Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


St Cuthbert's Chapel
College Road
Ushaw College

County Durham


Giovanni Pierluigi da PalestrinaLaudate Pueri
Giovanni Pierluigi da PalestrinaO Sacrum Convivium (motet)
Thomas TallisO sacrum convivium
Kenneth LeightonWhat love is this of Thine
Tomas Luis de VictoriaTenebrae Responses
Gregorio AllegriMiserere


Durham Singers

Programme Note

“The Night in the Garden” is the story of the intimate human dramas that unfold on the last night before Jesus’s crucifixion, as told in music by some of the greatest composers of the Renaissance. The programme consists mostly of Renaissance music written for the Roman Church, with a contrast offered by Kenneth Leighton's setting of an intensely spiritual Puritan poem.

The words of Psalm 51, Miserere Mei traditionally ended Holy Week services. This beautiful prayer seeking God’s mercy and salvation could be the words of Jesus as he prays in the Garden or our own. Allegri’s famous setting of the Miserere has taken on a life of its own since its beginnings in the Vatican, the prayer taking flight on a soaring soprano line out of the Garden, out of the Sistine chapel and spreading across the world.

The Garden of Gethsemane

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