The Times - Supersize Polyphony
Armonico Consort and Baroque Players
The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble
Director – Christopher Monks
Saturday 25 January 2014, 7.30pm,
The Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick
Saturday 1 February 2014, 7.30pm
Striggio – Missa a 40 & 60 Ecco Si Beata Giorno
Striggio – Ecce Beatam Lucem (40 part motet)
Tallis – Spem in Alium
Over the last few years, Armonico Consort has gained a reputation and five stars from The Times for its daring programmes presenting 40 part motets from the 16th Century in a form of mediaeval surround-sound. Supersize Polyphony – Spemalot, takes daredevil concerts to a whole new level...
The programme is based on the rarely performed Mass by Striggio – ‘Ecco Si Beata Giorno’, which, when it was recorded in 2011 made such an impact that it entered the popular music charts. The Mass, composed in 1565/6, not only advances from Tallis’s masterpiece ‘Spem in Alium’, but goes much, further with an Agnus Dei going into 60 different parts!!!
To hear this music live, as the thousands who have experienced the original Supersize concert will testify, is a mind blowing experience. Because of their scale and complexity, performances of these works are rare indeed across the globe, and we are incredibly grateful to David Phillips, one of our Artistic Ambassadors for enabling us to bring these great works of art to the ears of our audience.
INSIDE SPEMALOT – the education project: a unique education programme running across the UK in conjunction with these concerts, which will see the creation of 21st Century versions of Spem in Alium written by 15 – 18 year olds.
We are incredibly grateful to David Phillips and Phillips and Becker Accountants for making these concerts possible.