Inspired by Shakespeare's "All the world's a stage" monologue from As You Like It, this beguiling programme of unaccompanied choral music traces a course from the cradle to the grave. Our intriguing and eclectic journey begins with the tender sounds of Eric Whitacre's Sleep My Child, and ends with William Harris' luscious Bring us, O Lord God, taking in music old (Dufay, Tallis, Gabrieli, Byrd) and new (Dominick Argento's There was a naughty boy, Bob Chilcott’s Even such is time), as well as evergreen works by Bruckner, Parry and Holst. The centrepiece of our programme is Thea Musgrave's 2010 Proms commission Ithaca, a celebration of life's journey in all its splendour.
Watch us sing music by Chilcott, Gabrieli and Holst in our video trailer.
Orlando Gibbons: What is our life
Eric Whitacre: Sleep My Child
Thomas Tallis: O ye tender babes
Dominick Argento: There was a naughty boy
Hubert Parry: My delight and thy delight
Sebastián de Vivanco: Veni, dilecte mi
Thea Musgrave: Ithaca
Guillaume Dufay: Kyrie from Missa L'homme armé
Andrea Gabrieli: Sento, sent'un rumor ch'al ciel si estolle
Anton Bruckner: Os justi meditabitur
Thomas Morley: Sing we and chant it
William Byrd: Retire my soule
Gustav Holst: Nunc dimittis
Peter Cornelius: Grablied
Bob Chilcott: Even such is time
William Harris: Bring us, O Lord God
Tickets £12 ('early bird' discount until 9th October) / £15 | £10 (students). A glass of wine will be served in the interval.