Holy Week Festival: The Tallis Scholars

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The music in this programme takes us on a spiritual journey from the light of Easter, through the darkness of Lent, to return to a rather different light - the light of Victoria's belief in the afterlife. The first half is sandwiched between two joyful settings by Victoria, Surrexit pastor bonus written for Easter, and his epic double choir Magnificat. Surrexit is followed by two settings from the Song of Songs which bring us to the emotionally charged centre point of the half: Guerrero’s penitential Hei mihi, Domine (Woe is me, O Lord). The next piece, by Alonso Lobo, is a stand-alone setting of the motet Versa est in luctum from the Requiem mass, which we will hear again within Victoria’s Requiem. The second half is entirely taken up with one of the greatest masterpieces of the High Renaissance – Victoria's 6-voice Missa pro Defunctis or Requiem mass.

Victoria himself was a priest, who believed in and even looked forward to the afterlife. The sense of light, invoked at the beginning of our concert, returns in the context of a positive contemplation of the hereafter. This concert is in support of The Muze Trust, a charity which supports music initiatives in Zambia, especially for deprived children and adults. Returning after a hugely successful inaugural year, St John's Smith Square and Tenebrae are delighted to announce the Holy Week Festival 2018 running from 26 March – 1 April 2018. Curated in partnership with Tenebrae, St John’s Smith Square will host workshops, ticketed concerts and free late-night liturgical events exploring a vast range of sacred music in celebration of Holy Week. For more information, please visit:

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