Sunday 30 May 6.30pm – c.7.30pm
£22.00 (£20.00 concessions)
Venue: St John of Beverley RC Church
directed by Paul Gameson
Heaven on Earth
Thomas More's Utopia (published in 1516) was a social-political satire describing the political system of an imaginary island state. Our programme explores English and European 16th-century vocal music that reflects the religious and political turmoil of the period, as Henry VIII forged a new identity for England alongside Europe. We feature several pieces by Robert Fayrfax, who set several of More's poems to music, and Josquin des Prez, both who died in 1521, and the first performance of a commission by Christopher Fox, inspired by Thomas More's vision.
Formed in 2020, EX CORDE consists of professional singers from across the UK, with diverse and successful careers, who are alumni from the University of York and the York-based chamber choir The Ebor Singers. We use vocal music to create, collaborate and connect, bringing composers, performers and audiences together. We believe passionately in making choral music - both old and new - accessible, through innovative programming and imaginative performances.
‘Scholarly, intensely musical and profoundly moving’ Musical Opinion
‘Natural, unflamboyant grace’ The Independent
‘Committed performances of fugitive luminosity’ Early Music
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