Oct 8, 2013, 10:45 PM
During the middle decades of the 16th century, England was shaken by the violence of a cultural revolution, as the country’s official religion became a source of brutal political conflict. The consequences for our national music were grave: dozens of professional choirs were disbanded and manuscripts destroyed.
'Renaissance Fragments' workshop, London 28 Oct
In an exciting new project encompassing a concert and open workshop the Renaissance Singers commemorates what was lost: the silences around the notes. As part of Making Music’s national ‘Adopt a Composer’ scheme, the choir has been working with composer Stef Conner on new commission which mixes medieval prayer texts, musical fragments and an entirely new setting of Wordsworth’s sonnet, ‘The Dissolution of the Monasteries’. This ambitious new piece will receive its premier performance in Waltham Abbey on 19th October as part of a concert which shines a light on the torn and tattered tradition of early Tudor music. As well as complete motets by Tallis and Browne, the choir will perform music which survives incomplete by major composers including Davy and White. The concert will be recorded by BBC Radio 3.
Singers are also invited to come along to an Open Workshop on Monday 28th October where Stef Conner and David Allinson, Director of the Renaissance Singers will explore music from the programme, including the new commission, The Shrines of Waltham.
Open Workshop: Renaissance Fragments
Monday 28th October, 7-9.30pm
Church of the Holy Reedemer, Exmouth Market London EC1R 4QE
Nearest stations: Farringdon and Kings Cross
Tickets £10 (£8 concessions)
book online at www.renaissancesingers.comT
tel: 07739 885810