Wednesday 7th May, 7.30pm. £10/8
Dynamic new vocal ensemble Schole performs an innovative pairing of Claudio Monteverdi and Benjamin Britten at this year’s MayFest. Madrigals and part-songs are synonymous with the month of May, but you’ll discover some less familiar works from the choral repertoire here. Sultry five-part madrigals from Books IV and V of Monteverdi’s extraordinary corpus are answered by Fi ve Flower Songs of a Britten at the height of his powers. Life-affirming springtime music sung by a cappella voices in a beautiful setting.
Schole is made up of former choral scholars at the University of Cambridge. The group is dedicated to unusual programming and forgotten gems of the repertoire. It gave its acclaimed debut concert at St John’s Notting Hill earlier this year, and is delighted to return, under the direction of founder member, Edward Leach.