A cappella music from Byzantine chant to the English Renaissance

Tuesday 24 April 2018,
Great Court
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The festival is organised by the British Museum and the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and made possible by the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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Romania’s 'Madrigal – Marin Constantin' National Chamber Choir present a programme from Byzantine liturgical chant to English and European music of the 16th and 17th centuries.

The concert features a range of beautiful Byzantine chant as well as works by Byrd, Dowland, Morley, Bennet, Weelkes, Pilkington, Lassus, Monteverdi, Widmann, Rossi, Costeley and Hassler.

Romania's 'Madrigal – Marin Constantin' National Chamber Choir is one of the most famous Romanian choirs. It was founded in 1963 at the national college for music in Bucharest and its name derives from the madrigal, a form of vocal chamber music. Under its founder and long-standing principal conductor Constantin Marin (1925–2011), the choir gave concerts in many parts of the world, with repertoire covering everything from Byzantine psalms to world music. They have received numerous prizes at home and abroad, and have made over 40 recordings, singing with Angela Gheorghiu, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Ion Marin.

In association with BBC Radio 3, the choir will feature on the In Tune programme on 23 April 2018.

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