TheSixteen choral group is performing at Croydon Minster in June.
Their Choral Pilgrimage tour contrasts the music of the “Prince of polyphony” Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, with the great 20th century melodist Francis Poulenc.
Palestrina is the master craftsman whose work composers from all ages have attempted to emulate, while Poulenc’s music always bears a human face and he himself felt he put his best and most authentic side into his choral writing.
Based around the themes of conflict and atonement, Palestrina’s mass centring on the famous L’Homme Armé tune was immensely popular in the 16th century and its warlike nature serves as a timely reminder of the savagery of conflict, something which deeply affected Poulenc.
Poulenc’s Un soir de neige, composed in December 1944, reflects both the inner feeling of peace generated by Christmas and the bleak solitude of another winter of occupation in France.
The performance will be at the Minster on June 15, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 to £20 (booking fees apply).
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