St Christopher

Alamire - Music of two Elizabeths
Event 4
Saturday October 6th, 8.00pm 
Little Missenden Village Hall

Superb choral music
William Byrd
Emendemus in melius, Attollite portas, Peccantem me quotidie, Tribue Domine
Arvo Pärt
The woman with the alabaster box
John Tavener
Funeral Ikos
Kerry Andrew
Where the marsh plants grow (Festival commission)
Thomas Tallis
Salvator mundi, Asperges Domine, In manus tuas, Candidi facti sunt, In ieiunio et fletu, O sacrum convivium

This is an archived event from the 2012 programme.

David Skinner director;  Grace Davidson soprano;  Kirsty Hopkins soprano;  Clare Wilkinson mezzo-soprano;  Ruth Massey mezzo-soprano;  Nicholas Todd tenor;  Simon Wall tenor;  Greg Skidmore baritone  William Gaunt bass

Most of tonight’s programme comes from the Cantiones Sacrae of 1575 published jointly by Tallis and Byrd, two of the greatest choral composers of the English Renaissance (or any other period). It has some of their richest and most beautiful scores.

There are also three pieces from our own time. The calm, spare lines of Arvo Pärt’s motet The woman with the alabaster box sit beautifully with the world of Byrd and Tallis, as does the chant-like simplicity of Tavener’s Funeral Ikos.

We’ve commissioned Hazlemere-born Kerry Andrew, one of the UK's leading composers for voices, to write for “the exquisitely pure tone of the ensemble”.  The Anglo-Saxon name ‘Missenden’ means “valley where marsh plants grow”, and Kerry is inspired by portraits of such plants in Culpeper’s Complete Herbal.

Alamire has an enviable line-up – some of the finest consort singers under their charismatic director David Skinner, who “injects passion into every note” (Sunday Times)

“Scrumptious harmonies served up by this most luminous of consorts... Alamire’s fabulous blend of eminently traceable individual lines...Heaven” (Edward Seckerson, Independent on Sunday)

“They sing, marrying galvanizing spirit with impeccable tuning and blend... Awesome.  A sublime listening experience!” (BBC Music Magazine CD of the Month)

For more information on Alamire, click here. For more information on Kerry Andrew, click here.

In memory of Ann Lermit, Festival Secretary 1978-89 and 1994-2003
    Concert sponsored by Jonathan Lermit and Sarah Wilson

Commission funded by Britten-Pears Foundation, RVW Trust and Festival Friends