I heard Polyhymnia sing a program of Tudor and Jacobean music for the Reformed Chapel Royal (Parsons, Tallis, Byrd, Gibbons, Weelkes, and Tomkins) last night, November 8, at St. Ignatius of Antioch. Interesting repertory, only one piece I knew (in its Latin form, not the English contrafactum), effective singing: the second half opener, for example, came on strong and energetic.
Polyhymnia sample, music of Jacob Vaet
I was reminded to check the full schedule of performances at the church, which includes much more than Polyhymnia’s three-concert series: Cerddorion and the Tiffany Consort both sing next week, more English music for nice continuity. Looking ahead, the Tiffany group will do “Ancient Mexico and Modern America” on January 24, 2009 — I have yet to be disappointed by New Spain music and I’d be happy to get new music at the same time. And the Chapel Royal is revived again on April 4 with Canticum Novum and Parthenia. Much more: 19 more concerts, by my count, between now and June.