Starting with the mystical chants of Hildegard, this programme introduces some of the extraordinary range of music that would have performed, and even composed by cloistered nuns in the Middle Ages and early Renaissance…
More familiar composers include Gilles Binchois (c.1400-1460) and Josquin des Prez (c.1440-1521), heard alongside Gregorian chant and anonymous music from two 14th-century Spanish manuscript: the Las Huelgas Codex from a convent in Burgos, and the Llibre Vermell from Montserrat in Catalonia.
Music from Italian convents will include tuneful Laude that the mystic Caterina Vigri (Saint Catherine of Bologna) enjoyed singing with her sister nuns, and from the 16th century 5-part motets that may have been composed by Lucrezia Borgia’s daughter, the nun Leonora D’Este.
Hildegard’s music has inspired a number of contemporary composers. The concert ends with music by Stevie Wishart and Marcus Davidson, including works specially written for Voice.
A post- concert conversation will take place with Professor Laurie Stras.More info and tickets £7 (£5 conc) from The Attenborough Centre