The Tallis Scholars' concerts will be book-ending the season. In October they perform a programme which includes Tavener's Western Wynde Mass, Ferrabosco's rarely performed Lamentations and Richard Davy's Salve regina from the Eton Choir Book (a work which Peter Phillips described as one of the most difficult written for choir). Then in May 2017 they return with a programme of Spanish Renaissance music including works by Morales, Victoria and Alonso Lobo including Victoria's double-choir Magnificat.

Andrew Nethsingha and the choir of St John's College, Cambridge make a welcome return to the Cadogan Hall in December with a Christmas programme which mixes well known pieces by Joubert, Mathias, Gardner, RVW and Rutter, with works by Elizabeth Poston, Carl Rutti and two by the late Jonathan Harvey, The Annunciation (written specially for the choir in 2011 and one of Harvey's last pieces) and The Angels. Still in Christmas mood Harry Christophers and the Sixteen give their Christmas programme in December, with a mixture of 20th century and Renaissance works.

In February, Ensemble Plus Ultra makes a rare London appearance with a selection of settings of The Song of Songs by Victoria, Lassus and Palestrina, giving us the chance to hear Palestrina in rare madrigalian mood. The programme will be interspersed with readings from Shakespeare's sonnets.

A real highlight of the programme is the visit from Nederlands Kamerkoor under their conductor Peter Dijkstra. The striking programme begins and ends with Britten, first his relatively early Hymn to St Cecilia (to words by WH Auden) and lastly his late Sacred and Profane (written for Peter Pears and his Wilbye Consort of Voices in 1975). In between there is music by contemporary classical composers Gabriel Jackson and Lars Johan Werle, as well as Luciano Berio's 20th century classic, Cries of London.

Jeffrey Skidmore and Ex Cathedra mix English music by Byrd, Tallis, Tomkins and Gibbons with Latin American Baroque music including Juan Gutierrez de Padilla's Missa Ego flos campi in their April concert.

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