Photo: Marco Borggreve
Photo: Marco Borggreve

Tickets are now on sale for the Cambridge Early Music’s Festival of the Voice in May 2014 which features The Hilliard Ensemble and some of the groups they have mentored during their career.

The Hilliard Ensemble – Horizons

2 – 4 May 2014

Cambridge Early Music host The Hilliard Ensemble for a weekend of music in their farewell, celebratory 40th year – from Renaissance polyphony to lilting minimalism, from angelic to irreverent, they have pushed the boundaries and raised the bar of vocal artistry all over the world for four decades and created their own inimitable brand. The Hilliard Summer Schools were run by Cambridge Early Music from 1993 to 1999, with many vocal ensembles being nurtured and going on to achieve their own fame. We are delighted to welcome the male voice ensemble amarcord and sextet Singer Pur from Germany, which emerged from this process. They will be joined by the English group Eo Nomine ,founded last year at the Roundhouse Voices Now Festival. Don’t miss this feast of vocal music with four concerts in Trinity College, University of Cambridge, choral services in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge and an illustrated talk on the artist Nicholas Hilliard at the Fitzwilliam Museum.

 

Friday 2 May

5.30pm                                 CHORAL EVENSONG: King’s College Chapel

Stephen Cleobury directs the Choir of King’s College Chapel in music by Dunstable & Taverner

6.30pm                                 THE HILLIARD ENSEMBLE: A Hilliard Anniversary Album

To launch the festival, The Hilliard Ensemble has created a very special programme – testament, if any were needed, to their pre-eminence in the vocal world.  13th century French music, Pérotin, Sheryngham and Cornysh sit alongside traditional Armenian music, Arvo Pärt and Vache Sharafyan.  The Ensemble is joined by Singer Pur for featured festival composer Ivan Moody’s Anástasis.

9pm                                       AMARCORD: Nah, sind wir, Herr

Founded in 1992 by erstwhile members of the world-famous St. Thomas Boys Choir in Leipzig, five part ensemble amarcord present a programme of music from ‘the libraries of St. Thomas and amarcord’.  Mixing the old and the new, they contrast 16th and 17th century works by Pandolfo Zallamella, Giovanni Battista Stefanini, Johann Walter and Orlando di Lasso, with contemporary works by Krystof Penderecki, Ivan Moody, Marcus Ludwig and with UK premieres of works by Bernd Franke and Sidney Marquez Boquiren.

 

Saturday 3 May

12 noon                                SINGER PUR: O thou whom my soul loveth

Another programme with a broad sweep of composers: Adrian Willaert, Dominique Phinot, Jacobus Gallus, Jean de Latre and Jean Richafort are complemented by two more recent German composers, Wolfgang Rihm and Hans Schanderl.  Featured composer Ivan Moody receives a performance of his Canticum Canticorum II.  As always at the Festival of the Voice, a mixture of composers known and unknown, but presented in a compelling and inspired fashion by Singer Pur.

3 – 4.30pm                          NICHOLAS HILLIARD’S ART OF THE MINIATURE: Education Studio, Fitzwilliam Museum
Conservator and Artist, Philippa Abrahams, explains Hilliard’s working methods as revealed in his treatise, and her own experience of following his instructions and recipes.  In collaboration with The Fitzwilliam Museum.

5.30pm                                 CHORAL EVENSONG: King’s College Chapel

Stephen Cleobury directs the Choir of King’s College Chapel in music by Tomkins & Byrd
7.30pm                                 GALA CONCERT: THE HILLIARD ENSEMBLE, SINGER PUR, AMARCORD & EO NOMINE

The final concert in the Festival of the Voice epitomises the 40 years of The Hilliard Ensemble’s outstanding achievement.  We bring together three generations of vocal ensembles, in a programme which crosses the ages and geographical borders.  The dynamic new ensemble Eo Nomine sings Wilbye, Tomkins, Monteverdi, Gesualdo and Schütz.  Singer Pur offer a Festival first with music by Brahms, Sting, and Cole Porter.  amarcord sing Jean Cras and join The Hilliard Ensemble in a work by Roger Marsh; and we hear Japanese folksongs by Toshio Hosokawa.  The climax of the Festival comes when conductor Sarah Tennant-Flowers directs a performance of Orlando Gough’s Hand over Hand, given by all four vocal ensembles.

 

Sunday 4 May

10.30am                               CHORAL EUCHARIST: King’s College Chapel

Stephen Cleobury directs the Choir of King’s College Chapel in music by Walton & Vaughan Williams

3.30pm                                 CHORAL EVENSONG: King’s College Chapel

Stephen Cleobury directs the Choir of King’s College Chapel in music by Victoria & Peter Philips

 

For full details see www.cambridgeearlymusic.org

Concert tickets are available from Cambridge Early Music: 01223 847330 www.cambridgeearlymusic.org

Tickets for the talk at The Fitzwilliam Museum are available from 01223 332904 and by email: education@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk