You can now download a flyer for the Tallis Festival concert in St Andrew Holborn at 19.30 on Sunday 9 February 2014. Please distribute it widely! Tickets: £10 available on the door, or in advance from: firstname.lastname@example.org
Experience the whole Festival
It’s not too late for singers to join the 2014 Tallis Festival as part of the choir – full details and link to the application form can be found here.
One of the works included in the Tallis Festival 2014 is Tentatio by Finnish composer Jaakko Mäntyjärvi. This was the first-ever Tallis Festival commission in 2006, with the aim of increasing the range of companion-pieces for Spem in alium, the 40-part motet by Thomas Tallis that forms the centre-piece of the Festivals.
Tentatio is an unaccompanied 40-part choral work setting (in Latin) the biblical account of Christ’s 40 days in the wilderness; it is written for five separate eight-part choirs. Jaakko Mäntyjärvi discusses Tentatio further below.
The links below are a recording of the world première, at the final concert of the Tallis Festival, on 19 November 2006 at St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London.
Jaakko Mäntyjärvi – Tentatio part 1 (MP3 file, 3MB)
Jaakko Mäntyjärvi - Tentatio part 2 (MP3 file, 4MB)
Jaakko Mäntyjärvi - Tentatio part 3 (MP3 file, 3MB)
Jaakko Mäntyjärvi - Tentatio part 4 (MP3 file, 3MB)
Jaakko Mäntyjärvi discusses the origins of Tentatio in 2006
“It started as a mad idea. But these things usually do. Exmoor Singers is a London-based chamber choir which first came to my attention when they performed my Four Shakespeare Songs in 2004. In autumn 2005, I found out that Exmoor Singers was in the habit of organising a regular Tallis Weekend, involving inviting 100+ choral singers – friends, acquaintances and former members of the choir – to rehearse and perform a concert programme that always included the 40-part motet Spem in alium by Thomas Tallis. On this particular occasion, the programme also included Rachmaninov’s All-night Vigil, and it was principally because of these two pieces (and also, though secondarily, because my Psalm 150 in Grandsire Triples also happened to be on the programme) that my wife and I decided to go to London for the Tallis Weekend. It was a fascinating experience both musically and socially, and in the course of this weekend I began to contemplate a companion piece to Spem in alium, using the same 40-parts. Read More »
Exmoor Singers of London invites singers of all ages to take part in
TALLIS FESTIVAL 2014
7-9 February 2014
TALLIS – Spem in alium (40-part motet)
J S BACH – Magnificat in D (with 4 Christmas interpolations)
J S BACH – Orchestral suite in D (No 3)
MÄNTYJÄRVI – Tentatio (2006 Tallis Festival commission)
WHITACRE – Alleluia (2012)
Exmoor Singers is pleased to announce that the next Tallis Festival, conducted by James Jarvis, will take place in London from Friday 7 February to Sunday 9 February 2014. The Tallis Festival Choir 2014 will form on the Friday evening, rehearse intensively over the weekend and give a high-standard public concert at St Andrew Holborn, City of London on Sunday 9 February at 7.30 (tickets £10). Download a concert flyer: A4 size (pdf 606KB) or A5 size (pdf 371KB) .
All solos will be taken by Festival participants.
As usual we shall base ourselves at Imperial College, South Kensington, London SW7 but, in a repeat of the successful format of last year’s Festival, we shall return to the marvellous Wren church, St Andrew’s Holborn, for the final concert.
And as in 2013, we have secured St Andrew’s for the whole of the Sunday so there will be no lunchtime relocation. The optional Friday evening session, the whole of Saturday and the evening party catered for by Exmoor Singers will all be at Imperial.
Standard fee: £75
Friends of Exmoor Singers: £50
Tallis Spem in alium: hire £3 / buy £16.50
Bach Magnificat: hire £3 / buy £7.00
Mäntyjärvi Tentatio: buy (only) £7.00 (NB: scores from 2006 can be reused)
Whitacre Alleluia: buy (only) £3.00
Fri 7 Feb (optional, 6.00-9.30pm): Imperial College; 6.00pm registration, collection of music; 6.30-9.30pm rehearsal with break
Sat 8 Feb (9.00am-7.00pm+): Imperial College; 9.00am registration, collection of music; 10.00am-1.00pm & 2.30-7.00pm rehearsals with breaks; plus PARTY 7.30-10.30pm
Sun 9 Feb (9.30am-9.30pm): 9.30am arrival at St Andrew Holborn; 10.00am-1.00pm & 2.30-5.30pm rehearsals with breaks; CONCERT 7.30-9.30pm
Why these bitter words of the dying,
O brethren, which they utter as they go hence?
I am parted from my brethren.
All my friends do I abandon and go hence.
But whither I go, that understand I not, neither
what shall become of me yonder; only God,
who hath summoned me knoweth.
But make commemoration of me with the song: Alleluia.
But whither now go the souls?
How dwell they now together there?
This mystery have I desired to learn,
but none can impart aright.
Do they call to mind their own people, as we do them?
Or have they forgotten all those who mourn them
and make the song: Alleluia.
We go forth on the path eternal, and as condemned,
with downcast faces,
present ourselves before the only God eternal.
Where then is comeliness?
Where then is wealth?
Where then is the glory of this world?
There shall none of these things aid us,
but only to say oft the psalm: Alleluia.
If thou hast shown mercy unto man,
O man, that same mercy shall be shown thee there;
and if on an orphan thou hast shown compassion,
the same shall there deliver thee from want.
If in this life the naked thou hast clothed,
the same shall give thee shelter there, and sing the psalm:
Youth and the beauty of the body fade
at the hour of death,
and the tongue then burneth fiercely,
and the parched throat is inflamed.
The beauty of the eyes is quenched then,
the comeliness of the face all altered,
the shapeliness of the neck destroyed;
and the other parts have become numb,
nor often say: Alleluia.
With ecstasy we are inflamed
if we but hear that there is light eternal yonder;
that there is Paradise,
wherein every soul of Righteous Ones rejoiceth.
Let us all, also, enter into Christ, that all we may cry
aloud thus unto God: Alleluia.