The Cardinall's Musick: Performance Diary

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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 and Palestrina’s eight-part setting of the Stabat mater. 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.

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

Concert: Portsmouth Festivities (Friday 14 June 2019, 8.00 pm)

The group is delighted to be invited to take part in the twentieth anniversary celebrations at Portsmouth Festivities, performing a programme combining masterpieces  by Padilla, Byrd, Guerrero, Palestrina and Victoria with contemporary music written for The Cardinall’s Musick by Nico Muhly, Cheryl Frances Hoad and Judith Weir, plus the world premiere of a work by Paul Crabtree written in memoriam Iris Murdoch.

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Date: Friday 14 June 2019, 8.00 pm    Venue: Portsmouth Cathedral, High Street, Old Portsmouth, PO1 2HH

Concert: Wigmore Hall (Thursday 20 June 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 last in a series of three performances featuring masses in honour of particular saints and includes a mass for St John the Baptist  by Palestrina. 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.

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Date: Thursday 20 June 2019, 7.30 pm    Venue: Wigmore Hall, London »

Concert: Naunton, Cotswolds (Friday 21 June 2019, 7.30 pm)

We’re delighted to return to perform for Naunton Music in a programme entitled Music for the Eternal City, featuring the music of Allegri, Dragoni, Mancini, Marenzio, Palestrina and Soriano.

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Date: Friday 21 June 2019, 7.30 pm    Venue: St. Andrew’s Church, Naunton, Gloucestershire GL54 3AX