22nd Jul, 2019

A ‘surround sound’ experience like no other comes to Malvern Theatres next month

Craig Gibbons 25th Jun, 2018

A MUSICAL experience like no other from Supersize Polyphony comes to Malvern next month.

In one of their most ambitious and innovative projects to date, the Armonico Consort performs Thomas Tallis’ Spem in Alium and Striggio’s 60-part Mass in complete surround sound with the audience completely encircled by the choir.

The eight-date UK tour brings them to Malvern Theatres on Thursday, July 5.

The celebration of large-scale choral works from the 16th century is a collaboration with the 26-strong Choir of Gonville and Caius College Chapel, Cambridge.

The epic motets are interspersed with ethereal chants by Hildegard of Bingen and other works from the period for an evening of choral magnitude and polyphonic drama.

Thomas Tallis’ Spem in Alium is widely considered to be the greatest piece of music of the English Renaissance.

Written for 40 individual voices arranged in eight groups of five singers, it starts with a single voice before others join in and vocal ‘conversations’ fly across the space.

As part of the Supersize Polyphony 360 project, Armonico Consort’s singing education programme, AC Academy, will give schools workshops in partnership with education hubs in several of the tour venues.

Children will be introduced to the Striggio Mass through three short new pieces written by composer-in-residence, Toby Young.

The pieces will be taught in schools and then sung alongside the professional singers in immersive, in-the-round concert workshops.

There are also come-and-sing events for the public, pop-up performances and a recording to be released on the Signum label.

Call 01684 892277 or visit www.malvern-theatres.co.uk to book tickets.

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