The Cardinall's Musick: Performance Diary

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

Concert: Christmas Festival, St John’s Smith Square (Sunday 8 December 2019, 7.30 pm)

What better place to find inspiration for Christmas than Italy. A programme of beautiful music, some contemplative, some a riot of joy, by native composers and those who made their homes in the cradle of the Renaissance. Gorgeous eight-part music and intimate three-part settings re-create the atmosphere of Christmas Eve. The first half is given over to the intimate and beautiful Missa O magnum mysterium by Tomas Luis de Victoria, who was born in Spain but spent most of his working life in Rome. Around it are two sumptuous eight-part motets and in between two three-part motets by the young Claudio Monteverdi. In the second half there is grandeur from the Venetian Giovanni Gabrieli, serious devotion from Josquin whose music was performed in the Sistine Chapel, rarely heard contributions from Felice Anerio and Ludovico Viadana and unalloyed joy from the greatest Roman master, Palestrina.

Book online at

by phone on 020 7222 1061

in person at St John’s, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA 10 am to 5 pm Monday to Saturday

Date: Sunday 8 December 2019, 7.30 pm    Venue: St John's, Smith Square »

Concert: Music on the Quantocks (Sunday 15 December 2019, 3.30 pm)

Christmas music from Byrd, Dunstable, Palestrina (Missa Hodie Christus natus est), Hieronymus Praetorius, Pygott, Victoria and our old friend Anon.

To book or for more information, please email or call 01823 451162.

Date: Sunday 15 December 2019, 3.30 pm    Venue: United Reformed Church, 18 Paul Street, Taunton TA1 3PF

Concert: Choral at Cadogan (Wednesday 29 April, 7.30 pm)

We’re delighted to return to the Choral at Cadogan series with a beautiful programme setting 16th-century polyphony alongside contemporary minimalism. The mystical minimalists John Tavener and Arvo Pärt are as immersed in their religious feelings as William Byrd and Orlando Gibbons yet they come from very different traditions. Byrd’s dark-toned Mass for four voices inspired by Catholic devotion is set against Gibbons’ more suave and energetic Anglican writing. Tavener and Arvo Pärt instead look to the Orthodox traditions of the East. These contemporary writers use a direct and powerful approach, ikon-like in its seeming simplicity but immensely powerful.

Book online at

by phone on 020 7730 4500

in person at Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ 10 am to 6 pm Monday to Saturday

Date: Wednesday 29 April, 7.30 pm    Venue: Cadogan Hall, London »