Sing We and Chant It

English Madrigals and Motets
2pm Sunday 8 April 2018
Hanover Hall, corner Hanover & Great King Sts
$20 waged, $15 unwaged

It has been a long time since the Southern Consort has performed a programme of English madrigals. During rehearsals, we are rediscovering the charm and subtlety of both the madrigal poems and their superb settings by a number of master composers. Throughout this selection of madrigals, there is a plentiful use of clever word painting while imaginative polyphonic writing is used to convey the texts’ meaning.
The pieces range in mood from the lament of lost love to the intensity of new romance, from the pain of rejection to the comfort of a lullaby, and from the sorrow of death to the risqué celebration of springtime. Some of the most famous English madrigal composers are included, such as Morley, Byrd, Bennet, Farmer, Wilbye, and Gibbons.
In the second half of the programme, we will perform a set of beautiful motets, also by English composers. Three are from the Renaissance era (by Phillips, Tallis and Tomkins) while the others hail from the late 19th and early 20th century (by Stanford, Britten and Elgar). The contrast in style is telling, with the expressiveness and complexity of these pieces contrasting with the simpler, more direct emotions conveyed by the deft madrigals.
We hope you can join us for our inaugural recital at Hanover Hall.

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