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REVISED 17 AUGUST 2000

MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE MUSIC CONFERENCE AND FESTIVAL

AT ST PETER'S COLLEGE, OXFORD 20-22 AUGUST

 

The British Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference 2000 will be held in co-operation with the University of Oxford's Faculty of Music at St. Peter's College on 20-22 August 2000. The academic sessions of Med-Ren 2000 will include approximately 55 papers on topics ranging from Thomas Morley to Byzantine and Slavonic chant by an international group of established and younger scholars.

Each evening, the conference will host a Music Festival featuring three performances by leading Early Music specialists Chapelle du Rois (Alistair Dixon, dir.), A Capella Portuguesa (Owen Rees, dir.) and Byzantine cantor Ioannis Arvanitis, a member of the Ensemble Organum:

 

1. Sunday, 20 August at 8.00 PM

MUSIC FROM TWO EMPIRES

Chapelle du Rois, dir. Alistair Dixon

A programme of music for Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, and from the English

court of Henry VIII and Mary Tudor.

St. Peter's College Chapel

There are no tickets for this event. Admission by programme.

Repertoire: Crecquillon: four chansons and the Mass Mort m'a privé ; Sheppard: Mass "Be not afraid"; music by William Mundy from the Gyffard partbooks.

CHAPELLE DU ROI is a choir of eight singers, many of whom are in the first few years of their professional careers. The choir specialises in performing and recording sacred music of the late medieval, and Renaissance periods. Formed in 1994, Chapelle gave its first concert at St Pancras Church, Euston Road, London on 29th October 1994. Chapelle du Roi made its name with its series of six concerts covering the complete works of Thomas Tallis in 1996, and this led to an invitation to record the same over nine CDs on the Signum label. The ensemble is directed by Alistair Dixon, himself a Gentleman of the present day Chapel Royal.

 

2. Monday, 21 August at 8.30 PM

SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE MOTETS OF THE 'GOLDEN AGE'

Works by Morales, Guerrero, Pedro de Cristo, and Pero de Gamboa, from

Seville, Coimbra, and Braga

St. Peter's College Chapel.

There are no tickets for this event. Admission by programme.

The concert features music by two of the finest Portuguese composers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries-Pedro de Cristo and Pero de Gamboa-and motets by the famous Spanish master Cristóbal de Morales and his pupil Francisco Guerrero, A number of the works performed will be receiving their first modern performances or first performances in this country. The programme includes a demonstration of how Guerrero sometimes modelled his music directly on that of his teacher Morales.

A CAPELLA PORTUGUESA is an Oxford-based chamber choir devoted to exploring the rich repertories of Spanish and Portuguese music from the 'golden age'. In concerts and recordings (on the Hyperion label) the choir has brought to light many hitherto unknown works, often transcribed by the choir's directors Bernadette Nelson and Owen Rees. The choir has appeared at festivals in Spain, Portugal, and Germany in addition to the U.K., and has broadcast on BBC Radio 3. It performs regularly in the chapel of The Queen's College, Oxford.

 

3. Tuesday, 22 August at 5.00 PM

BYZANTINE VESPERS

With propers for the Octave (Apodosis) of the Dormition of the Mother of God

Celebrant: Fr. Ian Graham

Cantor: Ioannis Arvanitis (Universities of Athens and Corfu)

This service is free and open to the public.

 

St. Peter's College is located in the Oxford city centre on New Inn Hall Street. Click here for travel information.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Alexander Lingas via email or by phone (01865) 278917.

 

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