The Taverner Choir & Players, with Emily Van Evera (soprano)
Saturday 4 July at 7.30, The Quire, York Minster
Cultural ties across northern Europe have often been strong, but the historic meeting of Henry VIII and Francis I at ‘the Field of the Cloth of Gold’ in 1520 gave the musicians of two Chapels Royal a rare opportunity to hear each other in action. Taking its lead from that encounter, this concert interlaces two Mass setting – Taverner’s ‘Western Wind’ Mass and Crecquillon’s ‘Missa Domine Deus omipotens’ – with French secular chansons and intimate English songs.
Lost Traditions of Musical Performance
These selected essays by conductor Andrew Parrott reflect the thinking behind some four decades of his ground-breaking performances and recordings. Bringing together seminal writings on the performance expectations of, amongst others, Monteverdi, Purcell and J. S. Bach, this volume also includes the full version of a major new article calling into question the presumed historical place of the ‘countertenor’ voice. While vocal matters predominate, the essays themselves are multifarious (from extensive scholarly articles to radio broadcasts) and the timespan is broad (some five centuries). Authoritative, provocative and readable, Parrott’s writing is packed with information of value to scholars, performers, students and curious listeners alike.
Publishing July 2015 (Boydell & Brewer)
We are delighted to announce that Andrew Parrott received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 York Early Music Festival. More details here. Next year’s York festival will feature a Taverner performance on 4 July 2015 in York Minster.