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Postgraduate vocal consort success

Posted on 8 June 2017

The vocal consort Cenere, comprising five postgraduate students on the Solo Voice Ensemble Singing course, has taken an active part in the 2017 Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival, which is this year celebrating its thirtieth anniversary.

This year’s Festival focuses on the life and work of Petrus Alamire (c. 1470 – 1536), a renowned music printer of Franco-Flemish vocal music and supposed spy for the court of Henry VIII.

On Thursday 25 May, the group performed at the official opening of the Festival in Beverley Minster, singing the Kyrie from Pierre de la Rue’s Missa de Septem Doloribus, the manuscript of which is included in the beautiful exhibition in the building.

Sunday 28 May saw the consort back in Beverley, where BBC Radio 3’s The Early Music Show were presenting a piece on the Festival. The programme, performed in front of a live audience, consisted of a reprisal of La Rue’s Kyrie, preceded by two other pieces of Franco-Flemish polyphony by Jean de Ockeghem and Nicolas Gombert, similarly representative of Alamire’s output.

The performance was broadcast on Sunday 4 June 2017, and is available on BBC iPlayer


  • Brianna Louwen - Soprano
  • Rosie Parker - Mezzo-Soprano
  • Helen Hughson - Alto
  • Tom Brooke - Tenor
  • Tom Lowen - Bass