Sunday 22 October, 19.30 at St Martin's Church

Mother, Sister, Daughter

Music and intriguing stories of women across the ages, including newly discovered music, and a new commission by Joanna Marsh.

Date & Time: Sunday 22 October, 19.30

Ticket price: £22 / £18; 12-25s £11 / £9; under-12s free

Venue: St Martin's Church

Mother, Sister, Daughter celebrates women’s spiritual relationships, with music honouring the Blessed Virgin Mary and communities of sisters in early modern Europe, and a new work The Veiled Sisters by Joanna Marsh on a poem by Norfolk poet, Esther Morgan. Its other highlights are motets attributed to Suor Leonora d’Este, Lucrezia Borgia’s daughter, and an Office of St Clare from the convent of Galileo’s daughter, Suor Maria Celeste Galilei.

The ensemble’s recording of this programme was listed by the New York Times as one of the best classical music tracks of 2022. Listen to this incredible sound world on Musica Secreta’s website

Musica Secreta
Laurie Stras director

Claire Williams ensemble director & organ
Yvonne Eddy, Hannah Ely, Elspeth Piggott sopranos
Victoria Couper, Katharine Hawnt, Sarah Anne Champion mezzo-sopranos
Kirsty Whatley harps
Alison Kinder viols

Celestial Sirens


Verona 761, c.1495
Missa de Beata Virgine

Verona 759, c.1480
Vespers of St Lucy

Antoine Brumel
c.1560–after 1512
Mater patris et filia

Anonymous, attr. Leonora d'Este
Virgo Maria speciosissima

Maistre Jhan
Ecce amica mea

- Interval -

Marguerite de Navarre
Avés poinct veu la malheureuse

Martha Baerts
d. 1560
Aen mijn Suster Betken

Anonymous, attr. Juan Anchieta
Mater Christi cooperto capite

Anonymous, attr. Leonora d'Este Vespere autem sabbati

Brussels 27766, c.1560
Second Vespers of St Clare (excerpts)

Joanna Marsh
b. 1970
The Veiled Sisters

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