Thursday 11 May 7.30pm
Apologies, due to illness, The Gesualdo Six will be amending their programme.
We are at 197 Piccadilly London W1J 9LL between Piccadilly and Jermyn Street, about 200 yards from Piccadilly Circus.
Part of St James’s Piccadilly Classical Programme.
Doors 7pm. Event 7:30pm-8:45pm without an interval.
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With the natural world bursting into life for Spring, the event will be based around The Gesualdo Six’s popular programme The Wishing Tree, which follows the roots of choral singing through to the flowering of a tradition. The natural world has always proved to be a plentiful source of inspiration for composers; exploring a relationship between old and new, playful and profound.
Trad. arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams Bushes and Briars
David Bednall Put out into the deep
Lily Vadaneaux Fall, leaves, fall
Alison Willis The Wind’s Warning
Joby Talbot The Wishing Tree
Jacques Arcadelt Il bianco e dolce cigno
Orlando Gibbons The Silver Swan
Trad. arr. James Whitbourn The Lark in the clear air
György Ligeti Selection from ‘Nonsense Madrigals’
ii. Cuckoo in the Pear-Tree
v. Flying Robert
v. The Lobster Quadrille
Luca Marenzio Potrò viver io più se senza luce
G.P. da Palestrina Io son ferito, ahi lasso
Carlo Gesualdo Asciugate i begli occhi
Thomas Weelkes The Nightingale, the organ of delight
Thomas Weelkes The Ape, the Monkey and the Baboone
Gerda Blok-Wilson O Little Rose
Eleanor Daley grandmother moon
“Weavers of rich and plangent aural tapestries, The Gesualdo Six meld style and substance with beguiling sure-footedness.” BBC Music Magazine
The Gesualdo Six is an award-winning British vocal ensemble comprising some of the UK’s finest consort singers, directed by Owain Park. Praised for their imaginative programming and impeccable blend, the ensemble formed in 2014 for a performance of Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories in Cambridge and has gone on to perform at numerous major festivals across the UK, Europe, North America and Australia. Notable highlights include a concert as part of the distinguished Deutschlandradio Debut Series, debut at Wigmore Hall in 2021, and collaborations with the Brodsky Quartet, London Mozart Players, Luxmuralis, William Barton and Matilda Lloyd.
The group have recently commissioned new works from Joanna Ward, Kerensa Briggs, Deborah Pritchard, Joanna Marsh, and Richard Barnard alongside coronasolfège for 6 by Héloïse Werner.
Videos of the ensemble performing a diverse selection of works filmed in Ely Cathedral have been watched by millions online. The group released their debut recording English Motets on Hyperion Records in early 2018 to critical acclaim, followed by a festive album of seasonal favourites in late 2019, Christmas, and an album of compline-themed music titled Fading which was awarded Vocal & Choral Recording of the Year 2020 by Limelight. A programme celebrating the 500th anniversary of Josquin des Prez titled Josquin’s Legacy followed in late 2021, and Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday was released in Lent 2022.
“…impeccably delivered, with that undefinable excitement that comes from a group of musicians working absolutely as one.” Gramophone