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In a thrillingly contrasted programme, Londinium reaches across the centuries to bring together works by a maverick, criminal seventeenth-century Italian aristocrat and a deeply Calvinist Swiss twentieth-century master. Carlo Gesualdo, the Prince of Venosa famed equally for the lurid murder of his wife and his extraordinary, harmonically revolutionary music, died four hundred years ago this year. We perform madrigals from his Fifth and Sixth books - works which fascinated both Igor Stravinsky, who called them " canapés of caviar" and contributed whimsical re-compositions of incomplete Gesualdo motets, and Peter Warlock, who dedicated his luscious The Full Heart to Gesualdo's memory.
Passion of a different kind is found in the Mass for Double Choir (1922) by the Swiss composer Frank Martin. After writing this luminous and intensely personal work, Martin kept it hidden for forty years, describing it as "a matter between God and myself". In the half-century since its première, it has taken its place as one of the summits of the a cappella repertoire - fit to stand alongside the motets of his idol Bach, whose Komm, Jesu, komm precedes the Mass.
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St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate is located at the junction of Holborn Viaduct and Giltspur Street, opposite the Old Bailey.
Tube: St Paul's (Central), Farringdon (Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan), Blackfriars (District, Circle)
Train: City Thameslink is almost exactly opposite
Bus: 8, 242, 56, 25
Parking: in streets around, and there are NCP carparks nearby in Saffron Hill and Aldersgate Street
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Directed by Andrew Griffiths, Londinium is one of London's most ambitious and versatile chamber choirs, critically acclaimed for its distinctive programming and vibrant performances of a cappella repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day.