The Choral Pilgrimage 2018: Britten and Cornysh

Sat, 14 April 2018

The Sixteen

Harry Christophers
Concert programme

Cornysh My love she mourneth

Britten Hymn to Saint Cecilia

Cornysh Salve Regina

Britten Advance Democracy

Cornysh Ave Maria, Mater Dei

Cornysh Woefully array’d

Cornysh Ah Robin, gentle Robin

Britten Sacred and Profane

Over four centuries separate these two representatives of English music at its finest. William Cornysh and Benjamin Britten were prolific in both sacred and secular music. Cornysh is actually two people, often confused with one another and quite possibly father and son. Both originated in Westminster of unknown parentage, the Elder died in 1502 and the Younger in 1523, of whom much more is known. The matter of telling which man wrote which works is impossible to settle, so for the purpose of this programme we have decided to link them as one.

Cornysh was a court musician who excelled at writing complex and adventurous antiphons for the church, as well as beautiful secular songs for the courts of King Henry VII and Henry VIII. Britten is celebrated for his ability to expertly mix sacred and secular in order to showcase the voice in all its multifaceted glory. A perfect example of this is his Sacred and Profane, where he gives us a fascinating mixture of the devotional and the rumbustiously secular. The final song ‘A death’ is a wicked blend of horror and gallows humour far removed from the melancholic canon Ah Robin, gentle Robin by Cornysh.

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Entry by the Chapter House. Doors open 7pm. Performance starts 7.30pm and ends approximately 9.15pm.  There will be a 20 minute interval. 

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