Past Concerts - Polyphony: A Concert of Renaissance Masterpieces

Cantorum Choir Concerts

Date - Saturday 8th October 2016
Event -

Polyphony: A Concert of Renaissance Masterpieces

Venue - All Saints Church Marlow
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If Music be the food of loveThe epoch of Polyphony in European choral music spans about four centuries—usually reckoned from about 1200 AD to 1600. Primarily sacred, though not always, the style concentrates on the interweaving of vocal lines in which the ‘melody’ rarely repeats, while the text is elaborated in consonances that strive for an ever greater harmonic beauty. Polyphony is particularly suited to Cantorum’s abilities, blend and quality, and although some of this programme was obviously more of a specialist taste than some familiar works in our repertoire, it was still a great pleasure to see All Saints’ Marlow full between the pillars right to the back of the nave. And the audience was not disappointed! Particular highlights were the Palestrina and the English Madrigal selection. The Byrd Mass for Five Voices was the final work of the evening, offering a haunting glimpse into those mysteries of English church music still faintly surviving (though of course in comparative secrecy, because Byrd was a catholic) into the last years of Queen Elizabeth’s reign. The choir’s performance was especially magical.

In keeping with the character of the evening, we were privileged to be able to include a twenty minute lute recital during the first half of the programme. It was given by Sam Brown, a young and brilliant lutenist just returned from developing the study of his instrument in Italy. Sam’s technique and musicality were a delight—it was such a rare pleasure to hear this delicate and intimate instrument filling the quiet, just as it would have done in the high and often vaulted spaces of the renaissance period.

 
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2017

'Gloriana' Vivaldi & Handel

2017

Valentines Black Tie Dinner

2016

Carols by Candelight

2016

Polyphony: A Concert of Renaissance Masterpieces

2016

If Music be the Food of Love

2016

J S Bach Mass in B Minor

2015

The Ultimate Christmas Concert

2015

“Gloria!” with Brass Ensemble

2015

A Night at the Opera

2015

Valentines Dinner Concert

2014

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2014

Haydn 'Nelson' Mass, Trumpet Concerto, Mozart Te Deum

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2014

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2013

"Sing this Night" - Christmas with Cantorum

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Bach ‘Magnificat’, Piano Concerto #1, ‘Singet dem Herrn’

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“Great Britten” - Glorious English Music

2013

Valentine's Supper Concert

2012

Christmas with Cantorum

2012

Mozart Requiem

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All Creatures Great and Small - Music inspired by Animals

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Handel’s Messiah

2011

Christmas Carol Concerts

2011

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2011

Valentine’s Supper Concert

2010

“O Holy Night” – Christmas Carol Concert

2010

"Mass of the Children" by John Rutter

2010

“Notes from America” – Concert of American Music

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"The Reluctant Dragon"

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"Faire is the Heaven"

2009

"Christmas is coming"

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"Mozart in Marlow"

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"Jazz for June"

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Valentine’s Sumptuous Supper

2008

Christmas Carol Concert

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“Vivaldi in Venice”

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“Myths and Melodies: Music for a Summer’s Evening”

2008

J.S. Bach’s St John Passion

2007

Christmas Concert

2007

25th Anniversary Concert

2007

Joint Concert with the Fonte Choir from Japan

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Valentine’s Sumptuous Supper

2006

Carol Concert

2006

Poulenc's Gloria

2006

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2006

Cantorum in Venice

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A Concert of Easter Music

2005

Christmas Music

2005

Fauré's Requiem and Rutter's Requiem

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Haydn's Creation

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Valentine's Sumptuous and Songs

2004

Christmas Music

2004

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Bach's Magnificat

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