Videte Miraculum

7.15 pm, Saturday 15 December 2012, Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Lensfield Road, Cambridge

Works by Byrd, Tallis, Ockeghem and other leading composers of the Renaissance.

Renaissance masterpieces for Advent and Christmas

7 pm, Saturday 18 December 2010, Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Lensfield Road, Cambridge

Exquisite music for 4, 5, 6 & 8 voices to include Tallis, Videte Miraculum; Victoria, Alma Redemptoris Mater; Byrd, Vigilate; Guerrero, Pastores Loquebantur; and Sheppard, Verbum Caro Factum Est. Admission free (retiring collection)

Veni Creator Spiritus:
Music for the Feast of Pentecost

1.15 pm, Sunday 23 May 2010, Gallery 3, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RB

Byrd, Dunstable, de las Infantas, Tallis, Victoria

O Sanctissima Anima:
Masterpieces of the Flemish Renaissance

6pm, Saturday 14 November 2009, St Mary at Finchley, Hendon, N3 1TR

Music by Obrecht including Missa De Sancto Martino, and motets by Ockeghem and De Wrede. Despite the high regard of his contemporaries – the theorist Tinctoris includes him amongst 25 ‘masters’ – Obrecht’s music is little performed or recorded today. This may in part be due to the sound world he inhabits, straddling both the late medieval and early renaissance – but most often resembling neither. The result is something tough, exhilarating and (we hope) beautiful.

The Light of Spain

7:30pm, Saturday 4 April 2009, Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs (OLEM), Cambridge

This programme of Lenten music from some of the greatest Spanish composers of the 15th and 16th centuries, such as Morales, Victoria and Peñalosa, includes an undeservedly lesser-known setting of the Lamentations of Jeremiah by Alonso de Lobo. This is accompanied by various settings of penitential texts, including St Thomas Aquinas’ hymn Pange Lingua and the voice of the Prodigal Son speaking in Morales’ Quanti Mercenarii.

Celebrating the Feast of the Translation of St Martin

7:30pm, Saturday 7 July 2007, St Martin's Church, Stamford, Lincolnshire

Built in the late 15th century, the church is named for St Martin of Tours. St Martin renounced his military service as unsuited to a Christian life and instead rose in the church to become a bishop renowned for his pastoral care. This concert is built around Obrecht's Missa de Sancto Martino, which was written contemporaneously with the building of the church in Stamford, and will also include his dramatic 6-part setting of the Salve Regina.

Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 - Bedford Choral Society / Fiori Musicali

7:30pm, Saturday 9 June 2007, St Paul's Church, Bedford

Members of the Petrucci Ensemble past and present will be appearing as soloists for this performance of Monteverdi's Vespers.

Music for Advent and Lent - Byrd and Tallis

7:30pm, Saturday 3 December 2005, Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs (OLEM), Lensfield Road, Cambridge

Taking as its theme the church year's "seasons of preparation", this concert opens with music for Lent, based around Tallis's Lamentations I and II. Lent is followed by Advent, with motets for five and six voices by Byrd and Tallis set around Byrd's Mass in four parts. The mass is alternated with the Gregorian chant settings of the propers for the fourth Sunday of Advent.

"Perdu Avès Vostre Bon Père"

7:30pm, Sunday 29 May 2005, Little St Mary's Church, Cambridge

The chanson Nymphes des Boys exhorts the great composers of the age - Josquin, Pierre de la Rue, Brumel and Compère - to "clothe themselves in garments of mourning" to mark the passing of Johannes Ockeghem. This concert includes pieces by all four, alongside Ockeghem's Requiem and Josquin's original chanson.

Gate of Heaven

8:00-9:00pm, Saturday 29 January 2005, Little St Mary's Church, Cambridge

A short progrmme of motets for four, five and six voices by 15th and 16th century English, Flemish and Spanish composers, setting texts in praise of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The programme includes the Gloria from Cristobal de Morales' Missa de Beata Maria Virgine, which includes the phrase 'Ave Maria' set as a cantus firmus in the baritone and a number of Marian tropes throughout the movement. The concert concludes with Robert Whyte's majestic six-voice setting of the Tota Pulchra Es from the Song of Songs.

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De Profundis: Music for the Death of Ockeghem

8:00pm, Saturday 17 January 2004, Our Lady and The English Martyrs, Lensfield Road, Cambridge
Friday 13 February 2004, Trinity College Chapel

A programme based around the Roman Rite requiem intersperses movements from Johannes Ockeghem's Requiem Mass with Gregorian chant. The concert opens with Josquin Desprez's chanson 'Nymphes des Boys', written to mourn Ockeghem's death in 1497, and concludes with Ockeghem's great motet, Intemerata Dei Mater, said to have been intended by Ockeghem for performance at his own funeral.

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Mary's Dowry

8:15pm, Thursday 14 August 2003
Our Lady and The English Martyrs, Lensfield Road, Cambridge

Pre-reformation England was known as 'Mary's Dowry' in recognition of the special devotion to Our Lady of our forebears. On the eve of the Assumption, the newly formed Petrucci Ensemble presents a selction of pre-reformation music in honour of Our Lady.

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