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The Sixteen

Sunday 17 Jun 2018 8pm

Part of Aldeburgh Festival

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The Sixteen
Harry Christophers conductor

Britten Hymn to Saint Cecilia 10′; Choral Dances from Gloriana 10′; Hymn to the Virgin 4′
Copland In the beginning 17′
Madrigals by Morley, Gibbons and Byrd and sacred music by Sheppard, Byrd, Tallis and Copland 

(ends approx. 9.50pm)


Only connect: two composers separated by the Atlantic, but united by a social conscience and a determination to speak honestly to their own time and place. Britten and Copland were close musical friends, and their music opens and closes this sequence of choral works from across four centuries sung by one of today’s leading choirs.

Britten’s carols, the modern madrigals of his Gloriana Dances and Copland’s luminous setting of the Book of Genesis mingle with – and echo – music from Tudor England. Britten and Copland’s choral works, both sacred and profane, form a very different creative blossoming, but with a shared root.

‘…wonderfully smooth sustained textures, in which miraculously they make every word clear at the same time’
The Guardian

Full programme

Britten Hymn to the Virgin; Sweet was the Song; Shepherd’s Carol 11’
Britten Hymn to Saint Cecilia 10’
Morley April is in my mistress’ face 2’
Gibbons The Silver Swan 2’
Byrd This sweet and merry month of May (NB a 6 one) 3’
Britten Choral Dances from Gloriana 10’

Sheppard Libera nos I 4’
Copland Help us, O Lord 3’
Sheppard Libera nos II 2’
Britten Chorale after an old French Carol 4’
Byrd Miserere mihi, Domine 3’
Copland Have mercy on us, O Lord my God 4’
Tallis/Byrd Miserere nostri 3’
Copland In the beginning 17’