The Cardinall's Musick: Performance Diary

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Concert: Wigmore Hall (Fayrfax Series) (Saturday 20 June 2015, 7.30 pm)

The Passion of Christ – sub-plot: Cardinal Wolsey

The third in our three-concert series on the music of Fayrfax, setting his Latin sacred compositions within the context of the religious and political landscape of early Tudor England.

The Passion of Christ has brought forth much powerful music, chief amongst which is the extended devotion O Maria plena virtute by Fayrfax . The sub-text of this concert is Cardinal Wolsey, Henry VIII’s principle advisor until his fall from power, including music from John Taverner, his first infirmator at Cardinal College and Nicholas Ludford.

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Date: Saturday 20 June 2015, 7.30 pm    Venue: Wigmore Hall, London »

Concert: Proms at St Jude’s (Friday 26 June 2015, 7.45 pm)

Music for the Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel or private chapel contained in the papal apartments in Rome is one of the most stunning artistic achievements of the world. Built between 1475 and 1483 as the palatine chapel it takes its name from the Pope who commissioned its building, Sixtus IV. It is used today not only for liturgies but also for holding the conclave to choose the pope.  The best artistry was poured into this building, most famously Michaelangelo’s decoration of the ceiling and music also was an essential part of its history. The great composers who lived, studied and worked in Rome no matter how briefly would have contributed pieces. Chief amongst their number is the masterful Palestrina represented here by a stunning mass in honour of the Virgin Mary and a selection of motets. Here also is the Spaniard Victoria who spent most of his working life in Rome together with an example of earlier writing from Master Josquin. The Sistine Chapel’s great musical secret, the Miserere of Allegri sits at the head of the second half alongside Christus resurgens, just to prove that this composer wrote more than one piece of music!

Booking opens April 20th 2015


Date: Friday 26 June 2015, 7.45 pm    Venue: St Jude on the Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London NW11

Concert: BBC Proms (Monday 20 July 2015, 1.00 pm)

The Cardinall’s Musick launches this year’s lunchtime series of Chamber Proms at Cadogan Hall with a programme celebrating the genius of Thomas Tallis.  Forty of the finest consort singers in the country will gather to perform Tallis’s Spem in alium.  Other highlights will include Tallis’s brooding setting of Suscipe quaeso and the luminous beauty of Videte miraculum.  The programme will also include the world premiere of a new work by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, the first in what we hope will be a series of commissions from female composers.  Cheryl was one of a handful of young female composers featured on Radio 3′s Composer of the Week series for International Women’s Day.

Booking opens on 16th May

Date: Monday 20 July 2015, 1.00 pm    Venue: Cadogan Hall, London SW1X 9DQ

Concert: Kilkenny Arts Festival (Saturday 15 August 2015, 8.00 pm)

The first of two concerts at this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival, this performance of an all-Tallis programme features Videte miraculum and Gaude gloriosa, and Spem in alium performed with singers from Chamber Choir Ireland and the Irish Youth Choir.

Booking now open

Date: Saturday 15 August 2015, 8.00 pm    Venue: St Canice's Cathedral, Kilkenny

Concert: Kilkenny Arts Festival (Sunday 16 August 2015, 3.00 pm)

Our second performance at this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival features music by Bach and his Forebears, to include motets Lobet den Herren, Fürchte dich nicht, Komm Jesu komm and Singet dem Herren alongside music by Melchior Franck, Johannes Eccard and Heinreich Schütz.

Booking now open

Date: Sunday 16 August 2015, 3.00 pm    Venue: Black Abbey, Kilkenny