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Spring diary dates


Life after Josquin

Jacob Heringman and I start the season with our new Life after Josquin programme at the King’s Hall Newcastle at lunchtime on February 22nd. This continues the Alternative History agenda of performing 15th & 16th century polyphony as it might have been performed by subsequent generations deconstructed for voice and lute. We’ll be doing Josquin’s Pange Lingua mass and motets by Tallis and Byrd. At the English Music Festval later in the year we’ll be doing a programme of Byrd and Tallis alongside Jake’s intabulations of Warlock, Moeran and Peter Pope, and keep an eye out for our version of Dufay’s L’homme arme mass with my old Hilliard colleague David James.

Triskel’s 40th anniversary season


The full Alternative History quartet will assemble in Cork the following week for our contribution to the Triskel Arts Centre’s 40th season. The programme, Secret History: Renaissance Polyphony for Voices & Vihuelas, is based on the album (Victoria’s Missa Surge Propera and motets by Josquin) and will be recorded by Lyric FM and broadcast throughout the EBU on European Early Music Day on March 21st. This is doubly wonderful for us – firstly it’s a delight and a privilege to be back at Triskel, and secondly as a European ensemble it’s fantastic to be broadcasting to the whole continent from a proper European country. A huge thankyou to Tony Sheehan and to Lyric FM. Later in the year the quartet be returning to Poland and Spain, and even to the UK…

Festival de Música Religiosa de Canarias


Ariel Abramovich will start our tenth anniversary season with a short tour of the Canary Islands March 14-18. This will also tap into the Alternative History idea, this time with a programme based on the Paston manuscripts featuring English and European music from many periods as it might have been performed in England in the early 17th century.

Stay tuned for news of Former Members of the Hilliard Ensemble late March in London, and have a look at Lalala for an interview with yours truly which expands a bit on my time with the Hilliards and other collaborations.

photos Guy Carpenter (1&2) & Pablo Juarez (3)

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