David BakerÂ Â organ, piano
Pat GlynnÂ theorbo
Julian MaceyÂ conductor
The Ashton Singers annual summer concert is in the beautiful setting of St Cross Church.Â Free parking will be available in The Field, accessible from the main road, just past The Bell pub.Â There will be a wine and juice bar in the interval when the audience may take their drinks into the Masterâ€™s Garden (weather permitting), which will also be open to the audience before the concert from 6.45 pm.
Music for female voices opens the programme: 12th century convent music by Hildegard of Bingen, followed by a 16th century anonymous motetÂ recently attributed to Ferrarese nun and composer Eleonora dâ€™Este, child of the notorious Lucrezia Borgia (daughter of Pope Alexander VI).
A duet and a trio for solo sopranos follow, written for the virtuoso concerto di donne of the dâ€™Este Court in Ferrara.Â British 20th/21st century music forms the main part of the concert, including Brittenâ€™s ever popular Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard and his Cantata Rejoice in the Lamb, plus music by Mealor, Harvey and Dove.
David Baker will accompany the choral items and play two lively organ solos: Sortie in E flat by LefĂ©bure-WĂ©ly and an organ arrangement of Playful Pizzicato from Brittenâ€™s Simple Symphony.
Hildegard of Bingen: Cum processit factura digiti Dei
Luzzasco Luzzaschi: Two madrigals from Madrigali per cantare e sonare
Anon. attrib.Eleonora dâ€™Este: Sicut lilium
Abraham Megerle: Peccator et consolator
Benjamin Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb
Benjamin Britten: The ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard
Paul Mealor: Now sleeps the crimson petal (four madrigals)
Jonathan Harvey: I love the Lord
Jonathan Dove: Seek him that maketh the seven stars
Tickets are ÂŁ15 (unreserved) plus a ÂŁ1 booking fee, available online and from Winchester Cathedral Box Office