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


Wednesday 12 March 2025, 7.00pm
Hereford Cathedral


Hereford Cathedral, 5 College Cloisters, Cathedral Close
Hereford , HR1 2NG

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


If you enjoy this concert, do join us again at Hereford Cathedral for:

Wednesday 12 June 2024, 8pm – Summer Music by Candlelight
Thursday 5 December 2024, 7.30pm – Christmas Music by Candlelight

See below for savings.

How to book

We are waiting for confirmation of the on sale date, provisionally Thu 23 May.

£39 / £33 / £27 / £15 including per ticket commission
£15 - aged 18-30, not in full-time education
£5 - under 18s and students in full-time education

Book online or call the Courtyard box office on 01432 340 555

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Everyone is welcome at our concerts, and we are committed to doing all we can to ensure you have a great experience.

Level access is available via the main door, and an accessible toilet is located by St John’s Door (in the southeast corner of the cathedral). Designated, discounted seats have been allocated for wheelchair users and companions on the ends of rows adjoining the centre aisle as some rows have fixed pews; please call the box office to book these.

If you have any other access questions, please contact us, we are happy to help.

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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...