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York Early Music Festival: The Sixteen at York
Tuesday 11 July 2017
York Minster
Directed by Harry Christophers


Poulenc - Salve Regina
Palestrina - Surge amica mea
Palestrina - Parce mihi, Domine
Palestrina - Surgam et circuibo civitatem
Poulenc - Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence
Palestrina - Peccantem me quotidie
Palestrina - Kyrie and Gloria from Missa L’Homme Armé
Poulenc - Un Soir de neige
Palestrina - Credo from Missa L’Homme Armé
Palestrina - Salve Regina
Poulenc - Agnus Dei from Mass in G

The Sixteen returns to the Minster for a concert of exquisite music by two masters of sacred choral music separated by four centuries. Palestrina’s mass based on the famous popular song L’homme armé was hugely popular in the 16th century, when it would have served as a timely reminder of the coarse atmosphere of war. Poulenc was also affected by conflict, and his Un soir de neige, composed in December 1944, reflects both the inner feeling of peace associated with Christmas and the bleak solitude of another winter of occupation in his native France.

York Early Music Festival: Telemann's Fantasias
Thursday 13 July 2017
Chapter House, York Minster
RICHARD BOOTHBY viola da gamba

Telemann composed sets of solo fantasias for flute, violin and harpsichord, but although it has long been known that he also wrote and published a set for viola da gamba, no copy was known until in 2015 one was discovered in a vast collection of music in a castle near Osnabrück. In the 250th anniversary year of Telemann’s death, Richard Boothby introduces us to some of this long-lost music by one of the Baroque giants. Tickets
York Early Music Festival: Come & Sing Tallis
Friday 14 July 2017
Chapter House, York Minster
directed by Peter Seymour

What better way to celebrate a 40th anniversary than with Tallis’ masterpiece for 40 voices – and in the glorious setting of the Chapter House of York Minster! Members of the Yorkshire Bach Choir will lead us off – after that, it’s up to us all to enjoy the mad but marvellous birthday celebration!
Hallé Orchestra

Dream of Gerontius - Hallé Orchestra
Saturday 4 November 2017

Elgar – The Dream of Gerontius
4 November 2017, 7:30pm
York Minster, Deangate, York YO1 7HH, UK

Sir Mark Elder (conductor)
David Butt Philip (tenor)
Claudia Huckle (contralto)
Iain Paterson (bass)
Hallé Orchestra
Hallé Choir and Youth Choir

Gerontius is a dying man, an ‘everyman’ character who commends his soul to God and prays with his friends for a safe passage into the next life. Elgar’s choral masterpiece follows his journey through death, where he meets the guardian angel who guides him past his demons and a brief moment facing the Almighty before leaving him among all the souls in Purgatory to await final salvation. ‘This is the best of me’, wrote Elgar at the end of a score that is full of deep passion, blazing virtuosity, momentous climaxes and a profound sense of mystery. Heard in the splendour of York Minster, with Sir Mark Elder conducting the Hallé and an outstanding team of soloists, this will surely be an unforgettable performance.

‘Rarely comes a performance of his most celebrated oratorio as beautiful and powerful as this one. I feel I shall never forget the glory of what I heard... What an experience! When Gerontius came to the pearly gates and the orchestra explodes in a lightning orgasm of ecstatic pain, I closed my eyes and wondered if I might have gone to meet my Maker’ – The Daily Telegraph

‘Elder’s is, by a mile, the best-sounding Gerontius we have had, handsome in its depth and breadth with great spatial perspectives and a wonderful sense of how the score is layered’ – Gramophone.

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