Concert: Wigmore Hall

Date: Wednesday 30 January 2019, 7.30 pm    Venue: Wigmore Hall, London {venue link »}

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.

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In person at 36 Wigmore Street, London W1U