Music for Lent and Holy Week with the Ashton Singers

Sat 19/03/16 7:30 pm

 The resonant acoustic of St Luke’s Church is ideal for the rich, plangent harmonies of renaissance and baroque penitential choral music. Thomas Tallis’s Lamentations of Jeremiah,, probably the best known of the many settings of this Holy Week text, and motets by Tallis and Robert White, form the first half of the concert. The First Penitential Psalm from Flemish-born Orlande de Lassus’s seven Psalmi Davidis Poenitentiales (Munich,1565)is the main work in the second half. five little-known motets by Johann Christoph Bach (J.S.Bach’s great uncle), Hans Leo Hassler, Heinrich Schütz and Johann Hermann Schein complete the programme, demonstrating the range of compositional styles and unusual harmonic techniques used to express these penitential texts.