The Arundel Choirbook and Tudor Polyphony
A concert by Harry Christophers and The Sixteen In the Great Hall, Lambeth Palace, London.
26th October, 2016, 7.00 - 8.00pm, followed by a Reception.
Ticket Price: £60 (includes reception)
Please note there is a £1.50 booking fee per transaction
The Arundel Choirbook was created in 1525 and is one of very few part-books to have survived the Reformation. It reveals a wealth of extraordinary music and is one of the jewels of the collection of Lambeth Palace Library.
In a rare performance, Harry Christophers and The Sixteen will give voice to the Arundel Choirbook. The Sixteen will perform pieces by Ludford and Fayrfax, complemented with works by Sheppard, a younger contemporary of Fayrfax.
The pieces will be introduced by Dr David Skinner (Director of Music at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge), an expert in Tudor polyphony. Concert-goers will have a rare chance to see The Arundel Choirbook itself, which will be on special display.
The concert, organised by the Friends of Lambeth Palace Library, will be held in the magnificent, and recently restored, Great Hall of Lambeth Palace and will be followed by a Reception, hosted by the Marquess of Salisbury, Chairman of the Friends of Lambeth Palace Library. Lambeth Palace Library holds records from the 9th century to the present day and is considered second only to the Vatican Library in the importance of its ecclesiastical collections.
Harry Christophers and The Sixteen are recognised internationally as one of the world’s greatest choral ensembles. Comprising both choir and period-instrument orchestra, The Sixteen has a special reputation for performing early English polyphony.
Dr David Skinner is well known as a leading scholar and performer of early music. An engaging presenter, he has worked extensively for BBC Radio and also acted as music advisor for the Music and Monarchy series on BBC 2 with historian David Starkey.
Sheppard - Libera nos I and II 6
Ludford - Movement from Missa Benedicta
Sheppard - In manus tuas III
Fayrfax - Gloria from Missa Tecum principium
Sheppard - Gaude, gaude, gaude Maria 14