Voice are Emily Burn, Victoria Couper & Clemmie Franks. Celestial Sirens a female voice choir directed by Deborah Roberts and Laurie Stras.
Starting with the mystical chants of Hildegard, this programme introduces some of the extraordinary range of music that would have performed, and even composed by cloistered nuns in the Middle Ages and early Renaissance.
More familiar composers include Gilles Binchois (c.1400-1460) and Josquin des Prez (c.1440-1521), heard alongside Gregorian chant and anonymous music from two 14th-century Spanish manuscript: the Las Huelgas Codex from a convent in Burgos, and the Llibre Vermell from Montserrat in Catalonia.
Music from Italian convents will include tuneful Laude that the mystic Caterina Vigri (Saint Catherine of Bologna) enjoyed singing with her sister nuns, and from the 16thcentury 5-part motets that may have been composed by Lucrezia Borgia’s daughter, the nun Leonora D’Este. Hildegard’s music has inspired a number of contemporary composers. The concert ends with music by Stevie Wishart and Marcus Davidson, including works specially written for Voice.
Part of Viriditas: the music and life of Hildegard von Bingen series of events exploring contemporary resonances of the music and life of the 12th century abbess and composer. Hildegard von Bingen (1098 - 1179), was a German Benedictine abbess, mystic, visionary, healer, naturalist, botanist, diplomat, feminist and not least, the first named, and most prolific, although untrained, composer of the middle ages.
Hildegard saw the human as a microcosm both physically and spiritually with the macrocosm of the universe, and emphasized the connection between the “green” health of the natural world and holistic health of human being. Viriditas, literally “green truth” or “greening power”, is an earthly expression of the heavenly, thought to sustain human beings. Viriditas reminds us of the intrinsic and vital relationships between all living beings.
A post concert conversation will take place with Professor Laurie Stras.
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Sunday 10 February, 20196:00pm