Tuesday 11 December 2018, 7.30 p.m
St John’s, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA
Mater Inviolata: Christmas Music for the Christ-Child and His Mother
In its first appearance at the Smith Square Christmas Festival since 2014, the Ensemble presents music in celebration of the Christmas season and focussing on the figure of Mary, Jesus’s Mother. The programme offers a variety of works by Franco-Flemish masters from Josquin Desprez to Orlandus Lassus, and features Josquin’s great contemporary Pierre de la Rue in the quincentenary year of his death. The ensemble also performs Christmas motets by the great figures of the mid-century, Clemens non Papa and Crecquillon, and the programme ends with Jean Mouton’s famous eight-voice Nesciens mater.
Saturday, 27 October 2018, 7.30 p.m
St Gabriel’s Church, Warwick Square, London SW1V 2AD
The Renaissance Singers with Stephen Rice, guest conductor
Palestrina and the Papal Chapel: A Century of Music from Rome
Brabant Ensemble director Stephen Rice curates and directs a programme of music for the Vatican, based around Palestrina’s beautiful 6-voice Missa Assumpta est Maria, and also featuring works written by Sistine Chapel members and in honour of the papacy between c.1450 and c.1600.
The Renaissance Singers are one of the UK’s finest amateur choirs, and focus, as their name indicates, on repertory between c.1475 and c.1625.