Chamber Choir

Agony & Ecstasy

Thursday 8 November 2018, 19:30 - 21:30
St Bartholomew the Greatmap ]
West Smithfield
London EC1A 9DS

Orlando Chamber Choir
Peter Foggitt, director

From the ecstasy of love to the Agony in the Garden, this Orlando Chamber Choir concert charts a course through the extremes of emotion.

The first half of the programme celebrates the Italian madrigal’s journey to England, acquiring new texts and decorations along the way, with works by Jacques Arcadelt, Melchior Franck, Orlando Gibbons, Giaches de Wert, John Wilbye and others.

The Apostle Peter's abandonment of Jesus is explored in seven sections of Orlando di Lasso’s extraordinary psychodramatic madrigal cycle Lagrime di San Pietro.

Peter Foggitt's set of miniature madrigals based on Spenser's Epithalamion completes the evening.

Part of the concert’s agony is that it is Peter’s last as Orlando Chamber Choir’s director. He has been appointed Director of Music at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Please join us for an ecstatic send-off!


Thomas Greaves (16th century)
Come away, sweet love
John Wilbye (1574 - 1638)
Lady, when I behold the roses sprouting
Thomas Bateson (c.1570 - 1630)
Ah me! My mistress scorns my love
Giaches de Wert (1535 - 1596)
Ah! Dolente partita
Orlando Gibbons (1583 - 1625)
Dainty fine bird
Jacques Arcadelt (c.1507 - 1568)
Il bianco a dolce cigno
Orazio Vecchi (1550 - 1605)
The white delightful Swanne
Giovanni Battista Mosto (c.1550 - 1596)
Il bianco a dolce cigno
Melchior Franck (c.1579 - 1639)
Kein grösser Pein
Ach, Jungfrau zart und mild
Viva la musica
Orlando di Lasso (c.1532 - 1594)
from Lagrime di San Pietro:
Il magnanimo Pietro
Ma gli archi
Ogni occhio del Signor
Come falda di neve
Vattene vita và
Negando il mio Signor
Vide homo
Peter Foggitt (1984 - )
Epithalamion (2008):
Ring ye the bells
Ah when will this long weary day have end?
Open the temple gates