2015 concerts

Saturday 12 December 2015, Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford upon Avon
Christmas in the New World

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Keith Bennett conductor, The Six cornett and sackbut ensemble, Folia Baroque string ensemble, Simone Rebello percussion, Eligio Quintiero theorbo / guitar, Steven Hollas organ / harpsichord

A truly sparkling programme of Baroque music from the exotic world of 17th-century Mexico, Bolivia and Peru, with its vibrant rhythms, gorgeous tunes and striking instrumental colours. With newly discovered music and powerful and distinctive favourites, this is glorious music to set the festive pulses racing.

Saturday 17 October 2015, St Alphege’s Church, Oldfield Lane, Bath, BA2 3NR
Morales – Magna Carta – Nystedt

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Cristóbal de Morales Missa ‘Mille regretz’/Kyrie
Anon Alleluia Nativitas
Cristóbal de Morales Missa ‘Mille regretz’/Gloria
Knut Nystedt O Crux

Anon Perspice Cristicola
Cristóbal de Morales Missa ‘Mille regretz’/Credo
Knut Nystedt Miserere

Anon Edi beo thu
Cristóbal de Morales Missa ‘Mille regretz’/Sanctus
Kerry Andrew Hevene Quene
Cristóbal de Morales Missa ‘Mille regretz’/Agnus Dei

Friday 19 June, 2015, The Chase, Winsley, Bradford on Avon
Madrigals, Part Songs and Solos

Morley Now is the month of maying
Cornyshe Ah Robin (SSA)
Corteccia Baccho, Baccho
Anon C13 Edi beo thu
Weelkes Like two proud armies

Jane Hunt, soprano solos
Purcell
If Music be the food of love (first setting)
I attempt from love’s sickness to fly
Fairest Isle

Britten To Daffodils
Wolf Einklang
Wolf Gottvertrauten
Dove In beauty may I walk

INTERVAL

Elgar As torrents in summer
Skempton A Dream
Elgar My love dwelt in a Northern land

Jane Hunt, soprano solos
18th century songs
Under the greenwood tree (Thomas Arne)
Still the lark finds repose (Thomas Linley)
Where the bee sucks (Thomas Arne)

Marenzio O mille volte
Monteverdi Lamento della Ninfa
Cavalieri O che nuovo miracolo

1-4 May 2015
Opus XIII join Paragon Singers in Bath & Laycock

Following on from paragon singers tour to Aix en Provence last September their hosts from there, Opus XIII came back to Bath (en masse!) over the May bank holiday weekend. Opus XIII gave two concerts, in St Swithin’s Bath and St Cyriac’s Laycock at which they sang Fauré’s Requiem as well as Venetian choral music by Monteverdi, Cavalli and Cavalieri. For the Cantique de Jean Racine and the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah they were joined by paragon singers. It was lovely to see our friends from Provence once again!

Saturday 28 March 2015
Church of St Alphege, Oldfield Lane, Bath

Victoria Lamentations for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday
James MacMillan Tenebrae Responsories

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The liturgy of Holy Week has inspired a great wealth of wonderful music. This concert focuses on two of the finest examples, one from the sixteenth century and from the twenty-first.

The nine Lamentations by Victoria – organised into sets for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday – form the core of the concert. Among the many settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah these by Victoria are perhaps the most beautiful and poignant. This is music of plangent austerity, the mood restrained and sorrowful.

Interspersed among them are the three Tenebrae Responsories by the most individual of contemporary British composers, James MacMillan. Powerful and highly dramatic, these explore a virtuosic range of choral writing in wringing every ounce of meaning from the text. The contrasting approaches of the two composers provide a perfect foil for each other. All will be further enhanced by the simple beauty and wonderful acoustics of St Alphege, Bath’s ‘hidden gem’.