Music for Voices and Viols, from Dowland to Purcell
Cambridge Renaissance Voices join forces with the viol consort Concordia in the beautiful setting of St Cross, to explore a rich repertoire of English music from the 17th century.Â This was the golden age of consort music, where voices and viols were used interchangeably or together, in both domestic and sacred music-making.Â The programme ranges from intimate part songs by Dowland to Jacobean verse anthems by Orlando Gibbons and Thomas Tomkins, and the music of Henry Purcell which represents in many ways the culmination of this rich tradition.Â While his anthems straddle the musical styles of the late Renaissance and a more dramatic idiom signalling the early Baroque, Purcellâ€™s viol Fantasias look back to an earlier age, bringing to an old instrumental form a dazzling complexity and musical beauty.
Cambridge Renaissance Voices - hailed by Early Music Review for â€˜beautifully controlledâ€¦ assured and expressiveâ€™ performances, informed by â€˜understanding and passionâ€™ - was formed in 2013 under the musical direction of Rupert Preston Bell.Â It brings together singers drawn mainly from The Cambridge Taverner Choir, with whom they have made a series of recordings of sacred polyphony, and were shortlisted for the Gramophone Early Music Award.
Concordia has established itself among the foremost viol consorts in Britain, acclaimed by The Telegraph in concert with Emma Kirkby as â€˜the music of heavenâ€™.Â Their international reputation rests on a series of recordings, ranging across the English consort repertoire, from Byrd and Dowland to Gibbons and Purcell, and collaborating with renowned vocal artists including Robin Blaze and the Kingâ€™s Singers.
For more information about this event please visit www.cambridgerenaissancevoices.org.uk