Iglesia de San Cipriano, Zamora - Friday September 27th 2019 Josquin Desprez’s Missa de Beata Virgine forms the backbone of this programme, interspersed with motets by Compere, Weerbecke, Willaert and Byrd.
Wigmore Hall, London - Monday November 25th 2019 Music for the Queen of Heaven: from the Renaissance to the present day by Britten, Byrd, Dodgson, Ludford, McDowall, Panufnik, Parsons, Tallis, and Weir
LSO St Luke's, London - Saturday January 11th 2020 As a scientist and philosopher, Galileo was the odd-one-out in a family of musicians. In this exploration of his ideas, music by Monteverdi, Kapsberger and Galileo’s own father and brother acts as a trigger to memory, transporting us back to his lectures and early experiments, and recalling matters of family, cosmology, and ultimately his betrayal and trial for heresy.
St. Andrew's & St. George's West Church, Edinburgh - Saturday March 28th 2020 Singing in Secret: music from recusant Catholic England by Byrd, Tallis, Parsons and Monte.
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"There’s earnest beauty in it and the instrumental playing on this recording is spot on – the Berkeley Ensemble under David Wordsworth clinches the balance of chaste, plaintive and urgent."
"You are left in no doubt of the agony of the crucifixion in the vocal and horn climax of the opening chorus of Stabat Mater ... intense and riveting."
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"With two women in the group, they make no pretence at emulating what might have happened in the 16th century; but that lets them sing out with more freedom. So this is no-nonsense musicianship, but for all that thoroughly musical ... The unfussy performance helps the music enormously."
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