In 40 Parts – Tallis, Striggio, Jackson, Roth

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Sunday, 21 Oct 2018 4:00pm

Town Hall, Birmingham

In 40 Parts

Ex Cathedra
Jeffrey Skidmore conductor


Tallis Spem in alium
Striggio Ecce beatam lucem
Jackson Sanctum est verum lumen (2005)
Roth Earthrise (2010)
Tallis Sing and glorify



A concert on an epic scale with no fewer than five pieces written in 40 parts. The programme includes Thomas Tallis’ soaring, uplifting, truly monumental Spem in alium and two pieces written for Ex Cathedra by Gabriel Jackson and Alec Roth. Roth’s breathtaking Earthrise is inspired by the famous photograph of the same name, taken 50 years ago by the Apollo 8 crew.


Ex Cathedra: SHARED GROUND Earthrise | Hymn to Gaia | Ponticelli Alec Roth, Vikram SethWe came all this way to explore the moon and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth” (Bill Anders, Apollo 8 astronaut)


Listen to excerpts and buy the CD of Earthrise here.


Part of Season for Change.



£40 / £30 / £20 / £13 including per ticket commission

£8 – aged 18-30, not in full-time education

£5 – under 18s and students in full-time education (why not get the Student Pulse Birmingham app and earn rewards too)


Tickets are on general sale from 5 June, when you can book online via the link above, or call the THSH box office on 0121 780 3333. Ex Cathedra is a resident ensemble at Town Hall & Symphony Hall.


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“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’ Spem in alium, 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 … the goodie here was 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)

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