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Saturday concerts: a rich choice of Tallis or Pergolesi…

23 March, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

Stabat Mater at St John’s, and Elizabethan music at St Mary’s

There’s an unfortunate clash of wonderful local concerts on Saturday evening.

At St Mary-the-Virgin, Primrose Hill, the Camden Chamber Choir is singing some glorious Elizabethan music, probably the richest period in the whole history of English music. The concert is based on two of the greatest masterpieces of the time, Tallis’s The Lamentations of Jeremiah and Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices, together with pieces by a variety of other composers of the time.

At St John’s Downshire Hill, Hampstead, The Bach Players are performing Pergolesi’s somewhat sentimental and highly ornamented Stabat Mater. Also being performed are Vivaldi’s Concerto Madrigalesco in C minor and Biber’s Rosary Sonata 10, The Crucifixion. Singing with the Bach Players are soprano Rachel Elliott and mezzo soprano Catherine King.

• Elizabethan Choral Masterpieces: Camden Chamber Choir, St Mary-the-Virgin, Elsworthy Road, Primrose Hill, 7.30pm, tickets available on the door, £12/unwaged £10, email to reserve:
• Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater et al: The Bach Players, St John’s Downshire Hill, Hampstead, 020 8815 0197, 7.30pm, £17.50/ cons £10/students £5/under-18s free,

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