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We are delighted to present a beautiful programme representing the daily duties of a singer in a Medieval English Cathedral from late afternoon until dusk. The hypnotic rhythm of antiphonal psalms, the familiarity of ancient hymns and the tranquillity of unaccompanied plainsong processions allow us to appreciate the beauty of this timeless music. Tallis’ intensely moving Lamentations of Jeremiah is programmed alongside medieval chant to highlight a stark contrast in style as one hears Tallis’ contrapuntal textures against the simplistic beauty of Gregorian chant.


John Sheppard – In manus tuas I
Plainchant Hymn for Passion Sunday: Pange lingua gloriosi
Plainchant – Compline for Passiontide
Thomas Tallis – If ye love me
Thomas Tallis – Hear the voice and prayer
John Sheppard – In manus tuas II
Thomas Tallis – Lamentations I
Plainchant Responsory – In monte Oliveti
Thomas Tallis – Lamentations II
Plainchant Responsory – Tristis est anima mea
William Blitheman – In pace in idipsum


Nigel Short, Tenebrae Consort