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Audience rapture with splendid performance from Tudor Consort

The Tudor Consort is noted not only for wonderful singing; it is also noteworthy for its innovative programming. This time, an almost full Sacred Heart Cathedral heard music of Victoria. It is not infrequently that we hear short choral works by this composer, but a Requiem Mass extended by liturgical items such as the Collect, the Epistle, the Gospel and others, was new. These liturgical movements were either plainsong settings... read more

Audience delights in evocative, danceable music from the age of Shakespeare from Robert Oliver’s consort of viols

The name Palliser Viols had not meant anything to me, but it turned out to be a group led by that master of early music, Robert Oliver. The brief but excellent programme notes confirmed that all the composers were English, and that the reason why William Brade’s music was published in Hamburg was because he spent his career in Denmark and Germany.  Nevertheless, a certain sameness in the music doubtless... read more

Moving performances of three Tudor composers by The Tudor Consort

By , 06/06/2015
The Tudor Consort returned to its origins with this concert at the Catholic Basilica (as we used to call it). Its focus was on 500 years ago, and two anniversaries. Robert Wylkynson died that year and John Sheppard was born – both approximatrions. Putting it in historic perspective, as Michael Stewart made short introductory remarks that set the scene, Henry VIII had just come to the throne, after his... read more

Memorable and illuminating exploration of the Miserere, its rivals earlier and later, by The Tudor Consort and Michael Stewart

By , 03/04/2015
I have been rather neglectful in recent years of pre-concert talks. This time, even in the disagreeable face of train replacement by buses and possible crowds heading for the Stadium, I decided to expose myself to the possibility that I might learn something by listening to Michael Stewart. I had already heard him talking with Eva Radich on Upbeat and wanted to get a bit more clarity on the... read more

Brief and benign “Spanish Disquisition” on St.Andrews’ Chamber Organ

Although relatively short, and not well attended, the organ recital was interesting, in that it introduced an organist new to most of us, was played entirely on the small baroque organ, and consisted almost entirely of Spanish organ music, which I am sure was new to everyone in the audience. Pedals were not part of the design of Spanish organs (or indeed many others) at the period covered by the... read more

Baroque Voices – resplendent 20th birthday offerings

By , 28/06/2014
Wellington's Baroque Voices celebrated twenty years of music-making with a concert on the last Saturday of June given in the same inaugural venue, the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, in Hill St., Wellington - a splendid place for music-making by vocal ensembles. It was a truly epic and resplendent affair - perhaps a trifle overlong for listeners and performers alike, though the presentation certainly succeeded in bringing to the fore... read more

Programme ‘by popular request’ calls for wide-ranging period and stylistic variety from The Tudor Consort

By , 30/05/2014
It seemed a good idea: invite their subscribers/audiences to suggest music to be sung at the next concert, which should ensure a good audience, comprising those who’d submitted ideas and lots of others, who would be curious about the result of the game. But it was a cold night, though fine and clear, and maybe there was something unmissable on television, and since I’d arrived about 7.15pm I waited for... read more

Superb performance of Renaissance Easter music by Tudor Consort

This Lenten programme for Holy Week offered some acknowledged treasures of Renaissance a cappella choral music, with the opening item being the first lesson for Good Friday from the five voice setting of Lassus’ Lamentations. It was a beautifully controlled, contemplative interpretation which established an atmosphere of deep lament, and it was given a breadth of tempo that enabled the cadences to resolve clearly in the echoing acoustic of St... read more

Concert of rare 17th century instruments at New Zealand School of Music

Consisting entirely of English music from the seventeenth century, the concert brought unfamiliar sounds and compositions to light.  Sarah Mead is a visiting professor from Brandeis University in Massachusetts, while the other performers are well-known in Wellington for their advocacy and performance of early music. Despite a programme note about the lyra viol and a brief explanation from Sarah Mead, I was left confused about this instrument, in view of... read more

Puer natus est nobis – Christmas music for the ages from the Tudor Consort

By , 07/12/2013
The great liturgical feast-times throughout the year are simply wonderful for music and music-making, as there's plenty of added value in terms of "something in the air", as with the Tudor Consort's recent "Puer natus est nobis" (A Boy is born to us) concert at Wellington's Sacred Heart Basilica. Opening the concert with a beautifully-wrought example of Sarum Chant, the choir readily evoked both a stillness, and the steady, inexorable... read more

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