"O how glorious" A concert of masses, madrigals and motets

Sat 13th April 2019 7:30PM
St Anne's Church, London, SW18 2RS

A concert of masses, madrigals and motets.

Mass by Tomas Luis de Victoria - Missa "O quam gloriosam".

Motets by Byrd, Victoria, Lassus, Palestrina, Vaet, Marenzio and Philips.

Madrigals by Weelkes and Bennet

plus, John Sykes - 'Hast thou not known?'

Join the South West London Choral Society as we present a selection of some of the most haunting, soothing, uplifting and plaintive motets and madrigals from the Renaissance Era. Drawing on works from a variety of composers from across the breadth of Europe, both celebrated names such as Palestrina, Byrd and Lassus, together with those (unjustly) relatively unknown, such as Jacobus Vaet and Luca Marenzio, we present several settings of the texts O quam gloriosum and Justorum animae. In spite of the uniformity of the text, the diversity of musical styles and ideas offered allows us to present a programme full of contrasts: the conservative and the radical, the celebratory and the reflective, the strong and the gentle.

We will also be performing two glorious madrigals that also touch on a wide range of emotions: Thomas Weelkes’ rambunctiously joyful As Vesta was from Latmos hill descending (written in tribute to Queen Elizabeth I) and John Bennet’s devastatingly sorrowful Weep O mine eyes (arguably one of the most hauntingly beautiful of all the English madrigals). Rounding off the programme we unearth a rare treat: Hast thou not known? by a student of Vaughan-Williams, John Sykes.

The concert takes place in the appropriately glorious setting of St. Anne’s Church, Wandsworth. All are welcome to attend, particularly younger fans of classical music, as under-15s are admitted free of charge. Tickets for adults are priced at £13 and are available either from www.swlcs.org.uk or on the door.

Established in 1886, the South West London Choral Society is a professionally-led choir of amateur singers, bringing a variety of choral works, both famous and little-known, to the community of South West London. It is a welcoming choir, open to adults of all ages and backgrounds with an interest in rehearsing and performing choral music written by composers from Bach to Brahms, from Victoria to Vaughan Williams, from Mozart to Mendelssohn. The choir meets in Balham Baptist Church on Mondays at 7.30pm, and rehearses over the course of three terms per year, starting in September, January and April. If you would like to join us or give choral singing a try, then please feel free to come to one of our rehearsals at the start of term, or find out more information at


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Doors Open at 7:00PM
Starts at 7:30PM


St Anne's Church, London, SW18 2RS

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