St Christopher

Ave Virgo Sanctissima
Event 12
Saturday October 10th, 8.00pm 
Little Missenden Church

Treasures of Spain’s golden age
Juan Navarro
Regina caeli laetare
Cecilia McDowall
Alma redemptoris mater
Judith Weir
Ave Regina caelorum
Cristobal de Morales
Sancta et immaculata – Exaltata est, sancta Dei genitrix
Hilary Campbell
Ave Maria

This is an archived event from the 2015 Programme.

THE MARIAN CONSORT: Ruth Provost, Gwendolen Martin sopranos   Rory McCleery countertenor & director   Guy Cutting tenor   Rupert Reid baritone   Christopher Borrett bass

The Marian Consort delighted us in 2013 with a Gesualdo-centred programme. Their very welcome return draws mainly on the glorious choral polyphony written in honour of the Virgin Mary by many of Spain’s finest composers in the 16th and 17th centuries, when devotion to the Virgin reached its artistic peak – a true golden age (Siglo d’Oro) for Spanish music, literature and art.

This great choral tradition still resonates for composers of our own time, and some of their pieces will also be sung – including the world première of Matthew Martin’s new setting of Ave Virgo sanctissima, commissioned jointly by the Festival and the Consort.

The Marian Consort is a dynamic and internationally-renowned early music vocal ensemble, noted for a fresh approach and innovative presentation. Its members, among the best young singers on the early music scene, normally sing one to a part – small vocal forces allow clear textures and subtle, flexible interpretations that illuminate the music for performers and audiences.

“A really attractive blend of single voices moving with purposeful musicality” (Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3 CD Review)

Matthew Martin is building an international reputation. His “spikily dynamic style of composition” (BBC Music Magazine) has attracted commissions from many prominent ensembles. In 2013 he won the Liturgical category in the British Composer Awards.

Co-commission with the Marian Consort

Supported by the Britten-Pears Foundation
and the Little Missenden Festival Friends