New Lamps For Old

by Candlelight


6 December 2014 at 7.30pm
St John's Smith Square, London, SW1P 3HA


Christmas has inspired composers for more than five hundred years. The legacy of English and continental composers from the Renaissance is rich and varied. In recent years a ‘Second English Renaissance’ has seen contemporary composers taking inspiration from plainchant, secular carols and polyphonic masterworks of the sixteenth century.

A new tradition of Renaissance-inspired music flourishes in the hands of contemporary English composers. In this programme Chapelle du Roi explores the links between works by Thomas Tallis, John Sheppard, Tomás Luis de Victoria and contemporary English composers including Cecilia McDowall, Samuel Bordoli, Robert Hugill, David Braid, Norman Harper and Jonathan Darbourne.

The result is a balance of sumptuous textures and harmonies and contrasting approaches to the great Christmas texts.

Four of the works are commissioned by Chapelle du Roi for this programme and are World Premieres.

O Sapientia   Sarum Chant
Magnificat   Thomas Tallis
O Sapientia   David Braid World Premiere
Nunc Dimittis   Thomas Tallis
    Samuel Bordoli  
Cantate Mass   John Sheppard  
Advent Prose   Gregorian Chant  
    Robert Hugill World Premiere
Verbum Caro   John Sheppard  
    Norman Harper World Premiere
No Man's Land 1914   Jonathan Darbourne World Premiere
Alma Redemptoris   Tomas Luis de Victoria  
    Cecilia McDowall  

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