Over the past 40 years, under the artistic direction of Paul McCreesh, the Gabrieli Consort has established an enviable reputation for its innovative programming and the sheer quality of its performances. By combining works of disparate periods by seemingly unrelated composers, new light is shed on works old and new, beloved and lesser known.
In this new programme McCreesh and the Consort explore the diverse and extensive body of works dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary over the centuries. Music by Tallis, Taverner, Howells and Leighton frames the world premiere of a new work by the young British composer, Matthew Martin: a setting of the Magnificat, interpolated with verses from the atmospheric medieval poem ‘There is no rose’.
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