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Darkness to Light - The Tallis Scholars

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Saturday, April 20th, 2024
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Doors open at 6:45; pre-concert talk at 7:00. Seating is lim


The journey behind this program is an obvious one at this time of year. We proceed from the darkness associated with Lent to the hope and joy which is Easter in the Christian calendar. We start with the mood of Lent, beautifully captured in these two English settings of the Lamentations (White and Tallis), with their intense settings of the traditional words of complaint, offset by the greater reflection provided by the Hebrew letters which punctuate the text (Caph, Lamed and Mem in the White).

In the second half of the concert we join in worship of Jesus and Mary as they fulfill the Easter prophecy: Jesus in Parsons’s magnificent setting of O bone Jesu; Mary in the Ave Maria and Regina caeli settings. The message of these pieces is then summed up in the complete cycle of Byrd’s Propers for Easter Day – five motets which take us through the drama of the Crucifixion. Listen out for the fourth one, where in no more than a minute Byrd describes in music the shaking of the earth when Christ died – Terra tremuit. – Peter Phillips


Robert White Lamentations II

Robert White Exaudiat te

Thomas Tallis Lamentations II


Robert Parsons O bone Jesu

Robert Parsons Ave Maria

Robert White Regina caeli

William Byrd Easter Propers


Haec dies

Victimae paschali

Terra tremuit

Pascha nostrum

Cost: Adult: $44
Child: $Free
Senior: $40
Student: $Free
Member: $40
General: $44
Category: Arts | Entertainment
Concerts | Music
    Choir | Vocal Ensemble
Location: Christ Church Cathedral
930 Burdett Avenue, Victoria
This event is for Everyone
More Info: Early Music Society of the Islands
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