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The Sixteen - The Choral Pilgrimage 2022: An Old Belief

Tuesday September 6, 2022 at 19:30
St Martin-in-the-Fields, London
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  1. Songs of Farewell - Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
  2. Deo gracias Anglia - Anonymous
  3. Saint Thomas honour we - Anonymous
  4. O blessed Lord - Anonymous
  5. Benedicite Deo - Anonymous
  6. An unexpected shore - Cecilia McDowall
  7. First Booke of Ayres - Thomas Campion
    • Author of light, revive my dying spright
    • Tune thy musicke to they hart
    • Never weather-beaten saile more willing bent to shore
  8. Take him, earth, for cherishing - Herbert Howells

World renowned choir The Sixteen return with their annual Choral Pilgrimage tour, this year entitled ‘An Old Belief’.

Hubert Parry’s Songs of Farewell must surely rank among some of the finest choral works ever written. Deeply affected by the First World War, Parry sought poetry that would reflect not only peace and unity and the search for a better world, but also an escape from the horrors of war.

The poems Parry chose to set are sublime, be they metaphysical poetry by John Donne and Henry Vaughan or the aching beauty of Thomas Campion’s verse. Perfectly complementing the rich sonority of Parry’s Songs are three short pieces by Campion, a selection of medieval carols and a new work by Cecilia McDowall.

St Martin-in-the-Fields
Trafalgar Square

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