Summer concert – Friday 6 July 2018

Tudor anthems … and all that jazz

Will Todd writes both classical music and jazz and in his Mass in blue (published in 2003) he provides a blues jazz treatment of the Latin mass. If that sounds daring, Will isn’t the first to use jazz for sacred texts (Duke Ellington possibly got there first) but as Gramophone says: “He does not use jazz forms and accents merely as exotic colourings but embraces their spirit and vibrancy”.

The work is written for choir,  jazz ensemble and soprano soloist who has a thrilling role.  We are pleased to be showcasing the amazing Georgie Malcolm as our soloist with Ollie Nicholls  (alto saxophone),  Elliott Rooney (jazz piano), Claire Frampton  (double bass) and Darren Hasson-Davis (drums).

For complete contrast (or is it?) the programme also includes some Tudor anthems  by Byrd, Tallis and their lesser known contemporaries. With a glorious interweaving of voices, sometimes in six parts, these anthems create a unique sound world. If you watched the recent royal wedding you would have heard If ye love me (Tallis), one the best known examples of the genre. 

Expect some other Tudor delights as well!

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Where: All Saints Church, Lime Walk, Headington

When: Friday 6 July at 7.30pm

Tickets on the door £12/£10 (children free)

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