spring 2014 poster smallSecretive and seductive religion, love and heart break were the themes explored in 17th century music, seen by many as the time in which Choral music was born. In Venice, also referred to as Serenissima, composers such as Monteverdi, Schutz and Gabrielli were making music popular to masses by bringing it out of the church. In England, Elizabeth 1st, also known as Oriana, was on the throne and composers such as Byrd and Tallis were writing sacred music in secret.

On 20th March 2014, Oriana to Serenissima looked at the vast range of choral music on offer, both sacred and secular and explored how the music of Italy influenced the composers in England. It also examined the fascination amongst musicians with the Lady Oriana's influence over the musical landscape across Europe.

christmas13smallOn 19th December 2013, the Choir started the Christmas celebrations with a magical concert of carols accompanied by traditional sounds of Christmas from CityBrass and balanced with readings by Margaret Jowett. The programme covered many old favourites from carol singing traditions together with extracts from Handel’s glorious work, Messiah. The choir joined with CityBrass to perform works by Schutz with CityBrass also performing highlights from ‘The Nutcracker’ and other Christmas music. The audience joined in the singing of traditional carols.

The Esterhazy Singers of London

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