Cari Musici – Songs of the Early Baroque

Tuesday 27th February 2018, 8pm – The Deanery, Christ Church, Oxford

In the early 17th Century, the solo song began to overtake choral polyphony as the dominant genre of artistic expression in music.

As publishing became cheaper and more accessible, those previously excluded from the high circles of the musical literati were able to make their voices heard, and their names known. With hundreds of works attributed to them, the output of these 17th Century composers is hugely diverse, consisting of thousands of sacred and secular songs – of which only a handful are still frequently performed today.

In the unique surroundings of the Royal Residence at Christ Church, Oxford, Untune the Sky scratches the surface of this brilliant musical world, presenting songs  on the timeless themes of love, loss, and  passion by Strozzi, Bembo, Caccini, and others.

Brother Son, Sister Moon: Music for St Francis of Assisi

Friday 2nd February 2018, 8:30pm – Exeter College Chapel

The deeply devotional writings of St Francis of Assisi have long been a wellspring of inspiration for composers, many of whom have been particularly drawn to his belief that nature itself was the mirror of God. We present here a collection of mostly 20th-/21st-Century works that explore the divine in nature, and the natural in the divine.

 

 

 

Schütz – Musikalische Exequien 

Magdalen College, Oxford – November 18th, 2017 – 8pm

Schutz Musikalische Exequien Poster

A juxtaposition the hopeful, assured messages of the texts of Heinrich Schütz’s Musikalisches Exequien with two other roughly contemporary funeral settings from France and England: Charpentier’s Messe des Morts,  and Henry Purcell’s Sentences for the Funeral of Queen Mary, which echo and comment on the themes explored in Schütz’s masterpiece. 

Soprano: Fleur Smith, Sofia Kirwan-Baez
Alto: Michael Ash
Tenor: Joe Mason, Matthew Thomson, Will Anderson
Bass: James Jenkins, Tom Lowen

Continuo: Anhad Arora, Sam Whitby

 

A Hymn to St Cecilia

Clifton Cathedral, 2nd August 2017

St Stephen’s House, Oxford, 14th September 2017

Untune the Sky Clifton Cathedral

Britten’s Hymn to St Cecilia forms the centrepiece of a programme of psalms, songs and anthems, also featuring music by La Jeune, Purcell, Dowland, and Tomkins.

Soprano: Fleur Smith, Alice Harberd
Countertenor: Connor Devonish
Tenor: Will Anderson
Bass: Tom Lowen

 

Tunes from Archbishop Parker’s Psalter

Bristol Cathedral, 1st August 2017

Untune the Sky Consort Bristol Cathedral

A programme of repertoire exploring themes expressed in Tallis’s settings of tunes for Archbishop Parker’s psalter, with music by Byrd, Ramsey, Wilbye, and Morley.

Soprano: Fleur Smith, Alice Harberd
Countertenor: Connor Devonish
Tenor: Will Anderson
Bass: Tom Lowen

 

 

Music for a Summer’s Evening

St Laurence’s Church, East Harptree, 31st July 2017

A performance in the heart of the beautiful Chew Valley to perform a seasonal programme of songs, psalms and madrigals, including music by Debussy, Vaughan Williams, Tallis, Warlock and Ravel.

Soprano: Fleur Smith, Alice Harberd
Countertenor: Connor Devonish
Tenor: Will Anderson
Bass: Tom Lowen

 

Salve Regina: Music from the Eton Choirbook

Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, 7th May 2017

Eton Choirbook

A performance of four settings of the Salve Regina text from the 15th Century Eton Choirbook
Sutton Salve Regina a 7
Cornysh Salve Regina a 5
Browne Salve Regina a 5
Wylkynson Salve Regina a 9

Soprano: Fleur Smith, Emma Hall
Countertenor: Michael Ash
Tenor: Matthew Thomson, Joe Mason, Will Anderson
Bass: Rory Green, John Lee, Anthony Chater

Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri

University College Chapel, Oxford, 2nd March 2017

Buxtehude Membra Jesu Nostri

Untune the Sky’s debut performance, featuring Dietrich Buxtehude’s 1680 cantata cycle, Membra Jesu Nostri. said to be “the first Lutheran Oratorio”, alongside Kuhnau Tristis Est Anima Mea and Bach’sJesu, Meine Freude

Soprano: Fleur Smith, Alice Harberd
Countertenor: Michael Ash
Tenor: Will Anderson
Bass: Rory Green

Violin: Marguerite Wasserman, Harriet French
Viola: Jo Cousins, Josh Newman
Continuo: Will Fox, Izzy Rose

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