Mary — Star of the Sea

A celebration of the biblical matriarch Mary

Anon. England 13th-14th centuries, John Dunstaple (c. 1390-1453), Walter Frye (fl.1460): Settings of Marian texts offset by those of contemporaries  Joanne Metcalf (*1958), Andrew Smith (*1970)

Mary in her various guises – caring mother, virgin lover, guiding light. A progressive exploration of  settings of ancient ritualistic texts by English composers of the 13th to 15th centuries, showing her mythical and human aspects. Contemporary settings relate the themes to the modern day.

4 singers

Nowel Syng We Bothe Al and Som

Christmas programme

Anon., 12th-15th centuries, England, Leonel Power (1370 or 85-1445), John Dunstaple (c.1390-1453)

Mass movements unify a collection of carols and songs

4 singers

New light on an ancient world

Comparing the 'new' and the 'old' within various timeframes

Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) and Andrew Keeling (*1955): O ignis spiritus, Guillaume de Machaut (c.1300-1377) and Andrew Keeling (*1955): Il m’est avis (Power’d by joy) Guillaume Dufay (c.1397-1474): chansons

The treatment of ancient texts across the ages, and chanson style across 100 years (Machaut and Dufay).

4 singers

The Dufay Spectacle

A pageant of a master’s excellence

Guillaume Dufay (c.1397-1474): Motets and songs, known and unknown show off Dufay’s virtuosity in this imaginary New Year’s Day wedding party

4-6 singers, with optional sackbut, shawm, fiddle, harp

Hildegard of Bingen

Chant and polyphony from the time of the great visionary Abbess Hildegard

Plainchant by Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) framed by polyphonic works by Godric of Finchale (c.1065 -1170) and other 12th century anonymous composers from England and France

4 singers, optional organetto, optional hurdy-gurdy

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