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Poetry in Music: George Herbert

Corvus Consort (vocal ensemble)

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Judith Weir: Love bade me welcome
Alec Roth: I will move thee
James MacMillan: To My Successor
Nathan James Dearden: Full of sweet days
Judith Weir: Vertue
Alec Roth: The Flower
Alec Roth: Men & Angels

If instruments are available, the programme continues as follows...

Roxanna Panufnik: The Call
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs

Alternatively, if performing a cappella...

Herbert Howells: Sweetest of sweets
Alec Roth: Shared Ground

Byrd Takes Flight

Corvus Consort (vocal ensemble) and Music on the Edge (saxophone and flute)

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William Byrd - Ave verum corpus
Shruthi Rajasekar - Byrd Transubstantiated (new commission after Byrd's 'Ave verum')
William Byrd - Rorate caeli desuper
Derri Joseph Lewis - Rorate caeli desuper (new commission after Byrd's 'Rorate caeli')
William Byrd - Ne irascaris, Domine
Anna Semple - Ecce respice populus tuus (new commission after Byrd's 'Ne irascaris')
William Byrd - Vigilate
Harry Baker - Vigilate (new commission after Byrd's 'Vigilate')

Women’s Voices

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Corvus Consort (vocal ensemble) and Louise Thomson (harp)

Imogen Holst - Welcome Joy and Welcome Sorrow
Hilary Campbell - Our endless day
Judith Weir - We sekyn here rest
Amy Beach - Three Flower Songs, Op. 31 (choir only)
Gustav Holst - Two Eastern Pictures
Esther Swift - Time Spinner (harp solo)
Gemma McGregor - Love was his meaning
Olivia Sparkhall - Lux aeterna
Gustav Holst - Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda: Third Group
Other Collaborations:

A feast of Bach!

Rachel Podger (violin) and Corvus Consort (vocal ensemble)

The Corvus Consort joins forces with Rachel Podger in a double-bill of concerts featuring Bach’s six Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, BWV 1001-1006, alongside his six choral Motets, BWV 225-230.

With three motets interspersed amongst three solo violin works in each concert, the fragile beauty of Bach’s writing for solo violin sits in striking relief against the rich and masterful polyphony of the choral motets.

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Music from the Bach family

Rachel Podger (violin) and Corvus Consort (vocal ensemble)

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Johann Michael Bach - Herr, ich warte auf dein Heil
Johann Sebastian Bach - Ich lasse dich nicht, BWV Anh. 159
Johann Michael Bach - Ich weiss das main Erlöser lebt
Johann Sebastian Bach - Sonata No. 1 for solo violin in G minor, BWV 1001
Johann Christoph Bach - Merk auf, mein Herz
Interval
Johann Michael Bach - Halt, was du hast
Johann Sebastian Bach - Partita No. 3 for solo violin in E major, BWV 1006
Johann Sebastian Bach - Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227

Revoiced: Voices and Saxophones

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Corvus Consort (vocal ensemble) and Ferio Saxophone Quartet

Johann Sebastian Bach, arr. Freddie Crowley - Jesus bleibet meine Freude, from Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147
Sarah Rimkus, arr. Sarah Rimkus - Mater Dei
Johann Sebastian Bach, arr. Freddie Crowley - Weil du mein Gott und Vater bist, from Warum betrübst du dich, mein Herz, BWV 138
George Frideric Handel, arr. Iain Farrington - Water Music Suite no. 3 in G major, HWV 350, Minuet II
Andrea Gabrieli, arr. Freddie Crowley - O salutaris hostia
Johann Michael Bach - Nun treten wir ins neue Jahr
Johann Michael Bach, arr. Freddie Crowley - Ich weiss das main Erlöser lebt
Owain Park - Miserere after Allegri
Interval
Henry Purcell, arr. Iain Farrington - Rondeau from Abdelazer Suite, Z. 570
Heinrich Schütz, arr. Freddie Crowley - Selig sind die Toten, from Geistliche Chor-Music, op. 11
Johann Sebastian Bach, arr. Freddie Crowley - Zion hört die Wächter singen, from Wachet Auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140
Johann Michael Bach, arr. Freddie Crowley - Herr, ich warte auf dein Heil
Heinrich Schütz, arr. Freddie Crowley - Was mein Gott will, das g’scheh allzeit, from Geistliche Chor-Music, op. 11
Johann Christoph Bach - Es ist nun aus mit meinem Leben
James MacMillan, arr. Freddie Crowley - Christus vincit
Heinrich Schütz, arr. Freddie Crowley - Das Wort ward Fleisch und wohnet unter uns , from Geistliche Chor-Music, op. 11

Revoiced: Voices and Saxophones, plus Vaughan Williams

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Corvus Consort (vocal ensemble) and Ferio Saxophone Quartet

Johann Sebastian Bach - Jesus bleibet meine Freude, from Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147
Andrea Gabrieli, arr. Freddie Crowley - O salutaris hostia
Johann Sebastian Bach, arr. Freddie Crowley - Zion hört die Wächter singen, from Wachet Auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140
Owain Park - Miserere after Allegri
Johann Michael Bach, arr. Freddie Crowley - Ich weiss dass mein Erlöser lebt
Johann Sebastian Bach, arr. Freddie Crowley - Weil du mein Gott und Vater bist, from Warum betrübst du dich, mein Herz, BWV 138
James MacMillan, arr. Freddie Crowley - Christus vincit
Heinrich Schütz, arr. Freddie Crowley - Das Wort ward Fleisch und wohnet unter uns , from Geistliche Chor-Music, op. 11
Ralph Vaughan Williams, arr. Freddie Crowley - In Windsor Forest

An improvisatory exploration of Renaissance soundworlds

The Corvus Consort presents an improvisatory exploration of Renaissance soundworlds in collaboration with Music on the Edge.

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Corvus Consort (vocal ensemble) and Music on the Edge (saxophone and flute)

Example hour-long programme:
Plainchant - Ave maris stella
Tomás Luis de Victoria - Ave maris stella
William Byrd - Ave verum corpus
Tomás Luis de Victoria - O vos omnes
Improvisation - Saxophone, Flute and Church Bells
Thomas Tallis - Sancte Deus
Orlande de Lassus - Prophetiae Sibyllarum (selection)
Cristóbal de Morales - O magnum mysterium
Plainchant - Kyrie De Angelis
Further proposals:

Beauty, prayer and devotion

Corvus Consort (vocal ensemble)

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Tomás Luis de Victoria: O quam gloriosum
Raffaella Aleotti: Surge, propera amica mea
Jonathan Dove: In Beauty May I Walk
James MacMillan: Dominus dabit benignitatem
William Byrd: Diliges Dominum
Judith Weir: Ave Regina caelorum
Anna Semple: Ad te, Domine
Arvo Pärt: The Deer's Cry
Interval
Thomas Tallis: Sancte Deus
Alec Roth: Men & Angels
Jean Mouton: Nesciens Mater
Diogo Dias Melgás: Salve Regina
Sulpitia Cesis: Stabat Mater
Hilary Campbell: Ave Maria
Cecilia McDowall: Alma redemptoris Mater
Pierre de la Rue: O salutaris hostia

Programmes for Lent: Reproaches, Lamentation and Penitence

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Corvus Consort (vocal ensemble)

A choice of two programmes: full-length concert or hour-long programme

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Full-length concert programme

This full-length concert programme explores how composers from the Renaissance to the present day have responded to Lenten themes of repentance, lamentation and petitions for mercy.

Tomás Luis de Victoria - Popule meus
Freddie Crowley - Stabat Mater
Vicente Lusitano - Emendemus in melius
Francis Poulenc - Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence
Interval
John Sanders - The Reproaches
William Byrd - Ne irascaris, Domine
James MacMillan - Miserere
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Hour-long programme

This hour-long programme juxtaposes Renaissance and 20th-century soundworlds by interspersing Francis Poulenc’s atmospheric Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence with works by Renaissance composers Thomas Tallis and Tomás Luis de Victoria.

Thomas Tallis - Sancte Deus
Francis Poulenc - Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence: Timor et tremor
Tomás Luis de Victoria - Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday: Recessit pastor noster
Francis Poulenc - Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence: Vinea mea electa
Tomás Luis de Victoria - Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday: O vos omnes
Francis Poulenc - Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence: Tenebrae factae sunt
Tomás Luis de Victoria - Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday: Ecce quomodo moritur justus
Francis Poulenc - Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence: Tristis et anima mea
Gregorio Allegri - Miserere mei, Deus
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Some other works that could be featured in similar programmes:

Robert White - Miserere mei, Deus
Thomas Tallis - Lamentations of Jeremiah
Edgar Day - When I survey the wondrous cross
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21/04/2024