In 40 Parts – Newbury Spring Festival

Saturday, 19 May 2018 7:30pm

Douai Abbey, Reading

Newbury Spring Festival

Ex Cathedra
Jeffrey Skidmore


We return to the glorious Douai Abbey to celebrate New Spring Festival‘s 40th anniversary with a programme of 40-part music from both Elizabethan ages. There are two works specially written for Ex Cathedra, and the iconic model, Tallis’s soaring, uplifting, remarkable, truly monumental Spem in alium.


‘The Birmingham-based choir Ex Cathedra shines like a beacon on the British musical scene… with a polished intensity of which few other English choirs are capable… Fabulous though it was to hear both versions, Latin and English, of Tallis’s Spem in alium (Sing and glorify), sung with the choir’s usual brilliance and perfect intonation, the triumph of this concert was written for Ex Cathedra by Alec Roth…’ (Church Times)


‘Thomas Tallis’ famous Spem in alium was naturally the keystone, surging and pulsating, and … the goodie here was the world premiere of Alec Roth’s four-movement Earthrise, almost a choral symphony, exploiting so many vocal resources for infinitely pure musical ends, and consummately delivered by Skidmore’s amazing choristers.’ (Birmingham Post)


Thomas Tallis Spem in alium
Alec Roth Earthrise
Alessandro Striggio Ecce beatam lucem
Gabriel Jackson Santum est verum lumen
Thomas Tallis Sing and glorify


Save the date. Full booking details via the link above, once available.


Our recording of Alec Roth’s Earthrise is available here.

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