An absolute one-off and hugely atmospheric opener to the 40th festival – the combined professional choirs of the Armonico Consort (who so memorably performed Rachmaninov’s Vespers by candlelight at the 2015 Festival) and Gonville & Caius College Cambridge, together with members of the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus combine to perform two of the most remarkable of all choral works, Thomas Tallis’s 40-part motet Spem in Alium and the work that inspired it, Alessandro Striggio’s 60-part Mass. With additional items by Tallis and Hildegard of Bingen the performance will take place as dusk falls in the Stable Yard of Petworth House – configured specially for the occasion.
Please note that the auditorium is outside so please dress appropriately for the weather. Fixed, unreserved seats are provided. There will be a bar selling wine and soft drinks.
View the programme here: Programme-Grand-Choral-Masterpieces-2018.pdf
By kind permission of Lord and Lady Egremont and the National Trust
Generously sponsored by the Mersey Charitable Trust, Lady Penelope Gardens, Veronica Henty and Ronagh & Nicholas Wheeler
Armonico Consort (photo: Simon Jay Price)