Clockwise: William Byrd (top left), Orlando de Lassus (top right), Jan Pietersz Sweelinck (bottom right), Tomás Luis de Victoria (bottom left), Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (centre)
Interior of the Sistine Chapel

28 October 2017 at 7.30 pm

St Michael le Belfrey, York
7.30 pm (ends c.9.30 pm)
Tickets £14 (£12)

In the Midst of Life

Tallis Spem in alium
Sheppard In media vita
Byrd Ne irascaris, Domine
Allegri Miserere

The extraordinary 40-part motet Spem in alium is the first of four Renaissance choral masterpieces that all engage with and often soar above the troubles of their times. Sheppard’s haunting In Media Vita (‘In the midst of life we are in death’) is a haunting exploration of various texts, including the Nunc Dimittis. The dark splendour of Allegri’s renowned Miserere and Byrd’s mournful Ne irascaris, Domine will also feature alongside music by Tallis, Jeffreys and Ludwig Senfl.