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The Sixteen: Choral Pilgrimage 2024

The Sixteen: Choral Pilgrimage 2024 at Exeter Cathedral

The Sixteen: Choral Pilgrimage 2024

Thursday 9 May 2024 at 7:30pm

The Sixteen return to Exeter Cathedral for their 2024 Choral Pilgrimage celebrating the art of imitation and exploring music from the master of parody, Orlande de Lassus, alongside works by Josquin, Casulana and Bob Chilcott.

The choral music of Renaissance master Orlande de Lassus will provide a stunning centrepiece to this year’s programme. Music that speaks of love earthly and divine, his motets, masses and madrigals were written over 300 years ago, but they still have the immediacy and intricacy to resonate with us today.

Daringly designed and stitched in fine detail, they are in fact tailored from scraps of other music, whether Lassus’ own, the music of his revered predecessor Josquin or the monochrome beauty of plainchant. The Sixteen will revive this imitation game by commissioning a new piece clothed in material borrowed from Lassus, and wrapping it around two exquisite madrigals from Maddalena Casulana. An Italian lutenist and singer, she was the first female composer in the history of western music to have a whole book of her works printed. Something old, something new, something borrowed.


Plainsong – Lauda Jerusalem Dominum (Psalm 147)

Lassus – Osculetur me osculo oris sui

Casulana – Morir non puo il mio core

Lassus – Credo from Missa Osculetur me

Josquin – Benedicta es caelorum Regina

Lassus – Cantai, or piango

Lassus – Lauda Jerusalem Dominum


Chatelet – Benedicta es caelorum Regina (with si placet parts)

Lassus – Salve Regina  a6

Casulana – Vagh’ amorosi augelli

Lassus – Magnificat Benedicta es caelorum Regina

Bob Chilcott – Lauda Jerusalem Dominum (parody on Cantai, or piango)


£15.00 – £35.00