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13 June 2018 7:30pm

Part of Aldeburgh Festival

Le Concert Spirituel
Hervé Niquet conductor

Benevolo Mass: Si Deus pro nobis, interspersed with plainchant, and choral and instrumental music by Monteverdi, Frescobaldi and Palestrina

The Aldeburgh Festival returns to Ely Cathedral for the first time in over fifty years to present an extraordinary multi-choir mass setting. Benevolo has been little heard in modern times, until Hervé Niquet's ensemble's recent championing of his richly textured and highly original sacred works.

Orazio Benevolo's mass is an astonishing spectacle and a ravishing listening experience, with eight choirs (each with their own conductor and instrumental ensemble) arrayed around Ely Cathedral's Octagon, submerging the audience under waves of polyphony. Performed in a sequence alongside sumptuous choral motets and instrumental flourishes from his Italian musical forbears and leavened with the purity of plainchant, this is a bewitching, extravagant highpoint of the Italian baroque.

Founded in 1987 in order to bring back to life the great French repertoire played at the court of Versailles, the multi-award winning orchestra 'Le Concert Spirituel', under the baton of Hervé Niquet soon became one of the leading French early-music ensembles on period instruments (17th and 18th century). In this spirit, Le Concert Spirituel collaborates closely with the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles and is devoted to airing the works of the great composers of French musical heritage, from Charpentier to Lully, by ways of Campra or Boismortier.

Tickets £20 (unreserved Band A), £10 (unreserved Band B) available here or from ELY CATHEDRAL BOX OFFICE 01353 660349 (Mon-Sat 9.30am-4pm) or email: gro/lardehtacyle//eciffo/xob

All tickets from £25 to £5 - available online from or at the Snape Maltings Box Office (01728 687110)

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