The Tallis Scholars: Hymns to the Virgin

Friday 16 December 2022


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Due to the confirmation of rail strikes from Friday 16 – Saturday 17 December, it’s with great regret that this year’s concert by The Tallis Scholars at the Howard Assembly Room has been cancelled. All bookers will be contacted with refund options.

The Tallis Scholars resume their annual festive visits to the Howard Assembly Room with a seasonal programme of sacred music stretching from the Renaissance to the 21st century.

The Virgin Mary has inspired composers since the earliest days of sacred music as an art form. In this concert the Tallis Scholars present a selection of such inspirations, from both the Catholic and Orthodox traditions, ranging from Josquin to Stravinsky.

Josquin’s Missa Ave maris stella (whose title refers to the beautiful concept of Mary as Star of the Sea) is one of his most finely wrought. Francisco Guerrero was known in his lifetime as ‘El Cantor de Maria’, and here are two pieces to show why. Matthew Martin’s ‘Sanctissima’ is a newly-composed fantasy on the Guerrero which precedes it.

Through homages by Lassus and Pärt we finally come to Isaac’s magnificent ‘Virgo prudentissima’, which not only hymns Mary, but also the Cherubim, the archangel Michael and Maximilian I of Austria in one of the most splendid ceremonial motets of all time.

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Orlande de Lassus ‘Alma redemptoris mater’
Josquin des Prez Missa Ave maris stella


Francisco Guerrero ‘Maria Magdalene et altera Maria’
‘Ave virgo sanctissima’
Matthew Martin ‘Sanctissima’
Igor Stravinsky ‘Bogoroditse devo’
Arvo Pärt ‘Virgencita’
Heinrich Isaac ‘Virgo prudentissima’


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The Tallis Scholars: Hymns to the Virgin

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