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 20 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.
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)