Lodovico da Viadana c.1560 – c.1627 Vespers of 1612
Robert Carver c. 1487 – after 1566 Missa Dum sacrum mysterium
Church of St John the Baptist, Wellington TA21 8QY
Sunday March 4th 2018 at 6 pm
Tickets £15/£8/free to under 12s available here
This programme juxtaposes two works written at either end of the Renaissance era. Robert Carver was Canon of the Chapel Royal in Stirling during the reign of James IV and latterly that of James V, crowned as an infant in 1513. This coronation may well have been the occasion on which Missa Dum sacrum mysterium received its first performance. It is a complex work written for two choirs of five voices with sections highly reminiscent of music collected in the Eton Choirbook.
Viadana’s Vespers of 1612 offer the familiar sequence of office Psalms and Magnificat. His musical interpretation incorporates much variation in the vocal writing, which is broadly for four choirs throughout. There are echoes of, but no direct imitation of, the 1610 Vespers of Monteverdi – both men were working on these settings at the same time in Mantua. Viadana’s adventurous style enables contrast with instruments and voices throughout the four choirs, introducing opportunities to colour and illustrate the texts most effectively.
The singers directed by internationally renowned guest director Andrew Parrott, together with instrumentalists Sue Addison and a team of sackbuts from the Birmingham Conservatoire, Keith McGowan, a veritable minstrel with pipes, harp & curtal and Martin Perkins on organ, are looking forward to bringing this rarely performed music to life – please come to hear us!