Concert 2 – The Linarol Consort and The Binchois Consort

Pie memorie: A valediction in voices and viols

Friday August 20th, 7.30pm, Leominster Priory, HR6 8NH

Pre-concert talk by Professor Andrew Kirkman 6.45pm (no additional booking required)

Concert and talk available online from August 27th at 6.45pm and until midnight on October 31st

In this tribute to the dead composer we imagine Josquin’s friends, colleagues and admirers coming together to pay their funeral respects with viols and voices, perhaps in a canon’s house in his church of Condé sur Escaut, in songs and motets of lamentation and – finally – with Richafort’s profoundly moving Requiem, speeding his soul on to its salvation.

We are delighted to be joined for this programme by the glorious voices of the Binchois Consort. Founded by its conductor Andrew Kirkman in 1995, The Binchois Consort has performed widely in Europe and the United States, and has recorded thirteen discs on Hyperion Records to stunning critical acclaim. Its recordings have won numerous music industry awards, including ‘Recording of the Month’ and ‘Early Music Disc of the Year’ in Gramophone magazine, ‘Diaposon d’or’ in Diapason (France), ‘G5’ in Goldberg magazine and ‘five stars’ in BBC Music Magazine. The group’s recording ‘Music for Henry V and the House of Lancaster’ was a ‘Critics’ Choice’ in Gramphone magazine, and a ‘Choral Choice’ in BBC Music Magazine, where it was praised as a ‘magical and moving chance to hear music directly from the circle of Henry V.’

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Conductor Andrew Kirkman is Peyton and Barber Professor of Music in the Music Department at Birmingham. He has directed a wide range of ensembles, including choirs, orchestras and various period-instrument ensembles.

Kirkman’s research centers on sacred music of the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, and he has published and lectured widely on English and continental music of the period. His books include Music and Musicians at the Collegiate Church of St Omer: Crucible of Song, 1350-1550 (Cambridge, 2020), The Cultural Life of the Early Polyphonic Mass: Medieval Context to Modern Revival (Cambridge, 2010), Binchois Studies, edited jointly with Dennis Slavin (Oxford, 2000), and Contemplating Shostakovich: Life, Music and Film, edited jointly with Alexander Ivashkin (Ashgate, 2013). His articles have appeared in many journals, including the Journal of the American Musicological Society, The Journal of Musicology, Early Music HistoryMusic and Letters and 19th-Century Music.

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