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Spem in alium - English anthems spanning five centuries | Nonsuch Singers

Tuesday June 26, 2018 at 19:30
St Martin-in-the-Fields, London
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  1. Spem in alium (40-part motet) - Thomas Tallis
  2. Sing joyfully unto God - William Byrd
  3. Hosanna to the son of David - Thomas Weelkes
  4. O clap your hands together - Orlando Gibbons
  5. When David heard - Thomas Tomkins
  6. Ave verum corpus - William Byrd
  7. Libera nos, salva nos I - John Sheppard
  8. Loquebantur variis linguis - Thomas Tallis
  9. My Beloved Spake - Patrick Hadley
  10. Vidi speciosam - Will Todd
  11. And I saw a new heaven - Edgar Bainton
  12. Hymn to the night - Ed Rex
  13. Two human hymns - Judith Weir
  14. Ecce beatam lucem - Jonathan Dove
  15. The Twelve - Sir William Walton

In this final concert of our current season, we bring you a programme of inspiring anthems spanning five centuries.

Thomas Tallis’s monumental 40 part motet Spem in alium takes centre stage, accompanied by other jewels of Tudor polyphony, including Thomas Tomkins' When David heard and Orlando Gibbons's O clap your hands, to name just two.

The origins of Tallis's motet are obscure with the earliest surviving manuscripts being those prepared in 1610 for the investiture of James I's son, Henry Frederick, as Prince of Wales. Set for eight choirs of five voices, it is a work of immense power and great effect, and is a season highlight for any choir to perform.

The second half of our programme sets a number of 20th century classics - William Walton’s The Twelve and Edgar Bainton's And I saw a new heaven - and contemporary works including Judith Weir’s Two human hymns, Will Todd’s Vidi speciosam and Ed Rex’s 10-part Hymn to the night.

We look forward to welcoming you to the candlelit splendour of this beautiful church for an evening of truly memorable music.

St Martin-in-the-Fields
Trafalgar Square
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