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Saturday 28th July 2018, 1:15pm - Lord Mayor's Chapel, Bristol
Anguish of Hell and Peace of Soul - Music of Reassurance
Sunday 29th July 2018, 6pm - St Laurence's Church, East Harptree
Untune the Sky returns to the beautiful Somerset countryside for a concert exploring sacred composers' reassurance of salvation.
In 1616 a court official in Thurungia narrowly escaped death, and as a form of thanksgiving, commisioned 16 of Germany's leading composers to write settings of Psalm 116 ("Dilexi, quoniam"). Publishing them as an anthology in 1623, he named the collection Angst der Hellen und Friede der Seelen, a paraphrase of verses 3 and 4
3 The snares of death compassed me round about : and the pains of hell gat hold upon me.
4 I shall find trouble and heaviness, and I will call upon the Name of the Lord : O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.
We'll be pairing some of these works with other pieces with similar themes, including Bach's Jesu, Meine Freude, which we performed in our very first concert.
Veni, Sponsa Mea - Convent Composers and The Song of Songs
Tuesday 23rd October 2018, 8pm - Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
Throughout history, the Song of Songs has been a divisive text in liturgical contexts. With its passionate, often erotic symbolism, it has been construed as a metaphor for earthly love, for the love of Christ for the world, for the relationship of the church to God, and so on.
One of its most prominent images is that of the bride being led into a loving paradise. For nuns, whose veiling ceremonies were intimately connecte with the ideas of a "spiritual marriage" to both the church and Christ, this book and its related paraphrases were a wellspring of inspiration to those composers who lived and worked in convents.
In Christ Church Cathedral, originally founded by St Frideswide as a convent, we'll present music by composers including Aleotti, Cozzolani, and Leonarda that explores themes of love, marriage, and devotion.
Now May We Singen - Music for Advent and Christmas
Saturday 8th December 2018, 7:30pm - St James' Church, Chipping Campden
From the angels that sing and the cattle that low to the wisdom of the star and musings of a stable mouse, this programme will explore the voices that tell and re-tell the stories of Christmas. Including music by Leighton, McDowall, Schütz, Byrd and Hildegard von Bingen, Untune the Sky presents a programme of word and song for Advent and Christmas in the beautiful surroundings of St James’ Church, Chipping Campden.
Tickets will be available later in the year.