The Cardinall's Musick: Performance Diary

View the list below or see the performance calendar on the right.

Concert: Wigmore Hall (Wednesday 30 January 2019, 7.30 pm)

The Saints of the Church have long provided inspiration for composers, especially in the medieval, Renaissance and early Baroque periods when the Church and its ceremonies stood at the centre of daily life. This is the second in a series of three performances featuring masses in honour of particular saints and features a mass for St Mary Magdalene by Guerrero. A mass for St John the Baptist (Palestrina) follows in the remaining concert, in June 2019. Each mass is a fine example of these composers at their very best – perfect democracy in the music with each part holding equal importance and wonderful invention in their melodies and imitation. Plainsong propers for the relevant feast day help to throw the polyphony into relief.

Each second half features a variety of motets, the small-scale alongside the more magnificent. A setting of the Magnificat – the words of the Blessed Virgin Mary – concludes each concert.

General booking opens on 6th November.

Book online at
By phone on 020 7935 2141
In person at 36 Wigmore Street, London W1U

Date: Wednesday 30 January 2019, 7.30 pm    Venue: Wigmore Hall, London »

Concert: Howard Assembly Room, Leeds (Friday 15 February 2019, 7.15 pm)

In a programme titled War & Peace, Andrew Carwood pairs a number of Byrd’s masses, composed in times of huge religious and social division, with works by James Macmillan, Benjamin Britten’s pointed criticism on the rise of dictators in the 1930s and Arvo Pärt’s meditation following the Madrid bombings in 2004.

Book online at
In person at 32 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NU – Mon-Fri 10am-8pm
By phone on 0844 848 2720

Date: Friday 15 February 2019, 7.15 pm    Venue: Howard Assembly Room, Leeds »

Concert: Merton College, Oxford (Friday 12 April 2019, 8.00 pm)

This programme features some of the most famous and powerful music written for Holy Week including the iconic Miserere by Allegri with its legendary top Cs and Palestrina’s eight-part setting of the Stabat mater which so captivated Richard Wagner. Included also is a portion of Victoria’s Tenebrae Responsories designed for Good Friday and two rarely heard masterpieces – a 10-part setting of the Crucifixus by Antonio Lotti and an eight part meditation by Giovanni Croce. The first half culminates with Thomas Tallis’ penitential 40-part tour de force, Spem in alium with singers from Merton College choir, whilst the second half is given over to Domenico Scarlatti’s finest choral work – a setting of the quintessential Holy Week text, the Stabat mater, for ten voices.

Book online at
By phone on 01865 244806

Date: Friday 12 April 2019, 8.00 pm    Venue: Merton College, Oxford »

Concert: Muziekcentrum aan het IJ, Amsterdam (Saturday 19 January 2019, 8.15 pm)

In an uncertain world, a meditation on war and peace seems more necessary than ever. This programme brings the sixteenth century together with the modern age to look at how composers have reacted to difficult times. Including music by William Byrd from a time when religious controversy divided the nation, it also highlights the music of the contemporary Scottish writer James Macmillan whose confident faith shines through his music. Here also is Benjamin Britten’s pointed criticism on the rise of the dictators in the 1930s and Arvo Pärt’s meditation following the Madrid bombings in 2004.

Book by phone on +31 20 788 2000 – Mon to Sat, 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm
online at
or in person at Piet Heinkade 1,  1019 BR Amsterdam

Date: Saturday 19 January 2019, 8.15 pm    Venue: Muziekcentrum aan het IJ, Amsterdam »