The 24‌

With a reputation forged under Professor William Brooks, The 24 is now conducted by Robert Hollingworth, founder/director of I Fagiolini, one of the UK’s top professional vocal groups.

This year three a capella programmes bring together 16th/17th century repertoire with more recent music and commissions.

2017/18 programme

New beginnings

A group like The 24 changes nearly half its personnel yearly with new Masters and Undergrad students every autumn. So the job of the year’s first concert is to establish house style and techniques while exposing everyone to music they’re unlikely to have come across elsewhere. This autumn, the programme has no theme beyond that, but includes two Renaissance masterworks from quite different traditions and three completely contrasting pieces from the last 100 years that are both attractive and challenging.

NB This concert is one-hour long with no interval.

Johannes Ockeghem – Intemerata Dei mater

Peter McGarr – Love Remains

William Byrd – Ad Dominum cum tribularer

Frank Bridge – Five Part-songs

Thea Musgrave – Rorate coeli

Our German cousins

Sumptuous mid and late Romantic German partsongs placed alongside the finest late Renaissance and early Baroque motets and madrigals. It was the Italian influence (Monteverdi and others) on Schütz and Schein that brought lustre and a striking experimentation to their music as well as a reliance on Luther’s chorales. 350 years later, Brahms and others’ a capella works were similarly conservative in form while infused with expressive and harmonic colouring.

Heinrich Schütz – Ach Herr, straff mich nicht / Die Himmel erzählen / O primavera!

Hans Leo Hassler – Ach Weh des Leiden!

Johannes Schein – Da Jakob vollendet hatte / Mein Freund, komme in seinen Garten / Quem quaeris

Felix Mendelssohn – Mitten wir in Leben sind Op.23

Johannes Brahms - Three Songs - Op.42

Johannes Brahms - Five Songs - Op.104

Joseph Rheinberger – Abendlied

Richard Strauss – Lied der Freundschaft

This earth

50 years ago, Christmas 1968, NASA’s Apollo 8 mission took place. The pilot William Anders said that despite all the training and preparation for an exploration of the moon, the astronauts ended up discovering Earth. This programme does both and includes the first UK performance of a work for voices and percussion based on the astronauts’ famous Christmas broadcast from space (together with projections of that mission) as well as John Sheppard’s phenomenal setting from the funeral service written during the the 1550s, bringing to an end a 3-year exploration of English music from that time.

Stephen Wilkinson – Dover Beach

Thomas Simaku – La leggiadra luna (new work)

John Sheppard – Media vita

Kenneth Leighton – Gods Grandeur

Kile Smith – The Consolation of Apollo (UK premiere)