As a matter of principle, all concerts are free entry (no reserved seats) with retiring collection, allowing audience members to contribute according to their means and their enjoyment of our singing.
We fit the concerts between the monastic offices of Vespers and Compline, so they typically run from 7.30 to 8.45pm without interval.
Saturday 11 March 2017
In the Christian calendar, March sees the beginning of Lent ? and the first concert of 2017 by the choir VOCES and its Director Martyn Warren, specialists in early choral music. The concert, which takes place at Buckfast Abbey on the evening of March 11, will focus on settings of the seven so-called 'penitential psalms', which inspired some of the most beautiful and soulful music of the 16th and 17th centuries. In each, the psalmist laments his own sins of thought, word and deed, before expressing hope in God?s help and forgiveness. This makes the psalms particularly appropriate for personal meditation during times of penitence, and for centuries they have been strongly identified with the season of Lent.
The centrepiece of the evening is a superb setting for five voices by Orlando Lassus of the seventh psalm, Domine Exaudi Orationem Meam (Hear my prayer, O Lord). The concert will also include the first part of a Miserere (Have mercy on me, O God) by the Flemish master Josquin des Pres, a version of Domine, ne in furore tuo (O Lord, rebuke me not in thine anger) by Monteverdi, and other works by Byrd, Gesualdo and Giovanni Gabrieli. From the 20th century, but complementary to the earlier works, is a setting for seven voices of De profundis (Out of the depths I have called to you, O Lord) by the Italian composer Pizzetti.
Domenico Gioffré, Deputy Master of the Music at the Abbey, will play organ works based on the penitential psalms.
The concert starts at 7.30pm on Saturday 11 March: entry is free, with a retiring collection. The Grange Restaurant at Buckfast Abbey will be open from 6pm, and a pre-concert two-course fine-dining menu can be booked for £19.75, including a glass of wine. For details go to www.buckfast.org.uk/concertdinners or phone 01364 645504.
Saturday 14 October 2017
Director's Cut: A personal selection celebrating the first 30 years of VOCES.