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"Le Fil d'Or"

Sunday February 18, 2024 @ 15h00

“Le Fil d’Or” is a new ensemble focusing on the performance of 15th and 16th century vocal polyphony, in particular English sacred music of this period.

In our first concert in March 2023 we presented typical examples of the quality and complexity of this distinctly English style, which reached its apogee at the turn of the 15th century in famous manuscripts such as the Eton Choir Book, the Lambeth Choir Book and the Caius Choir Book, among others.

After a successful and well-received concert at St Pierre de Montmartre, the ensemble returns in September 2023 to give the opening concert of the season with a program to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the death of the great English composer, William Byrd.

In 2024, the group pays tribute to Robert White and Stanford, whose anniversaries fall in the same year.

Le Fil d’Or consists of eight to ten singers, directed by Lewis Hammond.

Poster

Program

  • Robert Fayrfax: Eterne laudis lilium
  • Robert White: Miserere mei Deus
  • Sir Charles Villiers Stanford: Justorum animae
  • Stanford: Beati quorum via
  • Stanford: When Mary thro' the garden went
  • Robert White: Appropinquet deprecatio mea
  • Gustav Holst: Nunc dimittis

2024 is the anniversary year of two British composers: Robert White (who died 450 years ago in 1574) and Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (whose centenary falls on the 29th March). Our programme therefore pays homage to these two great men and their contribution to the continued flourishing of choral music in the British Iles over the many centuries. To create a frame around these two composers, we begin the concert with “Eterne laudis lilium” by Robert Fayrfax, a five-part Marian composition of radiant beauty most likely written for Elizabeth of York (wife of Henry VII), and we conclude with Gustav Holst’s double-choir “Nunc dimittis” – written approximately 400 years apart.

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