Fuego en la nieve - Navidad en el siglo de oro

10 & 11 December 2016, Barker Road Methodist Church and Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

Fire in Snow - Christmas in the Golden Age of the Spanish Empire. Music that might have been heard in Spain, Central & South America, and the Philippines during the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

Orientis Partibus' 

6th August 2016, Asian Civilisations Museum in conjuction with their special exhibition ‘Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Splendour’. 

A representative selection of music from the 16th and 17th Century Roman Catholic missions at Goa, Malacca, Manila, Macao, Peking, and Nagasaki. Our programme includes Peñalosa, Cardoso, Josquin, Morales, Carissimi, Palestrina, a hymn sung by the secret Christians of Japan martyred by the tens of thousands under the Tokugawa Shogunate, music written by the Jesuits in Peking in the 1600s as well as Matteo Ricci’s 1584 translation of the Our Father into Classical Chinese as sung in the churches of the late Ming and early Qing dynasties.

The Seven Joys of the Virgin

21st August 2016, Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The first half is our ‘Stella Splendens’ set, a selection of catchy devotional and pilgrimage songs to the Virgin Mary from Mediaeval Iberia (Spain and Portugal), featuring French soprano Laura Abello and our little ensemble of mediaeval instruments, which was well-received earlier this year at the Esplanade’s Tapestry of Sacred Music. The second will consist of seven motets – one on each of the Seven Joys, which are seven events in the life of Christ and Mary. The programme will include works by Hassler, J.S. Bach, Isaac, Marenzio, Morales, Tallis, and Brumel.

Stella Splendens: Medieval Iberian Songs of Devotion & Pilgrimage

15 & 16 April 2016, Esplanade Concourse

Invited for the Tapestry of Sacred Music Festival

Music from the Cantigas de Santa Maria, Llibre Vermell de Montserrat and the Senhora del mundo.

Dietrich Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri

16 & 17 April 2016, Barker Road Methodist Church and Church of St Teresa

Accompanied by an small ensemble of semi-baroque strings (including viola da gamba) and continuo (including lute and organ), at A = 415 Hz, and at sixth-comma meantone. World premiere of the Kyrie ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’ from Missa Bonus Pastor by Oliver Hayes.