June 2019, Manuel Cardoso
Missa Pro Defunctis
On Sunday 23 June 2019, Border Voices' evening of Portuguese polyphony focuseed on the music of Manuel Cardoso (1566 - 1650) who, along with Duarte Lobo and John IV of Portugal, represented the "golden age" of Portuguese polyphony.
The concert featured Cardoso's hauntingly beautiful 6-part requiem 'Missa Pro Defunctis' and a selection of his motets including Sitivit Anima Mea and Non Mortui which were published with the Requiem in 1625. Other Portuguese composers featured in the programme, including Alfonso De Lobo whose motet 'Versa Est in Luctum' is one of the finest examples of Portuguese polyphony.
On Sunday 17 March 2019, Border Voices were joined by internationally-renowned soprano Evelyn Tubb and the Linarol Consort of Viols, in a programme of music dedicated to the Dukes of Ferrara of the d’Este family. Cipriano de Rore’s mass 'Vivat felix Hercules' formed the backbone of the programme, interwoven with madrigals, motets, and music for viols by composers such as Gesualdo, Willaert, Berchem, Isaac, Josquin, Dunstable and Jacques de Wert.
Click on the image to see a photo gallery of the concert. With thanks to Sarah Cooper and Mike Evans for their photos.
March 2019 - Vivat Hercules!
Since its first appearance at the Leominster Festival in June 2005, Border Voices has performed over 40 concerts. Below is a selection of those concerts - click on the image to read the programme notes in detail.