Choral music of the Renaissance

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THE Linsdale Singers and the Linsdale Strings will present a recital of choral music from the Italian Renaissance in St Barnabas’ Church in Linslade near Leighton Buzzard on Sunday, February 27.

In a change from their normal concert programme, the Linsdale Singers will give a short recital of Italian choral music from the 16th and 17th Centuries from 4pm to 5pm.

The main work will be Pergolesi’s setting of the Magnificat text, which has now been re-attributed as the work of Francesco Durante (1684-1755).

Opening the recital will be Beatus vir, Monteverdi’s lively setting of the words of Psalm 112. Between the two pieces the choir will sing a number of short motets by Anerio, Palestrina, Viadana, Lotti and Victoria.

Accompanying the singers will be their regular organist Paul Daggett and a small group of string players.

Tea and cakes will be served at 5pm, and a free choral evensong will follow at 6pm. Music in the evensong will be mostly English and will include SS Wesley’s evening canticles in E.

All proceeds from the recital will go to the church’s Hall Restoration Fund.

Tickets for the recital and tea are £5, or £9 for a couple, and are available on the door or in advance from the church office on 01525 371802.