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Above the stars: the genius of the English verse anthem |The Renaissance Singers

Saturday July 14, 2018 at 19:30
St Gabriel's Church, Pimlico, London
in advance: £15/ £12 (concessions) until 11th July 2018 at 7pm, thereafter: £18/ £15 (concessions)
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  1. Christ Rising Again - William Byrd
  2. When David heard - Michael East
  3. Behold, it is Christ - Edmund Hooper
  4. How are the mighty fallen - Robert Ramsey
  5. In nomine - John Taverner
  6. O Lord, of whom I do depend - Michael East
  7. O clap your hands - Michael East
  8. Above the stars my saviour dwells - Thomas Tomkins
  9. O ye little flock - John Amner
  10. O God, the heathen are come - Thomas Tomkins
  11. O Lord, let my knowe mine end - Thomas Tomkins

Join us for a summer's evening of emotive, evocative and joyful sacred music by the astonishingly talented generation of English composers that came to maturity in the decades around 1600. During this period composers of Anglican church music came to write more ‘verse’ music — for viol consort, solo voices and choir — than full anthems. The burgeoning idiom permitted more vivid text setting, new dramatic possibilities and an expanded range of scoring colours.

Among established masterpieces by Gibbons and Tomkins we are excited to include unknown anthems by Michael East, and to be giving a rare performance of John Milsom’s reconstruction of Tomkins’s O God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance — a raw cry of protest at events unfolding in Worcester during the mid-17th century. The choral items will be interspersed with Fantasias and In nomines by Byrd, Gibbons and East, played by the world-class Chelys Consort.

St Gabriel's Church, Pimlico
Warwick Square
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