Our Christmas concert is a great chance to hear the internationally renowned His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts, a group of virtuoso wind players who specialise in playing Renaissance and Baroque music in historically appropriate styles on original instruments. As well as accompanying the Chamber Choir in Schütz’s The Christmas Story and some other pieces, the group will also perform on their own.
The noble sound of cornetts and sackbuts was among the most versatile instrumental colours available to composers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, heard in many musical contexts: in the extravagant liturgy of the great Italian and Spanish churches (above all the Basilica of St Mark’s in Venice), in aristocratic entertainments across Europe and in the devotional music of Lutheran Germany.
“HMSC is the pre-eminent early brass group … very impressive.”
Audience member, Berkeley, February 2012
Saturday 7 December 7.30pm St Saviour’s Church, St Albans
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