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Early Music Concerts 2010-2011

Early Music Concerts 2010-2011: (CA) TACTUS Ensemble at Stratford Summer Music (Stratford, Ontario Canada)

Contributed by Admin on Aug 12, 2011

“We are excited to rejoin Andrew Gant, music director and organist of the Chapel Royal, London, for three lecture recitals. This will serve as a ‘sequel’ to our 2009 collaboration in which music written for the Chapel Royal was featured. Further investigations of English church music will be explored, sung and played. Andrew Gant, as personal church musician to the Royal Family, is uniquely suited to present insight and humour to these singular events.“

All recitals are at 11:15 AM, St. James Anglican Church (Stratford, Ontario Canada)

Thursday, August 11
“To see how English would do in Song”
From Compline and Vespers to the Book of Common Prayer: how Evensong came to exist and some of its earliest (and greatest) composers –Tye, Sheppard, Mundy, Byrd and Gibbons.   

Friday, August 12
“More suited to the alehouse than the church”
The tradition from the Restoration to Handel
Music by Captain Cooke, the “Club” anthem, music by Humphrey, Purcell, Blow and Handel.

Saturday, August 13
“The children sang ‘God Save The Queen’ rather out of tune”
The Victorian reinvention of Evensong and the tradition in the modern age. Music by Attwood, Walmisley, Stanford, Howells, Harvey, Tavener and the newest contributions to an old tradition.

Visit the Stratford Summer Music pages for more information on the events.