Vox Luminis II
Britten’s Hymn to the Virgin and Sacred and Profane, and music by his Renaissance and Baroque forebears Morley, Byrd, Tallis, White and Purcell.
Tuesday 20 June, 7.30pmFrom £5.00 to £26.00
Snape Maltings Concert Hall
Part of the Aldeburgh Festival season
Programme to include:
Britten A Hymn to the Virgin 4’;
Sacred and Profane 15’
Morley Funeral Sentences for Elizabeth I 13’
Purcell Hear my prayer O Lord 2’;
Funeral Sentences for Queen Mary 11’
and motets by Byrd, Tallis and White
Lionel Meunier director
The softly veiled Latin responses in Hymn to the Virgin echo not only to Britten’s English text but resonate down the centuries, recalling the rich harmonies of his musical forbears. Music for the liturgy and the burials of monarchs lead us toward Sacred and Profane – music of poignancy and vigour that mingles the pain of Christ’s death with a pantheistic celebration of nature’s cycle of decay and rebirth. Resurrection and regeneration, darkness to light, this is a programme to place Britten within and alongside the highpoints of English choral repertoire.