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PCM 02: Tenebrae

Vocal ensemble Tenebrae conjures up the spirit of early 17th-century London in its Proms debut performance live from Cadogan Hall.

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill

Vocal ensemble Tenebrae, in its Proms debut performance, conjures up the spirit of early 17th century London with old and new music based on the rhymes and street-cries of its inhabitants.

Orlando Gibbons's The Cryes of London uses viols to accompany street vendors' cries, while Steve Martland's modern-day equivalent uses a marimba along with the voices in traditional songs such as 'Oranges and Lemons'. There's also the world premiere of Julian Philips's Sorowfull Songes, which sets an excerpt from the first anthology of English poetry, Tottel's Miscellany, published in London in 1557.

Gibbons: First Set of Madrigals and Motets of Five Parts (1612) - selection
Gibbons: The Cryes of London
Julian Philips: Sorowfull Songes (BBC commission, world premiere)
Steve Martland: Street Songs - selection

Nigel Short (conductor)

This concert will be repeated on Saturday 28th July at 2pm.

58 minutes


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