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The Sixteen

The Sixteen presents its programming for the 45th anniversary of the ensemble’s founding.

This year, The Sixteen marks the 45th anniversary of its founding and the 70th birthday of its founder, Harry Christophers, in a season that draws on music shaped through parody and imitation. From the parodies of Josquin Desprez by Orlande de Lassus, to Bach’s self- inspiration, to James MacMillan’s tribute to Robert Carver, this programming reflects the wide-ranging inventiveness of composers from the Renaissance to the contemporary. In addition, The Sixteen celebrates new works by Bob Chilcott and Cecilia McDowall, new discoveries including works by Maddalena Casulana, as well as a return to beloved interpretations of Duruflé’s Requiem and Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610.

Choral Pilgrimage – Masters of Imitation
Saturday 20 April, Peterborough Cathedral
19:30 – 22:00

The Sixteen’s annual Choral Pilgrimage is at the heart of each season, allowing the ensemble to inspire with works old and new to venues across the UK. The 2024 tour celebrates the art of parody – a technique fundamental to the creative spirit of 16th and early 17th century Europe. The programme will explore the works of Orlande de Lassus, a master of polyphonic parody, and the original works that inspired him, predominantly written by Josquin Desprez. The artform of parody is brought into the present day, with a new commission composed by Bob Chilcott. Lauda Jerusalem Dominum, is a sacred work parodying one of Lassus’ secular madrigals – Cantai, or piango, which will be heard earlier in the programme.

Masters of Imitation will also shine a light on Italian Renaissance composer, lutenist and singer Maddalena Casulana – the first female composer in the history of western music to have a book of her works printed and published.

The Sixteen WorkshopChoral workshops
Saturday 20 April, Peterborough Cathedral
11:00 – 14:00

The Sixteen’s Choral Pilgrimage Choral Workshops are a rewarding opportunity for keen amateur singers to explore a variety of music inspired by The Sixteen’s own performances. Under the guidance of expert workshop leaders, these sessions include advice on vocal technique, as well as performance interpretation and historical context.

This season, amateur singers will be able to practice breathing technique, invigorating warm-ups and voice production in a nurturing and enjoyable environment.

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