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Authors of Light – presented by The Sixteen

A celebration of early English choral music

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Sunday 17 February 2019, 2.30pm & 6.30pm

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

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Selected singers from The Sixteen

Harry Christophers

World-renowned ensemble The Sixteen return to the intimate, candlelit surroundings of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse with a programme spanning two centuries of early English choral music. The programme will feature pieces from the Eton Choirbook - a manuscript collection of English music that is the earliest and most complete Tudor choirbook to have survived to the present - as well as works by the multi-talented composer, poet, doctor and lawyer Thomas Campion. 

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The music of the ‘scepter’d isle’

Authors of Light marks the beginning of a year-long season in which the Globe will be exploring the past, present and future of our ‘scepter’d isle’ and ask what it means to be “English” today. As we play our own part in defining a nation’s history, we embark on a programme of events and performances that will question and examine our national identity. The programme for Authors of Light will include English music from the 14th to 16th centuries by Cornysh, Lambe and Byrd, interspersed with songs by Thomas Campion.

Join us later in the week when we open Richard II in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and continue our imaginative voyage around this ‘blessed plot’.

About The Sixteen

The Sixteen is recognised as one of the world’s greatest ensembles. Comprising both choir and period-instrument orchestra, The Sixteen’s total commitment to the music it performs is its greatest distinction. A special reputation for performing early English polyphony, masterpieces of the Renaissance, bringing fresh insights into Baroque and early Classical music and a diversity of 20th-and 21st-century music, is drawn from the passions of Founder and Conductor Harry Christophers.

Members of The Sixteen have previously performed in the Playhouse in All the Angels, written by Nick Drake, and Thomas Tallis, written by Jessica Swale. 

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