Sixteen at cathedral

Henry Christophers and The Sixteen
Henry Christophers and The Sixteen

In a major coup for St Marie’s Cathedral renowned early music ensemble The Sixteen are coming to Sheffield next week on their Choral Pilgrimage.

Comprising both choir and period-instrument orchestra, The Sixteen have built a reputation for bringing fresh insights into Baroque and early Classical music and a diversity of 20th-century music drawn from the passions of conductor and founder Harry Christophers.

Now in its 13th year, The Choral Pilgrimage is a testament to Christophers’ ongoing mission to bring the widest variety of sacred music back to the kind of buildings for which it was written.

Last year The Choral Pilgrimage reached an audience of more than 16,000 people and this time has grown to taking in a total of 34 concerts around the UK and Ireland including coming the Sheffield for the first time.

The programme for The Choral Pilgrimage 2013 explores the remarkable music of three composers who, although separated by centuries, are unique in their devotion to the church as The Sixteen perform Allegri’s Miserere alongside works by Palestrina and MacMillan

Allegri’s Miserere is one of the most famous sacred choral works in history, yet mystery surrounds its true conception.

During this year’s concerts the group will attempt to transport the listener through an evolutionary journey of musical history and re-discovery. James MacMillan dedicated his powerfuland emotional setting of the Miserere to Harry Christophers and The Sixteen, who premiered the work in 2010, and recorded it shortly afterwards.

Arguably the greatest composer of liturgical music of all time Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina is often billed as ‘The Prince of Music’ and by some ‘The Saviour of Church Music’.

The Choral Pilgrimage is at St Marie’s Cathedral on Thursday, October 24.

On Saturday Sheffield Bach Choir opens its 64th concert season with a a concert entitled Splendours of Baroque at Victoria Methodist Hall when they will be joined by St Peter’s Singers, a mixed chamber choir based at Leeds Minster.

Conducted by Simon Lindley, the two choirs will present Messe de Minuit by Charpentier Vivaldi Gloria; Nisi Dominus by Handel and Pergolesi’s Magnificat. They will be accompanied by Sally Robinson’’s National Festival Orchestra.

Japanese pianist Kaoru Bingham will give recital wof Bach, Mozart, Liszt, Chopin and Satie at Ecclesall Parish Church on Saturday.

The widow of John Bingham, the well-known Sheffield-born pianist, who died in 2003 she came to live full-time in Sheffield to bring up their young son. In the last few years, she has resumed her career and has been performing locally, in London, in Germany and in Japan.