Experience Monteverdi’s revolutionary Vespers of 1610

Phoenix Choir is ready to present Eastbourne with a rare and exciting performance of the iconic Monteverdi Vespers of 1610.

Friday, 24th January 2020, 4:35 pm
Updated Friday, 24th January 2020, 4:52 pm
Patron and soloist Evelyn Tubb

The concert, led by renowned soloist and patron of Phoenix Choir Evelyn Tubb, is on Saturday, February 1 (7.30pm), at All Saints’ Church. Tickets are available from Eastbourne Tourist Information Office, Reid+Dean and wegottickets.com ( £16 in advance, £18 on the door, half price for under 18s/students).

There will be a retiring collection for Macmillan Cancer Support. Find out more at www.phoenixchoir-eastbourne.co.uk.

A Phoenix Choir spokesperson said: “At a time when the spiritual values and traditions of Renaissance music were giving way to the more human-centred values of the Baroque age, MV made the powerful realisation that the orchestra could be used to produce the drama and emotion of any piece. He used the text as a compositional guide for his choices, using different instruments, rhythms, tempi and keys and inventing new chords and effects.”

The Vespers illustrate a revolutionary approach and are regarded as an epic masterpiece of church music.

“In keeping with his Musical Director’s modus operandi, the work will remain faithful to Monteverdi’s original specification with the additional Michael Fields ‘touch’ to bring the piece to life for singers and audience alike.”

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