Experience Renaissance Spain, full of earthly vitality, through music and art

Come to Petersfield’s St Peter’s Church on Saturday 13 April to enjoy glittering choral treasures from the time of El Greco and Velasquez, including music by Victoria and Guerrero.

You will be transported back to the Renaissance, where you will be able to enjoy comparisons between the painters and composers of the time.

Over the years, the choir has continued to champion Spanish Renaissance music. It gave the world première of Cantico de Francisco by Rodrigo, and recently performed music from the mediaeval Codex Calixtinus in the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. We will be performing this music again in this concert.

Central to the programme is the music of Tomas Luis da Victoria, who mastered the art of writing polychoral music whilst living in Italy. One piece in our programme splits us into three choirs. Tallis’s great Spem in Alium, written for 40 voices, is similar to some of the pieces in this programme.

In order to balance the serene, beautiful and restful sacred music from the period, we’re also performing secular pieces, which dance across the programme, bringing a sense of the real Spain, full of earthy vitality.

Composer Ian Schofield says, “The choir has great purity of sound and an excellent blend of voices.”

Music played by award-winning guitarist Zoe Barnett will provide further contrast to the programme. Zoe says, “I am really looking forward to creating a lighter Spanish dimension to the concert with the traditional flamenco guitar”.

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