HIS MAJESTYS SAGBUTTS & CORNETTS
in association with
FRETWORK and MAGDALENA CONSORT

 

HIS MAJESTY'S SAGBUTTS & CORNETS

HIS MAJESTY’S SAGBUTTS & CORNETS

Orlando Gibbons Project

In November 2016, celebrating Fretwork’s 30th anniversary, a project of major importance will bring together leading vocal and instrumental performers in the field of early 17th century music, to record a CD of what is widely acknowledged to be some of the finest repertoire in all English sacred music: the consort verse anthems of Orlando Gibbons.

The ‘verse anthem’ is a huge repertoire in itself, a form originating in the later 16th century and continuing into the 18th, and Gibbons stands unquestionably at the peak of it.

His consort anthems will be recorded for the first time in their entirety, accompanied by the early brass ensemble His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts, the consort of viols Fretwork and sung by Magdalena Consort of voices: Julia Doyle, Catherine King, Eleanor Minney, Charles Daniels, Jeremy Budd, Samuel Boden, Nicholas Todd, Greg Skidmore, Simon Gallear, Will Gaunt and its director Peter Harvey.

Famous pieces such as This is the record of John and Behold, thou hast made my days have for many a particular resonance due to their association with Evensong in Oxbridge chapels and cathedral naves, and the suave sonority for which their choirs are internationally renowned. But in this project we aim to take a radical approach, following the instruction of contemporary writers such as Morley and Caccini to place the communication of meaning at the forefront, and seeking to rediscover the dramatic essence of the verse anthem, that made it arguably the most effective musical creation of the English Reformation.

In contrast to the familiar Anglican sound of choir and organ, we use the colour of consort instruments and the incisive clarity of specialist singers to reveal the extraordinary rhetorical and poetic power of this music, as it might have been heard in the Chapel Royal and the private domestic chapels of early 17th century England.

The full programme of this project, including preparatory performances prior to the recording, is as follows:

  • Concert at Stour Music Festival, June 25 2016
  • Concert at Early Music Instruments Exhibition, Blackheath, November 10 2016
  • Concert in International Viols Festival, Royal College of Music, November 15 2016
  • Recording, St George’s Chesterton, Cambridge, November 17-19 2016
  • Workshop for choral scholars, Cambridge University Faculty of Music, November 20-21 (under discussion)
  • Publication of presentation score by Fretwork Publishing for project subscribers

THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT PROJECT AND WE REALLY NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

For further information, please write to the project organiser
Bill Hunt, 16 Teddington Park Road, Teddington, Middx TW11 8ND
tel. 07717 474263; email: Bill Hunt at Fretwork

Orlando Gibbons Project

Fretwork Consort of Viols www.fretwork.co.uk;

Fretwork Publishing www.fretworkpublishing.co.uk

His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts www.hmsc.co.uk

Magdalena Consort www.magdalenaconsort.com
His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts (HMSC Ltd) is a charity registered in England and Wales (no. 1114376)

HIS MAJESTYS SAGBUTTS & CORNETTS
in association with
FRETWORK and MAGDALENA CONSORT