CHAINS of gold were hung around the neck of Thomas Tallis when his 40-part motet Spem in Alium
CHAINS of gold were hung around the neck of Thomas Tallis when his 40-part motet Spem in Alium was first aired.
Thomas Howard was so moved, he took a heavy gold chain from his neck and put it around Tallis, thanking the composer for the glorious piece he had crafted.
The Reading Bach Choir brings this amazing piece to the wonderful acoustics of Douai Abbey tomorrow night (Saturday) at 7.45pm.
A choir spokesman said: “It will be the first item in the concert, performed in our usual choir formation. We will then perform it again at the end possibly using more of the space offered by the abbey — offering a fabulous opportunity to hear the piece from more than one angle.
“It promises to be a fascinating and uplifting experience. We plan to sing the music without an interval and there will be introductions and comment from the musical director, Matthew Hamilton. If it’s a fine summer’s evening, refreshments will be served outside on the lawns, following the concert.”
In addition there will be several other pieces from the period, matched with a number of items by contemporary composers.
Tickets are £12 with a range of concessions available. Call 0118 947 8097 to book.