Malvern WR14 2AY
The Gesualdo Six
Owain Park director
Guy James countertenor, Alex Chance countertenor
Joseph Wicks tenor, Josh Cooter tenor
Michael Craddock baritone, Samuel Mitchell bass
Programme includes music by Tallis, Byrd, Gesualdo, Roxanna Panufnik, Joby Talbot and Owain Park
There is a synergy between the Renaissance masters and those writing for voices today, says Owain Park, director of The Gesualdo Six, who likes to bring early and contemporary music together in one programme, with the ensemble using the ancient space of Great Malvern Priory to full sonic effect.
Formed in March 2014 for a performance of Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday in the chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge, the The Gesualdo Six went on to give over one hundred performances around the United Kingdom and abroad in its first four years. Over this time, it further developed a passion for ensemble singing that for many of them stemmed from formative years as choristers in churches and cathedrals around the country.
The Gesualdo Six has performed in many festivals in the UK, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Poland and Monaco. In 2018, the ensemble released their debut recording of English renaissance polyphony ‘English Motets’ on Hyperion Records. The Daily Telegraph said: ‘The sheer beauty of the group’s sound in lofty high-Renaissance style pieces like Byrd’s Miserere is spellbinding. The fine-grained texture of solo voices allows us to savour the amazing harmonic pungency of English sacred music, which at times seems almost modernist. It is a wonderful achievement.’
‘The Wishing Tree’: from the roots of choral singing to the flowering of a tradition
- Thomas Tallis (c.1505 – 1585) Miserere nostri
- Carlo Gesualdo (1566 – 1613) Judas mercator pessimus
- Veljo Tormis (1930 – 2017) Lase kiik käia!
- Carlo Gesualdo Tenebrae Factae sunt
- Hildegard von Bingen (1098 – 1179) O Ecclesia, occuli tui
- Arvo Pärt (b.1935) Morning Star
- Owain Park (b.1993) Phos hilaron
- Christopher Tye (c.1505 – 1572/3) Ad te clamamus
- Carlo Gesualdo Tristis est anima mea
- Thomas Tallis Loquebantur
- Luca Marenzio (c.1553 – 1599) Potrò viver io più se senza luce
- Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c.1525 – 1594) Io son ferito, ahi lasso
- Joby Talbot (b.1971) The Wishing Tree
- Sarah Rimkus (b.1990) My heart is like a singing bird
- Alison Willis (b.1971) The Wind’s Warning
- arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958) Bushes and Briars
- Gerda Blok-Wilson (b.1955) O Little Rose, O Dark Rose
- Josef Rheinberger (1839 – 1901) Abendlied
This concert in Great Malvern Priory is excluded from the six-concert subscription, but a concessionary ticket is available to each 117th Season Club Member. Please see here.
Ticket prices – on sale from the Malvern Theatres box office 1st October 2019
Nave: £20.50 (no concessions)
Other areas:(restricted view) Adult £10, Student under 21 in full-time education £5
Malvern Theatres also charge a booking fee of 12%, except for members of the Theatres’ own Gold, Silver and Bronze membership schemes. Please apply to the Theatres for details. Prices including the fee are £22.96, £11.20 and £5.60.
Tickets will be available on the door from 2.15pm on 9th February 2020, subject to availability.