The Sixteen Choral Pilgrimage 2018

Sacred & Profane: Music by Cornysh and Britten

Choral Pilgrimage 2018


The Sixteen's 18th Choral Pilgrimage focuses on two representatives of English music at its finest. William Cornysh and Benjamin Britten were prolific in both sacred and secular music. Cornysh is actually two people, often confused with one another and quite possibly father and son. Both originated in Westminster, the Elder died in 1502 and the Younger in 1523, of whom much more is known.

This programme compares the way the 16th century and 20th century composers mixed sacred with secular. Whilst Cornysh’s sacred music is elaborate and rhythmically complicated, his secular music is simple yet subtly evocative. Britten makes constant demands on vocal artistry, choosing his texts with great care and devotion; these are mediaeval lyrics and he gives us a fascinating mixture of the devotional and the rumbustiously secular.

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October 1st, 2018 7:30 PM   through   9:30 PM
Croydon Minster
Church St