Resurgam - Tudor Connections

Resurgam - Tudor Connections

Saturday, 24 February 2024, 4.30pm

Saturday 24th February 2024

5 pm St. Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny
Pre-concert talk at 4.30 pm to be given by Dr. Andrew Johnstone, Assistant Professor of Music at Trinity College, DUblin.

Mark Duley - conductor
in association with members of the choir of St. Canice’s Cathedral

Christopher Tye (c.1505-1573) - Missa Euge bone
Robert Whyte (1538-1574) - Motets and Anthems

Resurgam presents English choral music by two lesser-known but influential figures of the sixteenth century, Robert Whyte and Christopher Tye. The two composers were related through marriage and both served as Magister choristarum at Ely Cathedral. The programme includes Tye's sonorous six-part Mass Euge bone, interspersed with motets and anthems by Whyte. Performing with Resurgam for some of the programme will be the choir of St Canice's Cathedral.

Hot off the heels of their recent CD’s critical acclaim, Resurgam, Ireland’s premier project based vocal ensemble is to perform two exceptional concerts on February 24th and 25th in Kilkenny and Galway. Directed by Mark Duley:

…the voices of Resurgam under Duley’s unerringly paced direction make an imposing yet wonderfully sensitive sound, the long lines exquisitely shaped...

(critic’s review of CD: Gentleman Extraordinary)

Audiences are promised a rare evening of exquisite choral music by Robert Whyte (1538-1574) and Christopher Tye (1505 – 1573), performed in the gloaming at a congenial 5pm concert time.
Resurgam continues to build on its reputation for revelatory performances of music from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, here shining a light on two fascinating composers from Tudor England. This programme of polyphonic masterpieces ranges in mood from heartrending poignancy to ecstatic sublimity, and will be presented with startling freshness thanks to the scholarly research into sixteenth century performance practice by Dr Andrew Johnstone, Assistant Professor of Music at Trinity College, Dublin. Andrew will present a pre-concert talk at 4.30pm which will give some illuminating insights into music of this period and Whyte and Tye in particular.

"Resurgam’s singing was razor-sharp and, even at slow speeds, full of life…."

"One could take pleasure in music-making that had the clarity and cooperativeness of chamber music…."

Saturday 24th February St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny

at 5pm (4.30 pre-concert talk)

(in collaboration with Music In Kilkenny) with St Canice’s Cathedral Choir

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Published by Music in Kilkenny on 6 February 2024

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