16 Dec 16 December 2023 – Victoria, BC, Canada
Early Music Society of the Islands
16th December 2023 at 7.30pm, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 924 Douglas St
Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1C1
Nowel Synge We Bothe Al and Som: Medieval Christmas Music from England
A medieval Christmas celebration by the ensemble that, probably more than any other, has defined the modern approach to performance of vocal music of the Middle Ages.
Throughout the ages, music lovers have enjoyed heartwarming Christmas tunes from the past during the Christmas season. Be amazed by the fervor of well-known and unknown carols in their original 15th-century form, and by the elegance of their ingenious predecessors in this festive interplay of narrative and symbolic poetry that depicts the biblical stories of Mary and Jesus. Gothic Voices connects the celebratory ritual with important vocal works by early English celebrities John Dunstaple and Leonel Power. “Sustenance for the soul, a short-cut to bliss”, writes The Times about the ensemble. We can’t imagine a better run-up to a beautiful Christmas season!
Works by Power, Frye. Dunstaple, Cooke, Queldryck and anonymous works (12th-15th century, England)
Catherine King, mezzo-soprano | Julian Podger, Steven Harrold, tenor | Stephen Charlesworth, baritone