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The Sixteen return to Southwell Minster with Choral Pilgrimage

After an absence thanks to the coronavirus The Sixteen will be returning to Southwell Minster this year with their annual Choral Pilgrimage.

The return is just in time to mark the 20th anniversary of the pilgrimage.

The choir and period instrument orchestra will be at the minster on Thursday, September 30.

The Sixteen (30918944)
The Sixteen (30918944)

“I am thrilled beyond words that we can return to live concerts in time for the 20th anniversary of the Choral Pilgrimage,” said The Sixteen founder and conductor, Harry Christophers.

“It is such an important part of our programming and it would not be the same without live audiences ­— a celebration always needs people there.”

This year’s tour, The Call Of Rome, focuses on the city that has inspired many pilgrimages, and particularly the Sistine Chapel, where each of the composers featured created some of their finest works.

All had an association with the chapel at some point during their career, particularly Gregorio Allegri, whose Miserere is perhaps the most famous piece of sacred music ever written.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary, and to illustrate how many times the Miserere has evolved since its first performances in the Sistine Chapel, Christophers has asked three composers ­— Roxanna Panufnik, Bob Chilcott and Gabriel Jackson ­— to compose their own versions of the famous soprano line with its top C.

At each Choral Pilgrimage concert a different version will be performed, and the audience will not know whose version it will be until Harry announces it.

“I’m looking forward to being able to showcase the evolution of Allegri’s Miserere in particular with three fantastic new versions of that famous top C line from Roxanna Panufnik, Bob Chilcott and Gabriel Jackson,” said Harry.

“My thanks to them for helping The Sixteen mark this milestone. I can’t wait to see everyone.”

The Sixteen performs early English polyphony, works of the Renaissance, Baroque and early classical music, and a diversity of 20th-Century music

Since their first concert in 1979 they have made a profound impact on the performance of choral music and attracted new audiences as The Voices of Classic FM and through BBC television’s Sacred Music series.

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