Ex Cathedra Consort
Jeffrey Skidmore conductor
How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?
This well-known verse from Psalm 137, a hymn of captivity and longing for homeland and religious freedom, gives this programme its title and its theme. In a Strange Land explores man’s search for heaven and earth in the Old and the New World in the world-changing turmoil of the 16th- and 17th-century. There is music of religious conflict and of exploration from England, France, Holland, Spain – and from Mexico and Bolivia, the world of the Aztecs and Incas.
Over the years we have enjoyed rapturous acclaim for our performances and recordings of Baroque music from Latin America, unearthed by Jeffrey Skidmore – who is also Artistic Director of Early Music at the Conservatoire. This concert is a wonderful opportunity to hear us perform this music in our home city for the first time in several years, a concert in which we also say farewell to the Adrian Boult Hall as part of Birmingham Conservatoire’s closing festival: City of Sounds.
The programme includes William Byrd’s exquisite Mass for Four Voices alongside gems by Gesualdo, Lobo, Tallis and Victoria, the lilting syncopation of Juan Gutierrez de Padilla’s Missa ego flos campi, and rhythmically-arresting music from the Latin American Baroque, full of wonderful indigenous imagery. We end with the haunting, anonymous setting Dulce, Jesús mío.
William Byrd Mass for Four Voices
Thomas Tallis If ye love me
William Byrd Ave verum corpus
Orlando Gibbons O clap your hands together
Ritual, Lima Hanac pachap cussicuinin
Tomas Luis de Victoria Super flumina Babylonis
Juan Gutierrez de Padilla Missa ego flos campi
Alonso Lobo Versa est in luctum
Anon Dulce, Jesús mío
For tickets, priced £12 (£10) & £5 for BCU students, call the THSH box office on 0121 345 0603, or book online via the link above.