Concert Archive

CANDLELIT CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Wednesday 23rd December 2015, 8:00 pm
Wadham College Chapel
Parks Road Oxford OX1 3PN

OXFORD LIEDERTAFEL
Stephen Burrows  countertenor
Tom Kelly  tenor
Andrew Bennett tenor
Duncan Saunderson  bass and crumhorn

PRO VICTORIA
conductor Duncan Saunderson

Tallis Gloria (Missa Puer Natus Est)
Palestrina Hodie Christus Natus Est
Victoria Salve Regina à 8
Music from the court of King Henry VIII
Traditional carols

 

CONCERT

Saturday 30th May 2015, 8:00 pm
New College Chapel
Holywell Street, Oxford OX1 3BN

JAMES BOWMAN countertenor
DOROTHY LINELL lute
Lute songs by Campion, Tallis, Gibbons and Dowland.

OXFORD LIEDERTAFEL
Stephen Burrows  countertenor
Ben Durrant tenor
Tom Kelly  tenor
Duncan Saunderson  bass

Tallis Lamentations parts I and II
Byrd Ne irascaris Domine - Civitas Sanctu Tui
Schubert Sehnsucht D656
Robert Schumann Die Rose Stand im Tau

In the year 587 BC the city of Jerusalem was destroyed by the warmongering Babylonian leader King Nebuchadnezzar. This offensive from Mesopotamia (now Iraq) was harrowingly recorded in a cave outside Jerusalem by the prophet Jeremiah and famously set to music by Thomas Tallis.

"Ne Irascaris Domine" is one of William Byrd's finest motets and the siege of Jerusalem is said to be used as a metaphor for the Catholic Church under Protestant Queen Elizabeth I. Quintessentially Elizabethan, the lute also originated in Mesopotamia. Al Oud dates back to the 3rd millennium BC but its final, exquisite flowering was in 16th century English Lutesong, particularly in the unsurpassed music of John Dowland.

Tickets £10 - Early booking advised - tickets@liedertafel.org

A CANDLELIT CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Tuesday, 23rd December 2014, 8:00-9:15 pm
Wadham College Chapel
Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PN

OXFORD LIEDERTAFEL

Alex Pullinger countertenor
Stephen Burrows  countertenor
Tom Kelly  tenor
Duncan Saunderson  bass

with

Pro Victoria Singers

Palestrina Missa Papae Marcelli, Hodie Christus natus est
Bach Christmas chorales
Stravinsky Ave Maria
Joubert There is no rose
Burgon Hymns to Mary, A God and yet a man
Moore Away in a manger
Traditional carols.

Palestrina's Missa Papae Marcelli, so legend has it, was dictated to him by angels and restored the Church's faith in polyphonic vocal music inĀ  16th century Rome. It is also the only Mass to be the subject of an opera, Hans Pfitzner's "Palestrina".

 

Christmas Concert

Friday, 23rd December 2011, 8:00-9:15pm
St Michael and all Angels Church
Lonsdale Road, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7ES

Stephen Burrows - countertenor
Guy Cutting
- tenor
Matthew Vine
- tenor
Duncan Saunderson
- bass

Julian Littlewood - piano

Pro Victoria

  • Videte Miraculum Tallis
  • O magnum Mysterium Byrd
  • O Beata Virgo Byrd
  • Two Hymns to Mary Geoffrey Burgon (1941 - 2010)
  • Hail Queen of Heaven
  • Blessed be that Lady bright
  • O magnum mysterium Victoria
  • Gloria from Missa Hodie Christus Natus Est Palestrina
  • Hodie Christus Natus Est Palestrina
  • The Angel Gabriel Trad.
  • A God and yet a man Burgon
  • The three Kings Cornelius arr. Atkins
  • Schlaf, schlaf, schlaf. Trad. German arr. Ledger
  • Nativity Carol Rutter
  • Candlelight Carol Rutter
  • Shepherd's Farewell Berlioz

This year the four male voices of Liedertafel are joined by the new choir Pro Victoria, formed this year, the 400th anniversary of Victoria's death, to sing part of Victoria's masterful Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae (Office for Holy Week) during Holy Week. For this year's Christmas concert the mixed voices of Pro Victoria combine with Liedertafel to sing Palestrina's glorious 8 part antiphon for Christmas Day, Hodie Christus Natus Est, as well as the Gloria from the Mass based on the antiphon. 3 other grand masters are represented; Byrd, Tallis and of course Victoria. Geoffrey Burgon, who died last year is best known for his scores for Brideshead Revisited and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He was also a highly accomplished composer of choral music. The two choirs will have the benefit of the acoustic of St. Michael's, Lonsdale Road, Summertown. This wonderful space is increasingly being used as a recording location for larger choirs eg. New College Choir's Monteverdi Vespers and Mozart Requiem recordings. Early booking is advisable.

Tickets £10: Reservation recommended: tickets@liedertafel.org

Thursday, 23rd December 2010, 8:00-9:15pm
St John's College Chapel , St. Giles, Oxford

A Candlelit Christmas Concert

LIEDERTAFEL

Stephen Burrows - countertenor
Ben Alden - tenor
Matthew Vine - tenor
Duncan Saunderson - bass

Julian Littlewood - piano

Missa Pange Lingua by Josquin de Prez
Traditional carols
Selections from our new CD "Paradise on Earth"

Saturday, 11th September 2010, 8pm
New College Chapel , Oxford

LIEDERTAFEL

Stephen Burrows - countertenor
Rory McCleery - countertenor
Ben Alden - tenor
Duncan Saunderson - bass

with

James Bowman - Countertenor

David Miller - Lute

In the 14th century grandeur of New College Chapel, the world famous countertenor James Bowman will perform lute songs by Dowland, Campion and Purcell, with the lutenist David Miller. James and David have recorded perhaps the definitive disc of Dowland lute songs, "Awake Sweet Love" on the Hyperion label. James's association with New College Chapel goes back to the 60s when he honed his extraordinary voice in the Chapel Choir before his solo career was launched by Benjamin Britten who was, radically, looking for a countertenor lead in his new opera "A Midsummer Night's Dream".

Liedertafel will perform motets from Spain, Italy and Portugal and, to contrast, sacred and secular music by Byrd and Tallis, including some of Tallis's beautiful anthems in the reformed simpler style for the English Church.

Tickets £10: Reservation recommended: tickets@liedertafel.org

May 2010
English Musical Festival

The English Partsong tradition

Wednesday, 23rd December 2009, 8:00-9:15pm
Trinity College Chapel , Broad Street, Oxford

A Candlelit Christmas Concert

LIEDERTAFEL

Stephen Burrows - countertenor
Ben Alden - tenor
Matthew Vine - tenor
Duncan Saunderson - bass

with

Callum Chamberlain - treble
and Julian Littlewood - organ

Bach, Vaughan Williams, Handel and Stravinsky
Traditional Christmas carols

Callum Chamberlain is a chorister in Radley College Chapel Choir and a pupil at Moulsford Preparatory School near Wallingford. He has sung solo alongside the best selling classical soprano Hayley Westenra with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and was recently one of just four boys who sang at the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year final at St. Paul's Cathedral. As a soloist with The Royal Marines in Hampshire, he helped to raise £50,000 for British soldiers.

Tickets £10: Reservation recommended: tickets@liedertafel.org

Monday Nov 30th 2009
The Oxford and Cambridge Club
71 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HD

Vaughan Williams and his influences

Sunday May 24th 11am
Radley College Chapel, Radley, Oxfordshire

English Musical Festival

The English Partsong tradition with Liedertafel

Saturday, May 23rd 2009 6pm
Grosvenor Chapel, South Audley Street, London W1K 2PA

Dowland Lutesongs

James Bowman - Countertenor
Dorothy Linell - Lute

LIEDERTAFEL
Stephen Burrows - countertenor
Ben Alden - tenor
Matthew Vine - tenor
Duncan Saunderson - bass

Schubert Salve Regina D811
madrigals and partsongs by Bennett, Horsley,
Macfarren, Stanford and Parry.

Tuesday, 23rd December 2008, 8:00-9:15pm
St John's College Chapel , St. Giles, Oxford

A Candlelit Christmas Concert

LIEDERTAFEL

Helen Ashby - soprano
Kate Ashby - soprano
Stephen Burrows - countertenor
Matthew Vine - tenor
Chris Hodges - baritone
Duncan Saunderson - bass

Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599) Missa Sancta et Immaculata
Christóbal de Morales (1500-1553) Sancta et Immaculata;
O Magnum Mysterium

Grayston Ives - O Remember Adam's Fall
Geoffrey Burgon - A God and Yet a Man

with

COLIN DEXTER (creator of Inspector Morse) - reader

Guerrero was born in Seville and worked in the Cathedral there for most of his life. He was the best known Spanish composer of his time and his fame rapidly spread to the New World in South America. His Missa Sancta et Immaculata is based on a motet by his greatest predecessor Morales. Guerrero transforms Morales's model into an elaborate set of variations, re-combining motifs, stretching them, spinning them out and accompanying them with a dazzling array of new counter-melodies and harmonic situations.

In contrast, seasonal music by two contemporary composers, Grayston Ives (Master of Music at Magdalen College Chapel, Oxford) and Geoffrey Burgon will be performed alongside a selection of traditional carols and choice readings read by Colin Dexter.

This year Liedertafel is again joined by the sopranos Helen and Kate Ashby from the ensemble Stile Antico, who will be fresh from a tour of the Far East with Sting and his band.

Saturday, 15th November 2008, 8pm
St John's College Chapel , St. Giles, Oxford
Lute Songs - John Dowland (1563-1626)

James Bowman - Countertenor
Dorothy Linell - Lute

with Liedertafel

Lamentations of Jeremiah Part I - Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
Ne Irascaris Domine - William Byrd (1540–1623)
In Ieiunio et Fletu - Diogo Dias Melgas (1638-1770)
O Lord Make Thy Servant Queen Elisabeth - William Byrd



William Blake's depiction of Nebuchadrezzar's animal-like years, from the Book of Daniel

In the year 587 BC the city of Jerusalem was destroyed by the warmongering Babylonian leader King Nebuchadrezzar. This offensive from Mesopotamia (now Iraq) was harrowingly recorded in a cave outside Jerusalem by the prophet Jeremiah and famously set to music by Thomas Tallis.

"Ne Irascaris Domine" is one of William Byrd's finest motets and the siege of Jerusalem is said to be used as a metaphor for the Catholic Church under Protestant Queen Elizabeth I. Quintessentially Elizabethan, the lute also originated in Mesopotamia. Al Oud dates back to the 3rd millenium BC but its final, exquisite flowering was in 16th century English Lutesong, particularly in the unsurpassed music of John Dowland.

After a choral scolarship at New College, Oxford, James Bowman became a layclerk and a prep. school master before Benjamin Britten launched his extraordinary career as a countertenor by selecting him to play Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1967. Forty-one years later at a concert last January in St. Martin-in-the-Fields, The Independent wrote;
"Where would early music be without James Bowman?....all the artistry was there in the exquisitely shaped phrases....Bowman invests every syllable with urgent meaning; the spell he cast was extraordinary. Two more arias from Handel saw him filling the big church with his clarion sound, and in winding up with the Agnus Dei from Bach's B minor Mass he showed what steely beauty lay behind his deceptively light approach".

Tickets £10: Reservation recommended: tickets@liedertafel.org

Friday August 22nd 8:00pm (ends approx. 9:15)

St John's College, St. Giles, Oxford

Stephen Burrows - countertenor
Nick Hewlett - tenor
Matthew Vine - tenor
Duncan Saunderson - bass
Julian Littlewood - organ

F. Schubert (1797-1828) Salve Regina
A. Brumel (c. 1460-1512) Lamentations
W. Byrd (1540–1623) Mass for 4 Voyces

A selection of traditional English part-songs

Music will be performed on the new organ at St. John’s
College Chapel. The organ was commissioned from one
of the world's best organ builders, Bernard Aubertin.
It is the first French organ in Oxford or Cambridge,
and the first Aubertin in England.

Imagine a boy born one of 16 children to a father of peasant stock and a mother who was a housemaid before becoming a housewife. He reluctantly became a teacher but loved to compose. He had few commissions, very little of his music was published in his lifetime and he was always short of cash. His 2 attempts at opera were unsuccessful and he was neither an outstanding conductor nor performer. He frequented cafés and taverns and died at the age of 31. His “estate” of old clothes and music barely covered a modest funeral. This man was Franz Schubert, one of the greatest composers in the Western tradition with an unsurpassed gift for melody. Of his 600 songs, “Who is Sylvia”, for example, was quickly written in a tavern and “Erlkönig” was instantly rejected by the publisher Breitkopf and Härtel. His “Salve Regina” D 811 for 4 male voices is written in a deceptively simple and jolly style for such a sacred text. As the piece progress however, Schubert’s genius and wit begin to shine brightly.

The Frenchman Antoine Brumel was compared favourably to Josquin des Prez, and Palestrina ordered his music to be performed in The Sistine Chapel. His exquisite “Lamentations of Jeremiah” follow the unusual convention of setting letters from the Hebrew alphabet (e.g. Aleph, Beth, Teth etc) to elaborate abstract music. Like illuminated initials in a medieval manuscript, they contrast with the more syllabic narrative of Jeremiah’s bitterness on the destruction of Jerusalem.

William Byrd was a Catholic under the Protestant reign of Elizabeth I: he was tolerated because of the sheer quality of his music. His “Mass for 4 Voyces” was written for the intimate, even secretive atmosphere of domestic worship. During the anti-Catholic frenzy of the Gunpowder plot in 1605 it was banned under penalty of imprisonment.

Tickets £10 on the door. Reservations .

Discounted rates for group bookings - please enquire.

Sunday, December 9th 2007, 8pm
Trinity College Chapel, Broad Street, Oxford

A Christmas Concert

LIEDERTAFEL

Helen Ashby - soprano
Kate Ashby - soprano
Stephen Burrows - countertenor
Matthew Vine - tenor
Duncan Saunderson - bass

with

COLIN DEXTER (creator of Inspector Morse) - reader

O beata et gloriosa Trinitas - Palestrina
O magnum mysterium - Victoria
O nata lux - Tallis
Ave virgo sanctissima - Guerrero
The lamb - Tavener
Agnus Dei from Missa Brevis - Palestrina
Bethlehem Down - Warlock
I sing of a maiden - Berkeley
Hail Queen of heaven - Burgon

A selection of traditional carols.


"The programme had been chosen with great care... complex musical structures were contrasted by the emotive simplicity of modern arrangements of traditional carols. And throughout, the ensemble produced a performance that was deeply satisfying in its attention to detail, allowing the music to speak directly to every listener." Henley Standard

This Christmas Liedertafel is joined by the sopranos Helen and Kate Ashby, both members of the outstanding award winning vocal ensemble Stile Antico. In the exquisite Chapel of Trinity College, Liedertafel will perform one of Palestrina's finest motets "O Beata et Gloriosa Trinitas", seasonal music by Victoria, Guerrero, Tavener, Berkeley, Burgon and Warlock as well as a selection of traditional Christmas carols.

As twins, Helen and Kate Ashby have a unique blend that is most appropriate in the "mirror image" part writing in Tavener's "The Lamb" and the soprano canonic imitation in Palestrina's "Agnus Dei" and Guerrero's "Ave Virgo Sanctissima".

Colin Dexter, as usual, will delight and inform with traditional readings, an account of Alistair Cooke introducing Leonard Bernstein to "The Messiah" in New York and Laurie Lee's description of carol singers outside Seville Cathedral in the 1950s, before the coming of Easyjet.

Saturday, 29th September 2007, 8pm
Wadham College Chapel, Parks Road, Oxford

James Bowman - Countertenor

Dorothy Linell - Lute

with

Liedertafel

Stephen Burrows - countertenor
Ben Alden - tenor
Matthew Vine - tenor
Duncan Saunderson - bass

James Bowman will perform lute songs by Dowland, Campion and Rosseter in the candlelit setting of Wadham College Chapel. A true "renaissance man", Campion was a medical doctor by profession as well as a poet and musician. Dowland, one of the greatest songwriters in the English language, and Rosseter were both lutenists to King James I under whose reign Wadham College was built. It therefore provides the perfect historical setting for English lutesong at the start of the 17th century.

To contrast, the Oxford based male voice ensemble "Liedertafel" will perform Missa "O Quam Gloriosum est" by Tomas Luis de Victoria, a Spanish contemporary of the English lute song composers, as well as neglected English gems such as Stanford's "Hush, sweet lute" and Macfarren's "Orpheus, with his lute".

James Bowman is still receiving reviews that would be envied by many younger singers:-

Opera Today enthuses about "the continuing vitality and beauty of Bowman's voice" in a review of his new solo disc recorded last year.

After a London concert earlier this year, Anthony Holden wrote in The Guardian; "This was also a masterpiece in vocal control, the holding of a musical line and above all, enunciation. So I hope some of the next generation of singers made the short pilgrimage from nearby English National Opera, which would not need cotroversial surtitles if all the company's diction were as clear as Bowman's".

His name even appears regularly in other countertenor reviews such as in The Times this Spring; "We're so used to the counter-tenor super heroes - the liquid amber of an Andreas Scholl, the soprano seduction of a David Daniels, the eternal splendour of James Bowman....."

Dorothy Linell is one of the country's top lutenists. She regularly tours all over the world and has performed with Nigel Kennedy, Simon Rattle, Glyndebourne Opera and The Deller Consort.

Tickets £10: Reservations: tickets@liedertafel.org

STARS OF THE SUMMER NIGHT

Thursday 2nd August, 2007 8:00pm. (end approx.9:15pm)

New College Chapel, Holywell Street, Oxford

In the 14th century grandeur of New College Chapel take a musical journey with Liedertafel through life and from Spring to Winter and morn to night. In between there's hunting, smoking, comedy, love and of course tax, all under the watchful eyes of El Greco's St. James, Epstein's Lazarus and Sir Joshua Reynolds's controversial 18th century stained glass "Virtues"; society beauties of the day famously described by Lord Torrington as "half dressed languishing harlots".

Hail, smiling morn - R. Spofforth
Jünglingswonne - F. Schubert
Forresters sound the cheerful horn - H. Bishop
My pocket's low and taxes high - S. Webbe
The goslings - F. Bridge
T'other day as I sat - J.Goss
As torrents in Summer - E. Elgar
I loved her - J. Hatton
I vostri acuti dardi - P. Verdalot
Winter - H. Purcell (The Fairy Queen)
His golden locks time hath to silver turned - J. Dowland
Il bianco e dolce cigno - J. Arcadelt
Die nacht - F. Schubert
The long day closes - A. Sullivan
Never weather beaten sail - T. Campian
There is a paradise on earth - R.L.Pearsall

 

St. John's College Chapel, St. Giles, Oxford.
Thursday 20th July 2006, 8pm

NIGHT MUSIC

Poetry by the St John's poets A.E.Housman and Philip Larkin and partsongs by Dowland, Purcell, Schubert, Brahms, Elgar, Sullivan and Vaughan Williams.

English wine tasting with award-winning wines from Brightwell Vineyard.

LIEDERTAFEL
Stephen Burrows - countertenor
Ben Alden - tenor
John Bungard - tenor
Duncan Saunderson - bass

with

COLIN DEXTER (creator of Inspector Morse) - reader

Colin Dexter and his novels;
"A plot of classical cunning and intricacy" Times Literary Supplement.
"..has set his fellow crime writers an example they will find it hard to emulate" Sunday Times.
"Dexter has created a giant among fictional detectives and has never short changed his readers" The Times
"Dextrously ingenious" The Guardian
"traditional crime writing at its best; the kind of book without which no armchair is complete" Sunday Times.
"Brilliant characterization in original whodunnit" Sunday Telegraph.
"A brilliantly plotted detective story" Evening Standard.

A.E.Housman (St. John's, Oxford 1877-81) is one of England's finest and most popular lyric poets. His most famous work "A Shropshire Lad" paints a nostalgic and moving picture of brave English soldiers on the front in the "Great" war.

Philip Larkin CBE (St. John's, Oxford 1940-43) is the greatest poet of his generation. He declined the offer to succeed Sir John Betjeman as Poet Laureate due to the high public profile, preferring the uneventful life of a librarian in Hull.

....and in their blazing solitude
The stars sang in their sockets through the night:
'Blow bright, blow bright
The coal of this unquickened world'

From "Night Music" by Philip Larkin.

Wednesday, 17th May 2006, 8pm
Little St. Mary's Church, Trumpington Street, Cambridge

Solo lute songs by John Dowland (1563-1626)
4 part music by Antoine Brumel, Jakob Arcadelt and Heinrich Isaak

Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen - Heinrich Issak
Lamentations - Antoine Brumel
Ave Maria - William Cornysh
Adieu Madame - Henry VIII
Il bianco e dolce cigno - Jacques Arcadelt
O let me live for true love - Thomas Tomkins (To Dr. Dowland)
O vos omnes - T.L.Victoria

James Bowman - Countertenor

Dorothy Linell - Lute

Stephen Burrows - countertenor
Ben Alden - tenor
John Bungard - tenor
Duncan Saunderson - bass

James Bowman has been one of the world's leading countertenors for almost forty years. In 1967 as a modest Oxford prep. schoolmaster and cathedral singer he was asked by Benjamin Britten to take the lead role in his "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Covent Garden. Since then, whether spearheading David Munrow's legendary "Early Music Consort of London", terrorising Janet Baker on DVD in "Julius Ceasar" from ENO, appearing in almost every major opera house in the world or making solo discs with The King's Consort he has charmed audiences with his unique timbre, charismatic performing presence and unbeatable vocal projection. One broadsheet reviewer recently wrote that his voice could be heard on the moon during a performance of "The St. John Passion" in London!

Andreas Scholl has beat him last year, in being the first countertenor to sing at The Last Night of the Proms (looking like Superman might've helped......). However, even this leading young countertenor acknowledged a real grandmaster in last August's BBC Music Magazine; "After his (Andreas Scholl) voice broke he continued singing falsetto in the choir...'at that time their were few people who knew what countertenors were. Then an uncle of mine gave me recordings of James Bowman and I thought, yeah, this sounds good, maybe I can do it.'"

Friday December 16th 2005, 7.30pm
A Candlelight Christmas Concert
Wadham College Chapel, Oxford

Nicholas Clapton - countertenor
Matthew Vine - tenor
Duncan Saunderson - bass
Julian Littlewood - piano/organ

with

Harry Sever - treble and Colin Dexter OBE - reader

Harry Sever was born in 1991 and has become one of the country's most outstanding trebles. He was Head Quirister of Winchester College Chapel Choir (est.1382) and in 2003 he was BBC Radio Two's Young Chorister of the Year. Since then he has been much in demand as a soloist and has made several broadcasts for the BBC. In 2005 he sang at the Royal Albert Hall with Russell Watson, the Opera Babes, G4, Aled Jones and a host of other celebrities in aid of child victims of the tsunami. Michael Church of The Independent said of his performance: "The best came last, in the form of the 13-year-old treble Harry Sever, who brought real artistry to a difficult song. Here was a singer who really inhabited the music he sang". He has released a solo CD of English Song "My Own Country" and has just recorded Schubert's "Die Schöne Müllerin". Harry is the first treble to record a complete song cycle. He is currently an academic and a music scholar at Winchester College.

As one of the country's most popular and successful detective authors Colin Dexter needs little introduction. With the recent filming of "Sergeant Lewis", the late Inspector Morse's sidekick, there is still a voracious appetite for Oxford murder, Dexter style. With Liedertafel he has entertained a number of audiences with his choice selection of readings delivered in his cerebral, witty and inimitable style.

Liedertafel will perform Christmas favourites alongside some lesser known seasonal music by Heinrich Isaak (1450 - 1517) and Geoffrey Burgon who is best known for his haunting "Nunc Dimittis" used as the theme tune to "Tinker Tailor, Soldier Spy".

Thursday August 18th 2005,  8pm
St. John's College Chapel , St. Giles, Oxford.

When Evening's Twilight Gathers Round

Vocal music from the court of King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. Victorian and Edwardian partsongs and settings of Shakespeare and A.E.Housman sung in the college where he was an undergraduate.

Stephen Burrows - countertenor
Kevin Skelton - tenor
Matthew Vine - tenor
Duncan Saunderson - bass
Julian Littlewood - piano/organ.

Friday 5 August 2005, 8pm
St. John's College Auditorium, St. Giles, Oxford

An Evening of Reminiscence in Words and Music
with Colin Dexter OBE, creater of Inspector Morse.

music by Purcell, Mozart, Fauré, Chopin, R. Strauss, Schubert,Wagner and song settings of AE.Housman performed in the college where Housman and Morse were undergraduates.

Colin Dexter and his novels;
"A plot of classical cunning and intricacy" Times Literary Supplement.
"..has set his fellow crime writers an example they will find it hard to emulate" Sunday Times.
"Dexter has created a giant among fictional detectives and has never short changed his readers" The Times
"Dextrously ingenious" The Guardian
"traditional crime writing at its best; the kind of book without which no armchair is complete" Sunday Times.
"Brilliant characterization in original whodunnit" Sunday Telegraph.
"A brilliantly plotted detective story" Evening Standard.

Julie Cooper - Soprano
Stephen Burrows - Countertenor
Matthew Vine - Tenor
Duncan Saunderson - Bass
Julian Littlewood - Piano

Monday, 21st March 2005, 8 pm
Wadham College Chapel, Parks Road, Oxford

Parce mihi domine - Cristóbal Morales (1500-1553)
Mass for 5 voices - Melchor Robledo (1520-1586)
Ave Maria - Josquin Desprez (1440-1521)
O Beata et benedicta et gloriosa Trinitas - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1526-1594)
Versa est in luctum - Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)

      Details of Robledo's life are sketchy but he was organist at the cathedrals of Tarragona and Saragossa in Spain. It is thought he was for a time a member of The Sistine Chapel Choir in Rome and that his reputation at Saragossa Cathedral was such that his music was the only music allowed to be sung alongside Morales, Desprez, Palestrina and Victoria, all of whom were members of The Sistine Chapel Choir. The papal choir was for more than a millennium the foremost musical body of Christendom and by 1600 castrati had almost entirely replaced falsettists on the soprano line. In what might have been seen as heresy in the 16th century, we will use female voices! Palestrina's O Beata (O blessed, holy and glorious Trinity) for Trinity Sunday is, according to Hugh Keyte, considered to be Palestrina's finest motet... in a context of over 300. We end with "Versa est in luctum" (My harp is tuned to mourning and my organ into the voice of those that weep) by the composer and priest Victoria. This passionate motet, originally sung alongside his great Requiem, makes a fitting start to Holy Week.
       In contrast, organ music by Antonio de Cabezón (1510-1566) will be performed. Cabezón, who was blind from birth, was Philip II's organist and one of the greatest Spanish keyboard composers. On Morales, another Spanish priest, Manfred Eichner, the producer of the best selling Hilliard Ensemble recording "Officium" should have the last word; "I first heard Morales at the beginning of the 70s in the cathedral of Seville. When I heard it again twenty years later, while driving through the jagged lava fields of Iceland, the impression was even greater.....Morales suddenly appeared to me like the southern mainland over which the migratory birds from the north draw ever widening circles. Before the Basalt sea."

Penelope Martin-Smith - Soprano
Ghislaine Morgan - Soprano
Stephen Burrows - Countertenor
Matthew Vine - Tenor
Duncan Saunderson - Bass