MIKE WHEELER is impressed by
Harry Christophers and The Sixteen on tour
The early seventeenth century must have been an exciting time to be a musician, especially if you were in northern Italy, with so many new possibilities opening up — instrumental music finding its own distinctive style after relying on vocal models for so long, and the expressive power of the solo voice being explored as never before, stimulated by, and feeding into, the new theatrical genre of opera. All this is vividly summed up in the collection of works we call Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610.
Not content with their annual Choral Pilgrimage that takes them to cathedrals and other major venues throughout the UK, The Sixteen and conductor Harry Christophers have been on another major tour, with a performance of the Vespers in five venues across the country, with three more to come in January 2015 [Rochester, Guildford and Peterborough Cathedrals, 29-31 January]. The Derby performance (Derby Cathedral, Derby, UK, 8 November 2014) attracted the biggest concert audience the Cathedral has seen for a long time...
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