news_2010_12_01The Tallis Scholars

In their annual visit to St. John’s, Smith Square on Tuesday 21st December, The Tallis Scholars perform a programme that takes a winding musical journey through the life a roles of Mary, seeing her in turn as daughter, mother and mourner.

Monteverdi’s largest a cappella composition, the Missa in illo tempore, was published alongside his more famous (accompanied) sacred music, in the Vespers of 1610. While the rest of the collection has been celebrated far and wide during its anniversary year, this rather different tour-de-force has tended to be overlooked. The Tallis Scholars aim to redress the balance with this concert performance. Just as momentous are the two Magnificats, and the Dum transisset by Taverner and Plummer’s beautiful Anna mater matris Christi are no slighter. This is a festal programme for the season!

Polyphony

Polyphony’s annual performance of Handel’s Messiah will take place at St. John’s, Smith Square on Thursday 23rd December. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will join Stephen Layton, Polyphony and soloists Elin Manahan Thomas soprano, Iestyn Davies countertenor, James Gilchrist tenor and Neal Davies bass for this year’s performance at the 25th Annual Christmas Festival.

“The almost de rigeur performance of Handel’s Messiah.”
BBC Music Magazine