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St Martin's Church
St Martin's Church Street


William ByrdMemento homo
Thomas morleyNolo mortem peccatoris
Carlo GesualdoIllumina faciem tuam
John WardCome, Sable Night
James MacMillanStrathclyde Motets: O Radiant Dawn
Orlando GibbonsWhat is our life!
Carlo GesualdoVenit, lumen tuum
James MacMillanLux Aeterna
William ByrdChriste qui lux es et dies


Hannah Ely – Soprano
Lucy Cox – Soprano
Helen Charlston – mezzo-soprano
Thomas Kelly – Tenor
Josh Cooter – Tenor
Ben McKee – Bass
David Maguire – Bass

Fieri Consort

Programme Note

The Fieri Consort, an un-conducted ensemble of young professional singers, explores the transition from darkness to light through the redemption of man, from the torturous chromaticism of the murderous composer Prince Carlo Gesualdo, to the searingly beautiful harmonies of 21st-century MacMillan, and the radiant compositions of William Byrd.

Included are some rare gems of the choral repertoire, such as a setting of the oldest known hymn, the greek text ‘Phos Hilaron’ (‘O Gladsome Light’); Orlando Gibbons’ intensely expressive ‘What is our life?’, which sets the words written by Sir Walter Raleigh whilst awaiting execution in the Tower of London; and American shape note-singing, a stark and wonderfully anachronistic style preserved nearly intact from early settlers and not often heard outside of the puritanical traditions of the deep south.

A glass of interval wine, selected by Cambridge Wine Merchants, is included in the price of your ticket.

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