In this event two orchestras, including the university's own symphony, join forces for a powerful reading of Ralph Vaughan Williams's classic string work 'Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis'. Plus new works inspired by Tallis from today's composers, including Jamie Longcake and Ian McCrae. The concert ends with a large-scale eclectic instrumental performance of a new arrangement of Tallis's famous 40 part motet Spem in Alium using 'Syncphonia', the synchronised computer tablets developed by a team at Sussex University's music department.
University of Sussex Symphony Orchestra
Lewes Concert Orchestra
Conducted by Ian McCrae
Ralph Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis
Ian McCrae, Tallis Fantasia (wp)
Jamie Longcake, Tallis/Agnus Dei (wp)
Thomas Tallis, Tallis' Canon (arranged for orchestra) (wp)
Thomas Tallis, Spem in Alium (mass instrumental)
There will be a pre-concert talk at 7.15pm with the composers and the Syncphonia team, chaired by Alice Eldridge (Lecturer in Music & Music Technology, Media, Film & Music, Sussex). The talk is free for ticket holders. It will have a capacity of 60, with places allocated on a first-com, first-served basis.
Thomas Tallis (1505-1585) was an English composer active through a turbulent time in the country's history who produced some of the country's greatest choral music. Tallis was a perfectionist whose career spans decades of changing history and in whose work political and artistic imperatives converged. He developed his musical language into his 70s and is most famous for the 40 part motet Spem In Alium.
His work influenced younger composers in his own time, including William Byrd, who he taught, but also inspired twentieth century composers including Vaughan Williams and Benjamin Britten. In our unique Tallis Festival ensembles, orchestras, choirs, composers and researchers from Sussex, Queen Mary and Southampton universities join forces with the Brighton Early Music Festival to revisit Tallis's legacy and significance through new compositions and interpretations performed live in the stunning auditorium of the Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts.
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Dates & Times
Friday 09 February, 20188:00pm