English Choral Masterpieces

From the 16th to 20th Century


Monday 4 May 2020 St Dunstan’s Church Mayfield, 7pm £25, £10, £8, £5

Jeremy conducts the Oxford Camerata and Mayfield Consort in works by Purcell, Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Tavener and Thomas Tallis – Spem in Alium.

Oxford Camerata and the Mayfield Consort join forces again for a mammoth 500-year celebration of British choral music, bookended by two performances of Thomas Tallis’s 40-part motet. It will open the programme sung to its English text, ‘Sing and glorify’, and will end the concert in its original Latin version, ‘Spem in alium’. This surround-sound piece began life as a challenge to the middle-aged Tallis. An Italian composer brought his 40-part motet to England in 1567 and the Duke of Norfolk asked whether an English composer could compose anything as impressive. Tallis rose to the challenge and wrote something even better. The filling in this Tallis sandwich is a diet of choral and folk music dating from the 17th to the 20th centuries by the finest British composers of their day.

Oxford Camerata with Mayfield Consort are joined by the Eastbourne College Chamber Choir and Noteworthy Voices Eastbourne for Spem in Alium.

This choral concert is kindly sponsored by Mr and Mrs Simon and Caroline Tindall.