Concert Diary

Cantos Fúnebre
Portuguese Renaissance choral music for All Souls’ Day

Thursday 2nd November – 12:00pm
Church of the Holy Name of Jesus Christ, Manchester, M13 9PG

The turn of the 17th century brought forth a golden age in Portuguese sacred music. With much in common with the Spanish music by composers such as Victoria and Morales, Portuguese polyphony of this period develops the unique use of dissonance and colour to create beautifully tantalising music that doesn’t always lead you where you expect to go.

This concert focuses on the Requiem Mass, with a mixture of plainchant and choral polyphony, with movements coming from the Missa pro Defunctis of Cardoso, Lobo and Magalhães, alongside a newly commissioned Agnus Dei by University of Manchester composer Dominic Skingle. In between these movements will be a selection of beautiful, solemn and moving motets by Lobo, de Cristo, Lopes Morago and John IV of Portugal, with a new setting of Credo quod redemptor by Manchester-based composer Aine Mallon.

FREE ENTRY

The Remedy of Fortune
Reflections on the music of Guillaume de Machaut

Saturday 18th November – 7:30pm
St Ann’s Church, Manchester, M2 7LF

 

 

Past Concerts:

The Red Rose and the Reformatrom Tudor Enion
Music fgland and the Court of King Henry VIII

Saturday 6th May – 7:30pm
St Ann’s Church, Manchester, M2 7LF

After a wonderful lunchtime concert of Elizabethan Lute songs back in February, Manchester Renaissance Ensemble return with more music from 16th century England.

The Tudors’ reign encompassed some of the most famous and prolific English composers that we still perform to this day. This concert explores the music coming out of the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court, written by Tallis, Byrd and Fayrfax, as well as pieces from other prominent figures such as Robert White, Christopher Tye and William Cornysh (both Sr. and Jr). On top of this MRE also explores the trove of music from the manuscript ‘Music at the Court of Henry VIII’ which contains secular compositions by Fayrfax and the King himself – a monarch known for his wide ranging interests. There will be a mixture of ‘acapella’ choral music, vocal trio music as well as instrumental piece with use of recorders, crumhorn and viola da gamba. Manchester Renaissance Ensemble is directed by Rory Wainwright Johnston.

Tickets
Adult – £10
Concession – £6
Student – £2

 

An Elizabethan Songbook
Songs of birdes, tears and nimphs from the masters of the Lute.

Wednesday 22nd February – 12:00pm
St Ann’s Church, Manchester, M2 7LF

The lute songs of the late 16th/early 17th century by the master, Dowland, and his contemporaries serenade us with both sorrows and joys – from the almost fetishized obsession with tears and fountains, to the mysteries of love and magic of nymphs.

Manchester Renaissance Ensemble present a delightful FREE lunchtime concert filled with wonders from Elizabethan England. Sung by soloists and in quartets with the accompaniment of lute and viola da gamba, the ensemble will recreate the many different styles in which these beautiful songs would have been performed – with the added interest of a foray into reconstructing authentic Elizabethan pronunciation, or OP.

To include music by:

John Dowland
Thomas Campion
Francis Pilkington
John Bartlett
Thomas Morley

FREE ENTRY

Navidad Ibérico
A sacred and profane Christmas from the Iberian peninsula

Sunday 11th December – 7:30pm
St Ann’s Church, Manchester, M2 7LF

Manchester Renaissance Ensemble’s inaugural concert. Directed by Rory Johnston, MRE will perform a programme featuring two distinct aspects of music from the Iberian peninsula in the 16th century. The first half focussing on high church polyphony by Victoria, Guerrero and Morales, all telling the story of the Nativity, and the second exploring the villancicos – or Spanish part-songs – of the Cancionero de Upsala and others with period instruments.

Tickets
Adult – £10
Concession – £6
Student – £2

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