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Christopher Monks director
Alessandro Striggio Mass for 60 voices
Thomas Tallis’ Spem in Alium
Audiences may be familiar with Tallis’s mighty 40-part motet Spem in Alium, one of the glories of English church music, written around 1570. The chances are, however, that most of us will not have heard an even more epic work for 60 voices, penned a few years earlier by Tallis’s Italian contemporary Alessandro Striggio: Mass for 60 voices.
There’s some speculation that Tallis was inspired by Striggio’s work, which was the largest of its kind composed during the Renaissance. Critically acclaimed choir and instrumental ensemble Armonico Consort will encircle the audience to perform these epic works, immersing them in 360 degrees of sound.
The pieces by Tallis and Striggio will be interspersed with ethereal chants by Hildegard of Bingen and other works from the period.
20:00 - 22:15
Running times are approximate and subject to change.