THE CARDINALL’S MUSICK

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  • November
    Friday
    10
    2017
    19:30

Event Details

Innovative vocal ensemble The Cardinall’s Musick performs music that defies dangerous times.

Part of Southbank Centre’s Belief and Beyond Belief festival

Innovative vocal ensemble The Cardinall’s Musick performs music that defies dangerous times.

English Renaissance composer William Byrd wrote music in a country at war where he was not permitted to practise his faith.

Those who attended Catholic Mass were fined and those who harboured priests faced torture and imprisonment, while priests were brutally executed.

Byrd expresses his defiance by producing music either specifically for the Catholic liturgies (as in his three settings of the Mass) or by choosing and arranging texts in such a way that they speak directly to the Catholic community.

The writing and performance of this music could have been seen as undermining the political state and Byrd trod a dangerous path.

War and other atrocities have led other composers to speak out. Benjamin Britten wrote a rousing paean against fascism, Advance Democracy and Arvo Pärt composed a homage to the victims of the Madrid bombings, Da pacem.

James Macmillan rarely shies away from giving expression to the inexpressible. You can hear this approach in his setting of the words of a young poet, Charles Sorley, killed in 1915, and in his reaction to the Dunblane massacre of 1996.

You can also hear it in the quiet confidence of his religious music, which speaks of reconciliation more than triumphalism. Nowhere is this more the case than in the sublime Christus vincit.

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Location

St John's Smith Square
Smith Square, London, SW1P 3HA

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