Saturday 18 November | 7.30pm
The Ebor Singers: Palestrina Missa Cantantibus Organis
£15.00 (concs. £12.00, £5.00 students on the door)
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This year, The Ebor Singers’ popular annual celebration of the patron saint of music focusses on the music of Giovanni Pieruluigi da Palestrina, as they recreate a mass in honour of St Cecilia originally given at the Church of St Cecilia in Trastevere.
It’s not surprising that Roman musicians embraced the cult of St Cecilia, as she lived and died in Rome, but Cardinal Carlo Emilio Sfondrati enhanced the prestige of St Cecilia by hiring Papal singers to perform in his church in Trasteveree on Cecilia’s Day. And imagine the excitement in 1599 when her uncorrupted body was discovered under the church! Perhaps it was for such a celebration that Palestrina collaborated with his contemporaries on a mass in honour of St Cecilia.
All the contributors to the Missa Cantantibus organis were members of the Compagnia dei Musici di Roma, the first Italian musical society which was, of course, under the protection of St Cecilia.
The Ebor Singers will also have copies of their new CD available for sale at the concert, which captures music from the English Civil War.
Please note there is a £1.50 administration charge per transaction