Chamber Choir

A Traveller's Diary

Notebook of a musical journey

Thursday 7 November 2019, 19:30 - 21:30
St Andrew Holbornmap ]
5 St Andrew Street
London EC4A 3AF
tickets £15.00, concessions £10.00

Orlando Chamber Choir
Lucy Goddard, director
Chelys Consort of Viols

Join us to celebrate our anniversary with a year-long journey of sound during which we’ll experience the musical seasons throughout Europe.

We’ll set out in spring, the season of the choir’s first concert a quarter-century ago. Singing shepherds will wave us away from the English shores with songs by Tomkins, Wilbye and Weelkes. Around Advent or Christmas our choral coach should have reached Germany to prize the heavenly harmonies of our hosts Praetorius, Hassler and Schütz – after which our party's procession proceeds to Spain for luscious sounds of Lent by Lobo, Geurrero and De Victoria. Venite! Easter is in Venice where Gabrieli, Croce and Di Lasso sign for a sumptuous soundscape. Our Italian itinerary then loops back in time – music so easily defeats the hours – for some carnivalesque counterpoint by Banchieri, Gabrieli and Willaert, before Byrd and Morley welcome us back to Britain where we’ll arrive, exhausted but exhilarated, in time for the subsequent spring.

We are proud to be joined on this journey by our anniversary travel companions, the Chelys Consort of Viols, who will pull all their festive strings for added celebratory sonority. There may be balloons and bubbles, and we’ve heard rumours of a large interval cake.

What a journey it has been! What a journey it will be! Join us! Venite!

Programme details

John Wilbye (1574 - 1638)
Sweet honey-sucking bees
Thomas Weelkes (1576 - 1623)
We shepherds sing
John Ward (1571 - 1638)
La rondinella (viol consort)
Thomas Tomkins (1572 - 1656)
See, see, the shepherd's queen
Michael Praetorius (1571 - 1621)
Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her
Hieronymus Praetorius (1560 - 1629)
Angelus ad pastores ait
Johann Schein (1586 - 1630)
Suite from Banchetto Musicale (viol consort)
Heinrich Schütz (1585 - 1672)
Der Engel sprach zu den Hirten
Hans Leo Hassler (1564 - 1612)
Verbum caro
William Byrd (1539 - 1623)
O God that guides the cheerful sun
Alonso Lobo (1555 - 1617)
Vivo ego dicit Dominus
Francisco Guerrero (1528 - 1599)
O sacrum convivium a 6
Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548 - 1611)
Pueri Hebraeorum
Giovanni Gabrieli (1554 - 1612)
Surrexit pastor bonus a 10
Giovanni Croce (1557 - 1609)
Regina coeli a 8
Orlando di Lasso (1532 - 1594)
Aurora lucis rutilat
William Byrd (1539 - 1623)
Christ rising again
Andrea Gabrieli (1532 - 1585)
Vieni, vieni, Himeneo
Adrian Willaert (1490 - 1562)
Cingari simo venit' a giocare
Adriano Banchieri (1568 - 1634)
Contraponto bestiale alla mente
William Byrd (1539 - 1623)
This sweet and merry month of May
Thomas Morley (1558 - 1602)
Hard by a crystal fountain

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Getting there
and access

Nearest tube stations
Chancery Lane (Central Line)
Farringdon (Circle Line, Metropolitan Line)
Blackfriars (Circle Line, District Line)

Nearest bus lines
8, 17, 25, 45, 46, 341, 521

Wheelchair access
The church has a ramped entrance but there is no wheelchair-accessible toilet