02 Mar 2018

The Cardinall's Musick

  • Lotti Crucifixus
  • Palestrina Stabat Mater
  • Victoria Tenebrae Responsories for Good Friday
  • Allegri Miserere mei
  • Scarlatti Stabat Mater

The Cardinall’s Musick has won the Gramophone Award for Early Music four times (1995, 2006, 2007 and 2010) and performs at some of the UK’s most prestigious festivals. The group, led by Andrew Carwood, brings to Music at Oxford this fantastic programme of early music. Andrew studied at Cambridge, later becoming Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral, and is an expert in 16th and 17th century music.

This programme is an emotional snapshot of the events of Good Friday when Christ’s mother stood weeping as her son was nailed to the Cross. Lotti’s searing Crucifixus contrasts with the elegant eight-part Stabat Mater of Palestrina. Victoria’s Tenebrae Responsories place the scene in the context of Holy Week in a setting without equal for emotional directness and clarity. Allegri’s famous setting of the Miserere with its high soprano Cs and Scarlatti’s fabulous ten-part Stabat Mater complete this programme devised by multi-award winning Cardinall’s Musick on a welcome return visit to Oxford.

‘…a display of the best ensemble singing talent Britain can produce.’ International Record Review

Pre-concert talk 6.30pm: we are delighted to announce a pre-concert talk with Richard Wigmore. Admittance with your concert tickets.

End time c. 9:25pm