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The King’s Singers: Bologna Festival, Il Nuovo, L'Antico, L'Altrove

Bologna, Chiesa di Santa Cristina della Fondazza

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The King's Singers, a renowned a cappella vocal ensemble founded in Cambridge in 1968, have created a new project that explores a sonic polyptych spanning five centuries, from Palestrina to Arvo Pärt. Presenting a concert intertwining iconic symbols of Christianity with music, the group explains that in every Christian church there are statues and paintings depicting Christ, the Virgin, Angels protecting humanity, and Demons threatening it. Each symbol is associated with a triptych of works ranging from William Byrd's 'Haec dies' to Arvo Pärt's 'Zwei Beter,' and from Palestrina's 'Regina Coeli' to the more recent compositions of British composer Geoffrey Poole.

Angels and demons

Geoffrey Poole Prologue: Ave rex angelorum
Edward Bairstow Psalm 67
William Byrd Haec dies

Geoffrey Poole Scherzo: Tutivillus
Arvo Pärt Zwei Beter
William Byrd Miserere mei Deus

Judith Bingham Ave virgo sanctissima
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Regina Coeli
Geoffrey Poole Prayer: Mary Modyr

Hans Leo Hassler Cantate Domino
Maurice Duruflé Ubi caritas
Geoffrey Poole Epilogue: Blessed Jesu

Songs of harmony and hope


Ensemble: King’s Singers

This influential group of singers is comprised of six men and has been in existence since 1968. On average this English ensemble performs at 125 concerts a year, and in 2009 they received a Grammy Award for their CD entitled Simple Gifts and a second Grammy Award followed in 2012.


Chiesa di Santa Cristina della Fondazza, Piazza Giorgio Morandi, 2, Bologna, Italy — Google Maps

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