EX CATHEDRA | Latin American Baroque - Ritual 1631
Latin American Baroque - Ritual 1631


Sunday 9 March 2025, 4.00pm
Town Hall, Birmingham


Town Hall, Victoria Square
Birmingham, B3 3DQ

Latin American Baroque - Ritual 1631

a heady mix of gloriously rich polyphony and manic, earthy villancicos. Skidmore has mined a rich vein of hitherto undiscovered music … exhilaratingly uninhibited” (BBC Music Magazine)

Singers, harp, guitar, bajón, strings, winds and percussion revel in this colourful music sung in Latin, Spanish, Nahuatl and Quechuan – the languages of the Aztecs and Incas – as we explore this glorious fusion of musical styles from Africa, the Americas and Europe.

The iconic Inca hymn Hanac pachap cussicuinin, the oldest printed polyphony in the Americas, punctuates a grand tour from Mexico to the Amazonian jungle, Brazil and Bolivia - where Juan de Araujo, probably the greatest composer of the age, worked for the last 30 years of his life.

Running time is approx. 2 hours including interval.

Programme includes:
Anon Hanac pachap cussicuinin
Araujo ¡Aquí Valentónes! - ¡Ay, andar! - Los coflades - Silencio
Hernandez Sancta Maria é!
Nunes Garcia Missa Pastoril (excerpts)
Salazar Salga el torillo hosquillo
Zéspedes Convidando esta la noche
Zipoli Missa San Ignacio (excerpts)

Ex Cathedra & Baroque Ensemble
Jeffrey Skidmore conductor

How to book

General sale opens on Thursday 23 May 2024, 10am. If you are a member of our Host of Angels, you should have received a priority booking code from us by email.

£46 / £37 / £28 / £15 including per ticket commission
£15 - aged 18-30, not in full-time education
£5 - under 18s and students in full-time education

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Jeffrey's introduction to the season

"Ritual 1631 revisits the vivid colours, the fire and passion of Latin American Baroque music with a newly devised dramatic production around the extraordinary cultural fusion of colonial music in this magical continent.  The haunting mantra of the Inca hymn Hanac pachap cussicuinin (published 1631) provides the heartbeat that binds the narrative together."

Read the rest of Jeffrey's introduction here...