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Armada! English & Spanish Choral Music of the 16th Century

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St Bartholomew the Great

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EC1A 7JQ

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At the heart of events that led to the Spanish Armada threatening the coast of England in 1588 were Philip II, the 60-year-old monarch of Spain, who saw himself as the defender of Catholicism in Europe, and Elizabeth I, Queen of Protestant and powerful England.

In the spring of that year, Philip despatched an Armada of 130 ships, with the intention of invading via the south coast. His own religious asceticism was echoed throughout the fleet – they carried 180 priests, banners blessed by the Bishop of Lisbon and instructions that all their crew should be confessed and absolved.

The English fleet was less godly – and smaller, and consisted of privateers as well as naval vessels which appeared to offer little threat to the Spanish invader. However, after being harried by the more manoeuvrable English along the Channel, the Spanish ships foundered on sandbanks, and fell prey to southerly winds which blew them past the west coast of Ireland, where many of them foundered.

England rejoiced.

In a programme which will inspire a new recording to be released later this year, Collegium Musicum of London presents a vivid selection of works by Victoria, Byrd, Parsons, Tallis and Guerrero, in the splendid setting of London’s oldest church – St Bartholomew The Great in Smithfield.

Described by music writer Roger Scruton as having provided a “benchmark” for Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers, after the choir’s outstanding performance of the work last June, CML – under the expert direction of Greg Morris – is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the capital’s leading chamber choirs.

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